New mom Katherine Kropas says she didn't experience any morning sickness or other signs of pregnancy

By Kelli Bender
Updated January 09, 2015 07:45 PM
Image Kropas became a mother for the first time on Tuesday, with only an hour to prepare.

The 23-year-old, from Weymouth, Massachusetts, arrived at South Shore Hospital on Tuesday morning complaining of severe back pain, reports ABC. Doctors had trouble determining the source of the pain, until they did an ultrasound and discovered Kropas was pregnant.

“They took one look, and they rushed me off into labor,” the new mom told WCVB. “I found out that I was having a baby at 10:15. She was born at 11:06 p.m.”

Kropas gave birth to a healthy, 10lb. baby girl named Ellie.

Ellie’s arrival came as a total surprise to her mother, who told NECN she didn’t experience morning sickness, swollen feet or any other symptoms of pregnancy. Kropas also said that she and her boyfriend use birth control and that her cycle has remained regular. While she did notice some weight gain over the past few months, she attributed it to the holidays.

This shocking birth isn’t as unusual as it sounds. According to ABC, South Shore Hospital has one or two surprise pregnancies a year.

Ellie may have been unplanned, but Kropas is ready to give her new daughter a wonderful life. She and her family are working on arranging all the essentials and are happy that Ellie arrived in good health.

“We’re having a lot of fun so far, and I think this is just the beginning,” Kropas told NECN.

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