The Short of It
A Louisiana woman who was told she'd never be a mom gives birth to a baby four weeks after learning she's pregnant.
Udona and Chuck Hebert were married in 1995 and soon received the devastating news they would never be able to have children, because her body naturally aborted embryos.
So you can imagine Udona's surprise when she learned at age 40 that she was expecting a baby ... in just four weeks.
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The shock of her lifetime started as fluttering in her stomach around Thanksgiving last year, then in early 2016, those sensations became painful, which she worried were signs of cancer. Never "in a million, million years," did Udona think she was pregnant, according to People magazine.
Instead, she says, "I didn't want Chuck to make a fuss over me. I prayed every night, in silent prayer, that I would get better."
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Things were about to get a lot better—when a friend suggested she take a pregnancy test and it came out positive! At first, Chuck thought she was kidding when she told him the news over FaceTime.
"It was unexpected because we tried for 20 years. But it was the best surprise we could have ever gotten," the grateful new mom said.
But the surprises weren't over. The couple soon found out Udona was 33-weeks pregnant! Can you imagine?
Luckily, the blood pressure medication Udona had been taking throughout her pregnancy did not cause complications. She gave birth to Brooks Major Hebert four weeks later.
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Udona's doctor cautions other women that this case is very rare.
But for his part, dad Chuck said, "I had always wanted children, but we moved on with life in our own way. We get along and love each other; of course, but it always felt like there was something missing from our lives."
It turns out he was right! "The love for my child is something I hadn't known and now I'm so glad I do," he said.