Abby Wake assumed her growing belly was due to bloat and normal weight gain

By Kathy Ehrich Dowd
Updated May 07, 2015 12:35 PM
Advertisement
Credit: Courtesy Abby Wake/GoFundMe

When Jarryd Gorman put his hand on his girlfriend’s belly at a concert and felt a kick, he had a feeling that Abby Wake’s protruding tummy was more than just a case of bloat.

“I felt the baby kick and I looked at her and said, ‘I think you’re definitely pregnant,’ ” Gorman told CBS Los Angeles. “We need to go see someone straight away.”

Gorman was correct, as a doctor confirmed via ultrasound last week that she is eight months along.

“He was just like, ’32 weeks,’ ” Wake told the news station. “He was just doing the measurements. And we were like, ‘I’m sorry?’ ”

Wake said she noticed a growing belly recently, but dismissed it as weight gain and bloat. She’s lactose intolerant and assumed any movement she felt in her abdomen was gas. She’s also had a history of irregular periods.

“There weren’t like kicks and huge movements,” she said. “It was just like gurgles.”

RELATED VIDEO: A Day in the Life of Quadruplet Dad Carlos Morales: Every Minute Is an Adventure

Wake’s doctor, Van Nuys ob-gyn Payman Joseph, told CBS that unknown pregnancies are more common than people think, although this case does stand out.

“She’s very thin compared to a lot of the other women I’ve seen this in,” he said.

With just weeks to prepare for the big arrival, Wake and Gorman are embracing unexpected parenthood, and set up a GoFundMe account to help with what they’re calling a “virtual baby shower.”

“Any Love and Help that you are able to give would be so great, every little bit helps,” they wrote in the voice of the baby-to-be, a boy they’ve already named Isaiah. “I know my mommy and daddy really appreciate it, especially because they are becoming brand new parents through the express line!”