Courtesy of Associated Press

Courtesy of Associated Press

I don’t watch many reality TV shows and am very suspicious about the Discovery Channel’s “I Didn’t Know I was Pregnant.” Yet, the story about Trish Staine intrigues me because it just might be true.

Staine is a 33 year old mother of 5 and has a daughter, son and three stepsons (ages 17, 19 and 20). She is also an aspiring half-marathon runner who runs for two hours in preparation for the next event.  Her husband had a vasectomy so she assumed her childbearing days were over. The thought about pregnancy never entered her mind when she developed back pain during her two-hour practice session. She took a shower and assumed the pain would subside. It didn’t. The next morning it actually became worse. Although she attended her daughter’s school play, the pain got stronger so her husband called an ambulance. When she arrived in the emergency room, something made the staff listen to her abdomen. Was it large? Hard? The article doesn’t say but when they heard a fetal heartbeat, Staine was in total disbelief. In fact, she might have had a cardiac arrest had she not gone into full-blown labor.

The hospital staff whisked her to the delivery room where she gave birth to a healthy baby girl who weighed 6 pounds 6 ounces and was 18.9 inches long and born 5 weeks early. They named her Mira which is short for miracle. Indeed, she is.

Staine alleges that she didn’t gain weight nor did she feel fetal movement during the course of her pregnancy. I am completely intrigued but maybe as a runner, the signs and symptoms of pregnancy were masked. Did she not gain weight because of her intense running? Did she continue to get her period or had it stopped?

Staine’s older daughter is ecstatic that she will finally have a sister and her husband is still reeling in shock. And as for Staine? She still plans to run in that half-marathon in the very near future.