A middle-aged woman from Machakos County gave birth while answering a short call of nature at the Mwala Level 4 Hospital on Friday evening
The 36-year-old woman, who has partial paralysis following a stroke. Her teenage son assisted her to access the toilet, where she gave birth to a baby boy only for newborn to fall into the pit latrine.
The woman’s son, alerted nurses after he heard the baby crying in the pit latrine.
“We called on people to demolish the pit latrine walls and managed to rescued the baby, who was alive. Mwala Level 4 Hospital medical superintendent Dr. Stephen Kitheka told Lion Net News that the woman had carried the baby to term
The doctor added, ” the woman, who is paralyzed on the left side of her body, told us that she was not aware she was pregnant and did not experience any labor pains prior to giving birth.”
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Dr. Kitheka said the woman had come for physiotherapy sessions and for treatments for different ailments.
“We admitted the mother-and-child to award after rescuing her. They are closely being monitored. The infant is being breastfed and is in stable condition. He was accorded emergency care after he was rescued,” said Dr. Kitheka
According to Medical journals, Cryptic pregnancy is a condition where a woman carries a pregnancy to term without knowing that she was expectant.
Sometimes the expectant woman may realize she is pregnant in her third trimester or when she is in labor.
Cryptic pregnancy is rare indicates Medical News Today. However, studies that are available suggest that cryptic pregnancies occur more often than doctors have admitted.1 in 475 women have not found out that they are pregnant at 20 weeks or more.
Women cryptic pregnancies never experience typical symptoms of pregnancy, such as missed periods, abdominal swelling, and Nausea.
Relatives and doctors will also not be aware that the woman is pregnant.
Babies born from a cryptic pregnancy are usually underweight. This is because they lack of prenatal care that affects their development.
Most women with cryptic pregnancy suffer from schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. They may experience symptoms of pregnancy but are linked to delusional causes.