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Old May 19th, 2010, 20:51 PM   1
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Giving Birth without knowing you are pregnant!!


Ok, I'm not sure if this is funny for us or frighteningly pathetic, but here it is: my secretary's brother's girlfriend sat up in bed yesterday and had a baby. Didn't even know she was pregnant. Baby was full term, healthy weight, and healthy. Her boyfriend didn't know she was pregnant either. Even crazier: this is the second time! This 'happened' a year ago, and they have a one year old son right now. (and by her observations, are raising him just fine and are attentive parents)

I was like: IMPOSSIBLE!!! But we looked on line, and there really is a condition or syndrome or something where women don't know they are pregnant until they give birth. And, research says that one in 600 births are like this!! ARe you kidding me???!!! Apparently, it happens to some relatively normal women: this person is not obese, or an obvious nutcase. My secretary's family is going to push for some psych intervention nevertheless. I suggested calling Child Protective Services, b/c they essentially endangered the welfare of the child.

Okay: so, given our obsession with the smallest body twinge that may or may not signal AF, OV, etc, etc, etc.: can you even imagine this??!! I've had 2 babies, and I say it would take extreme denial to not know you are pregnant. Just incredible.

So, I just had to get this off my chest, as well as my disappointment that anyone with the appropriate body parts can procreate so thoughtlessly.



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Old May 19th, 2010, 21:04 PM   2
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My co worker told me 2 months ago while she was at work (i'm a flight attendant) her daughter had stomach pains and went to the ER. The mother (my co worker) continued on with work and when that flight landed she gets a voicemail from her oldest daughter saying that the "stomach ache" weighed 7 lbs 6oz.

Her daughter had NO clue she was pregnant, didn't gain any weight, had her menstrual as normal, no symptoms or anything and because she had this persisant stomach pain she decided she had to go to ER to get it checked out. This girl is 17 yrs old and now has a 2 month old baby whom everyone was SHOCKED but truly adores.



 
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Old May 19th, 2010, 21:08 PM   3
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I dont know much about not knowing u r pregnant until u give birth but when i was pregnant with my 11 yr old daughter, i did not find out i was pregnant til i was nearly 7 months along and only found out when i went 2 the docs with a stomach upset!



 
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Old May 19th, 2010, 21:19 PM   4
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So crazy! But from what the statistics say, not as impossible as I'd thought. I know I'm pregnant from about 7 days after conception, and then I'm miserable, sick, nauseous, bloated, gain 40 pounds, and am completely taken over physically by the pregnancy. Why is life so unfair?! I think I'm almost jealous!



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Old May 19th, 2010, 22:14 PM   5
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I think it's entirely possible and not necessarily due to an unattentive (or crazy) mom. Popular culture tells us you'll get huge, your period will quit, you'll have a million symptoms, your baby will kick the snot out of you, and in general you'll be miserable.

You can bleed on a regular period cycle while pregnant. Or you could have really irregular periods to begin with.

You can carry small, your kid might just be really mellow, and you might not get a lot of symptoms (or, at least, any more than you could chalk up to any other complaint).

On one hand, I'd really miss enjoying the bonding time of pregnancy.... on the other hand, it would be so nice to avoid all the fear that I'd lose my baby again!



 
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Old May 19th, 2010, 23:31 PM   6
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A good friend of mine gave birth without knowing she was pregnant. She is about a size 18 UK...so she is on the bigger side. She never put on weight in fact she lost some and thought she had a tummy bug so did her doctor when she went. She never showed, apart from some puking in the first few weeks which was put down too some IBS thing she has, she was fine no other symptoms. She never felt the baby move as the placenta was in front of the baby and next to her abdomen and she had periods every month that seemed the same as usual in terms of length and what was coming out. Thankfully she does not smoke or drink and even though she is bigger than average she is quite healthy and delivered a perfectly healthy baby boy who was 8lb.

It is amazing to think but genuinely a lot of people have no clue due to similar reasons above.



 
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Old May 19th, 2010, 23:33 PM   7
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P.S. I worked with this girl and she is a RN. She knows all the knowledge behind pregnancy incase any of you are still dubious.



 
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Old May 20th, 2010, 00:00 AM   8
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There's a tv show here in the US called 'I didn't know I was pregnant' - you can guess what it's about ! Seriously, as unbelievable as it sounds there are people who never know they are pregnant till they give birth. And it's more common than you'd think !

The part that always gets me is that labour is so $%&#ing painful, it must be utterly TERRIFYING to feel that and not know the reason why. I remember with my first child telling my husband 'this can't be right, I must be dying !'



 
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Old May 20th, 2010, 00:05 AM   9
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Ok, I'm not sure if this is funny for us or frighteningly pathetic, but here it is: my secretary's brother's girlfriend sat up in bed yesterday and had a baby. Didn't even know she was pregnant. Baby was full term, healthy weight, and healthy. Her boyfriend didn't know she was pregnant either. Even crazier: this is the second time! This 'happened' a year ago, and they have a one year old son right now. (and by her observations, are raising him just fine and are attentive parents)

I was like: IMPOSSIBLE!!! But we looked on line, and there really is a condition or syndrome or something where women don't know they are pregnant until they give birth. And, research says that one in 600 births are like this!! ARe you kidding me???!!! Apparently, it happens to some relatively normal women: this person is not obese, or an obvious nutcase. My secretary's family is going to push for some psych intervention nevertheless. I suggested calling Child Protective Services, b/c they essentially endangered the welfare of the child.

Okay: so, given our obsession with the smallest body twinge that may or may not signal AF, OV, etc, etc, etc.: can you even imagine this??!! I've had 2 babies, and I say it would take extreme denial to not know you are pregnant. Just incredible.

So, I just had to get this off my chest, as well as my disappointment that anyone with the appropriate body parts can procreate so thoughtlessly.
why get her child taken way? she had no idea! its not uncommon from women to not know there pregnant haven't u ever watched that show? "i didn't know i was pregnant"



 
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Old May 20th, 2010, 00:51 AM   10
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i don't get that either, why is she endangering her child?



 
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