Can you imagine being pregnant for almost 1 1/2 yrs...this woman was!
Generally, a normal human pregnancy last around 280 days, which is slightly more than nine months. During this time, the baby slowly develops enough to survive and grow outside of the womb. Each pregnancy is slightly different, and women can give birth slightly earlier or later and still be considered normal. However, in 1945, a young woman gave birth after 375 days. This is a period of almost a year and a half. The woman, Beulah Hunter, was 25 when she gave birth. Doctors claim that the length of her pregnancy is accurate by looking at the date she first tested positive for pregnancy, as well as the date of her last menstrual cycle. Beulah Hunter claimed she had her last menstrual cycle on February 10th in 1944. The first time she tested positive for pregnancy was on March 24th of that same year. Doctors believe that the cause of this long pregnancy was the extremely slow development of the fetus. The baby developed much more slowly than a normal child while in the womb. However, Beulah Hunter's daughter, Penny Diana, was born healthy and normal, ready to face the world, with no outstanding developmental issues apparent at the time.Beulah Hunter's pregnancy is the longest known in which a living child was born. There have been many instances in which a stillborn fetus did not dissipate properly, meaning that the woman did not give birth at the correct time. This gives the appearance of what would seem like an abnormally long pregnancy. Because the children did not survive, though, medical professionals and record keepers do not consider these to be true long pregnancies. Before Beulah Hunter, the longest pregnancy resulting in a living child was only 317 days. Although this is some time short of Beulah Hunter's remarkable lengthy pregnancy, it is still a very long time to be pregnant.
Do you believe this woman really was pregnant for that long??