‘Obese’ Woman Thinks Unborn Baby Is Dead While Her Bulging Belly Hides His Heartbeat



Shannen Roan was in her 20s and weighed over 238 lbs. when she got pregnant with her first child. At 26 weeks, she was diagnosed with strep B. Typically, the strep B bacteria is harmless — but since Roan was pregnant, it caused bleeding.

According to BabyCenter.com, “Approximately 10 to 30 percent of pregnant women carry GBS in the vagina or rectum or surrounding area. While GBS is generally harmless in healthy adults, it may cause stillbirth and serious infections in babies.”

At the same time, Roan claims her growing belly became so large that doctors were unable to detect her son’s heartbeat under her fat.

For a terrifying period of time, doctors believed Roan’s son passed away inside the womb.

Meanwhile, her own physical heath was declining.

Roan fell into a coma, durnig which doctors performed a C-section.

That’s when another unbelievable discovery was made…

[H/T: Esra Gurkan for MailOnline]

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Shannen Roan, 24, weighed over 238 pounds when she got pregnant.

She was diagnosed with strep B at 26 weeks.

Typically, the Strep B bacteria is harmless — but since Shannen was pregnant, it caused bleeding.

According to BabyCenter.com, “Group B strep (GBS) is a kind of bacteria that many people harbor in their intestinal tracts. The bacteria may also inhabit (or ‘colonize’) your vagina as well, and be passed on to your baby during labor and birth.

Approximately 10 to 30 percent of pregnant women carry GBS in the vagina or rectum or surrounding area. While GBS is generally harmless in healthy adults, it may cause stillbirth and serious infections in babies.”


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Doctors said Roan’s belly was so big that they were unable to detect her son’s heartbeat underneath her fat.

They thought her baby boy died in the womb.

Meanwhile, Shannen’s own health was taking a terrifying turn for the worse.

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Roan slipped into a coma, though it is unknown what exactly caused her to lose consciousness.

Doctors prepared her loved ones for the worst.

While unconscious, doctors readied themselves to perform a C-section on Roan…

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…and they were shocked to discover that her baby boy was alive.

Roan awoke from the coma and learned she had given birth to George, her miracle of a son.

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While breastfeeding, Baby George would often get sick if she ate anything other than carbs.

Shannen gained more weight while her self-esteem plummeted.

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Roan signed up for a weight-loss program after she stopped breastfeeding George.

After her traumatic pregnancy and miraculous recovery, she dove headfirst into her “second chance at life.”

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Once she was finished breastfeeding George, Roan was ready to drastically change her eating habits.

She lost over 100 lbs. and went from a size 20 to a size 8.

The new mom was even crowned Cambridge Weight Plan’s “Slimmer of the Year” among participants under the age of 25.

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As for George, he quickly recovered from sepsis which caused harmful bacteria in his tissue.

“He was such a little fighter,” Roan said. “Even when doctors thought he was dead he managed to stay alive.”

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Now, Roan is sharing her story with the world to help raise awareness for strep B.

Since strep B carries little to no symptoms, women can carry the bacterial infection and not know.

According to the American Pregnancy Association, “Not every baby who is born to a mother who tests positive for GBS will become ill. Although GBS is rare in pregnant women, the outcome can be severe. As such, physicians include testing as a routine part of prenatal care.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended routine screening for vaginal strep B for all pregnant women. Studies show that testing done within five weeks of delivery is the most accurate at predicting the GBS status at birth.”

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