Michael and Stephanie Jaegers got a big surprise when Shaun Jude Jaegers was born on Wednesday in Stockbridge, Ga.(Photo: Family photo)
ATLANTA — It's been an interesting few days for Stephanie Jaegers and her husband, Michael.
Tuesday night, Michael got a call from his wife, who said she she was having abdominal pains and needed to go to the hospital. She said she thought the pain was being caused by kidney stones.
When they arrived at Piedmont Henry Hospital in Stockbridge, Ga., the doctor asked if Stephanie might be pregnant. She said no, and doctors began preparing her for X-rays.
But after some observations, doctors had a sudden change of plans.
"She's not getting a CAT scan, she's getting an ultrasound," Michael Jaegers recalled the doctor saying.
Stephanie Jaegers was pregnant — very pregnant. Doctors said she was at 38 weeks.
"There are no words to describe the range of feelings associated with being told that you're having a baby — in 30 minutes," Michael said.
Shaun Jude Jaegers was born at 3:50 a.m. ET on Wednesday. At 7 pounds, 3 oz and 19 inches long, he appeared to be a healthy baby, in spite of having no prenatal care.
So how did Stephanie make it through an entire pregnancy without ever knowing she was pregnant?
According to a Facebook post by Michael Jaegers: "Steph was diagnosed with pre-menopause awhile back which would justify the hormone imbalance also associated with a pregnancy. Shaun was also breech throughout the entire pregnancy which prevented him from moving around to indicate to Steph that he was in there and his position made it to where Steph didn't ‘show’. The most bizarre part is she continued to have a menstrual cycle, which the hospital tells us is rare, but can happen. Lastly, Steph broke her ankle a couple of weeks ago and was laid up for the last couple of weeks limiting her movements. All of this together ruled out in our minds even the remote possibility of a pregnancy."
The couple were already parents to three children — two boys ages 16 and 11, and a girl who turns 3 later this year. And when Stephanie gave birth to her daughter, doctors told her it was unlikely that she'd be able to have another child.
Friends and family were also surprised by the new bundle of joy, but Michael said the way they've come together to help his family has been encouraging.
Stephanie and Shaun left the hospital Friday morning, and Michael said they're doing fine.
A friend has established a GoFundMe page to help the family out.