Krista Torres is a writer for BuzzFeed. One glance at her portfolio and it’s clear that Torres writes about a plethora of topics, from how certain stories and products affect her to pop culture, she pretty much covers it all.
Most recently, however, Torres wrote about a personal moment in her life. Eleven years ago she became a mom, but for six of the nine months her child was growing inside of her, she had no idea she was pregnant.
In 2009, Torres welcomed a baby boy into the world and as she wrote for BuzzFeed, she’s “gone back and forth about sharing” her pregnancy story.
“There are several reasons I was so hesitant to share it. First of all, it was because of peoples’ reactions whenever I told them my story. (Basically making me feel like I was an idiot for not knowing I was pregnant.) And, more importantly, because I never wanted my son to feel like he was unwanted because he was unplanned — once he heard the story.”
From Instagram posts to TikTok videos, Torres has made the decision to be open and honest about her pregnancy and birthing experience. And if we’re being honest, it is one heck of a story.
When Torres’ son was born she was only 19, a college student, and working hard to keep her long-distance relationship with her boyfriend successful. And as Torres wrote for BuzzFeed, she only saw her boyfriend, who is now her husband, a handful of times that fateful year.
“I was on birth control, but I will admit there were often times when I would forget to take it one day and then take two the next.”
Due to occasionally using different birth control methods, including the pill, condoms, and the “pull out” method (which Torres does not recommend or claim to be effective), Torres “never once thought I would get pregnant.”
“I was still having a period when I was pregnant and didn’t know it! Basically, there were no traditional signs telling me that I was pregnant.”
The only time Torres may have suspected she was pregnant was during one of her shorter periods that made her feel extremely tired and run down. So much so that her friend took her to the campus infirmary to be tested for mono. “The weird/funny thing to me now is that they didn’t give me a pregnancy test LOL.”
So just how did Torres realize she was pregnant? Her belly button.
“For real. One day, as I was getting out of the shower and drying off, I realized that my very much ‘innie’ belly button was sticking out. It was REALLY ODD. At first, I didn’t think much of it and carried on per usual. Well, that month my period came (as it had been), but it was really, really light. So I thought that was also odd, but continued carrying on. I wasn’t showing physically at all.”Krista Torres, BuzzFeed
Torres thought back to the last time she and her now-husband had sex. It was a month prior and the condom had broke. “But he said he didn’t finish inside me, and I was still taking birth control, so I let it go,” she wrote for BuzzFeed.
“A couple of weeks went by and it was really starting to bug me that my belly button was sticking out. I ironically had a friend who found out she was pregnant and that is when pregnancy first entered my mind. I started thinking about the broken condom and got scared. So I drove home that weekend and my boyfriend came over so I could take the test (AT MY MOM’S HOUSE WHEN SHE WAS AT WORK). When both off-brand pregnancy tests came back positive, I was convinced that — because they were off-brand — they didn’t work! So I made my boyfriend take one…and it was negative. I won’t get into all the scary details of what it feels like to find out you’re probably pregnant at 19, but let’s just say it’s a scary, horrible feeling!”Krista Torres, BuzzFeed
The young and scared mom-to-be confirmed her pregnancy with a doctor and scheduled her first sonogram. And then came the second biggest shock of Torres’ life.
“When they did the sonogram, tears flooded my eyes as I saw a GIANT SPINE. The sonogram technician looked at me and, I’ll never forget her words, said, ‘How far along did the doctor say you were? Because this is showing you are due in October.’ IT WAS JULY.”
“I’ve never felt so afraid in my life.”
At the time, Torres and her now-husband were able to figure out when the conceived their son due to the fact that they were only together a handful of times prior to learning about the pregnancy. It was one of the times she had taken a morning-after pill.
Torres then shared a warning for sexually active women who think Plan B is a “cure-all.”
“Most people don’t know this, but if you take Plan B — also known as the morning-after pill — after the fetus has already attached itself to the uterine wall, it won’t do anything. You’ll still be pregnant. So, basically, in that 12-hour window, after I had sex, the sperm met my egg in the fallopian tube, traveled down into my uterus, and latched onto it – making me get pregnant. I took the morning after pill about 12 hours after intercourse, so it was already too late by then.”Krista Torres, BuzzFeed
About one month after learning she was pregnant, Torres finally started to show. But “because I didn’t have prenatal care, I went through the remainder of my pregnancy being considered ‘high risk.’ Luckily, my son was born full-term and healthy.”
And to this day, looking back on those first almost six months, Torres says the only slight sign she missed was her exhaustion. Other than that, she did experience any early signs of pregnancy.
“So it’s not always so obvious that you’re pregnant for some people!“
And get this, years later, Torres and her husband got pregnant a second time with a permanent IUD. Wow.
Sara Vallone has been a writer and editor for the last four and a half years. A graduate of Ohio University, she enjoys celebrity news, sports, and articles that enhance people’s lives.
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