I know someone who had a surprise baby. It was a surprise to everyone because she really didn't look pregnant at all, she'd had "periods" during her pregnancy, etc. She wasn't obese, maybe just a little overweight but that was it. In retrospect, she did say that she'd noticed that her waist had gotten just a tiny bit larger, but it was to the sides, not to the front. Her abdomen didn't get rounder at all. She had two other kids and had looked pregnant and experienced all the normal pregnancy stuff with them.
Another woman who I used to work with told me that she'd had "periods" during her entire last pregnancy.
I also knew a resident while I was in school who had grown concerned that she was developing a tumor in her abdomen because she'd noticed that it was getting larger. So, she went into radiology, got an ultrasound machine and put the probe on her belly, expecting to see a tumor... Well, surprise! It was a baby.
So, I will say that surprise babies can happen to normal people, even well-educated people who have had other babies.
She's old enough that she probably thought she was premenopausal. I've known a lot of women who had spotting throughout pregnancy, and if you were in your forties, you might very well think that the spotting was just your periods getting lighter. Since she had apparently been overweight but started running, she might have lost weight or held steady. Obviously there had to be some level of denial, too, but I can see how if you had the suspicion you could suppress it by telling yourself, "Don't be silly. It can't be that. He had a vasectomy and I'm too old anyway."
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6/12/13 7:01 A
Perhaps her body percentage of fat was so low, she didn't show. I do know of people who have put on very minimal weight while pregnant......I must be a wimp cause I felt everything and definitely knew I was pregnant.....then again the 70 lbs I put on should have been a hint.
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6/11/13 9:52 P
I was always skeptical at these stories until recently. Last year my best friend got pregnant. At 9 weeks she started bleeding. She figured it was a miscarriage. She never went to the Dr because of strained finances. Fast forward 5 months later, she was having some pain and figured her cysts were back. Her boyfriend made her go to the Dr. Dr did an ultrasound to locate a possible cyst and found a baby instead! 6 weeks later Taylor was born. My BFF even had regular "periods". There are all kinds of reasons why a woman can bleed during pregnancy.
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6/11/13 9:20 P
This happened once to someone I went to school with. She thought she was putting on the freshmen 15, and denied when someone asked her if she was pregnant. The next day she was absent, because she had a surprise baby. She said she had only been intimate once in her life (which is all it takes).
Maybe with this person, it was because of the training that she couldn't tell. If her body wasn't completely used to running...she could have mistaken the fatigue and other things from being from the training. And, with my first baby, I mistook the kicks and stuff for gas for about half way until I felt a kick and saw it on a sonogram at the same time.
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14,691 6/11/13 6:38 P
I know. All I can say is that baby has an important thing to do in life.
6/11/13 8:16 A
I'm glad the baby is ok. thats the important part of the story. now that's a precious surprise.
I know it happens. She's actually planning on running the half marathon she was training for in a couple weeks. Personally, I'd question the doctor who performed the vasectomy and then perhaps her marital fidelity.
I can't imagine running 10 miles while 8 months pregnant and not feeling anything is different.
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1,068 6/11/13 8:04 A
These stories fascinate me, and though I am generally a skeptic when I hear things that seem "impossible" I have heard enough of these stories that I believe some women really did not know...until the surprise came.
The part I find most confusing is the "had regular periods" part. That is the part that seems most impossible to me. I don't believe you can have "regular periods" and bleeding during pregnancy can't be good or normal.
As far as movement, I felt very little movement with some of my pregnancies, to the point I worried whether the baby was okay (but they were all fine). With the amount of movement I felt, if I had not known otherwise that I was pregnant, the movement would not have been the thing that tipped me off.
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