But although the first-time mom was eager for as natural a birth as possible, her ideal delivery was not to be. That’s because she developed complications at eight months after doctors discovered a blood clot in her leg.
Recalling her thoughts and feelings at the time, Shelly told The Washington Post in 2015, “Having a child with the person you love is such a big deal. I was looking forward to getting to experience that… Then all of [a] sudden, that plan was taken away from me.”
In order to control the clot, then, doctors placed Shelly on blood thinners. But the expectant mom had little time to adapt to this state of affairs, as in September 2014 her waters broke. As a result, she and Jeremy rushed to the Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast, where the couple expected that they would soon welcome their child.