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only_lme
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I've seen cases on TV where women don't know they're pregnant until they go into labor. My question is, how the heck is this even possible? I mean wouldn't they notice SOME form of symptoms like a missing periods, nausea, weight gain, or I don't know, a baby kicking inside them? It's just seems so odd to NOT notice that there is a human life growing in your body after a few months.

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Heather
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That would be very, very, VERY unlikely.

However, denial really can be a very powerful thing, and some people can be in deep denial about things like pregnancy, very serious illness, clearly unhealthy relationships to a degree that they literally don't have a clue. Again, it's rare to have that THAT deep with pregnancy (and I'd bear in mind that Talk TV is not a good place to get realistic ideas of things or people: many people on those shows are actors), but it does happen.

I do want to add, though, that when you say a given woman should know about pregnancy just a few months in, it's actually more common for plenty of women not to. Many women have highly irregular periods, and a fetus is not developed enough to kick within a few months, either. Some women don't get a lot of nausea, some women don't gain weight until much later. For many women, in early pregnancy, no real differences are felt, which is a big part of why trying to figure out if you're pregnant based on "symptoms" is such a bad call.

Too, not every pregnancy -- even for one woman -- is the same. I've met a lot of women in the clinic I work at who didn't notice a given pregnancy for a while because she expected to feel the same way she did with a previous pregnancy.

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