Soanya Ahmad and her boyfriend Reid Stowe were in the middle of a 1,000 day ocean voyage, but the 24-year-old couldn’t shake what she initially thought was seasickness.
But, why, after already spending nine months at sea would she suddenly experience those symptoms?
It turns out Ahmad, of Queens, N.Y., had conceived a baby in the middle of the ocean, and she was actually experiencing morning sickness, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday.
Ahmad told the newspaper she still wasn’t convinced about the pregnancy in February when she ditched Stowe and the boat near Australia, but she wasn’t taking any chances.
“The next bit of land after Australia . . . who knows where that is? That was my chance to get off and I took it,” she said.
Two weeks ago, Ahmad gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Darshen.
Meanwhile, Stowe, 56, is continuing his voyage around the world - he still has 533 days left in the odyssey.
“He offered to come (for the birth),” Ahmad said. “But I wouldn’t want him to stop the trip. It was his lifelong dream.”
Ahmad and Stowe set out to sea on Feb. 22, 2007. At the time, they vowed not to step foot on land for 1,000 days.
"I was totally intent on staying out at sea for three years until the nausea came," she said.