Are more women delivering babies . . . but didn’t know they were pregnant?
While I know of no formal tally, it seems that I’ve been hearing more and more about these surprise babies. There was even a reality TV show that lasted four seasons(!) about just this issue: Women who, unaware for nine months that they had a growing child in their uterus, develop abdominal pain and, poof: deliver a baby.
(I once witnessed this in a very smart lady, around 30 years old, a nurse, who developed abdominal pain and went to her local emergency room. While she was only modestly overweight, one look and the ER doctor told her she was pregnant and delivered a healthy 7+ pound baby boy. When she showed me her baby two days later, I thought she was just showing off a friend’s baby. I fear that I embarrassed her with my obvious incredulity.)
The protuberant abdomen of the Wheat Belly is among the signature signs of consumption of this grain, perfectly crafted for weight gain, particularly in the form of visceral fat, i.e., the deep inflammatory fat that encircles the abdominal organs. Wheat Belly Facebook followers call Wheat Bellies that mimic pregnancy “wheat babies.” Modern wheat accomplishes this effect via amylopectin A, the “complex” carbohydrate that raises blood sugar and insulin higher than simple sugars; the gliadin protein that binds to the opiate receptors of the human brain, stimulating appetite and increasing calorie intake; it’s due to the combined inflammatory effects of gliadin that unlocks normal intestinal barriers and makes it “leaky” to foreign proteins; and to wheat germ agglutinin that triggers intestinal and body-wide inflammation. The heightened inflammatory phenomena make insulin resistance worse, further adding to abdominal fat accumulation.
Was there any other time in history when women could deliver a term infant by surprise? Perhaps it’s happened on occasion all throughout human history, but I’ll bet that it is more common today with all the protuberant bellies out there. In Victorian times or other periods characterized by extravagant gowns and elaborate clothing, women could purposefully conceal a growing baby. But could stealth pregnancy and surprise delivery have occurred in any other culture, at any other time–without the mother even noticing? And there are real risks to delivering a baby without preparation. What if, for instance, not recognizing that she’s pregnant, a pregnant woman smokes cigarettes or drinks alcohol over the nine months, or fails to be mindful of folic acid/folate intake to prevent spina bifida, a catastrophic condition for the child?
The visceral fat of wheat and carbohydrate consumption has become so commonplace that women think it’s not unusual to have a wheat-bump . . . but occasionally it’s a baby. The perversions of life that develop from this world of eating “healthy whole grains” never cease to astound.