Saturday, December 10, 2011

More on the phenomenon of cryptic pregnancy

How Can You Be Pregnant (For Months) And Not Know It?

Here are some astonishing statistics: Among pregnant women, 1 in 450 doesn't know her status until week 20 or later (more than halfway through the pregnancy), and 1 in 2,500 is oblivious until she actually goes into labor.

I had no idea that it was that common!

Only a minority of cryptic pregnancy cases has been attributed to personality disturbances (eight percent) or schizophrenia (five percent). It appears that most unexpectedly expectant mothers are perfectly sane and educated. Quite simply, they do not know they're pregnant because they have no symptoms -- no weight gain, no nausea, and little to no abdominal swelling.

Give me a pregnancy like that!

Why does this happen?

A cryptic pregnancy is an adaptive "emergency" mechanism -- essentially, the fetus sensing a threat and striking a bargain by demanding little and laying low to maximize its chances of being born.

So, if 1 in 2500 pregnancies are undetected until labour, do these women have the right to prematurely end their pregnancies at this stage?

I still haven't gotten an answer from any of my pro-abortion readers.