A woman who went to the emergency room for bloating and constipation was stunned to discover that she was actually six months pregnant. Abby Pollock, 28, a fitness influencer from Canada, suffers from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – a chronic condition that affects the stomach and intestines – so she brushed off many of the pregnancy signs as symptoms of the disorder.
She always had irregular periods so she wasn’t alarmed when she missed some – and she didn’t develop a bump for the first part of the pregnancy, as she later found out that the baby was positioned behind her pelvic bone. So when she started to suffer from severe abdominal pain, bloating, and constipation back in June, it didn’t occur to her that she was expecting her first child.
She went viral recently after sharing her story to TikTok, where her video got more than 21 million views – and it left many people on the web terrified that something similar might happen to them.
‘Going to the ER joking I was so bloated I looked six months pregnant,’ she wrote in the TikTok, alongside a clip that showed her on her way to the hospital.
It then cut to a video of her laying in a hospital bed giving the camera a peace sign. She added, ‘Actually six months pregnant.’ Many people flooded the comment section with their thoughts, with one person writing, ‘No. Because I’m actually terrified of this. Because, like, I’ve been Hella bloated for like 2 months straight.’ ‘Imagine having only three months to let the reality set in that you’ll be a mom and your life has changed forever,’ said someone else. Another user added: ‘New fear unlocked.’
On YouTube, Abby opened up about her situation further, and she explained that she went through a traumatic experience last December that was ‘tough on her mentally.’ ‘I lost my appetite, I was not sleeping regularly, I was consuming so much caffeine, I was not doing things that were healthy,’ she explained.
‘I missed my period in January, took a pregnancy test, and nothing. I had originally gone on the pill as a teenager because I had horrific, irregular, painful periods. So was it surprising? No. ‘I told myself, “You’re not doing your best mentally right now, you’re mentally going through it. So while it sucks, it makes sense. You’ve been losing weight, you’ve not really been eating.”‘ Then, in June, she began to suffer from severe constipation and felt ‘sharp’ pains in her stomach.
‘When I started experiencing pretty bad bloating, I figured, I’ve been stressed out,’ she continued. ‘That bloating then turned into constipation, which was concerning for me. As someone who has worked very hard to become regular with my bathroom routine, it was not great. ‘After a few more days of not being able to go to the bathroom, it turned into sharp, abdominal pelvic pain when I tried to go, and when I touched my stomach it was rock hard.’ Pictured: the influencer when she was five months pregnant.
She and her boyfriend, Jeff, decided to go to the ER, where her doctor told her she might have ‘a bowel instruction or impaction.’ He then ordered some tests – including an ultrasound – and was surprised with what he found.
‘Doctor very calmly says, “This is not bloating, this is a baby. From the looks of it, this is not a small baby. At first glance, this may be a six-month baby,”‘ she recalled. ‘The doctor was just as shocked as me. ‘The baby had been growing behind my pelvic bone, which explains why I wasn’t showing for so long and then boom I had a bump. ‘When the baby got too big to fit behind the pelvic bone and was trying to move out from behind the pelvic bone there was probably a lot of pressure on my digestive system, which could have made a blockage.’
According to Abby, she didn’t have any of the stereotypical pregnancy symptoms, and anything that she did feel she brushed off as related to her IBS or stress. Although she was ‘shocked,’ Abby remembered feeling in awe when she saw her baby for the first time.
Unfortunately, the doctor immediately had ‘concerns’ about how the ‘placenta was forming,’ which she described as ‘devastating.’ ‘A full baby was in there. It was crazy to see,’ she continued. ‘But there were concerns about how the placenta was forming. Even though this was a very unplanned pregnancy, it was devastating.’
‘One of my biggest goals was and is to become a mom, to experience that part of my femininity, to feel the strength in my body, to feel the full scope of my body, to feel the good, the bad, the ugly of carrying and delivering a baby.’
While there were initial concerns about the pregnancy, Abby has since undergone further testing – and it appears that everything is now completely normal. ‘Based on all of the follow-up appointments we’ve done over the past couple weeks, the baby looks good,’ she revealed. ‘I loved it from the moment I laid eyes on it even if I thought I wasn’t ready for it and didn’t plan for it,’ she added of her baby ‘It seems to be forming in a way that’s not that concerning, it might have just been a weird positioning [that night in the ER].’
‘The organs look good, the heartbeat looks good. The baby is active and kicking and rolling.’ Abby added that the whole thing was ‘crazy,’ but that she’s ultimately ‘so happy and excited’ to become a mom. ‘I think the origin story is pretty funny now that we know the baby is healthy,’ she added. ‘Seeing that baby on the ultrasound, seeing it roll around… This six month old little thing already has a personality. It’s wild and crazy.’
‘I loved it from the moment I laid eyes on it even if I thought I wasn’t ready for it and didn’t plan for it.’ She added that her digestive issues have ‘mostly resolved’ and that she’s ready for what the future brings. ‘I’m having a three-month pregnancy,’ she concluded. ‘I am ultimately so happy, this is so exciting for me.’
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