21 Nov Dr. Kate Dielentheis Interviewed on CBS 58: “Local Woman has Baby Hours After Finding out she is Pregnant”
Most women have nine months to prepare for a new baby. 27-year-old Mackenzie Aiello had less than 12 hours.
“I was in complete shock. I don’t think that I believe I was having a baby until he actually came out of me,” says Mackenzie. “I just carried a baby for nine months and had no idea. You can’t tell me this is normal.”
Meet one-month-old Jackson Royce. Mackenzie met him unexpectedly in October after going to the emergency room for stomach pains.
“They gave me morphine to help with the pain, I was finally able to use the bathroom, and six doctors run in and say ‘You’re pregnant’ and I say ‘There’s no way,’” recalls Mackenzie.
Not only was Mackenzie pregnant, she was in labor.
“When I looked down, they said ‘You’re five centimeters dilated, there’s so much hair,’ and I said ‘Hair from what?’ They said ‘The baby!’ I thought, ‘Oh my God.’”
If you’re wondering how this happens, doctors say one of out of about 7,000 babies born in the U.S. were unexpected and with four million born annually, that means more than 500 women will carry a baby to full term and have no idea they were pregnant.
“Most women who’ve been pregnant find that to be really surprising because your body does go through so many changes during pregnancy and seems for most of us that that would be hard to not recognize but there are certainly a couple of reasons that a woman may not recognize that she’s pregnant,” says Dr. Kate Dielentheis, an OBGYN at Froedtert Hospital.
When it comes to Mackenzie’s symptoms, she says she didn’t have many.
Mackenzie said she continued to bleed throughout her pregnancy, giving her the illusion she was still getting her menstrual cycle, she didn’t look pregnant, saying her weight has always fluctuated, she never felt Jackson kicking, she was still getting birth control shots, the chances of her getting pregnant while on those is three in 1,000.
“I think most OBGYNs have one or two women in their career, maybe a handful in a long career of women like this who have no signs or symptoms of pregnancy, and really have no idea, but it is very rare,” says Dr. Kate Dielentheis, an OBGYN at Froedtert Hospital.
“Why would I deprive my child of prenatal care? If I knew, I would have taken care of it,” says Mackenzie.
Mackenzie says Jackson is perfectly healthy, beating the odds in more ways than one with a grand entrance not even mom expected.
“I didn’t have nine months to get excited, I was just given this baby, I just want people to know it happens and I am doing my best with him,” says Mackenzie.