For those of you who are unaware there is television show on The Learning Channel called I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant. As you may have guessed, the show re-enacts the stories of women who ended up having a baby never knowing they had conceived.
I do not watch the show but I have caught glimpses here and there (TLC Fridays are Bride Days which is a guilty pleasure of mine). You know, the car wreck phenomenon. You don’t want to look, but curiosity overcomes you and you linger before changing the channel.
Then today there was an article in the Huffington Post about a woman who was training for a marathon and thought she had pulled a muscle but ended up giving birth to a six pound baby (and she already had three kids). She had no idea she was pregnant, her husband had a vasectomy (I am going to leave that one alone LOL).
I apologize to any readers who have not had the wonderful experience of being pregnant (women and men) as I am more speaking to moms, but how the heck can you not know you are pregnant?!
Hint one: no period. As someone who’s period is as high maintenance as J-Lo (sorry if that’s too much information) I get that one or two missed periods might not set off any alarm bells but for nine months in conjunction with any one of a number of pregnancy symptoms.
Fetal Movement: All of my kids danced around in there and you could both feel it and see it, and no amount of gas can compare to the way your entire belly changes shape as your baby rolls over into a new position.
Weight Gain: as I learned from my post on Kate Middleton, there are lots of people out there who don’t show like I do. But, even a small 6lb baby plus fluids and placenta is an easy 10 extra pounds of stuff you are carrying around. How did you miss that? Dryer keeps shrinking your clothes?
Pregnancy Tests: You don’t even have to go to a doctor. Feeling off? You can go buy one for $1.25 at Dollarama and find out you have a bundle of joy on the way. It’s not rocket science to pee on a stick.
I am totally willing to believe that there are women who don’t realize they are pregnant until further along in their pregnancy (5-6 months) but to be in labour and give birth in a toilet because you thought it was diarrhea? Come on. Are women that out of touch with their bodies these days?
I am only hoping that most of the stories are made up or elaborated for television because if they aren’t it scares me. I will leave it at scares rather than be too harsh.
I do apologize that there really is no purpose to today’s post other than to rant about something silly, but I am feeling a little hormonal right now so I figured why not? I can’t be the only one who finds it hard to believe right?
Oh, and in the interests of not offending anyone, if by some slim chance you are one of these women, I do apologize. I understand every case if different and I am willing to believe it happens for good reasons, just not that frequently.