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Women Who Gave Birth Without Knowing They Were Pregnant

Updated 21 Nov 2019 769.5k views16 items

It's hard to imagine how someone can go nine months without knowing they're pregnant. There must have been symptoms. There had to be signs - kicking, nausea, cravings. It's physically affecting your body. How could you not know?

It's a phenomenon known as cryptic pregnancy. About one in 2,500 women don't know they're pregnant until they're in labor, so the condition is rare. Many contributing factors can hide the pregnancy, like a lack of actual symptoms and obesity.

Dr. Patricia Devine, the former director of labor and delivery at Columbia University Medical Center, explained, "This is an extreme situation, a very rare situation, because it is pretty hard to miss all of the signs of pregnancy."

But it does indeed happen. The following cases involve women who claim they went their entire pregnancy with no signs or symptoms until delivery. These are stories of people who gave birth without knowing they were pregnant.

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