They call pregnancy "the miracle of life." That's all well and fun, but sometimes the miracle of life can be a little...crazy. We scoured the internet to unearth the most bizarre pregnancy stories. Here's what we found.
ANY amount of being in labor is too many…but you don’t have to tell that to Joanna Krzysztonek. The Polish mom was in labor for a whooping75 days. The mom laid practically upside down nearly the whole time in an effort to save the live of her “two premature babies after the first of three fetuses growing inside her was born prematurely and died.” (Reuters). Now that's dedication!
It's a small world...but sometimes it's TOO small. One anonymous woman shared her horror story with Babygaga:
“I had already had two successful and drama-free pregnancies before the arrival of my daughter. My partner and I decided to use the same doctor who delivered our other children, and I couldn’t have felt less nervous or calm about the whole thing. However, things never really go as expected.
I ended up going into labor five weeks early and my doctor was still on holiday out of the country. I was nervous to use a doctor I had never met before, but I was nowhere near as nervous until I found out who that doctor was. Turns out he just happened to be the son of an old family friend who I’d had a crush on for several years back in high school. I couldn’t wait for that delivery to be over, and not just because the contractions were a b*tch.”
A grandmother’s love knows no bounds. Especially grandmother Kristine Casey, who served as a surrogate for her own daughter. The 61-year old carried her own grandchild and the whole family is doing just fine, according to Parenting.com.
It’s rare to have a birthday on February 29th, better known as Leap Day. But one Utah mom has given birth to THREE babies on Leap Day…and no, they’re not triplets! Just three consecutive Leap Day babies. The odds were one in a billion!
It's not just the deliveries that can be weird! What about when pregnancy just makes you ACT bizarre? "When I was pregnant with my daughter I developed what my husband calls a weird form of OCD. Not only did I clean at all times (I'm talking cleaning all floors with a sponge, sweeping the carpets only, and washing walls), but I would line up my M&M's on a platter according to color and would eat each color separately starting with the color that had the least amount. If you ate some or messed up the order that I put them in, I wouldn't eat them until I had lined them up again. I ate M&M's every day, and the sad part is that I have three other children all under the age of 10, so there were always extra hands around to mess up my pattern." — Chealita B, Circle of Moms
A lot of women crave specific food when their pregnant…but what about just craving specific smells? Take Amia F. here:
"Craziest thing I was driven to do was have the smell of Clorox bleach with me at all times. Not liquid Clorox, but the old-school powder form. I kept a cup of it tucked in my work desk drawer so it was with me all day. My co-worker even made me a little sachet bag to hang in my car. My doctor said the only thing she could connect it to was nesting. I never ingested it, just had to have the smell with me everywhere I went. I had a very clean house during that pregnancy. Now 12 years later, I still love that smell. And the child? Yup, he's a neat freak."
How about when someone has a premonition that you're pregnant and it’s 100 percent right? How about when that someone isn't even close to you? User jaymelynn85 over at Baby Center has this tale:
“I am happily 7 weeks and 2 days pregnant. Today my husband got a call from his best friends mom asking if I was okay and really worried about me. She said that she [dreamt] about me all night. That I was pregnant and we went to the gynecologist who was super excited for my news. We haven’t told anyone yet about the pregnancy, so of course my husband said that maybe it will happen in a few months and kinda avoided the denial. The crazy thing is that she is 100% correct. We are friends with my Dr. and she was [ecstatic] with our news.”
It’s possible for one twin to be black and one twin to be white…but TWO sets of twins? Alison Spooner and Dean Durrant are a beautiful, mix-raced couple. They have two sets of twins, born seven years apart, each in this rare combination. The odds, according to British researchers, are 2 in a million.
You’ve heard of identical twins. You’ve heard of fraternal twins. But what about semi-identical? In 2007, one pair of “semi identical” twins were discovered. The twins have all the same genes from their mom but different genes from their dad (Baby Center).
“I mean, I’m already pregnant, so what other kind of shenanigans could I get into”—Juno in Juno
Hmmm we don’t know Juno…maybe getting DOUBLE PREGNANT? It’s rare but it happens. Superfetation is the rare event when a pregnant woman releases an egg. If that second egg comes in contact with a sperm…well…several months later two babies can be born at the same time from the same mom and not be twins.
If you want something done right…do it yourself? Maybe don’t always follow this advice, but it worked for one user at The Bump.
“At 10 centimeters the nurse told me to call her if I felt ‘a ton of pain.’ But I was fine, just chilling out, texting people and talking to my sister on the phone. I started feeling more pressure and jokingly put my hand down there, and — OMG — I touched the baby’s head! I immediately called the nurse and, all of a sudden, his entire head popped right out and his body followed! I caught him myself. There was nothing set up, no bulb, no suction, no chord clamps, no scissors, not a thing! I told my OB he owes me a refund!” —makclair