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Back pain turns out to be pregnancy

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DULUTH, Minn. -- An aspiring half-marathon runner in Minnesota attributed her unbearable back pain to a two-hour training session. A day later, she was cradling a newborn.

Trish Staine, 33, says she had no idea she was pregnant before Monday's surprise birth. The mother of three said she hadn't gained weight or felt fetal movement in the months before. And besides, her husband had a vasectomy.

"I said 'No, no, that's impossible,' " Staine said Wednesday.

Staine and her husband, John, have a daughter, 7, and a son, 11. Staine said she ran for about two hours Sunday in preparation for a half-marathon.

"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."

As she talked to her husband on the phone, Staine said her pain was becoming unbearable. Her husband called an ambulance. 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 five minutes later, her daughter was born at 3:25 p.m. Monday.

Born five weeks early, the Staines expect they will be able to take their baby home in about a week, a girl they have named Mira -- short for Miracle.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 6, 2013 A2

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