Can You Be Pregnant and Not Know It?


A lot of issues might preserve a lady from noticing the modifications of their physique:

Worry or stress. The considered changing into a mom is so irritating for some ladies that they go into deep denial — so deep that they don’t know they’re pregnant. “Denial is a really highly effective protection mechanism, making it attainable to speak your self out of each symptom you will have. The motion in your stomach is ‘simply gas,’ as an illustration,” Cackovic says.

For instance, a teen might deny or ignore a being pregnant as a result of they don’t need their mother and father to know they’ve had intercourse. A married lady might do the identical as a result of they received pregnant by somebody apart from their associate. Some ladies might have a denied being pregnant due to a psychological well being drawback, like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.

No signs. For some ladies, the bodily tip-offs of being pregnant, like weight gain, morning sickness, heartburn, or fatigue, don’t occur. Or they’re so gentle {that a} lady simply doesn’t discover them. Relying on their physique sort, “it’s cheap for a girl to make it to 30 weeks with out trying pregnant,” Cackovic says.

Weight modifications. If a lady is overweight or their dimension typically goes up and down, they may not discover the additional child weight. In the event that they’re obese, Cackovic says, they might not “have the bodily emotions of being pregnant” that non-obese ladies really feel.

Interval issues. A girl can have irregular periods due to stress, some medications (like birth control pills or medication for epilepsy), weight problems, or well being issues like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), uncontrolled diabetes, or an eating disorder. So when their interval is a no-show, their first thought is probably not being pregnant.

They’ll’t really feel the newborn transfer. Normally a mom-to-be will begin to really feel their child kicking or rolling between 18 to twenty weeks of being pregnant. But when the placenta occurs to be within the entrance of their uterus, they might not really feel these actions, Cackovic says.

Analysis suggests a well-adjusted lady can have a denied being pregnant and nonetheless go on to be mom, particularly in the event that they’re in a position to come to grips with the truth that they’re going to have a child, Cackovic says. For instance, some ladies perceive and settle for it after they see an ultrasound picture of their baby. However medical doctors often advocate a psychological well being analysis to determine what brought about them to disclaim their being pregnant. It’s additionally an vital step to forestall child abuse and neglect, that are extra frequent after denied pregnancies than regular ones.


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