Do you know if you are pregnant?

My supervisor at work yesterday was telling me about a show called, I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant. It's a reality show all about pregnant women who don't know they're pregnant until they are IN the hospital, giving birth. My initial reaction was, "Ummm... how do you NOT know you're pregnant?! ...And they find enough of these clueless women for a whole TV series?!"

But I've been thinking about it. It's hard for me to imagine ignoring the swelling belly and the thrashing baby playing football with my innards. I was able to feel the baby move around 16 weeks, which is considerably earlier than most first-time moms can boast.

But... perhaps it's because I've been watching for it.

It's hard to miss things when you are expecting them and keeping an eye and an ear cocked in that direction at all times. When Adam and I decided to start a family, every little twitch, bubble and feeling in my body was suddenly significant. Surely this must mean I'm pregnant!, I thought of anything that felt different from the norm.

It reminds me of my younger self, a girl who firmly believed that the supernatural happened everywhere, everyday, and that I could see it, if only I looked. And guess what? I saw it. Now I'm a bit older and more preoccupied with bills and grocery lists and laundry. I don't see the supernatural as much anymore...

...but maybe it's because I'm not looking?


  1. Um, I've never figured out those people who don't know their pregnant, either. I can see now realizing for the first months, but the last couple, I don't know how you could miss it, or at least wonder what's going on!

  2. This is great! Such insight! I'm a single girl and I do the same thing in dating. Oh if I could just NOT look for it.


Disqus for Downright Domesticity


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...