This really can happen…

Have you ever watched the show I didn’t know I was pregnant?  I’ve seen it a few times but it always drives me nuts.  How can someone not know they are pregnant for an entire gestational period???  How could someone sit down on the toilet and push out a baby???

I was reading the newspaper yesterday and came across this article: Shocked Ottawa woman gives birth at home not realizing she was pregnant.

So, clearly, these things actually happen.  But, as someone who is pregnant for the third time, I find it really, really hard to imagine.  I know that some people have extremely irregular periods so may not notice the absence of a regular menstrual cycle.  I’ve read that some pregnant ladies spot throughout their pregnancy, so thinking you are getting a monthly period is plausible.  And I accept that many women don’t get any sort of morning sickness (myself included with my pregnancy that ended in miscarriage).

But how someone can carry an eight pound human inside them without knowing kind of blows my mind.  At 22 weeks pregnant (where I am right now) the average weight of a fetus is less than one pound.  And, even with a baby that tiny inside of me, there is no way I look anything but pregnant.

Perhaps (maybe?) I could convince myself that the movement I’m feeling inside my belly is gas or some other digestive disorder if I didn’t know any better.  And with an anterior placenta, it definitely takes longer to feel things.  But by the later days of my pregnancy with Littleman, I could actually see parts of his body popping out against my belly – an elbow, a heel, etc.  If I didn’t know I was pregnant, I would have completely freaked out, thinking that my organs were trying to escape or something.

My apologies to anyone who has been through this – I don’t mean to make light of it.  In fact, if you have been through this, I’d love to hear about it.  It is absolutely fascinating to me.  I suspect that most of us would absolutely love to stop by the bathroom and pop out a fully developed surprise baby.  If it meant not having to stress about heartbeats and ultrasounds and epidurals or dealing with fatigue and nausea and waddling, then it sounds pretty good to me!

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5 thoughts on “This really can happen…

  1. While I have no personal experience with this, I do have a former co-worker who had a really, really good friend that didn’t know she was pregnant until she was 7 months along. She had a long torso, so lots of room for the baby to grow without creating a bump. Mom was an avid runner, so did not get regular cycles, either. She never go morning sickness, or tired, or anything to give it away.

  2. I don’t get it either. There have to be a lot of factors that line up– no morning sickness, showing very late, certain body type, very irregular cycles, ignoring fetal movement (alien invasion maybe?), etc.
    In my opinion, it seems like a lot of denial must be involved.

  3. I had a coworker that didn’t look pregnant until she was about 27 weeks. Lucky, I say! But I was as big as a house by then, and my daughter was practicing her kickboxing skills in there. I have no clue how you could not at least suspect that what you are experiencing isn’t just the result of eating one too many burritos. Pregnancy is just so different!

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