​Whoa! This Woman — and Her Doctors! — Didn’t Know She Was Pregnant

Rebecca Oldham didn't know she was pregnant Photo: The New Zealand Herald

Oh baby! A New Zealand woman went into surgery to have her ovaries removed, but came home with a new son instead.

After experiencing severe, painful cramps that she says weren’t explained by blood tests, pregnancy tests, or scans, 25-year-old Rebecca Oldham was set to have an ovary-removal procedure. But doctors woke her up mid-surgery with some surprising news; they were about to perform an emergency c-section to deliver a nine-pound baby.

A nine-pound baby! Apparently, baby James had been lodged tightly along Oldham’s back. “People say ‘how could you not know?’ But I really didn’t,” she tells the New Zealand Herald.

Oldham and her partner, James Tipene, are waiting on the results of a hospital investigation to determine exactly how this full-term pregnancy went undetected. While their unexpected son comes as a huge shock, he’s a welcome little brother to their 20-month-old, Hayley.

“I was facing not being able to have any more children because they thought there were problems with my ovaries and all of a sudden we had a son,” Oldham says.

Being thrust into new-mom mode again has come with its fair share of challenges. Oldham explains that feeding James has been a struggle.

“I couldn’t grasp breastfeeding,” she said. “I think it was because my body wasn’t emotionally aware I was pregnant.”

“When he cried at night I would say, ‘ssshhhh Hayley’, and then remember it wasn’t her and that I had a newborn baby,” she added.

Amidst all this chaos, we think some congratulations are definitely in order.

How long before you realized you were pregnant?

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