Periods of not feeling quite like ourselves is common. Understanding why it’s happening and engaging in reconnection can help put you at ease again. We’ve all been there — those moments when you don’t fully feel like you. Sometimes these moments are fleeting, lasting a day or two before disappearing on their own. When then-22-year-old Ally was rushed to hospital with severe stomach cramps, it was a shock to everyone. The younh student and cheerleading coach thought it was men-trual cramps, but her actual diagnosis couldn’t have been further from this. Just 30 minutes after she was admitted to hospital, she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy she called Oliver.

The 22-year-old was experiencing hours of contractions and couldn’t believe it when doctors broke the news. “I was just shocked and didn’t really believe it. My face, my mom said, just went completely white,” Ally told Inside Edition. Ally had just 30 minutes to process the shocking news before her baby boy arrived. Ally said she was used to her periods being irregular and had even taken several pregnancy tests which had come back negative.

She had labored throughout the night at her home thinking something was horribly wrong. When she started screaming in pain her parents rushed her to hospital. According to Yahoo News, “Ally had preeclampsia and her baby was breech, so she was rushed in for an emergency C-section.” In the early hours of the morning Ally gave birth to a beautiful baby boy and the first boy to be born in their family in 43 years, according to Yahoo News.

Ally was still in shock after giving birth and her body was recovering. She even suffered postpartum depression. But, despite all of this, just a few weeks later she went back to school that next semester. Today her sweet son is a toddler and the bond they share is very strong. “Even though I wasn’t expecting to have a baby any time soon, I was so happy to have him. I’m truly lucky!” “I didn’t realize how much I needed him until I had him, he’s changed me completely” Ally told Inside Edition.