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Old 09-02-2011, 01:39 PM
Location: Southeast Missouri
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The oops thread I started led me to do some more research and I found this info. It's pretty interesting.

Medicine: Prodigious Pregnancy
Monday, Mar. 05, 1945

Dr. Daniel Beltz swore it was true. So did Mrs. Beulah Hunter, 25. And Baby Penny Diana did have a knowing look about her. But other doctors at Los Angeles' Methodist Hospital found it incredible that Mrs. Hunter had been pregnant 375 days (instead of the normal 280) before her baby was born there last week; 375 days would be the longest pregnancy on record, topping the runner-up by about 58 days.
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Read more: Medicine: Prodigious Pregnancy - TIME

Is is true? I don't know, but it's pretty interesting.

I actually found out about this fact while watching "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant." The TIME article is the only source I can find.


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Old 09-02-2011, 06:04 PM
Location: Georgia, USA
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No, it is not possible.

Either there was a false positive pregnancy test or lab error or there was a miscarriage followed by another pregnancy without an intervening menstrual period. There is no way a pregnancy would stop, then resume growing.

In 1944, hearing the heartbeat for the first time would be done with a stethoscope. There were no doppler devices then. If the heartbeat was not heard until September, then the patient was probably not 4.5 months pregnant any earlier than that date. That would be consistent with the birth in late February. It would be more helpful if the article gave the actual date the heart was heard.

Pregnancy was diagnosed in 1944 using the "rabbit test".

Rabbit test - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A lot of "overdue" pregnancies were due to women missing a period, not actually pregnant, then getting pregnant the first time they ovulated after the cycle with no period. Now, with ultrasound, pregnancies can be accurately dated, thank goodness!
Old 09-03-2011, 12:31 PM
Location: Not where you ever lived
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Although this fascinating stuff, it has little to do with genealogy - unless it is your fami8ly -and a great deal to do with modern Historical events.
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