Just curious about this...
I think everyone has heard stories about women who had no idea they were pregnant and then suddenly delivered. I had heard a story like this about a friend of my Mom's, thought "yeah right, whatever," and forgot about it.
However, my MIL was one of these women. With her second child she said that she had no idea she was pregnant, because she was overweight, on the pill, and had a period every month during her pregnancy. While on vacation in Las Vegas (we live in Southern California) she felt ill (abdominal pain and vomiting), and her husband drove her to Sunrise Hospital. You can imagine his surprise 30 minutes later (there is a family history of extremely short labors) when a nurse came out and informed him "It's a Girl!" It probably didn't help that he'd been drinking all night. LOL
Ever since, my sister-in-law has been know as the "Sunrise Surprise."
People absolutely do not believe me when I tell them this story, but I believe her! After all, she had one child before and knew what pregnancy was like. I admit I wouldn't be rushing to take a pregnancy test if I was on the pill and having my period each month. It's harder to explain away the kicking and movement of the baby (thought I was going to die with #2 because my daughter was trying to come out my bellybutton!) but still...anyone have any experience/stories with this?
When my sister was in her mid-twenties, she had a ruptured appy followed by severe peritonitis. She nearly died and lost a lot of weight during her recovery. She was told she might never have kids d/t scarring and adhesions. Her periods stopped entirely for a while. Then she had occasional spotting for months. She also had a lot of GI complaints, some due to the peritonitis, some related to IBD.
Fast forward a year or so. She gained back the weight she lost when she was so ill and put on a few extra pounds (which actually look good on her). One Sunday afternoon, she was having her usual belly problems only nothing was giving her relief. Hours went by and my brother-in-law was getting worried. He'd never seen her in so much pain. Against her wishes, he called 911 and followed the ambulance to the hospital in his car.
When he got to the ER, a nurse told him that mother and baby were doing well. He told her he was looking for my sister who came in with abdominal problems. The nurse said, "Mother and abdominal problem are doing well."
In the ambulance, my sister had an urge to push and that's when the paramedics realized she was crowning. They barely made it to an ED room when she gave birth to a 6 lb. 6 oz. baby girl.
My bil was shocked. But no more so than my sister.
As a side note--the hospital where she gave birth did not have an OB department. All OB cases went to the other hospital across town. However, the ED folks were so tickled that they got to deliver a baby that they kind of adopted my sister and her family. They also knew that with this baby being a total surprise, no preparations had been made for her arrival. The next day, some of the staff brought in a mini-baby shower. The ED staff had chipped in and bought baby clothes and a teddy bear and diapers and even a car seat. My sister and her husband were surprised and grateful.
My niece just turned 12 and she's a delight. My sister had two more kids and became as big as a house with each of them. She knew within several weeks that she was pregnant with each of them. We laugh about that.
Before I witnessed all of this, I had a hard time believing that anyone could NOT know they were carrying a baby inside them. Now, I believe . . .
Last edit by rn/writer on Apr 6, '09