- Associated Press - Saturday, October 22, 2016

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (AP) - Abdominal pain sent Stephanie Jaegers to the hospital.

She told her husband, Michael, she believed it was due to kidney stones.

When they arrived at Piedmont Henry Hospital in Stockbridge on Tuesday, doctors asked if she might be pregnant. She said no, and doctors began preparing her for X-rays. But after some observations, doctors changed their plans.

“She’s not getting a CAT scan, she’s getting an ultrasound,” Michael Jaegers recalled the doctor saying.

Jaegers tells WXIA-TV (https://on.11alive.com/2eud8vl ) doctors told him his wife was pregnant - 38 weeks pregnant to be exact.

“There are no words to describe the range of feelings associated with being told that you’re having a baby - in 30 minutes,” he said. “It wasn’t until we heard the heartbeat that reality set in.”

At 3:50 a.m. Wednesday, Shaun Jude Jaegers was born. At 7 pounds, 3 ounces and 19 inches long, he appeared to be very healthy - even without any prenatal care.

So how did Stephanie Jaegers make it through an entire pregnancy without ever knowing she was pregnant?

In a Facebook post, Michael Jaegers writes, “Steph was diagnosed with pre-menopause awhile back which would justify the hormone imbalance also associated with a pregnancy. 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.”

The couple were already parents to three children - two boys ages 16 and 11, and a girl who turns 3 later this year. And when Stephanie gave birth to her daughter, doctors told her it was unlikely that she’d be able to have another child.

Stephanie and Shaun left the hospital Friday morning, and Michael said they’re doing fine.

A friend has established a GoFundMe page to help the family out. As of Friday, $270 had been collected toward a $1,000 goal.


Information from: WXIA-TV, https://www.11alive.com/

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