Surprisingly some people are not even aware of the signs and symptoms of pregnancy. So when they find out that the results come out as positive, there are a wide array of emotions and reactions.
"My grandmother worked for the medical clinic at her local Army base during WWII, and she sometimes got to deliver the news that a woman (usually the wife of a soldier) was pregnant.
She told one young woman, who replied, 'But that's impossible! My husband has been overseas for more than a year!'
My grandmother assured her that she was definitely pregnant, and asked if she had had relations with anyone else recently.
The woman replied, 'Well, yes! But you can't get pregnant with anybody but your husband!'
The poor girl actually had no idea."
"I went with my friend once to the ER because she was 'having issues.' I offered to step out of the room when the doctor came back in but was told to sit tight. Okay, fine, whatever.
The doctor tells her she is pregnant (after she denies even having done it ever).
She says, 'That's impossible! My boyfriend and I only did it once and he pulled out!' The doctor had to explain to her how that's not safe, at all, while I sat in the chair with my face in my palms."
"So my mom nearly died while giving birth to her first child. The doctors were so worried about her health they told my parents that they wouldn't be able to have any more children for the foreseeable future.
Five years later, the doctors give them the go ahead to have another kid. Things didn't go perfectly with the second birth and she had to get her tubes tied (there were other medical problems as well).
A little more than 2 years pass and they are happy with their little family, but my mother is feeling ill again. It remains for a while (they thought it was a bad cold) but then she starts craving ice (she only craved ice while preggers). She grows in the belly region and is pretty sure she is pregnant, but this is impossible because her tubes are tied, right? She goes to the doctor, the one who performed the surgery, and tells him that she believes she is pregnant. He disagrees entirely. He just WILL NOT believe she is pregnant. He performs all sorts of tests trying to figure out what it is but my mother is insistent, she believes she is pregnant. So finally the doctor says 'Fine, I'll give you a pregnancy test, but when it come back negative you have to pay for it if it comes up positive I'll pay for it.' It freaking comes back positive. The doctors walk in the room and mutter, 'Well, you are 7 months along.' My mother responded with a classy, 'I know.'
Apparently when you get your tubes tied every year after the first one adds a 1% chance of becoming pregnant. There was a 2% of me existing."
"My grandmother was pregnant with her 6th child but the baby died and they had to do an operation to take it out. A few weeks later my Grandma, just getting over the death of her unborn baby, told my Grandad and doctors that she thought she was still pregnant.
They kept telling her that she wasn't and it was just her being upset over losing a baby. Well as they had operated on taking out the baby they wouldn't look and just told her to mourn and accept the baby was gone.
Speed forward to a month later when her water breaks and they operate on her again to find that she had been expecting twins and no one knew so when the first one died they didn't realize there was another one hidden! Everyone, especially my Grandad apologized for not believing her."
"I'm an ER doctor and I once told a lady she was pregnant, the response I got was: 'No. No. No. No. No....'
I was a little confused, so I look to the husband, who also look confused. And after a moment he just says 'I returned from Afghanistan yesterday...'
"I had a young lady come in for elective knee surgery. She's a little overweight, and nurse thinks she's pregnant. She says she delivered last month. I get a pregnancy test (as they all will nowadays) and she's positive.
I ask for her records from where she gave birth. They have never heard of her. I call an OB to examine her. She was 3 months along by ultrasound. After more digging, she knew she was pregnant all along.
Turns out she thought the anesthesia would give her an end to the pregnancy and she'd get a two for one special... Terrible!"
"I was told I would never have children. I, of course, was devastated because I love kids but my husband and I thought we could just adopt in the future. So one night I was shaking like crazy and feeling horrible, my throat hurt and I felt like dying. My husband took me to the hospital and to lighten the mood he said 'Hey take a pregnancy test.' I thought he was being silly but I was like eh why not, it's going to come out negative anyway.
We wait and the nurse just walks by and say's 'You're pregnant.' and just walked away. I started crying because I thought my husband did some kind of sick joke but then I saw my husband's face light up.
Now our son is a beautiful healthy and very happy 1 year old. He is our little miracle but I really wish I knew I was able to have children because we would have waited a few more years."
"I had just gotten off the night shift in triage. I had to tell a 19-year-old woman that she was pregnant. I'm not allowed to talk to patients, but I do have to be present to document that my provider has informed the patient of lab results. When my provider (a PA rotating through triage) asked her if she was active, she said 'Yes, but not like that,' and I'll admit that the PCT in the room and I shared a very confused/shocked look. Then when the PA told her the positive results, she blurted out she only used the 'other hole', then facepalmed. I did as well. Awkward all around.
I also just realized that in my previous night shift we had to tell four different women they were pregnant... the second one was a morbidly obese woman who fell off her bike and was complaining of abdominal pain. Denies a chance of pregnancy with her boyfriend in the room, but when he leaves to get coffee she waves me over and says that she cheated on him and her period was four days late. I relay to the provider, and sure enough, she is preggo. She did fracture her hip and was admitted, so I don't know how she broke the news to her boyfriend.
The third of the night was a 'dancer' who had a history of miscarriages and came in for abdominal pain. Sure enough, the pregnancy test was positive, but this time it looked like a healthy pregnancy and she was estimated to be past the first trimester (still not even showing a baby bump). She then asked the PA if he could 'take care of her pregnancy' there so she wouldn't have to deal with a bloody mess later...
The last one was a 22-year-old female who thought she had a UTI, and when she got the news she immediately called up her boyfriend, while my provider is mid-sentence with her, and has the boyfriend schedule and appointment with a clinic the next day. She hangs up, calmly looks up at the PA and tells him to prescribe whatever will make her UTI go away because the pregnancy wasn't going to be a problem anymore..."
"In medical school, I admitted an 8-month pregnant lady who didn't know she was pregnant. She simply wouldn't accept that she was, and was in denial to a seriously strange way.
I was on my psychiatry rotation so she was admitted to obstetrics for observation but with our team following. She thought we were performing unnecessary surgery on her when we did the ultrasound. She didn't believe she was delivering, while she was. Complete denial and delusional thought (paranoia).
After she gave birth, she refused to accept she had a child, and the ministry had to adopt.
It was a very distressing case. To my knowledge, she has never accepted the pregnancy."
"My cousin got pregnant and she was 14 and everyone was very unhappy so we are sitting at the family table and my aunt is like 'How did you get pregnant' and she said 'I dunno' to which I responded 'I know how' to which her boyfriend in a smart alec tone responded 'You don't know' to which I said 'Yea, I do, you slept with her and didn't put on a rubber.' To which he tried to deny it so I said 'Fine then, she slept with you.'
Apparently stating the obvious was not the best decision."
"I was once a volunteer in the ER:
I had the privilege of seeing a very obese woman admitted with severe discharge and pain. Turns out, she was in labor and never knew she was pregnant. She insisted that she just hasn't been on her period for 9 months because of some thyroid condition. It boggles my mind that she didn't know.
What did she say upon being informed she was pregnant? 'No way in heck.'
Followed 7 hours later with; 'Her name is Michelle.'"
"A college friend of mine decided she was going to start working out to get her old figure back. She was doing really well at first but then stopped losing weight. Then gaining weight. She was really frustrated and confused - she used to have some digestion problems and thought maybe it was some sort of gastrointestinal issue. She would say things like, 'feel my stomach, it's HARD.' My favorite was how she talked about the gas... 'no but you can FEEL it moving around! I've never had gas like this, it's crazy!'
Stomach pains were starting to be a problem until eventually, her dad took her to the emergency room to be looked at. Apparently, when the doctor comes back, all he says is, 'You're about five months pregnant and going into early labor.'
Of course, she bawled her eyes out and was horrified. She didn't give birth that night, she ended up carrying to term and had a really healthy boy and he's freaking adorable. But I remember the first thought in MY mind was, 'Geez, how many packer parties have I been to with her over the last five months?' not that she was getting wasted or anything, but she was definitely having a drink or two (and the bar we would all meet at gave our free jello shots for every Packer touchdown).
But everything turned out great. She was engaged at the time so they took the wedding to the courthouse and all three are very happy, healthy people."
"My wife was 3 days late on her period, I was the one to notice this, not her. So I purchased her a pregnancy test and she took it. I remember we were standing in the hallway of our first apartment together and she was watching the results on the test. I placed my hands on her shoulders, looked into her eyes, and told her 'You are pregnant, it is twins, fraternal twins, a boy and a girl and the girl will come out first.' She told me if I knocked her up with twins she would knock my head off.
By the time I finished speaking, a faint line appeared showing positive for pregnancy.
A few weeks later she was feeling sick so we went to the ER, her pregnancy was confirmed and they did an ultrasound, in a thick Caribbean accent, the ultrasound tech told her 'Eets Tweens!, look see, Tweens.' She did not understand him at first, I did, I thought about running, I didn't.
2 months later it was confirmed that they were fraternal.
2 Months after that, it was confirmed that Baby A was a girl and Baby B was a boy.
They came 6 weeks early, it was a tough pregnancy that ended with an emergency C-Section. The doctor pulled my daughter out first and then my son."
"I called one of the only OBGYNs that my insurance covered. They said they could not see me for like two months. I asked if they could call in a prescription for my birth control pills while I wait for my appointment. The lady refused and said that because they haven't seen me in 6 months (I think it was six months) They could not do that. I sort-of pitched a fit but to no avail.
The day before my appointment, I took an at-home pregnancy test and it came up positive, so the next day, walking into the office, I pretty much knew I was knocked up. I got into the exam room and the doctor came in. She told me 'So you made an appointment for an exam to get birth control pills?' I said 'Yep. Been waiting two months.' She answered with 'I'm sorry we always get so backed up. I know it takes forever sometimes to get one.' I said 'Yeah, well I'm pretty sure I'm pregnant now so can we test for that instead?' The doctor got this weird look on her face, asked for a urine sample. She came back ten minutes later looking sheepish and saying, 'Yep, you're pregnant.'
For the record, I do not blame getting pregnant on the doctor. That was my stupid move. Still, I thought the dialogue I had with the doctor was really funny."
"I'm actually going to school to be a midwife.
Anyway, when I was 20 about to turn 21, I was going to Beauty School from 8am-5pm and working as a Pizza Hut Delivery Driver. At that time, I had a beautiful 9-month-old baby boy at home. Needless to say I was SO busy my husband and I had to literally schedule intimate time and only had it a few times in April.
I was on the pill and nursing so I thought I couldn't conceive at the time. It was the night before mothers day and I was on my way back to PizzaHut from a delivery when I got in a car accident. My arm way hurt a little bit because I was in the process of shifting gears and Pizza Hut sends all their drivers to the ER when an accident happens. The Dr. wanted X-Rays of my arm and ordered a pregnancy test as a precaution about 30 min later he walks in and tells me congrats I couldn't help but say 'LIES,' not out of anger just shock.
When my Husband came in the room a little while later and he didn't believe me. We had a name picked out before we left the ER."
"We were in Hawaii visiting family. We were laying on the beach one day and my mom rolls onto her stomach and noticed there was a hard lump in there. Being the woman she is, she assumes she's got cancer and doesn't tell any of us about it.
Two weeks later we're back at home and I'm about to leave for work when she pulls me into the living room saying we need to chat. She explains finding the lump to me and tells me that she'll be going to the doctors that day to get it checked out.
I get home, she tells us that the doctors believe my mother has an ectopic pregnancy, but they need her to come back and take more tests.
Goes back the next day and learns she's really six months pregnant and she's having a boy. She was on birth control and got monthly periods and everything, she thought she was just putting on some weight."
"A friend of mine started having terrible cramps one night and ended up going to see a doctor in the morning with a friend she was supposed to go out for breakfast with. The nurse checks her, makes her take a test just in case (even if she'd never skipped a period). She was mortified when told she WAS pregnant. The nurse asked her what she wanted to do - she replied that she'd have to talk with her boyfriend. The nurse went to get a doctor because the cramps were still not normal.
He comes in, checks her briefly, looks nervous, leaves without a word. While my friend is freaking out a bit, he comes back with two paramedics - she's in labor. She gave birth to a beautiful, healthy boy later that day.
She had just come back from working 4 months in France, eating often in restaurants, so she didn't really worry about having put on a few pounds. She regularly takes pregnancy tests now."
"A few years ago, a doctor told me I was pregnant! At the time I'd just finished crying about something that doesn't seem all that important anymore, and I was also in pain and feeling pretty miserable. She left, came back, sat down in a chair and said, very seriously, 'Miss, you're pregnant.'
'Hahahahaha,' I replied, 'for I am a teenager who has never done it...'
I laughed way harder than the situation called for, but I was pretty stressed at the time and gave a total of zero cares. They probably thought I was crazy or a liar. I asked them to run another test (they called to say negative a week later), then practically skipped out of the office and called to tell my mom I was pregnant, laughing all the while. Needless to say, she was not amused."