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Florida woman who didn't know she was pregnant gives birth after weight loss surgery

Posted at 6:53 PM, Oct 31, 2019

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida woman was in for an unexpected surprise after her new weight loss surgery.

For close to a decade, Daria Yackwack, a former Tampa resident who now lives in Fort Walton Beach, had to live with polycycstic ovary syndrome.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines it as a hormonal imbalance that affects 1 in 10 women. For Yackwack, it meant weight gain and a lot of changes for what her future would look like.

"Back when I first got diagnosed, (doctors) were like 'it’s going to be really hard to get pregnant,'" said Yackwack.

Last year, she made a decision for herself to have gastric sleeve surgery. It was a surgery that would remove more than half of her stomach.

Her weight loss was evident in pictures and her doctors said she was doing great.

But in August, it was when her success turned into a scare.

“I woke up with a very bad back pain. I was crying and like screaming and I woke up my other half and I was like 'my back really hurts. I’m not sure what’s really going on,'" said Yackwack.

A trip to the bathroom didn't seem right to her. She thought a cyst ruptured due to her PCOS, she said it happened all the time.

Turns out, she was 35 weeks pregnant.

"(Doctors) came and did a fourth ultrasound and they went up like in my ribcage and they’re like, 'oh yeah. There’s a baby in there. It’s a big baby. You’re going to give birth,'” said Yackwack.

Nine hours later, Aurora Lynn was born.

Unexpected baby

She was born five weeks early, had no prenatal care, no checkups and was a healthy baby girl.

“I am so happy to be a momma. She is a great little baby girl," she said.

Yackwack said it's now nice to know that she can get pregnant, but right now, one is perfect.

This story was originally published by Vanessa Araiza at WFTS.