Stamford woman learns of pregnancy while going into labor

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A Stamford woman didn't know she was pregnant until she went into labor earlier this month.

Farah Hage-Sleiman and fiance Derek Roy are now the proud parents to baby Lucas Roy. The couple was at the gym when Hage-Sleiman's water broke, although she didn't realize that's what happened at the time.

She then began to experience what she believed to be painful stomach cramps. A trip to the emergency room revealed that she was about to have a baby.

"The lady says congratulations, you're 36 weeks pregnant and you're having the baby today," Roy recalls.

In hindsight, Hage-Sleiman experienced some symptoms -- she'd gained a little weight, had stomach problems, her feet swelled up, she was emotional and her skin broke out. She went to several doctors who treated each individual symptom without suggesting pregnancy.

Hage-Sleiman says she thought it was all due to stress since she'd started a new job as a lawyer, was planning a wedding and the couple bought a house. She says she was also taking birth control pills, so pregnancy wasn't on her mind.

"Other moms have nine months of stress and I have six hours of stress," she says. "We're on the same journey, we're in it together."

Even without any prenatal care, Baby Luca, as he's called, is healthy and doing well. And despite being shocked initially, the new mom and dad say they are thrilled to be new parents. They will wed in August.

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