Women, take note. Stomach pains could send you to the maternity ward for a cryptic pregnancy. Connecticut mom Jennifer Scollin confused her pregnancy for a stomach bug, but ended up discovering the newest addition to the family — newborn Cole — after she gave birth in her driveway. Although Scollin is well-versed on what it’s like to carry a child, it wasn’t until her water broke that she realized she was going into labor with baby Cole.
That morning, she got the inclination something was wrong, but “I didn’t know I was pregnant,” Scollin told the Stamford Advocate, a local news outlet. Scollin did not experience any of the tell-tale signs of pregnancy as she reportedly did not gain much weight, and continued to menstruate until about a month ago. "I had been feeling fine until the past few days, and I had been getting my `womanly thing' every month until last month," she said.
Her sharp and throbbing stomach pains were what drove her to call her boyfriend, Matt Dillman, to come home from his nearby job to take Scollin to the hospital. Dillman called 911, and when the ambulance came, she started to give birth inside the ambulance parked in her driveway. “We didn’t know at first it was a baby coming, but once we did, it happened fast,” Scollin said, ABC News reported. “Two pushes and he was out.” Cole came out to weigh 9 lbs. and 3 oz.
Although births like Scollin’s may be considered unusual, they’re not too uncommon. In a 2011 blog post by Jena Pincott, in The Huffington Post, she shared one in 2,500 women do not realize they are pregnant until they are about to go into labor. These women do not know they’re pregnant because they have no symptoms such as no weight gain, no nausea, and barely any abdominal swelling.