How Do You *Not* Know You’re Pregnant?
The Iowa Hawk Eye recently published an article on an Army National Guard private who returned from Iraq on a two-week leave intending to propose to his girlfriend, only to be surprised when she gave birth to his son. Apparently she was surprised, too:
Malmberg first started noticing stomach pains last Saturday night when she was with Novak [her solider boyfriend], who was visiting his brother in Burlington. She went to bed early that night, hoping some rest would relieve her situation. “I just thought it was menstruation cramps. I was hoping they would go away,” she said. Other than an extra 20 pounds, Malmberg’s body gave no indication of her pregnancy. Her menstruation cycles continued at an irregular pace, which Malmberg attributed to physical exertion from all the time she spends playing competitive soccer.
Seriously? If I thought I wasn’t menstruating regularly because I was exercising so hard/much, I’d be suspicious about gaining 20 pounds at the same time. I’m always baffled by these stories, and usually chalk it up to denial in young women – Malmberg is 18. She did accept her boyfriend’s proposal – unfortunately has to return to Iraq to spend 3 more months looking for roadside bombs.