When Judy Brown started having severe abdominal pain, she went to a Massachuesssets hospital thinking her stomach had some “blockage”.
Little did the 47-year-old know, her stomach was in pain because it was housing something much more precious.
“”(The doctors said) ‘It’s good news, there’s no blockage, you are pregnant and you are going to have her now!’” the doctor tells Judy and her husband of 22 years, Jason Brown.
About an hour later, she gave birth to an 8-pound, 2-ounce baby girl, Carolyn Rose, at Beverly Hospital.
The new parents say their outlook on kids, spanning over two decades of marriage, has always stayed the same: “If it happens, it happens.”
Despite noticing physical changes in her body, Judy says she thought she was entering the “next phase” in her life and never expected to be pregnant.
“After being married for 22 years, it really wasn’t coming up being pregnant,” she explains. “It was not really there in my mind.”
Judy’s unexpected pregnancy brings the issue to the forefront for first-time mothers.
Earlier this year, Dr. Kim Dever, chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at South Shore Hospital in Massachusetts, explained how exactly someone could not know they’re pregnant
“Very often, especially in your first pregnancy, you’re really not aware of what you’re feeling and we often have women joke and say they’re feeling gas pains or they can attribute it to other natural conditions,” Dr. Dever tells CBS News.
Doctors even say living in denial could prevent expected mothers from catching onto their symptoms.
Dr. Kim Gecsi, an obstetrician and gynecologist at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, explains to ABC News that even women in their late-40s, like Judy, should be weary of getting pregnant.
Gecsi suggests that until menopause begins, women should use contraception and only discuss not using it with their doctors when they enter the “new phase” in life.
“Most physicians who see women in their 40s should be counseling them on [contraception,]” she says.
Even though the happy couple loves their baby girl, the 48-year-old husband says Carolyn Rose will definitely be an only child.
“I will probably get the surgery done before that even becomes a thought,” he says as Judy laughs.
Since the baby came as a surprise, Judy and Jason had to borrow a car seat and a bassinet before leaving the hospital Friday.
The Brown’s family and friends were reportedly rushing around to get things ready for them at home before they arrived. Mom and baby are doing just fine.