MCT REGIONAL NEWS - When 31-year-old Candace Brown developed severe abdominal pain last weekend, she thought she might have the flu.
Turns out she was in labor, and a few hours later gave birth to a 5-pound, 6-ounce son, David Brown Jr.
“I’m really excited, but totally surprised,” said Brown, who lives with her husband, David, in Bedford. “I sure wasn’t expecting this.”
A confluence of several factors conspired to keep her in the dark about her condition. She didn’t experience morning sickness, feel the baby move or have any food cravings or contractions.
“My menstrual cycle has been messed up, off and on, ever since I gave birth to my daughter (Harmony) nearly 11 years ago, so the fact that I missed some cycles didn’t make me wonder,” she said. “I didn’t notice gaining any weight, either. I kept wearing the same clothes I’ve always worn.”
Brown said she woke up at 6 a.m. Saturday with stabbing stomach pain. She took a bath and the pain subsided enough for her and David to drive into town to do some errands.
“But then the pain came back and got worse and worse — I was hollering every time my husband hit a bump in the road,” she said. “About 12:30 in the afternoon, he drove me straight to the hospital (IU Health Bedford Hospital).”
Doctors there determined she was in labor, and transported her by ambulance to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital, where the baby was born via emergency cesarean section.
“The baby was distressed, and I was so stressed I couldn’t push,” Brown said. “That’s why they had to do the C-section right away.”
At 4:04 p.m., she gave birth to an auburn-haired, blue-eyed son.
“I can’t wait to get home,” Brown said Monday from her hospital room. “I think family members are trying to get things for us — like baby clothes and a crib and a changing table.”