Yesterday I was speaking to a friend who I hadn’t spoken to in a while.
She was updating me on all sorts of news, events and gossip in her life that somehow I have happily avoided for the past year.
Of course she had one of the stories about a friend, of a friend, of a friend…you know the ones.
Apparently the person she was speaking about had a baby but did not know she was pregnant until she went into labor.
This distressed my friend to the enth degree. “How could someone not know they were pregnant..blah, blah, blah…”
Now I agree, how could you not know you were pregnant. I don’t get it either, but it reminded me of a woman many years ago I met at my husband’s office.
I happened to answer the office phone one day and a woman on the other line was crying and obviously upset. She had been referred over by her family practice doctor to be seen for a suspicious mass in her abdomen. Her family practice doctor indicated the medical prognosis did not look good.
Of course in her mind she had a malignant tumor and could only think the worst. She pretty much had committed herself to having cancer.
I calmed her down and got her in to be seen right away. She asked if I would be there when she came in, normally I would not have been, but I said I would make sure I was. I really felt bad for her, she was in her 50’s, had seven children and was divorced. She was terrified.
The next day she came for her appointment. She was a complete wreck. Crying and sniffling. Her abdomen seemed swollen but nothing too out of control.
I hung around to comfort her and to be there when the exam was over. I figured I would schedule her surgery if need be. She had a few of her grown children with her as well.
However, low and behold, after her physical exam, it was confirmed, she was seven months pregnant.
I was looking around for the candid cameras because surely this was a joke! I mean who wouldn’t know you were pregnant, especially if you already had seven kids!
Ladies, those of you who have been with child, was there ever a question what that movement in your abdomen was? The expanding waistline isn’t quite tumor-like, if you know what I mean.
Needless to say, she was a little embarrassed. Her children, who had NO IDEA SHE WAS…ahem…having relations…were stunned. I was a tad flabbergasted and we made her next prenatal appointment instead of scheduling her hysterectomy.
So when someone tells me someone had a baby without knowing they were ever pregnant, even though I’m stunned, I still always think of that woman.
Scary thing is, her family practice doc had already done a complete exam and put her on hormone replacement therapy for her condition. Yeah, good one dude.