I finally caught the show "I didn't Know I Was Pregnant". I've been seeing the commercial and was very curious how some women didn't know they were pregnant. The show is running as a 6-hour marathon tonight (still on right now), and I watched 2 and a half hours of it. It wasn't as surprising as I thought it might be and I certainly see a pattern in all the cases. Almost all of them were taking birth control pills. They had little or no common symptoms of pregnancy. They all said they had no morning sickness and no cravings. Most of them thought their appendix burst when they were in a lot of pain. When medical personnels asked if they could be pregnant, they all said no. And surprisingly, it seems like none of them have actually done blood test to confirm whether they were pregnant or not. Seems like they all did urine test either at home, at doctors office or at hospital (when they were already in labour at the hospital) and apparently the results were negative, except when that was how they discovered pregnancies at the hospital right before they gave birth. A lot of them say they were still having their period, as least intermittently, during their pregnancy.
I think this is actually a pretty good show to educate the public about being pregnant and the importance of prenatal care. I would actually recommend it to teenagers and those who don't get pregnancy facts straight (which is about 80% of the public according to my experience). If you are sexually active, and a medical personnel asked if you could be pregnant, never say no. It doesn't matter what birth control you use and what health condition you have that make you believe your chance of getting pregnant is slim (well, only maybe if you have your ovaries or uterus removed....). Birth control pills are definitely not 100% effective, neither is condom. Yes, they work very well most of the time, but never say impossible. The only reliable way to rule out pregnancy is by blood test. You have to be at least 3 or 4 weeks pregnant before the urine test will give you a positive result. A negative result can just mean you are not far enough into pregnancy. My blood test detected pregnancy when I was just 10 days pregnant. That was how early I found out that I'm pregnant.
I've had quite some customers told me that they or someone they knew were still having "menstrual period" when they were pregnant. No, that was not menstrual period, that was spotting or bleeding from pregnancy that some women get. It normally should just be very minimal and not bright red as a normal period. As a matter of fact, if you get it, it might not be a good sign. It is definitely not a good sign if you get bright red bleeding or as heavy as your normal period. It could mean distress in fetus and something really wrong. So for somebody sexually active, they should definitely keep an open mind about possibility of being pregnant and have it checked out. Not everybody have morning sickness and or cravings during pregnancy. Lots of pregnant women haven't. I'm one who haven't, and neither was my mother in her pregnancies.
The show mentioned very good points about importance of prenatal care. If you are pregnant and you don't know, chances are you could have exposed yourself and your baby to harmful stuff like cigarette, alcohol, hazardous chemical at work. Without check-ups, you would not know if you have health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, infectious diseases (like HIV, chlamydia, hepatitis, B strep), etc, that might be harmful to the baby if not treated, and you would not know if the baby is developing healthily inside. Without knowing, you might not be giving the baby proper nutritions and vitamins to keep the baby healthy. That reminds me of cases in Hong Kong where women come from China to Hong Kong to give birth and had no prenatal check up, and even here where some immigrants had no check up at their home countries before they come to Canada. It is actually scary. Scary for the health of the baby and the mother. Luckily all the cases I saw in the 2 and a half hours ended with health babies and mothers. Very lucky.