When Christian singer Francesca Battistelli was 10 weeks pregnant, she woke up to discover she was in excruciating pain. Battistelli shared her story in a post on Instagram.
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This is a long post, but I promise it's worth it! ♥️ A few months ago, at about 10 weeks pregnant, I woke up in excruciating pain. Matt was out of town, and I was concerned. I called my midwife who said to watch for a few things and report back. I then called my parents basically in tears from the pain in my lower abdomen. They came over and we waited it out for a couple of hours, but the pain got worse. We called my midwife again, and she sent us to the emergency room. By the time we arrived, the pain had disappeared. I was grateful but confused. I knew I had a cyst on my right ovary, but no one had been concerned about it until now. Turns out the cyst was very large—about 10cm (the size of a small grapefruit or large orange), and it had twisted the ovary, cutting off the blood supply and causing the intense pain. By the time we reached the hospital, it had twisted back, which is normal and why the pain suddenly stopped. My hubby made it just in time for the OB on call to tell us that she wanted me to have surgery to remove it. She said it was ok to take a few days to think about it. We did. We met with our midwife and a trusted OB who was very torn on the matter. He didn't want to operate while I was pregnant, but he said this kind of cyst does not shrink or go away on it's own—"it would have to be a miracle," he said—and it would possibly twist again and cause issues. He said surgery was inevitable, but it was my choice if we waited until after the birth to remove it. We talked and prayed and prayed and talked. I asked so many dear friends for prayer for wisdom and for the cyst to disappear. After praying it through, we just didn't have peace about doing the surgery now. We believed God could heal me! After a few days, my faith-filled hubby looked at me and said, "your belly looks smaller. That cyst is shrinking." I smiled and prayed it was true. Let's just say he was convinced, and I was hopeful. Fast forward to about a week ago, when we went in for our 20-week ultrasound. The sweet tech said, "we will take a look at that cyst while we're here," and Matt said, "you won't find it. It's gone. We've been praying." (continued in comments)
Battistelli, who is popular for songs including "Holy Spirit" and "Free to Be Me," is now 21 weeks along in her fifth pregnancy.
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