A baby in Idaho was born clutching the IUD birth control device meant to prevent his mom from becoming pregnant.
A photo of the child, Rudy, and his 20-year-old mom, Violet Quick, went viral on TikTok this week, with the mother captioning a video, “When all the nurses come in to see a baby with his IUD.”
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The photo shows baby Rudy resting with his mother as he clutches the contraceptive device that’s supposed to be 99.99% effective.
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The Idahoan said she married her husband, John Francis, when they were both were 19. Since they weren’t planning on having a child, Quick turned to an IUD — a tiny, T-shaped device that’s put into the uterus to prevent pregnancy.
Despite her preventative measure, the mom-to-be became pregnant a little over a year into her marriage. Quick said she first knew something was awry after feeling ill for several weeks.
“I was feeling nauseous for about two weeks and I would just throw up every once in a while,” said Quick, who decided to take a pregnancy test to see what was amiss.
Her world turned upside down when it came back positive. Stunned at the improbable-seemingly bun in the oven, the TikToker took six more tests, which all yielded the same result.
“They were all positive, and I actually went to the ER and I was seven weeks pregnant,” Quick exclaimed.
Despite their supposed effectiveness, the mom is advising other women who are using IUDs to see a doctor if they suspect they might be pregnant.
“I would say if you are having any of those signs of pregnancy or if your period is late to take a test,” she said. “It’s better to know, because there is a high risk of having ectopic pregnancies when you have an IUD, but they work for the most part.”
The story shows how Ian Malcolm’s iconic adage in Jurassic Park (“Life, uh, finds a way.”) can ring true in spite of efforts to prevent it.