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please share your "I didn't know I was pregnant" true stories

Not even if it was you. Someone you know...whatever.

I work in L&D and had a patient this morning who didn't know and had her baby in her car while driving herself here. She's quite literally in shock.

I also worked in a high school where a 14yo who'd never had her AF yet got preg after the first time she had sex, didn't know, went home for Christmas break and had a baby.

THEN when I had my son (same hospital I work in) I went to a NICU parents meeting and one of the moms was there because she too did not know she was pregnant. She thought she was having kidney stones or sumshiit.

Now it's your turn.

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  • i wish i could have an entire pregnancy and not know about it.
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    I know this happens, but it blows my mind.  I just don't get why everyone doesn't get ridiculously big when they're pregnant.  I know everyone carries differently and it might not be as obvious if you're heavier, but my hugeness by the end of my first pregnancy was insane.  I feel like that would show on anyone.

    Plus, you know, cervix boxing and rib kicks.  What do these people eat that they think it's normal for your abdomen to feel like that?

    Yeah, I don't get it either. Especially the cervix kicks. There is truly nothing else like them in the world.
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    I know this happens, but it blows my mind.  I just don't get why everyone doesn't get ridiculously big when they're pregnant.  I know everyone carries differently and it might not be as obvious if you're heavier, but my hugeness by the end of my first pregnancy was insane.  I feel like that would show on anyone.

    Plus, you know, cervix boxing and rib kicks.  What do these people eat that they think it's normal for your abdomen to feel like that?

    Yeah, I don't get it either. Especially the cervix kicks. There is truly nothing else like them in the world.

    Right... and on the shows they say they just thought it was indigestion or something.... ?? 

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    I know this happens, but it blows my mind.  I just don't get why everyone doesn't get ridiculously big when they're pregnant.  I know everyone carries differently and it might not be as obvious if you're heavier, but my hugeness by the end of my first pregnancy was insane.  I feel like that would show on anyone.

    Plus, you know, cervix boxing and rib kicks.  What do these people eat that they think it's normal for your abdomen to feel like that?

    Yeah, I don't get it either. Especially the cervix kicks. There is truly nothing else like them in the world.

    Forreal. Kidney stones don't bruise ribs. 

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  • I know a girl, her brother was in my grade, her family was friends with my best friends family/they all lived in the same sub.

    One day my friend was like "yeah, So&So had a baby!" I was like, "damn, she's young... I didn't know she was pregnant!?" My friend was like, "yeah, neither did SHE!"

    ...I saw this girl while she was pregnant and had zero clue.

  • imagecar seat:

    I know this happens, but it blows my mind.  I just don't get why everyone doesn't get ridiculously big when they're pregnant.  I know everyone carries differently and it might not be as obvious if you're heavier, but my hugeness by the end of my first pregnancy was insane.  I feel like that would show on anyone.

    Plus, you know, cervix boxing and rib kicks.  What do these people eat that they think it's normal for your abdomen to feel like that?

    I had an anterior placenta and can probably count on one hand the number of times I felt DD move.  And that was only if I was really still.  Don't get me wrong - I was as big as a house.  There was no mistaking the pregnancy, but I really didn't feel much at all.

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  • imagecar seat:

    I know this happens, but it blows my mind.  I just don't get why everyone doesn't get ridiculously big when they're pregnant.  I know everyone carries differently and it might not be as obvious if you're heavier, but my hugeness by the end of my first pregnancy was insane.  I feel like that would show on anyone.

    Plus, you know, cervix boxing and rib kicks.  What do these people eat that they think it's normal for your abdomen to feel like that?

    I know...even though I see it first hand it still blows my mind. I get that some women have crazy or no cycle at all but then to not FEEL the baby moving??! I don't get it.

  • My cervix hurts and I'm getting nauseous just thinking about he cervix kicks. 

    I just don't understand how they can not get so big! 

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  • We had a family member who was pregnant and didn't tell anyone (that's a whole different post) and we saw her about 2 weeks before she gave birth.  She just looked like she had put on a few pounds - not pregnant at ALL.

    She lived with her mother the entire pregnancy and she never suspected it either.  I guess some people just really don't show. 

  • I've actually felt pretty sad for this patient today. She and her FI had no idea this was going to happen. He thought she was dying. It was very sad to watch. Now she has a million things to think about and consider with an already outside baby. I just hope it all works out for them once the shock wares off.
  • I met a teenager in my baby loss support group that didn't know she was pg. She was heavy to begin with and her period was very irregular so it was normal for her to miss a lot of periods. She gave birth at home when she was about 6 months and he passed away at the hospital, but she just thought she had to poop really bad.
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  • I worked with a woman who had no clue.  She and her husband had been married a few yrs.  One night she had some terrible cramps (contractions).  She took a warm shower and went to bed.  The next AM, he went to work and she woke up to very painful cramps and vomitting.  She thought her appendix had burst so she calls her Mom to take her to the hospital.  They informed her that she was in labor and about to deliver any minute.  Her Mom called her DH and told him to get to the hospital ASAP.  He thought it was a joke.  He barely made it in time to see the birth of his son.

    So here's the deal.  They weren't TTC and she was on BC.  She had no MS.  This woman was overweight, not obese but overweight.  She didn't gain much weight during her pregnancy though and her shape did.not.change.  She'd always had VERY irregular periods.  She had some spotting off and on during her pregnancy but she thought she was having very light periods. She didn't feel hiccups or strong kicks - nothing out of the ordinary.

    A couple of years later, she was pregnant with another boy but this time she knew it.  She had an entirely different pregnancy and carried much more out front, had MS, the whole nine yards.  It was only then that she understood why everyone was so shocked that she didn't know she was pregnant the first time.

  • Well I didn't know I was pregnant because I had irregular cycles & only had unprotected sex once and my 1st took 3 years. So I threw up and took a test and was like woaaaa. But I was 7 weeks along lol. It was a semi planned pregnancy. 
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  • imagedelg23:
    Well I didn't know I was pregnant because I had irregular cycles & only had unprotected sex once and my 1st took 3 years. So I threw up and took a test and was like woaaaa. But I was 7 weeks along lol. It was a semi planned pregnancy. 

    LOL, and congrats!

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    imagekmwills:
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    I know this happens, but it blows my mind.  I just don't get why everyone doesn't get ridiculously big when they're pregnant.  I know everyone carries differently and it might not be as obvious if you're heavier, but my hugeness by the end of my first pregnancy was insane.  I feel like that would show on anyone.

    Plus, you know, cervix boxing and rib kicks.  What do these people eat that they think it's normal for your abdomen to feel like that?

    I had an anterior placenta and can probably count on one hand the number of times I felt DD move.  And that was only if I was really still.  Don't get me wrong - I was as big as a house.  There was no mistaking the pregnancy, but I really didn't feel much at all.

    See, I still don't get that.  I also had an anterior placenta and didn't feel anything until around 24 weeks, or something crazy late like that.  But there were feet poking out of my right side, and a butt hanging out on the upper left near my ribs.  I could identify these parts and spent a lot of time poking her in the butt to get her to move.  Because it was funny.  And when that kid rolled around, it was a seismic event.  My entire, HUGE belly moved in ways that did not look at all natural.  People could see this through my clothes at work.  Is that weird?  I thought that was normal in pregnancy, especially in third tri when there's enough room to move, but not enough to move without it being very noticeable.

    And I'd have freaked out if I didn't feel regular movement.

    Your pregnancy =/= everyone else's.  I also had an anterior placenta and I can't tell you how many times I called my doctor freaked the eff out that I couldn't feel her moving.  I had MASSIVE m/s though and I was big as a house, so there was no mistaking that I was pregnant.  I can easily see how people could discard the movements though if they have an anterior placenta, there were many days I spent paying very very close attention to try to do kick counts before calling the doctor again, and no one else ever saw my belly move.  Not sure if it's because of the AP combined with a very small baby, but it doesn't happen to everyone.

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    How do they explain away the lightning crotch? I think some women have to be in serious denial.
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    How do they explain away the lightning crotch? I think some women have to be in serious denial.

    I agree that most of them are in denial, but I never had lightning crotch either.  Breech babies don't put pressure down there I guess.

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    How do they explain away the lightning crotch? I think some women have to be in serious denial.

    I agree that most of them are in denial, but I never had lightning crotch either.  Breech babies don't put pressure down there I guess.

    My daughter was breech until 32 weeks, I had it all the time.
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  • I had an anterior placenta and period like bleeding throughout my pregnancy. If I wasn't so small pre-pg and therefore obviously looked pg, I had very few actual symptoms. Keep in mind that you knew you were pg and interpreted every symptom with that in mind. If you didn't believe pg was a possibility (denial or other reasons), a lot of pg symptoms could be indicative of something else. It happens all the time, it's naive to think most of these chicks are stupid. 
  • imageJerkStore213:
    i wish i could have an entire pregnancy and not know about it.

    This!  I dont' drink or smoke, so my daily habits wouldn't harm a baby.  That would be awesome to have a whole pregnancy and not know it. 

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  • My cousins ex-gf was pregnant, and didn't tell anyone either, not even him. She didn't gain any weight so you couldn't tell. Her mother brought her to the E.R. when she was in labor thinking she had stomach ulcers or something. Come to find out her 15 year old was having a baby.

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    Huh? Who said they were stupid? It just blows my mind how it happens.
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  • imagekmwills:
    imagecar seat:

    I know this happens, but it blows my mind.  I just don't get why everyone doesn't get ridiculously big when they're pregnant.  I know everyone carries differently and it might not be as obvious if you're heavier, but my hugeness by the end of my first pregnancy was insane.  I feel like that would show on anyone.

    Plus, you know, cervix boxing and rib kicks.  What do these people eat that they think it's normal for your abdomen to feel like that?

    I had an anterior placenta and can probably count on one hand the number of times I felt DD move.  And that was only if I was really still.  Don't get me wrong - I was as big as a house.  There was no mistaking the pregnancy, but I really didn't feel much at all.

    I also had an anterior placenta and barely felt movement. I would eat something sugary and then sit and really pay attention to feel movement. DH only felt movement twice. I did have a huge pregnant belly and lots of other symptoms. I could not imagine not knowing I was pregnant.
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  • I actually know a girl who didn't know she was pg until she was at the hospital and crowning.  She had irregular periods, and spotted throughout her pregnancy.  I still don't know how you mistake kicking and rolling, but it happens. 

    I didn't find out I was pg with DS until I was 8 weeks along.   

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  • I used to be in a local mom group on FB and there was a girl on there that didn't know she was pregnant with her first until 35 weeks. She went into labor at 37 weeks. 

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  • A friend of my mom's, her daughter had a baby and didn't know she was pg, she was a larger girl, so nobody really noticed her getting any bigger. That's all I got.  

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  • All I know with how EXHAUSTED I was during 1st trimester.....i'm sure I would go to the doctor or talk to somebody if I didn't know I was pregnant.  Surely not normal to feel so dead and want to sleep like 24 hours a day.

    And if there are people out there that are not tired at all during pregnancy.........they must be downing red bulls or something ha ha

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  • well not completely but I had a friend who thought her tubes didn't connect after a RE work up (HSG) and had a terrible time with IVF (no follicles) well they decide they aren't going to have children and move on with life...one day she realizes her pants aren't fitting (she never got regular periods) and she thought she might have thyroid disease.  She laughed when the nurse at the dr. office told her to take a test...her tubes didn't connect how could she be pregnant.  She took the test thinking it would be negative and it popped up positive...unbelievable, but when she went to the ultrasound thinking she was in the early part of the second tri she was 28 weeks pregnant.

    So happy for her!  It was amazing and the little girl is true blessing.  So not quite but almost a "I didn't know I was pregnant" story. 

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  • Here is a picture of my friend who, in this picture, is 30 weeks pregnant. doesn't look PG at all!image
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    The first, a sonograoher told me of a woman who didn't find out she was having twins until she was 36w. She already hadn6 kids and figured she didn't need one, but when she started thinking she was WAY too big, she went in and found out.

    Second, my mom didn't know she was pregnant with me until she was close to the end of e second tri. She had been married to my dad for 5 years And never used protection, and then was told by her doctor she was infertile. Her periods were super irregular too. She started gaining weight in her stomach and she really thought she had stomach cancer. My mom hates doctors, so she figured she would die anyway so she never went in. When she started feeling real movement, she realized cancer doesn't kick so she finally went to the doctor. 

     

    My SIL mom didn't know she was pregnant with twins until she delivered a twin! 

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    well not completely but I had a friend who thought her tubes didn't connect after a RE work up (HSG) and had a terrible time with IVF (no follicles) well they decide they aren't going to have children and move on with life...one day she realizes her pants aren't fitting (she never got regular periods) and she thought she might have thyroid disease.  She laughed when the nurse at the dr. office told her to take a test...her tubes didn't connect how could she be pregnant.  She took the test thinking it would be negative and it popped up positive...unbelievable, but when she went to the ultrasound thinking she was in the early part of the second tri she was 28 weeks pregnant.

    So happy for her!  It was amazing and the little girl is true blessing.  So not quite but almost a "I didn't know I was pregnant" story. 

    That is awesome! 

  • I found out about Jack at 11 weeks. That's as close as I get to having a baby in my pants.
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  • My mom also did not know she was having twins when she had my brothers. It was the early 80's so she never had an ultrasound and her doctor never detected a second heartbeat. She delivered one baby that was smaller then expected so at that point, they realized there was another baby. A few minutes later my other brother was delivered. They are only 15 minutes apart. My dad had to then run out and get a second of everything since they were only prepared for one baby. I could not imagine finding out at delivery that I was having twins and then having to push out another baby!
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  • I was 22 weeks when I found out I was pregnant.  I have a son who is 14 years older than the baby so I've been through pregnancy before.  I was on Nuva-Ring which caused me to skip periods so that did not clue me in.  No MS - I traveled a bunch for work out of my time zone during the 1st & early 2nd tri so fatigue was written off as jet lag.  I did not gain weight - actually a combination of a sudden 5lb drop in weight & severe abdonimal pain sent me to the doctor.  I was shocked when I found out I was pregnant. This was on a Tuesday afternoon - the doc was a GYN and only felt my stomach and listened with a stephescope and refused to comment.  She sent me up for bloodwork and scheduled a scan for Thursday morning and told me to bring my husband.  I was terrified as I was recounting every bad pregnancy thing I had done in my head. They called to confirm the scan for Thursday on Wednesday and called it a viability scan.  Only DH, my best friend and one close work colleague knew because I was really scared that something bad was wrong.  Thankfully we went in on Thursday and all was well and 17 weeks later Joshua was born.  .
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  • DH's grandmother didn't know she was pregnant with her 4th child.  She went to her doctor when she wasn't feeling good, and he said she better call up her dh, because she was going to have a baby. I believe DH's uncle was born the next day. Craziness!

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  • imageMrsMommyQ:
    Here is a picture of my friend who, in this picture, is 30 weeks pregnant. doesn't look PG at all!image

     

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    And if there are people out there that are not tired at all during pregnancy.........they must be downing red bulls or something ha ha

    I wasn't tired when I was pregnant. Not any more than I usually was, at least.  But that's the one symptom I didn't have, and I swear it was an honest blessing from the big man with the beard, onsidering my 13-hour work days. But I had horrid m/s for 20 weeks, heartburn from week 14 on, sciatica, rhinitis, gingivitis, wicked lighting crotch that would stop me in my tracks. Not to mention I had a giant in my belly and some legit alien-baby moments where my whole belly would shift and roll when she moved. There were times I thought her foot was going to just come right through my skin, she was that strong. Little jerk.  

    Anywho. Just another point that goes to show how everyone's pregnancy is different. Some people have some symptoms, some people have others. Some people have none. And I hate those people.  

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  • My cousin recently found out that she was 26 weeks pregnant. I don't know about her periods or if she was regular or not [and don't really want to] but I guess she didn't feel it moving and she did not look pregnant. She's not super tiny but definetely not obese..she just didn't have a round pregnant belly. Even now at almost 30 weeks her "bump" is still pretty small.

    I could have gone a while without knowing that I was pregnant. I was on the pill taking it religiously when I found out at 7 weeks [routine gyno appt] that I was pregnant. I had no morning sickness and even had a "period" around 4 weeks..and it was red blood that lasted the full week. Pregnancy wasn't even a consideration for me. I had bleeding throughout my 1st trimester and I didn't start showing until about 17 weeks.  I wouldn't have gone further than that though, as I can feel the baby moving constantly and it'd be hard to mistake for anything else.

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  • I know three girls who didn't know they were pregnant, but in two of the cases I am sure that it was more denial than actual not knowing. One gave birth in a gym locker room after her women's basketball team won a game, the second made it to the hospital.

    The third girl also went to the hospital, but  sometimes she'll say things like "Well, when I was pregnant with Rachel I felt like this" so I feel like she's full of crap. Either you knew or you didn't, and if you did--- why are you pretending? So you look cool?

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