A week ago, Langmaids updated thousands of followers with a photo of her and her partner holding the newborn girl Isla wrapped in a blanket.
"The heaviest week of our lives," wrote Langmaid.
The story she told is an extreme case of the rare but well-established phenomenon of "stealth" or "cryptic" pregnancy, experts say. One study estimates that 1
out of 2,500 women will not carry a child until they are forced to contract, while 1 in 475 women will not be able to cope with it until the 20th week of pregnancy. However, research on this topic is limited, and doctors keep puzzle over many things.
Christine Florida, a Florida-based gynecologist, sees why many Langmaids find the case "hard to fathom," especially given their body type. But it's not outside the realm of possibilities, she said.
"It shows how amazing our bodies are," Greves told The Washington Post.
Langmaid's baby was born, according to Australian news channels, with a healthy weight of eight pounds. The work was over in a few minutes. But the birth a few weeks ago was still staggering, the new mother and her partner Dan Carty told 7 News.
Carty heard Langmaid's screams and hurried to the bathroom to find her with Isla, telling 7 News. An emergency call verified by the news agency documents the shock of the young parents when Carty sought help for a daughter whom he warned and blushed.
"How many weeks pregnant was she?" Asked the operator according to 7 News. 19659002] "We do not know," Carty said allegedly. "We did not know she was pregnant, the mother is fine and the baby is not feeling well."
The operator talked to the parents about the crisis, 7 News reported, and Isla sounded healthy but only the beginning of a difficult time, said Langmaid.
In an Instagram post, she called her "Rock."
"This is our life, and we would not change it." She said, according to 7 News
Stealth pregnancies have been making headlines for years and even inspire a TLC show titled "I did not know I'm pregnant." One widespread case from 2015 has many similarities to Langmaids: Katherine Kropas, also 23 years old, gave birth to a healthy 10-pound girl, even though she used contraception, had periods and had no complaints except slightly swollen feet.
She has gained a few extra pounds, she said to reports rn – but nothing is visible enough to point to a baby.
"I thought I had gained some weight, but I never thought I was pregnant," she told a CBS partner in Boston, referring to "denied pregnancies," assuming that surprise bi rths were mostly from mothers who for psychological reasons did not say they were wearing. However, the term "cryptic pregnancy" has prevailed in recent years as people point out cases in which women appear to have no physical evidence. Giudice, a professor at the University of New Mexico, spoke in a 2007 article for the Use of the term. The name also indicates how many aspects of the phenomenon – such as What causes it and who tends to experience it – remain mysterious to science.
"We do not understand the biological foundations of a cryptic pregnancy any better than we did in 2007," Del Giudice told the Post.
Doctors have some ideas about what makes a pregnancy harder to recognize. A placenta positioned in a certain way could prevent the mother from feeling the movements of a baby, said Florida's gynecologist Greves, who runs a medical counseling center for women. An irregular menstrual cycle – as well as the fact that some women experience bleeding during pregnancy – can not be a telltale stopper in certain periods. And it's not impossible to get pregnant during birth control.
But Langmaid's experience is remarkable, said Richard Beckerman, chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington. Decades ago, during his stay, he treated two women who had appeared in the emergency department with abdominal pain and did not realize that they were pregnant until they had to contract. But these women were overweight and made pregnancy harder to discover, he said.
He has not encountered any other case in 30 years of private practice.
"We do not see it often," he said.