At the age of 44, Australian mum Sarah Leavasa started experiencing what she thought were early signs of menopause.
The mum-of-two, from Victoria, called her mother for advice after experiencing hot and cold flushes, bloating and terribly insomnia.
Sarah told Daily Mail Australia her mum encouraged her to visit a GP ‘just in case’ anything was wrong.
‘I’m someone who doesn’t like going to the doctor and thought I might just have the flu, so I waited but the symptoms didn’t go away,’ she said.
Sarah, now 47, delayed seeing the doctor for eight weeks who then confirmed she was pregnant through a blood test and urine sample – leaving her completely shocked.
Australian mum Sarah Leavasa (pictured with daughter Luna) thought she was experiencing early signs of menopause in her early 40s. However doctors confirmed she was pregnant through a blood test and urine sample – leaving her completely shocked. The two words ‘it’s positive’ changed Sarah’s life forever
‘When he handed me the urine cup I thought “are you kidding?” but he said: ‘We need to rule out all options.’
Sarah thought the request was bizarre because her husband had a vasectomy four years ago.
The two words ‘it’s positive’ changed Sarah’s life forever and caused her head to spin as she thought ‘how did this happen?’
‘I was super freaked out about it; I had just been promoted, we were planning a cruise to New Zealand and I was worried about what could go wrong,’ she said.
‘I was super freaked out about it; I had just been promoted, we were planning a cruise to New Zealand and I was worried about what could go wrong,’ she said
The pregnancy came as a complete surprise as her husband, Potu, (pictured) had a vasectomy four years ago
Sarah’s previous pregnancies were a ‘nightmare’ and unfortunately, she lost her first daughter after giving birth due to issues with her cervix.
During pregnancy her ‘incompetent cervix’ weakened and opened a week prior to labor without Sarah realising, which she described as a ‘traumatic’ experience.
The birth of her daughter Maya, now 15, and Max, now 11, weren’t as awful but still ‘stressful’.
‘With Maya I was sick the whole time and has an issue with my thyroid gland. Then with Max I needed surgery to insert a stitch on my cervix to prevent it from opening,’ she said.
‘Neither were enjoyable pregnancies and it’s something I didn’t want to put my body through again.’
All of Sarah’s previous pregnancies were a ‘nightmare’ and unfortunately, she lost her first daughter after giving birth due to issues with her cervix. She went on to have another two babies, Maya, now 15, and Max, now 11
Little Luna (pictured) was born into the world a happy and healthy baby in October 2018
Thankfully Sarah made it full term and booked in to have a caesarean and dubbed it the ‘easiest pregnancy ever’
After hearing the news about the surprise pregnancy Sarah quickly called her mum who asked if she’s going to keep the baby.
‘I didn’t know what to think or do. Since we lost our first child, it felt like a full circle moment. Maybe it was meant to be,’ she said.
Sarah was hesitant to tell her husband, Potu, at first because she wasn’t sure how he would react, so she waited a couple weeks before sharing the huge secret.
‘He jokingly asked: “So who’s is it?” and we both laughed,’ she said, adding: ‘He was super happy about it and supportive.’
The couple never considered terminating the pregnancy, and both said it’s the best decision they’ve made.
What are the early signs of menopause?
Menopause is when a woman stops having her monthly periods
Most women become menopausal between 45 and 60 years of age – this marks the end of the reproductive stage of their life
Signs of menopause can include:
- Irregular periods
- Vaginal dryness
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Sleep problems
- Mood changes
- Weight gain and slowed metabolism
Source: Health Direct
When asked how her body coped with the surprise pregnancy, Sarah said ‘it was a breeze’.
‘I had the same issue with my cervix and needed stitches again, but everything else was so easy.’
From 18 weeks, Sarah had weekly scans to check on her wellbeing and the baby’s health.
‘It was all a numbers game. I thought by 20 weeks she had a 50 per cent chance of survival then by 26 weeks, 60 per cent,’ she said.
‘I didn’t buy any baby clothes until I knew she was going to be okay.’
Thankfully Sarah made it full term and booked in to have a caesarean.
Little Luna was born into the world a happy and healthy baby in October 2018.
‘She’s so perfect and the older kids adore her, she’s definitely brought our family closer together,’ Sarah said.