Of course, pregnancies always come as a surprise—but it can even be more surprising, especially when you only found out you’re pregnant after giving birth to your child. Yes, cryptic pregnancy do exist.
On Facebook, the story of a woman has been making rounds online recently after her husband shared how she just learned about her pregnacy moments before she gave birth to their baby.
“Pia and I are so thankful for your prayers and support for Team Rapusas in this season of COVID-19 and ECQ. Our story has overwhelmed many of you with varying degrees of reactions ranging from a speechless jaw drop emoji to a ridiculous joke,” Jonathan Rapusas expressed in a lengthy post. “I am giving a summary of what happened when Pia and I found out she was pregnant and gave birth to Isaiah David on the same day. We can truly say that God is a God of Miracles!”
On May 6, Pia experienced abdominal pain, which she thought was an extreme case of dysmenorrhea. Because the lockdown is still being implemented, she had a consultation with a doctor only through chat, then bought her prescription the next day.
“On the morning of May 8, Pia felt that she was not getting better and took a home pregnancy kit twice to confirm she was pregnant. We shared the news to our families declaring that we got pregnant due to the ECQ. Pia was still in persistent pain so we went to the ER and hoped to get consulted by an OB-gyn our next steps. Pia’s first consultation in the OB-gyn ward brought a commotion to the doctors there. The head of the department was only giving an option to give birth right now in the hospital or transfer to another one,” he shared.
“The two doctors informed me that the baby was born full term (38 weeks) weighing 3.2 kilograms,” he continued.
According to News Medical, cryptic pregnancy is the phenomenon whereby women do not become consciously aware of their pregnancy until the last weeks of gestation or in some cases until they give birth.
“Cryptic pregnancy is, in many cases, characterized by pseudo-menstrual bleeding and lack of typical pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, sickness and vomiting. Current estimates show that 1 in every 475 women experience cryptic pregnancy undiscovered until the 20th week of the pregnancy,” it noted.
And while the Pia and Jonathan’s child was in perfect condition at birth, the condition can also put the newborn at risk in some cases.
“Consequences of cryptic pregnancy, including psychological distress, unassisted delivery and neonaticide, put both the mother and the newborn at risk,” it was noted.
At present, it was disclosed, there has been no established clear-cut topology of the group women whereby the incidence of cryptic pregnancy is the highest.
“The majority of women studied, contrary to common beliefs, had good social support, leading to the conclusion that external stressors and conflicts can have an adverse effect in otherwise well-adjusted women. Thus, women who undergo cryptic pregnancy are part of a heterogeneous group with no clear-cut identifying characteristics. Therefore, doctors should be more aware of the possibility of cryptic pregnancy and undergo a thorough examination of women who present with symptoms associated with pregnancy,” it was further explained.