Expecting a child usually means months of preparation, expectations and nerves.
As a mother, one is often told that no two pregnancies are the same – each mom has a unique experience of what it’s like to carry a baby in her belly.
But rarely has this sounded so on point as with the story of 23-year-old Lizzie Quah, from Bloomington, Illinois.
She found out that she was pregnant only two hours before giving birth to her baby daughter. Lizzie, a ballet teacher, was rushed to the hospital with what she thought was a kidney stone.
A few hours later, she was holding a newborn baby in her arms …
Lizzie revealed her incredible story via a TikTok video, where she described how her whole life changed one day in June, last year. At 2.30 a.m. on 23 June 2019, she woke up with what she thought was a kidney stone.
Since she’d had the same problem before, she recognized the feeling. The difference this time was that it felt a thousand times worse.
Speaking to Buzzfeed, Lizzie explained it ‘felt exactly like a kidney stone’.
She continued: “I had one around three years ago, and it was the worst pain I’d ever experienced. It was severe cramping / searing pain in my lower back and lower abdomen, it really felt like someone was pulling me apart from the inside out, which ironically was kind of what was actually happening!”
Lizzie described the pain as the ‘worst period cramps of her entire life’ and asked her mother to take her to the hospital.
At the hospital, several routine tests were performed. The doctors didn’t want her to have painkillers unless they were certain that she wasn’t pregnant.
No fear of that, or so Lizzie thought…
“So [I got] admitted and in order to give you the drugs for the kidney stone they have to make sure you’re not pregnant,” she says in the video.
That’s when the shocking news came.
Lizzie was in fact pregnant and already eight centimeters dilated when she had her first exam.
“Turns out [I was] actually eight inches dilated and in active labor and having a baby that night,” she said.
Two hours after her positive pregnancy test, Lizzie pushed out her baby, much to everyone’s surprise.
But it wasn’t all sunshine and roses – the situation became pretty serious when doctors discovered that Lizzie was suffering from some incredibly serious conditions: placenta previa, toxemia and preeclampsia.
Fortunately, everything went well and her daughter, Winnie June, weighed 6lbs 7oz when she arrived into the world.
She is now a sweet, lovely and healthy baby girl who will soon celebrate her first birthday.
Many people have been skeptical as to Lizzie’s story – they find it hard to believe that she had no symptoms and no idea that she was pregnant.
This is her answer:
“I gained a little bit of weight, but only enough where I felt like I needed to get back into my workout routine … I was working more than I ever had in the last six months before she was born, and was eating really unhealthy.
“I had stopped going to the gym because I was so busy, so I attributed that to my slight weight gain. I was more tired than normal, and wanted to take more naps than I used to, but again I attributed that to working all the time.
The most important thing is that everything went well and that both mother and daughter are healthy. Thank you for sharing this somewhat bizarre story Lizzie! All pregnancies are unique and your journey really proves it.
Good luck in the future! Like and share this article if you also think Lizzie and Winnie June are simply adorable together 🙂