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I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant: Report Says One in 600 Women

One in 600 Women Doesn't Know She's Pregnant?

Sure, people may have heard a rumor about a woman who didn't know she was pregnant, and they've found enough moms to fill a TLC series on the subject, but the newest statistics about how common a circumstance this is are almost unbelievable. A report said:

Studies in Germany and Ireland have revealed that one baby in around 600 is born to women who were apparently unaware of their pregnancy until very late or when they were actually in labour.

It makes mothers wonder how their peers could not recognize common signs of pregnancy — weight gain, missed periods, and a ballooning belly. But the expectant stage is different for all women; some don't pack on the pounds, others never had regular menstrual cycles to begin with or believed they were infertile. The vast numbers also beg the question: do these expectant women really not know they are with child, or do they just choose to deny it? The article said:

"Married women with children are the most perplexing of the cases which present late or in labour," says Patrick O’Brien, of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. "There are drug addicts who have chaotic lives and often irregular periods and women with a history of infertility who assume they can’t get pregnant. But most common are young girls who actually just don’t realise they are pregnant."

What is your opinion?

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Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
My mum didn't know she was pregnant with my sister till she was 5 months along, she had a lot of stuff going down at the time though and completely forgot about her period.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
That link is for the story in citizen 4.0 about the teachers facing criminal charges.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
Right on, wilds!!! Some school districts have warned teachers they could face criminal charges if they teach sex ed! So ridiculous, in so many ways.,0#comment-7052003
wildsngrny wildsngrny 7 years
Part of this epidemic has to do with the fact that globally (including within the US), many girls simply do not receive an adequate level of education on physical and health education. As a secondary educator, I see every day, students who hold outdated, anecdotal ideas about sex, childbirth, pregnancy and other health issues.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
I think there are probably some who don't know they are, and some who really are in denial. I feel bad passing judgment on people I don't know, but 1 in 600? That seems ridiculous to me.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I've seen every episode of this show. I just watch in disbelief. The one that shocked me the most was the Irish rocker who only gained 6-7 pounds, but was still really skinny (118 pounds or so). She drank, smoked, and lifted heavy band equipment, but the baby was fine. No idea at all. I really think some of the women are just in denial. There was also an episode where a woman took numerous pregnancy tests and they were all negative, even months in. She even got a negative result from the doctor! That's nuts. In one episode, an older woman did in vitro, discovered she was pregnant, but miscarried. Turns out, she only miscarried one or two, there were 3 implanted. She lost a considerable amount of weight. At a doctors visit, he thought she had cancer and prepared her for the worst. She was so happy when they discovered the truth. :) I would definitely know, I notice every subtle change in my body. If I missed a period or had a really light one, I would test. When someone is pregnant in my family, it's very noticeable, I couldn't imagine being 9 months along and not knowing. I would be waddling like a penguin.
joeysnotoriogirl joeysnotoriogirl 7 years
I could see this being common if the woman is either overweight or had had infertility or loss issues previously and wasn't trying to conceive again when they did so about 250k woman yearly don't even know they're pregnant then as there's about 15 1/2 million clinical pregnancies annually 10.4 million end in miscarriage about a million end in abortion and like 40,000 end in stillbirth
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
I am always amazed when I watch that show on TLC. I knew very early...before I missed my period I could feel changes in my body!
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
I guess it does happen, but I think you'd seriously have to be out of tpuch with your body to now notice. If you have sex, there is always the possibility of becoming pregnant, there is no 100% protection! When I was at the hospital at the beginning of my pregnancy there was a 17-year old girl in the room with my who was 8 months pregnant and had just found out! And it's not like she wasn't showing. It was very obvious, too. She was just in total denial. She was living at home, too, and her mother didn't notice either. That was really messed up. It wasn't like she just looked to have packed on the pounds, there was a very visible bump. That shocked me.
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