Could You Be Pregnant and Not Know?


These stories always baffle me. How is it possible to be pregnant for nine months and not have a clue? I simply cannot imagine it. But we've heard the stories from time to time from women delivering babies and not knowing they had even been pregnant. This morning, I read of another such weird but true case.

Juanita Stead, 36, of Port de Grave, N.L., had a surprise ending to 2008--a new baby. Stead says she never knew she was pregnant because she never had any pregnancy symptoms. No morning sickness (well, okay, not all women get morning sickness) but no real weight gain either, she claims. UH? Now that I don't get. Of course I am looking at my still-there baby belly (minus a baby of course!), and wondering how this lady did not notice anything weird happening with her stomach.

"I wore my everyday clothes. No sickness. My regular menstrual period every month," she said in a phone interview with CTV's Canada AM on Friday morning.

On December 31, Stead says she started getting pains in her back. Apparently as the day went on, the pains increased in their intensity. While at a New Years Eve party that night, the pain got so bad she had to be rushed to the emergency room by ambulance.

Stead delivered her surprise baby at 12:31 am Jan.1st--a healthy baby boy weighing 7lbs. 12 oz.

Wow. I guess if you are going to be pregnant, that wouldn't be a bad way to do it. But do you think it would possible to be pregnant and not know it? With all my pregnancies, I pretty much knew I was pregnant before I tested. I guess maybe having a regular period would throw someone off. But what about the baby moving? And other changes the body goes through when you're pregnant?

I don't get it.