Massachusetts woman Judy Brown was pregnant when she began experiencing abdominal cramps and felt a need to go to the hospital. Little did she know that she was in for the shock of her life when doctors informed her that she was about to have a baby. Brown thought she had already reached menopause, so it was the last thing she expected to hear.
ABC News reports that the surprised Massachusetts woman learned that she was going to give birth within an hour. Judy Brown, 47, had no idea that she was pregnant.
According to the report, Brown went to Beverly Hospital in Beverly, Massachusetts, with severe abdominal pain. At first Brown thought that her pain was caused by a blockage or gallstone. Doctors figured out rather quickly that Brown was pregnant and about to deliver her baby.
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“It was a little bit scary getting into the hospital thinking something was really bad was going on,” Brown said. “To understand and take in that was I pregnant and was about to go into labor … it was very overwhelming.”
Brown’s husband of 22 years — Jason Brown — was by her side. They’ve been married for 22 years. Within an hour, the pair were proud parents to a healthy girl who weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces. She was named Carolyn Rose after Judy and Jason’s mothers.
The Massachusetts woman didn’t think being pregnant was even possible since she thought that her body was just going through changes that naturally occur with age. After being married for 22 years, being pregnant wasn’t something that Judy Brown had on her mind.
Due to the unexpected arrival of their newborn, the Browns had to scramble to borrow some baby items, like a car seat and a bassinet, so they could leave the hospital.
The couple have no other children. This is the Brown’s only child together.
According to WCVB 5 News, relatives and friends of the Browns are rushing to get them baby items.
According to an obstetrician and gynecologist at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Dr. Kimberly Gecsi, it’s rare for a woman not to know that she’s pregnant.
“People don’t know sometimes or they’re in denial about it and denial can be pretty strong,” Gecsi said.
Dr. Gecsi explains that women even in their late 40s shouldn’t think that they can’t get pregnant. She adds that it’s not a good idea to ignore contraception because they think they’re on menopause. Doctors should counsel female patients in their 40s about contraception and menopause.
It’s not likely that baby Carolyn Rose will have a new sibling, either.
“I will get the surgery before it even becomes a thought,” Jason Brown told WCVB 5.
Judy Brown said that their new baby is already “daddy’s little girl.” Apparently, whenever she cries, he’s right there.
The Inquisitr wrote about another Massachusetts woman who was pregnant when she had no idea that she was expecting. The story was written last January. She wasn’t going through menopause or anything, but she was feeling extremely ill and called in sick at work. When she went to the hospital, she was told that she was going to give birth within an hour — much like Judy Brown. Katherine Kropas of Weymouth gave birth to a 10-pound, 2-ounce baby girl.
According to a study in Berlin, about one in 475 women don’t know they’re pregnant until week 20 and one in 2,455 didn’t realize they were pregnant until it was time to give birth.
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