BAD CHINESE FOOD? NO, 29-YEAR-OLD SHOCKED TO BE IN LABOR
Sometimes life brings you little surprises. Sometimes these little surprises are huge. Well, just over 5 pounds of huge in this case. But huge regardless. 29-year-old Crystal Gail Amerson in Pensacola, Florida had quite the shock of her life. She went to bed about a week ago after having Chinese food for dinner. But then she woke up at about 4 in the morning with strong stomach pains. She was running to the loo for over an hour. She thought she had eaten some bad Chinese food! But bad Chinese food it was not. Unbeknownst to Crystal, she was 37 weeks pregnant and had gone into labor! She thought labor was food poisoning.
IF YOU THOUGHT LABOR COUD BE A SURPRISE, HOW ABOUT UNEXPECTED BIRTH?
“I had Chinese food the night before and I kind of figured maybe I had food poisoning or something like that,” she said. But that was not the case. She was actually about to give birth to her second son. Crystal called work that she was sick at about 5am. But an hour later the pain got much worse. So crystal woke up her fiancé to call an ambulance. “The stomach pains were just excruciating and I could hardly move,” Crystal said. “I think it was about 6:30 (a.m.) when (the ambulance) got there. … It escalated so quickly that I was having contractions and we figured out kind of what was going on because at first we really didn’t know what was going on.” Mystery solved! Well, that was inevitable, considering.
HIDDEN PREGNANCIES DO HAPPEN, JUST NOT USUALLY AT BIRTHING TIME
But how did Crystal have no idea she was pregnant all that time? Well, her first pregnancy didn’t include a lot of the usual symptoms that most mothers-to-be experience. She had no morning sickness and had very little weight gain. “I gained a little bit of weight, but I think with my first baby I didn’t notice either,” she said. “I never gained that pregnancy shape, really. And then I wear scrubs to work because I work at a retirement home for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. So I guess the way they fit me as well, it was hard to notice anything or tell anything.” But Crystal’s situation is far from unique. An obstetrician-gynecologist at Sacred Heart Hospital, Dr. Julie DeCesare, said it’s all too possible. But, she noted, she’d only seen it happen three times in two decades of practice.
BABY BOY SAFELY DELIVERED IN AMBULANCE, EMT LOSES CHERRY
But the 29-year-old’s second son was born at 6:59 that morning, in the back of the responding ambulance. Baby Oliver James was 18.9 inches and 5.27 pounds. The EMT had never delivered a baby before, but all went well. If you thought labor could be a surprise, this takes the cake. But bad Chinese food? Not so much. There will be no bad reviews for Great China over on West Nine Road. But if you eat there, maybe make sure to read your fortune!