Pregnant and She didn't even know it.

Not to long ago on the Discovery Health Channel, I saw a report that I didn’t even think was possible and yet, it is more common, than most people would think. The report was on women, who didn’t realize they were pregnant till the day their babies were born. Some of these women still menstruated and didn’t really have many of the symptoms normally associated with pregnancy.

In a report in Psychology Today Magazine, titled “Unexpectedly Expecting” it is reported that a number of women have what is termed as “denial of pregnancy” this is a mysterious and rare condition, where the woman doesn’t realize she is pregnant until five months into gestation. This condition occurs in one of 200-600 deliveries. Most women that have gone through this are normally between eighteen and twenty nine. It is not very common, but it does make one wonder, how could she not know?

I would like to share some true life stories of women, who discovered they were pregnant on their baby’s birthday, or in their third trimester. Many of the fathers, in these cases, were just as surprised as the mothers were. These women have some amazing stories to tell; here are some very interesting accounts, on how they suddenly found out they were pregnant.

The first story is about a woman who was even on birth control pills and other forms of contraceptives and yet, surprise, surprise she finds out she is pregnant twelve hours before giving birth. She had no reason to suspect she was pregnant, since she still had her regular periods. However, one Sunday morning she was experiencing a lot of pain and was unable to walk. She arrived at the hospital and there she learned she was seven months pregnant and gave birth twelve hours later.

In another report, a woman's home pregnancy test came out negative when her pregnancy began, and she also kept menstruating normally. When her doctor checked her, she was already five months along, yet he didn’t have her tested for pregnancy and therefore, it still wasn’t discovered that she was pregnant. Then a short time later, she was experiencing severe back pain and she was taken to emergency by her aunt. Even at that point, the doctors ruled out, pregnancy, they then had to change their diagnoses when they discovered the baby crowning.

In this last case, what amazes me is that trained medical professionals did not suspect that this woman was pregnant till the baby was crowning. It makes me realize how important it is for medical professionals to test a woman thoroughly and not rule out pregnancy, till they have tests to prove it. This not only puts the woman at risk, but the baby at risk as well.

This next story, I found a little hard to believe, because the weight gain in this case was so erratic. Let just say, this one of those cases, where I can definitely say that truth is stranger than fiction. This woman reports that she was six months pregnant when she finally realized she was pregnant. When she started her pregnancy she weighed 104 pounds and then suddenly in two weeks time, during her sixth month of pregnancy her weight jumped to 167 pounds and her belly got huge. I find it hard to understand, how anyone can suddenly gain sixty three pounds in two weeks, when she was already pregnant for six months. She reports that if it wasn’t for this sudden weight gain, she would not have known till it came time to give birth. Strange?

I would like to leave you with one last story about Ryan and Carri Emmons, a couple that had a very interesting night, and a new baby boy. She already had three other children, yet both her and her husband didn’t know she was expecting again. Then suddenly, one night Carri was experiencing some very painful cramps and the cramps got more and more painful, resulting in her husband having to call 911 for an ambulance. During the call Ryan told the dispatcher that he saw blood everywhere. Then suddenly, he tells the dispatcher he sees a baby and he sounded very surprised. This was also the dispatcher’s first night on the job, but she was able to pull him through.

If you would like to know more about what happened that night. Here is a link to Ryan and Carri Emmons Story. The article (in this link) also contains a video version of what happened to Ryan and Carri Emmons and how the news was received by those in their community.

http://abcnews.go.com/2020/michigan-mom-gave-birth-unaware-pregnant/story?id=9531970

To me, as well as many others, this is one of life’s greatest enigmas. Pregnancy which seems so obvious to everyone, especially for the woman who are expecting, and yet, there are times when the new baby is a surprise, even for the mother to be.

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stricktlydating 6 years ago from Australia

Wow! They'll sure have interesting stories to tell their children when they're older!


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Internetwriter62 6 years ago from Marco Island, Florida Author

Thanks Sticklydating, For one thing they could tell their children they were one of life's best surprises.


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LarasMama 6 years ago from a secret location, Australia

Great hub! Someone I know had a baby boy at 28 weeks gestation without knowing she was pregnant (he's alive and well.) The only symptom she had was throwing up for a few days which she put down to a flu! Amazing, huh?


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Internetwriter62 6 years ago from Marco Island, Florida Author

Thank you LarasMama, When I saw the special on the Discovery Health Channel I found it hard to believe, that it was even possible, for a woman not to know. I guess even pregnancy be mysterious.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

I have heard stories like this. It is hard to believe someone would know. Nice hub.


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Internetwriter62 6 years ago from Marco Island, Florida Author

Thank you Sandyspider, I agree, it is hard to believe, that an event like pregnancy would go undetected by any women, especially since it is a life changing experience. I guess it is either the power of being in denial, or that their bodies did not give of the necessary signals to let them be aware that they were pregnant.


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Harlan Colt 6 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

Another great hub, very interesting. Its amazing what the human body does now and again.

- Harlan


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Internetwriter62 6 years ago from Marco Island, Florida Author

Thank you Harlan, That's true, I never though it possible, but the body works in mysterious ways.


joana 6 years ago

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Internetwriter62 6 years ago from Marco Island, Florida Author

Thanks Joana, I will be sure to pay you a visit.


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Moon Daisy 6 years ago from London

I'm glad I found your hub. I didn't see the programme you're talking about but I've heard about surprise pregnancies quite a bit, and I also recently wrote a hub on this fascinating subject. Before I researched it I also had doubts about whether this could really happen!


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Internetwriter62 6 years ago from Marco Island, Florida Author

Thank you Moon Daisy, I agree, I had my doubts to, as to whether it was possible for a woman not to know, that she's pregnant. This is the most life changing event, that a woman could partake in, and yet there some that don't know, that hard to believe. I will take a look at your hub. It is a fascinating subject.


sharifa 6 years ago

A friend of mine never knew she was pregnant until she was 3 or 4 months along. She thought she was just really really sick even described her symptoms as body pains, fever, headaches, cough, and colds. She couldn't get out of bed and was even absent from work on and off. When she finally went to a doctor, the doc never tested her for pregnancy and she was prescribed with meds which didn't work. Then she noticed she wasn't menstruating so she decided to buy a test kit and true enough she was pregnant. She herself ruled out pregnancy because she as used to the fact that her periods were on and off. When she finally knew, as if by magic, her symptoms disappeared like she never got sick at all.


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Internetwriter62 6 years ago from Marco Island, Florida Author

Thanks for sharing with me Sharifa, I can understand where your friend may have mistaken her pregnancy for some other illness. The symptoms you described made me think of the flu. Your friend is smart and knows her body, so when missed her monthly gift, she realized what it was. It's amazing how the truth sets you free, your friend symptoms disappeared when she knew she was pregnant. I hope she was happy knowing she was going to be a mother.


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solar.power 6 years ago from Brisbane

Interesting, my wife is 5 months pregnant and is still throwing up every morning.


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Internetwriter62 6 years ago from Marco Island, Florida Author

Thanks for stopping by Solar.Power, the good news is your wife knows she is pregnant. Congratulations, I hope parenting is a wonderful experience for both you and your wife.


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restlessagony 5 years ago from San Antonio, TX

I had not been pregnat before i had seen that show... so i thought that that was going to happen to me, however it did not. i had a normal pregnancy with all the "benefits" or pregnancy...aka morning sickness, aches ect...


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Internetwriter62 5 years ago from Marco Island, Florida Author

Thanks for sharing with me Restlessagony, even though the surprise pregnancy may have it's advantages, I prefer to know if I am pregnant or not, so I guess morning sickness, as awful as it is, can be blessing. Either way, a child is a blessing.


Onelia 4 years ago

Im very young and yesterday I ate an oreo cheesecake and felt bad headaches and felt like vomiting, but i didn't... I went to the doctor and she asked if i was pregnant and i told her no.. My sister told me today that i am pregnant, & now i don't know what to do.. help! all im doing is crying.. :( I haven't seen my period in a while, i guess since September 2011.. & now its January 2012.. I do not have a big belly and by now i should have felt something or saw the dark line.. Nothing there.. Advice?


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Internetwriter62 4 years ago from Marco Island, Florida Author

Hi Onelia,

I'm so sorry that you are going through all this. I would strongly advice a gynecological exam, if you haven't already had one, not just for pregnancy, but to rule out any other medical conditions. I don't want to give any diagnosis since I'm not a doctor, so I urge to see one and get tested and have them do an ultra sound of your uterus and also to have your ovaries checked, I'm not implying you have anything wrong, but as the saying goes, "it is better to be safe than sorry" I hope everything turns out alright, if it turns out to be a baby, then I think that is wonderful news, I hope you enjoy your new baby if that is the case. Whatever it is, may God keep you wise and strong.


q275832n jshysiu 4 years ago

hi i have had the rod in since December 2011 and i have been feeling a bit sick i have a sore stomach occasionally i feel a lot more tired than normal , i tend to have sore heads and i have started to go of my food and dont eat very much but i have also put some weight on could i be pregnant what's ur advice?


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Internetwriter62 4 years ago from Marco Island, Florida Author

If you haven't gotten a home pregnancy test yet, get one asap. Then even if the results say negative, I would still see a gynecologist. Sometimes it is some other condition such as fibroids, I have them, they are often benign, but you should check just to be on the safe side. If your gynecologist doesn't find anything wrong I would still get a second opinion from your primary care physician to make sure you don't need more tests. Hopefully, it is nothing, but I prefer to error on the side of caution. I hope you are ok. If it turns out to be a baby, that is a blessing, so you may have to start buying the crib.


oppy 4 years ago

Hi,I had unprotected sex with my partner in feb,I started feeling nauseated the two weeks later and a week later which is feb 23 I had my period,march my period was late for 4 days later came but still feeling nauseated april again the period came earlier than normal and since that feb I do have a big sour in my mouth that attimes won't allow me to eat pepper..my home pregnancy test is negative what is happening?


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Internetwriter62 4 years ago from Marco Island, Florida Author

Hi Oppy,

I would strongly advice seeing your doctor, it could be pregnancy or something else and you are better safe than sorry, so check with your doctor. I apologize for not answering sooner, I just got to my emails now.


lena 4 years ago

HI I DIDENT HAVE MY PMS FROM MARCH18 AND NOW IS JUNE 3 THE PREGNANCY TEST IS ALWAYS NEGATIVE WHATS HAPPENING


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Internetwriter62 4 years ago from Marco Island, Florida Author

Hello Lena,

Seriously, I think it is time to talk to your doctor, because you never know. It could be good news, like your hormone levels are at their optimum or it could be you may have to make plans to redecorate your guest room, but do get a doctor's opinion. I hope everything is well and thanks for reading my hub.

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