Just imagine going to the doctor for stomach cramps and finding out that you are five months pregnant? Sounds absurd, right? Although uncommon, many women do not realize or feel pregnant, even though they might already be a few months into it. For example, in May this year Lavinia Mounga, who was traveling to Honolulu and was super excited about her trip, got more excitement in her life than she had expected by giving birth to a little boy 30,000 feet over the pacific ocean. The best part? She didn’t know she was pregnant! Luckily for her, healthcare professionals on the flight ensured that she delivered safely!
So as you can see, although chances are low, it is not impossible to be pregnant and not feel it at all. Let’s see some cases in which, irrespective of being pregnant, you might not know:
1. Irregular Periods
Many women suffer from irregular periods due to hormonal issues. Some might not get their periods for two to three months. However, the first alarm sign that goes off for most women in case of pregnancy is a missed period. Whether you want to be pregnant or not, this is a sign to look out for! When we become pregnant, we do not get our periods till after delivery. So for those whose period might be irregular, you might have missed your period due to pregnancy and not be aware of it. Tough one, right?
2. No Tenderness Or Swelling In Breasts
One of the early symptoms of being pregnant is increased breast tenderness, swelling, or tingling. This happens due to an increase in pregnancy hormones in the body. Also, you might find your nipples darkened and enlarged. These changes occur in response to the hormones preparing the body for pregnancy. While many women may notice these signs as soon as just a few days after missing their periods, others might not notice anything at all. Many might also confuse breast tenderness with the soreness we feel in our breasts just before our periods.
3. No Fatigue
In movies, you might have seen that after a woman faints and is taken to a doctor, she is declared pregnant! This fainting has more to do with fatigue since many women endure considerable fatigue in the early stages of their pregnancy owing to the hormone progesterone. Although this gets a little better in the second trimester, it again resurfaces during the third. So there are two ways in which you might miss this symptom. One, you are perpetually tired, so a little variation doesn’t affect you at all, and two, you are one of the lucky few who don’t feel it at all!
4. Intermittent Spotting
Now, this is a tricky one. As we know, the first sign of pregnancy is a missed period. However, many women may spot or keep having light bleeding throughout their pregnancy, also known as intermittent spotting. Those who have very light periods might confuse this as their regular periods and not know that they are pregnant.
5. Age And Past Infertility Issues
Women in their late thirties and early forties might confuse pregnancy symptoms with that of early menopause. Also, those who have had issues with infertility might feel they cannot get pregnant. So irrespective of feeling the early pregnancy symptoms and being pregnant, these women might miss it due to their age or past medical history.
A woman who does not have regular periods or even pregnancy symptoms might get more confused if she is obese. This is because obesity or a bulging stomach at times hides the growing baby bump, making one think they’re not pregnant.
7. Birth Control Pills
Like all contraceptives, birth control pills are not 100% effective in preventing pregnancy. They might fail due to women forgetting to take medications on time or missing out on regular dosage. However, when these women get pregnant, they often do not realize this since they feel that they cannot get pregnant while taking pills. They also might mistake their pregnancy symptoms as side effects of taking pills.
In cases like these, what can you do? The best way is to follow your intuition. For example, if you had unprotected intercourse, take a pregnancy test 2-3 weeks after it. Again, if you have been taking birth control pills but have been irregular with them, taking a test would be the smart thing to do. Nowadays, pregnancy tests are the easiest to take, with the tests available across all medical stores at nominal costs. Unless done very early, these tests hardly ever go wrong. The best time to take a pregnancy test for accurate results is the first day of your missed periods. But in case if you are unaware when your next period is due, then the next safe bet is to take the test 21 days after you did the deed. Whether your results are positive or negative, it is always good to talk to a healthcare provider to discuss your options. Did you have any of these symptoms during your pregnancy? Let us know in the comments below!