When Crystal Gail Amerson began to feel stomach cramps on Sunday, the only thing she could think would be causing them was the Chinese food she’s had the night before.
“I had eaten General Tso’s chicken the night before,” she explained, “and although there was nothing whatsoever wrong with the food, at that point food poisoning was my only guess on what could possibly be going on.”
As the morning went on, the cramps got more and more painful. Eventually, they got so bad that she asked her fiancé, Brian Westerfield, to call an ambulance.
As she was taken to the hospital, Crystal didn’t know if she was going to make it.
“It was scary,” she said. “I was sure I was dying, it was literally the most terrifying and painful ride of my life.”
But as the EMTs carefully monitored her, they realized that what she was experiencing wasn’t food poisoning.
“The pain came in waves and were excruciating. But as the seconds ticked by and the pain was more intense and more frequent, the EMT attending me and myself pieced together what was happening,” Crystal said.
Crystal’s stomach cramps weren’t caused by bad Chinese food. She was in labor!
Crystal had had no idea she was pregnant, but as the ambulance was on its way to the hospital, the shocked mom gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
“They put him in my arms to hold until we reached the hospital,” she recalled. “I couldn’t come up with a coherent thought, just that I had to do what I had to do to not be in the pain I was in.”
Once they got to the hospital, doctors told the stunned parents that Crystal had been about 37 weeks along.
This wasn’t Crystal’s first pregnancy – she already had an 18-month-old son – but this one wasn’t like the previous pregnancy at all.
“I only gained about ten or fifteen pounds maybe throughout what we now know was my pregnancy,” Crystal said. “No morning sickness, no huge round belly. I worked full time, chased after my 18-month-old son all night. I had no time to stop and realize that I was pregnant, especially since I didn’t experience typical symptoms.”
While it sounds too crazy to believe that a woman could be 9 months pregnant and not know it, Brian explained that it actually happens more than one might think.
“Turns out it’s more common than you would think, though still bizarre,” he said. “Negative tests, no ‘pregnant shape’, baby behind the placenta feels like gas so for coffee drinkers doesn’t feel any different. No morning sickness or anything. No monthly bleeding is common for some women. So with no real symptoms there wasnt a need to get an ultrasound or anything.”
While unexpectedly welcoming a new little bundle of joy was sure a shock, Crystal and Brian are quickly adjusting to life as a family of four.
The couple has set up a GoFundMe to purchase a new car that will fit two car seats. As of this writing, they have raised over $900 of their $5,000 goal.
While his birth was a surprising one, Crystal and Brian say baby Oliver is adjusting well to life at home.
“He’s making progress, sleeping well, eating well, smiling when he decides to stay awake long enough to interact with friends and family,” Crystal said.
“Mommy and daddy are doing okay, too, but we’re definitely due for a home cooked meal and a good night’s sleep!”
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