Surprise! You’re having a baby — in an hour

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(CNN) — Fifty-one minutes is all the time Katie Kropas had to prepare for what most expectant mothers spend nine months planning for: motherhood.

“I found out at 10:15 and I had her at 11:06,” Kropas told CNN affiliate WBZ.

The Massachusetts woman said she woke up Tuesday morning with lower back pain so severe, she was rushed to a hospital in Weymouth, south of Boston.

“They told me that I had a full-term baby, ready to come now,” she said.

Less than a hour later, Kropas gave birth to her 10 pound, 2 ounce daughter Ellie.

Kropas said the obvious pregnancy symptoms just weren’t there.

Her mom Karen Kropas agreed, telling WBZ, “I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t get my head around it, and I live with her. As a female, there were no signs.”

Cryptic pregnancies, as they are called, aren’t completely unheard of. Cable network TLC even created a show about them, “I Didn’t Know I was Pregnant.”

But exactly how common they are depends on who you ask.

According to one Serbian study, an estimated one out of every 7,225 pregnancies is unknown to the mother until the moment of delivery.

Dr. Kim Dever is the chair of obstetrics and gynecology at South Shore Hospital, where Kropas gave birth. She said of the approximate 3,500 annual births at her hospital, “we probably see this a few times a year.”

Dever said it often happens if the woman is overweight or has irregular periods. If the mother-to-be wasn’t planning to get pregnant, she might confuse baby movement as gas, Dever said.

“I thought I had put on some Christmas-season weight, but I never thought I was pregnant. Never,” Kropas told WBZ.

Without any time to prepare, Kropas said she expects the first few weeks with her daughter will be challenging, but worth it.

“I love her,” she said.

11 comments

  • I'm Awesome

    Did none of you READ the story?! try it some time – you’d be amazed at how much info you can find. The rest of you condemning her need to get off your high horse.
    “Very often, especially in your first pregnancy, you sometimes really aren’t aware of what you’re feeling and we often times have women joke and think they’re feeling gas pains or they can attribute it to other natural conditions,”

    • Lorett

      It’s one thing to mistake early fetal movements for gas, but to be so extremely unaware with her own body that she didn’t notice a huge watermelon’s size 15-20 pounds “lump” / what gets rock hard many times daily later in pregnancy/ in her own belly for months, is just completely ridiculous! Or she just wanted her 5 minutes fame.

  • Priscilla

    “Some extra Christmas weight”-funny!! That’s a heck of a lot of weight to gain in only a few weeks 🙂

  • Bob

    Look she is an extremely fat pig so she missed a baby. Cut her some slack already and pass her another balogna sandwich…

    • sharon

      you are not nice so mean u r seriously shes not that big i have seen big woman and she is fine she had a healthy bb girl

  • sharon

    i did not know i was pregnet till i was 35 weeks only gained 8 lb wore my regular cloths and that was my third child so it does happen my daughter was healthy weighed 6lb 2 oz full term so things can and do happen happened to my daughter as well . ome dont gain alot of weight the most i gained was 13 lbs and my biggest was 7.7 had four healthy children wore my cloths didnt have to extra .

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