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Kidney Stone or Cryptic Pregnancy?


By all measure, it should have been relatively routine. Painful; sure, but routine. After all, kidney stones are not that uncommon. And it was after experiencing the severe abdominal pain that one typically associates with kidney stones that had Stephanie Jaegers rushing to the hospital. Much to her surprise, it wasn’t kidney stones – instead, she gave birth.

“The doctors were discussing kidney stones and pain and said order a CT scan,” the Georgia mom told Inside Edition. “But then he examined my stomach when I was having ‘cramps’ and changed his mind and did an ultrasound instead.”

It was shortly after that when doctors at Piedmont Henry Hospital told Jaegers that was in fact, 38-weeks pregnant and in labor.

“There are no words to describe the range of feelings associated with being told that you’re having a baby — in 30 minutes,” Jaegers’ husband, Michael, told a Detroit newspaper.

It wasn’t long after that Michael posted on Facebook, “Well, what Stephanie and I thought was going to be a kidney stone, turned out to be a beautiful baby boy. Shaun Jude Jaegers was born at 3:50AM this morning weighing 7 lbs. 3 oz. We are both still in complete shock over the events of the last few hours and appreciate the prayers and well wishes. Now to fit 9 months of pre-planning into 2 days!”

However, this story surely has many of you scratching your heads and wondering how a person couldn’t know they were pregnant?

While it is rare for a woman to have a ‘cryptic pregnancy,’ it is far from unheard of. The two running theories to explain the phenomena are either the woman is in denial, or the normal symptoms don’t present themselves. And Michael Jaegers seems to have a grasp on how it all transpired.

“Steph was diagnosed with pre-menopause awhile back which would justify the hormone imbalance also associated with a pregnancy,” he explained. “Shaun was also breech throughout the entire pregnancy which prevented him from moving around to indicate to Steph that he was in there and his position made it to where Steph didn’t ‘show.’ The most bizarre part is she continued to have a menstrual cycle, which the hospital tells us is rare, but can happen.

“Lastly, Steph broke her ankle a couple of weeks ago and was laid up for the last couple of weeks limiting her movements. All of this together ruled out in our minds even the remote possibility of a pregnancy.”

While still shocking, and probably more for the parents, this does raise some questions as to how well we can trust our bodies ion terms of self-diagnosis?

The long and short of it is, if you feel like something is askew and you are in fact, not a doctor, then it never hurts to go see one. Who knows, you might just be surprised what you find out.