23-year-old discovered she was pregnant 2 hours before giving birth

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.

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Sometimes life changes in a moment. All our efforts at planning, preparation, and control seem an illusion, a comical and childish idea. A sand castle built close to the water; or a toddler’s fistful of sand thrown back in the ocean. Sometimes the unexpected windfall so alters our feeble and humble ideas, so overwhelms our senses and understanding, that we laugh when faced with our new reality. Or we cry with our hands over our mouths. Our fingers try to hold in the shock and the joy and the wonder. Our bodies bend over with the power of it, knocked down and pushed forward with the wave of it. For our physical forms are no match for their oceanic strength and direction. We arrive on our beach with a smile of acceptance and see that our new reality is a joy beyond naming. Better than we could have chosen for ourselves. Better than we could have imagined for our own lives. All the cautions and questions and choices that seemed so important before are irrelevant now. This is where we are. This is who we will be. This is how life is. My joy, my wonder, my windfall was born June 23rd at 7:13 a.m. A tiny baby girl 6 pounds and 7 ounces, 20 inches long. She is pink and perfect and sweet and beautiful. I am overcome by wonder and happiness and instinct. I am now a mama. My little surprise baby girl is Winnie June Quah. My heart is full, and my mind is reeling. And I am just trying to figure out today. Before I sit down to build a new castle, I am scooting back a little from the shore and loving today, admiring the truth that beyond all this worry, behind all that makes my every day, is only love. Only joy. Only life. I am overwhelmed by gratitude for the smiles and exclamations of joy by my family and friends. The heartfelt and sincere happiness that others have expressed has increased my own. And for all the offers of help, and baby things, and food, I am so thankful. I know that everyone who knows and loves me will have lots of questions; I don’t know the answers yet. I know also that you will want to help. I accept. I need it, and I appreciate everything more than I can express. Welcome to the world, my girl.

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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 🙂