Jen Adamo is a cancer survivor who, because of her illness, never thought she would get pregnant. But now she is 19 weeks along and says the pregnancy is a gift not only from God but also from Superstorm Sandy.
"We were locked in the apartment for a weekend, it was really scary, there was really not much to do, so we made it as comfortable as possible for each other," she says.
Some baby experts say that's now a common story.
Alison Milam runs Rosie Pope Maternity, which has locations on the Upper East Side and in Tribeca. She says workers at the Tribeca location have noticed an uptick in business. Most residents there were stuck in their homes with the lights out in the days after the big storm hit.
At the Upper East Side store business is about the same. Remember, the Upper East Side didn't suffer any outages during Sandy.
"We couldn't figure out what was causing it, 'cause it was so localized," Milam says."And we did the math and realized that a lot of these women were newly pregnant and it kind of timed out exactly to when Sandy happened and all the lights went out."
New York Presbyterian Hospital, which delivers among the highest volume of babies in the tri-state area, has not yet seen an uptick post-Sandy pregnancies. Still, doctors say it is not uncommon for people to shack up when the lights go down.
"During times where people are not at work as much and have more time at home, it's possible that with that free time, they use it well," Dr. Robin Kalish says.
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