19-year-old discovers she's PREGNANT hours before giving birth thought it was quarantine weight gain

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A 19-year-old college student who thought she was infertile has opened up about her shock at learning she was actually nine-months pregnant, just hours before giving birth – having passed off her symptoms as period pains and quarantine weight gain. 

Mother-of-one Kate Schmittling, a sophomore at University of Toledo in Ohio, welcomed her one-year-old son in February 2021 – however she recently opened up about the unique circumstances of his arrival in a TikTok video, recalling her horror at discovering she was not only pregnant, but due to give birth in a matter of hours.

The student, now 20, who hails from Michigan, recalled gaining a small amount of weight, which she thought was simply because she had been eating unhealthy and skipping the gym amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

She said she was on the pill and had light spotting throughout the entire pregnancy, which she mistook for her period, so it never occurred to her that she was expecting a child.

Kate had also been previously told by her doctor that she couldn’t have a baby, so she was stunned when she discovered that she was in labor after visiting the emergency room on February 16, 2021.

A 19-year-old college student, who was previously told that she was infertile by doctors, was shocked to discover that she was nine-months pregnant just hours before giving birth

A 19-year-old college student, who was previously told that she was infertile by doctors, was shocked to discover that she was nine-months pregnant just hours before giving birth

Kate Schmittling, a sophomore at University of Toledo in Ohio, had no idea she was carrying a baby for nine-months and passed off symptoms as period pains and quarantine weight gain

Kate Schmittling, a sophomore at University of Toledo in Ohio, had no idea she was carrying a baby for nine-months and passed off symptoms as period pains and quarantine weight gain

She went to the hospital because she was experiencing extreme cramps and stomach pain, and left with a newborn son – whom she named Sebastian.

Kate recalled gaining a small amount of weight, which she thought was because she had been eating unhealthy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She is pictured while eight-months pregnant

Kate recalled gaining a small amount of weight, which she thought was because she had been eating unhealthy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She is pictured while eight-months pregnant

‘The doctors in the emergency room were like, “Oh, by the way, you’re going to have a baby right now,”‘ she recalled to the New York Post recently. ‘I was super surprised.

‘[The doctors] said, “You’re in active labor and we need to get you to labor and delivery unit soon.”

She opened up about the experience on TikTok recently and it quickly went viral – gaining more than 14 million views in a matter of days and leaving many people on the internet enthralled with her story. 

‘Me having really bad period cramps and rushing to the ER thinking I’m dying,’ she wrote in the clip, before showing a photo of her son. 

It turns out, Kate had something called a cryptic pregnancy – a mysterious pregnancy that goes unnoticed right up until labor begins – which occurs in about one in 475 women, according to Flo.Health.

During cryptic pregnancies, symptoms are mild enough to pass as a temporary illness, and it normally happens to people who have hormonal imbalance.

Kate, who said she took birth control ‘religiously,’ recalled being in ‘complete shock’ when she learned that she was about to become a mom. 

She said had light spotting throughout the pregnancy, which she mistook for her period. She is pictured one-month into the pregnancy

She said had light spotting throughout the pregnancy, which she mistook for her period. She is pictured four-months into the pregnancy

She said had light spotting throughout the pregnancy, which she mistook for her period. She is pictured one-month (left) and four-months (right) into her pregnancy

She had also been previously told by her doctor that she couldn't have a baby. Kate is pictured a few months into the pregnancy

She had also been previously told by her doctor that she couldn't have a baby. Kate is pictured at five-months pregnant

She had also been previously told by her doctor that she couldn’t have a baby. Kate is pictured left a few months into the pregnancy and right at five-months pregnant

Kate went to the hospital because she was experiencing extreme cramps and severe stomach pain in February 2021, and was stunned when she discovered she was in labor

 Kate went to the hospital because she was experiencing extreme cramps and severe stomach pain in February 2021, and was stunned when she discovered she was in labor

‘It’s super emotional,’ she admitted to the Post. ‘I went from being a normal college student to a mom in one day. I couldn’t believe it.’

‘I was shocked, I can’t explain my emotions because there’s not even an emotion to put there, I don’t even know what to call it,’ she also said on TikTok. 

Kate said she gained some weight near the end of the pregnancy but certainly ‘didn’t look eight-months pregnant.’

‘We were in the middle of the pandemic, so any of the weight that I did gain I thought that it was quarantine weight,’ she explained to the Post. ‘I was not eating very healthy and working out at all.’

She claimed on TikTok that she often had ‘stomach problems,’ so she blamed anything she was feeling on that.

She also was later told that her placenta was ‘in front’ of the baby, which is why she didn’t feel him kicking.

‘I was literally bleeding so it didn’t really [occur to] me that I was pregnant,’ she said in another video.

‘I was on birth control. I probably shouldn’t have relied on birth control but I did, but here we are.

Surprise! Kate, who said she took birth control'religiously,' recalled being in'complete shock' when she learned that she was about to become a mom

Surprise! Kate, who said she took birth control ‘religiously,’ recalled being in ‘complete shock’ when she learned that she was about to become a mom

Oh baby: She gave birth to a boy, named Sebastian, and despite calling the situation'really scary,' she said she is thankful that she went through it and that she is'blessed' to have her son

Oh baby: She gave birth to a boy, named Sebastian, and despite calling the situation ‘really scary,’ she said she is thankful that she went through it and that she is ‘blessed’ to have her son

Kate had something called a cryptic pregnancy, which normally happens to people who have hormonal imbalance and occurs in about one in 475 women

Kate had something called a cryptic pregnancy, which normally happens to people who have hormonal imbalance and occurs in about one in 475 women

Kate had something called a cryptic pregnancy, which normally happens to people who have hormonal imbalance and occurs in about one in 475 women

‘I didn’t gain a crazy amount of weight like most pregnant people do early on. Any of the weight I did gain, I thought it was quarantine weight because I was literally trapped in my dorm room and did not eat healthy at all.

What is a cryptic pregnancy?

  • A cryptic pregnancy is a mysterious pregnancy that goes unnoticed right up until labor begins 
  • It occurs in about one in 475 women
  • During cryptic pregnancies, symptoms are mild enough to pass as a temporary illness, and it normally happens to people who have hormonal imbalance
  • If someone continues to take birth control while pregnant, they might not experience pregnancy symptoms and therefore have a cryptic pregnancy
  • Stress also influences hormones, so high stress can disrupt common pregnancy symptoms. Low body fat can also trigger hormonal imbalances, which might cause a symptomless pregnancy
  • Source: Flo.Health 

‘I was on the pill throughout the whole thing. I took it religiously every morning at 10 AM with my breakfast all the time.

‘Clearly, birth control isn’t 100 per cent, it doesn’t work all the time. There’s always that little chance you could still get pregnant.’ 

Kate said she bled throughout the entire pregnancy, and because her periods had been irregular her whole life, she wasn’t suspicious.

‘You don’t have a period while pregnant, however, 25 per cent of pregnant woman bleed during their pregnancy,’ she said on TikTok. ‘Plus, I’ve always had irregular periods.’ 

The one symptom that she did notice, while reflecting on the experience, was a change in her emotions. 

‘I have emotions now and I had emotions before but definitely during that time, anything would set me off,’ she recalled.

‘I blamed it on being a college student in the middle of a freaking pandemic. I was stressed all the time, but I was definitely over-the-top emotional a lot.’

She said her family was ‘super supportive’ and that her parents ‘love being grandparents’ to little Sebastian, who recently celebrated his first birthday.

‘Everyone was super surprised of course but my family and friends are super supportive,’ she explained on TikTok.

She said that she and the father, who is also a 20-year-old student whose name has been kept hidden for privacy reasons, are great at co-parenting.

‘At first, [the] father was definitely shocked and surprised like everyone else,’ she told the Post.

Kate answered a series of questions about the pregnancy on her TikTok account after posting a viral video about it, which has now been watched more than 14 million times

Kate answered a series of questions about the pregnancy on her TikTok account after posting a viral video about it, which has now been watched more than 14 million times

‘But he and his family are super supportive and involved in Sebastian’s life, and we’re both going to school and working part time to make sure [Sebastian] continues thriving.’

When someone asked her how she learned to ‘suddenly have love for a baby’ that was kind of ‘like a stranger’ to her, she explained on TikTok, ‘It was kinda weird. To be honest, at first I didn’t want to even be around him and asked for him to be in the nursery because I had to process my thoughts.

‘One of my sweet nurses (who was a teen mom too) told me whatever my choice is, I’m gonna wanna at least see the baby so I did and I’m so glad I did because it honestly made me face reality and process things better. Plus, I fell in love with him instantly.’

Despite calling the situation ‘really scary,’ she said she is now thankful that she went through it.

‘Even though the whole experience was really scary, I was really happy to find out that I can have kids, and that my baby was completely healthy,’ she gushed to the Post. 

She added on TikTok, ‘Sebastian is thriving, and he’s so smart, such a good kid. Love him so much, super blessed.’ 

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