How One Teen Faked a Triplet Pregnancy

I could totally pass for a pregnant person right now. 

I'm dealing with a few extra postpartum pounds and some diastasis recti, so on a good day, I look about four-months pregnant, and on a bad day, six months. 

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But I would never go so far as to fake a pregnancy, even on the night I was tempted to trick my husband into thinking I was late just so I could take a nap. 

One teen, however, did exactly that. And she not only faked a pregnancy, but she faked a pregnancy with triplets.

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The story apparently went down in my home state of Michigan, somewhere in Wayne County, where, surprisingly, the teen was actually being investigated by police for faking her pregnancy. 

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The girl was only 16 and was refusing to go to the doctor's, so the “story wasn't adding up, and they tried to get her to the hospital to confirm whether she was pregnant or not,” Richard Weise, a detective with the Wyandotte police department, said.

The teen, who wasn't named in the story, obtained fake sonograms and even an actual fake pregnancy belly from a site called FakeABaby.com (and what will they think of next??).

Reportedly, she actually tricked her boyfriend and her entire family for an entire 10 months, which may have been the first clue that something was amiss, after 10 months passed with no actual babies coming out of her body. 

I'm not sure what you could actually charge a person who faked a pregnancy with (is it a crime to fake a pregnancy?), but apparently she had accepted a lot of gifts and other material goods from people wanting to help her, so there's that. She plans to return everything, according to the family. 

Why on earth would a teen try to fake a pregnancy, especially a triplet pregnancy? Well, your guess is as good as any, but teen pregnancy may be glamorized these days thanks to 16 and Pregnant and other shows. It could be something as simple as attention, and there is actually a medical condition in which women have a need to trick people into thinking they are pregnant. A woman with false pregnancy or pseudocyesis even starts believing that she is actually pregnant and can exhibit physical symptoms of pregnancy, down to cravings and swollen bellies. 

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Whatever her reason, it's a strange, sad story. 

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How One Teen Faked a Triplet Pregnancy

Chaunie Brusie is a writer, mom of four, and founder of The Stay Strong Mom, a community + gift box service for moms after loss. ... More

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