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24th Jul '16 6:23:30 PM LadyNorbert
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* Even for young, healthy, well-educated women, pregnancy can end up a surprise. Sometimes implantation of the embryo can cause minor bleeding and the woman can mistake that for her regular period. Read the [[note]]Roughly once a month, a woman's body builds a lining on the uterus to defend against the possibility of pregnancy. Human pregnancies are more invasive than most, a trait shared with other primates, some bats, and the elephant shrew. The shedding of this lining is menstruation (you may have noticed dogs and cats don't menstruate; in fact they and other placental mammals reabsorb the lining. So do human women, but just not all of it). The embryo implants in this lining by using enzymes to dissolve a portion of it just a little bit. This can cause some spotting that, except for the amount of material, would be identical to menstruation.[[/note]] for more details. Or possibly the woman, like most women, leads a busy life and doesn't necessarily keep close track of her periods, relying on [[HystericalWoman the warning signs]] to keep from making a mess. And some women keep having periods right through the pregnancy, though this is rare.
* Some methods of birth control "turn off" periods for extended lengths of time, which can make it very easy to miss the fact that a woman is pregnant until she's well along the way. Some types of IUDs (intrauterine devices) are becoming notorious for this.

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* Even for young, healthy, well-educated women, pregnancy can end up a surprise. Sometimes implantation of the embryo can cause minor bleeding and the woman can mistake that for her regular period. Read the [[note]]Roughly once a month, a woman's body builds a lining on the uterus to defend against the possibility of pregnancy. Human pregnancies are more invasive than most, a trait shared with other primates, some bats, and the elephant shrew. The shedding of this lining is menstruation (you menstruation. (You may have noticed dogs and cats don't menstruate; in fact they and other placental mammals reabsorb the lining. So do human women, but just not all of it). it.) The embryo implants in this lining by using enzymes to dissolve a portion of it just a little bit. This can cause some spotting that, except for the amount of material, would be identical to menstruation.[[/note]] for more details. Or possibly the woman, like most women, leads a busy life and doesn't necessarily keep close track of her periods, relying on [[HystericalWoman the warning signs]] to keep from making a mess. And some women keep having periods right through the pregnancy, though this is rare.
* Some methods of birth control "turn off" periods for extended lengths of time, which can make it very easy to miss the fact that a woman is pregnant until she's well along the way. Some types of IUDs [=IUDs=] (intrauterine devices) are becoming notorious for this.
23rd Jul '16 3:01:32 PM DrOO7
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* ''Series/AllMyChildren'''s Opal Cortlandt learns she's pregnant after several weeks worth of what she assumed were menopause symptoms. Not to mention her husband's supposed infertility.
12th Jul '16 9:12:04 AM dsneybuf
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* In ''Film/FatherOfTheBride II'', Nina winds up getting pregnant at roughly the same time as her recently-married daughter. She initially mistakes the symptoms for menopause. And she is at an age where menopause would be probable, so her surprise is rather more believable than most examples.

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* In ''Film/FatherOfTheBride ''Film/{{Father of the Bride| 1991}} II'', Nina winds up getting pregnant at roughly the same time as her recently-married daughter. She initially mistakes the symptoms for menopause. And she is at an age where menopause would be probable, so her surprise is rather more believable than most examples.
8th Jul '16 7:03:27 PM pretzelbetty
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* When they near menopause, women's periods can become erratic, making them more difficult to track. Couple this with the fact that menopause takes time and doesn't occur at the same age for every woman, and older women can have an unplanned child whose college years will coincide with their own retirement. Similarly, some younger women can have health issues that make fertility unlikely or erratic.

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* When they they're near menopause, women's periods can become erratic, making them more difficult to track. Couple this with the fact that menopause takes time and doesn't occur at the same age for every woman, and older women can have an unplanned child whose college years will coincide with their own retirement. Similarly, some younger women can have health issues that make fertility unlikely or erratic.



* Even for young, healthy, well-educated women, pregnancy can end up a surprise. Sometimes implantation of the embryo can cause minor bleeding and the woman can mistake that for her regular period. Read the [[note]]Roughly once a month, a woman's body builds a lining on the uterus to defend against the possibility of pregnancy. Human pregnancies are more invasive than most, a trait shared with other primates, some bats, and the elephant shrew. The shedding of this lining is menstruation (you may have noticed dogs and cats don't menstruate; in fact they and other placental mammals reabsorb the lining. So do human women, just not all of it). The embryo implants in this lining by using enzymes to dissolve a portion of it just a little bit. This can cause some spotting that, except for the amount of material, would be identical to menstruation.[[/note]] for more details. Or possibly the woman, like most women, leads a busy life and doesn't necessarily keep close track of her periods, relying on [[HystericalWoman the warning signs]] to keep from making a mess. And some women keep having periods right through the pregnancy, though this is rare.
* Some methods of birth control "turn off" periods for extended lengths of time, which can make it very easy to miss the fact that a woman is pregnant until she's well along the way. Some types of IUD's (intrauterine devices) are becoming notorious for this.

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* Even for young, healthy, well-educated women, pregnancy can end up a surprise. Sometimes implantation of the embryo can cause minor bleeding and the woman can mistake that for her regular period. Read the [[note]]Roughly once a month, a woman's body builds a lining on the uterus to defend against the possibility of pregnancy. Human pregnancies are more invasive than most, a trait shared with other primates, some bats, and the elephant shrew. The shedding of this lining is menstruation (you may have noticed dogs and cats don't menstruate; in fact they and other placental mammals reabsorb the lining. So do human women, but just not all of it). The embryo implants in this lining by using enzymes to dissolve a portion of it just a little bit. This can cause some spotting that, except for the amount of material, would be identical to menstruation.[[/note]] for more details. Or possibly the woman, like most women, leads a busy life and doesn't necessarily keep close track of her periods, relying on [[HystericalWoman the warning signs]] to keep from making a mess. And some women keep having periods right through the pregnancy, though this is rare.
* Some methods of birth control "turn off" periods for extended lengths of time, which can make it very easy to miss the fact that a woman is pregnant until she's well along the way. Some types of IUD's IUDs (intrauterine devices) are becoming notorious for this.
6th Jul '16 10:02:50 PM DarkHunter
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* In ''Film/FatherOfTheBride II'', Nina winds up getting pregnant at roughly the same time as her recently-married daughter. She initially mistakes the symptoms for menopause. And she is at an age where menopause would be probable, so her surprise is rather more believable than most examples.
2nd Apr '16 8:42:45 PM nombretomado
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* Was a plot point on ''{{Eastenders}}'' a while back where a teenager gave birth not having a clue.

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* Was a plot point on ''{{Eastenders}}'' ''Series/EastEnders'' a while back where a teenager gave birth not having a clue.
23rd Feb '16 6:16:43 PM TitoMosquito
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* This [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1Z91YkPatw State Farm commercial]] has the wife dropping the bomb on her the husband, after he said he doesn't want another baby, while he's scrubbing a crayon drawing off a wall.
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14th Feb '16 3:55:44 PM MsChibi
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Not to be confused with ButWeUsedACondom, but it's likely to be a result. Contrast with MySecretPregnancy, where the mother knows, but keeps it a secret from the world at large.

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Not to be confused with ButWeUsedACondom, but it's likely to be a result. Contrast with MySecretPregnancy, where the mother knows, but keeps it a secret from the world at large. May be justified in the case of a MysticalPregnancy or a MisterSeahorse situation.
12th Feb '16 12:46:27 PM MsChibi
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* In many eras, sex education was non-existent or pathetic, and some young women simply ''didn't know'' the details surrounding pregnancy and its cause.

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* In many eras, sex education was (and in some places, still is) non-existent or pathetic, and some young women simply ''didn't know'' [[MissConception the details surrounding pregnancy and its cause.cause]].
12th Feb '16 11:47:29 AM MsChibi
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Sometimes the LawOfInverseFertility hits so hard that the woman doesn't even realize she's pregnant, often not until the ScreamingBirth (and sometimes not even then). Cries of "ButICantBePregnant" and "how could I have missed this?" ensue. For whatever reason, when they ''do'' notice before giving birth, it isn't the lack of [[NoPeriodsPeriod periods that tips them off]], but rather the morning sickness and WackyCravings. It seems that heroines just don't keep track of their monthlies. Cue BabiesMakeEverythingBetter!

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Sometimes the LawOfInverseFertility hits so hard that the woman doesn't even realize she's pregnant, often not until the ScreamingBirth (and sometimes not even then). Cries of "ButICantBePregnant" and "how could I have missed this?" ensue. For whatever reason, when they ''do'' notice before giving birth, it isn't the lack of [[NoPeriodsPeriod periods that tips them off]], but rather the morning sickness MorningSickness and WackyCravings. It seems that heroines just don't keep track of their monthlies. Cue BabiesMakeEverythingBetter!
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