Claw Dolan, then 22 years old, woke up at 4 o'clock on the day she had to start her new job, she thought the agonizing stomach cramps signaled her period was "back in revenge." She had taken the pill without rest for more than six months, but she had stopped about two weeks ago. The waves of pain left her pale and trembling, but she did not feel she could call the patient on her first day-so she took some paracetamol at the advice of her mother, and took the bus and tube from the house they shared in Crylick. in the northwest of London in the city.
Hours later, Dolan was in Hempstead's Royal Free Hospital, assigning a newborn baby: totally healthy and carried to a term. Dolan was born in the bathroom of his apartment after sending him to work sick with work; one of her neighbors had heard the screams of labor and called an ambulance. When Dolan rang her mother and told her to come to the maternity ward, the answer was, "But you were not pregnant this morning!"
Amelia, now three, was "a total surprise," says Dolan, to believe. How could she not know she was pregnant? But the more relevant question might be: why did she think she was?
Dollan broke up with his friend (Amelia's father) five months before her daughter was born and is accustomed to not getting periods. She had earned a little weight, but she said it until she was separated. With a mirror, she took a sentence that she was not seven and a half months pregnant. Nothing was showing. I did not feel it. I had no symptoms, no desire, no nausea ̵
In fact, the first time that the thought that she might be pregnant interrupted her thought while she was giving birth. So far, it has become clear that this is not a period. "My body just told me to hurt the pain. Then I saw the head go out. "What did she think?" – Honestly, I can not tell you. I was in absolute shock.
Last week around the world there were reports of the extreme case of a woman surprised by her own complete pregnancy: a woman from Bangladesh gave birth to a healthy and expected boy, only to learn almost a month later that she was wearing twins in a second uterus were also born healthy 26 days after their first child). The physical circumstances in this case and the fact that the woman knew she was pregnant with one child, but not three, clearly made her unusual. But the phenomenon of a woman who carries a baby to put it without knowing she is pregnant is more common than can be thought of; as Dolan finds after the birth of Amelia, this is known as a "mysterious pregnancy." A 2002 document published in the British Medical Journal shows that it occurs in around one in every 2,500 pregnancies, suggesting about 320 cases in the UK every year.
"This is not a particularly unusual phenomenon," says Professor Helen Shane. of obstetrics at the University of Stirling for nurses, midwives and health professionals in Glasgow. "It's a rarity – but that's not so rare." In midwifery, obstetric and gynecological circles, she says that if you have not encountered any mysterious pregnancy, it is not uncommon to know someone – or to know someone who knows someone –
At the beginning of Cheyne's career as a clinical midwife in 1982 or 1983, she remembers taking care of a woman in the post-natal ward of Princess Royal Hospital in Glasgow, who did not know she was pregnant until he goes into childbirth. She had given birth before – then her children were teenagers – and she has recorded irregular periods and gain weight until the age. Cheyne remembers that she and her husband are in full shock. "I've never forgotten that. It is quite credible. "Still, she adds, it's" very, very difficult to get your head off. " "The feeling that the baby is moving inside of you – if you have children, it is very difficult to imagine how you can not admit what it is. Having an 8-pound baby inside you … "She laughs. She also adds that this is not only possible for overweight women, as is usually supposed.
Although the study is rare – as one might expect, given the main element of surprise – Cheyne says that the mysterious pregnancy has been recorded worldwide. , dating back to centuries. In fact, this is more understandable when pregnancy diagnoses depend on indicators such as period loss and nausea. With very accurate modern tests, Cheney says: "It's very easy to diagnose pregnancy – if you expect to be pregnant."