Surprise! Runner goes to the hospital for back pain, gives birth to a baby

Whaaaaat. This week in Minnesota, a half-marathon runner in training went to the hospital suffering some terrible back pain. She thought she had ruptured a disc or pulled a muscle. Turned out she was pregnant... and going into labor: Runner's pain is no pulled muscle; it's a baby.

33-year-old Trish Staine apparently had no idea she was pregnant. After a two-hour run on Sunday, she had a sore back that got increasingly worse, and unbearable by the next day. She eventually ended up in the emergency room, where she and her husband were stunned to learn that she was carrying a baby.

And so Staine, a mother of two and stepmother to her husband's three boys, gave birth to baby girl -- 6 pounds, 6 ounces and 18.9 inches long:

"I had a sore back Sunday evening. I had taken a hot shower and was dealing with it," Staine said. "Monday morning, I woke up and had more back pain, and as the day went on it got worse. I thought I should go to the ER. I thought I ruptured a disc or pulled a muscle."

But she soldiered on, watching her husband play basketball at noon and going to her daughter's short play. When Staine got home, she thought a bath might help her pain.

As she talked to her husband on the phone, Staine said her pain was becoming unbearable. Her husband called an ambulance.

"I felt like I was dying. I didn't know what was going on," she said.

During the emergency room examination, Staine and her husband were stunned to learn medical staff had detected a fetal heartbeat. She was whisked to the delivery room and in what she said seemed like 5 minutes later, her daughter was born at 3:25 p.m. Monday. She weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 18.9 inches long.
And she thought she was done having kids. Surprise! Baby Mira -- short for Miracle -- was born about five weeks early, but she is expected to go home next week. I wonder if Trish is still going to run that half-marathon. More here: Woman Training for Marathon Has Surprise Baby.

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