Scarred For Life
Author: Manoesj Dom
Monday 23rd of April 2018 12:05:13 PM

It's Monday: time for a little (funny) story time. I will tell you why the show ‘I didn't know I was pregnant' scarred me for life. ‘I didn't know I was pregnant' is an American documentary television series. It showcased real-life situations in which mothers gave birth to ‘surprise' babies. It debuted in 2009, so keep in mind I was around 14 - 15 years old when I saw this. Each episode featured 2-3 women who were unaware that they were pregnant, until they went into labor.

Here are some of the reasons why women didn't recognize their pregnancy:
- Mistaking their symptoms for illness
- Thinking they weren't able to get pregnant
- Not having traditional symptoms
- Pregnancy tests that came out negative
- Assuming birth control is 100% effective

This one episode featured a woman who (obviously) didn't know she was pregnant. She had a stomach ache and went to the toilet AND SHE GAVE BIRTH ON THE TOILET. So imagine poor little virgin me being afraid to go to the toilet. I was terrified! The women always named their baby's in the style of Miracle or Hope. My baby's name would probably be: Dear God What Is Going On?!

So when I started having sex the fear of getting pregnant got bigger, even though I was on birth control and used a condom every time.

Thank god my (irrational) fear of getting pregnant reduced over the years, but when my stomach hurts a bit for no reason, I still get a little anxious.


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