We’ve all heard pregnancy stories that are hard to believe. One of my friends didn’t even know she was in labour until an hour before bub was born. Another one gave birth in an emergency evacuation center in the midst of a cyclone. There’s women who didn’t know they were pregnant, women giving birth to unexpected multiple babies, fathers who deliver their babies on the side of the road. But here are five pregnancy stories that you really won’t believe!
But before you read on, cast your scepticism aside because we’ve checked them all. And guess what? They are true!
The Woman who Gave Birth After Being Pronounced Dead (Then Came Back to Life)
In 2013, Texas English teacher Erica Nigrella was 36 weeks pregnant when she had a seizure and her heart stopped beating. She was rushed to hospital and her daughter was delivered via C-section after Erica was pronounced dead. The delivery of her daughter is known as a postmortem delivery as the mother’s heart was not beating at the time. It is unclear what procedure was used to bring Erica back from death, but since the delivery, Erica has been diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and has been given a life saving pacemaker.
The Woman Who Gave Birth at the Age of Five
The world’s youngest mum is Lina Medina, who, at the age of five years and seven months, gave birth via C-section to a healthy baby boy in 1939. The child died in 1979 but Lina reportedly remains alive and lives in Peru. The pregnancy was discovered when Lina’s father took her to the hospital with an abnormal growth. Medical history revealed that Lina had fully mature sexual organs from precocious puberty and had been having regular periods since the age of three. The father of the baby has never been revealed, but Lina’s father was arrested for child sexual abuse and later released due to lack of evidence. Lina went on to marry and have another son later in life.
The Woman Who Was Pregnant for 54 Weeks
Imagine being pregnant for 375 days! That’s how long Beulah Hunter was pregnant with her daughter, Penny Diana. Beulah’s pregnancy, which happened in 1945, is the longest recorded pregnancy resulting in a live baby to date. Doctors monitored the pregnancy and confirmed by examining the pregnancy test and her menstrual cycle that, she was indeed pregnant for over a year. It has been suggested that the long gestation period was due to the baby’s slow development in the womb. Happily, Baby Penny was born healthy and normal.
The Woman Who Was in Labour for two and a half months
While pregnant with triplets, Joanna Krysztonek from Poland, went into premature labour. One of the babies was born too early and died, but in an effort to keep the others in utero, Kysztonek remained in labour, but on strict bed rest for 75 days before the other two children (a boy and a girl) were born healthy.
The Woman Who Ran a Marathon and Gave Birth Hours Later
We’re told that exercise induces labour and an Illinois woman proves this to be true. Amber Miller, at 39 weeks pregnant, planned on running half of a marathon and walking the second half. That’s 42 km at 39 weeks. She did it, but halfway through started to experience contractions and gave birth to daughter, June, shortly after crossing the finish line.
I’m exhausted just reading that.