Sometimes, the attention a pregnant woman receives can be tempting, but the actual commitment of motherhood seems a hefty price to pay for a seat on the subway and free casseroles from the neighbors.
A teenager in Wyandotte, Michigan, who was all too aware of this struggle, decided to have three cakes and eat them, too.
The teen purchased fake ultrasounds and bellies from FakeaBaby.com, a site for gag gifts specializing in false pregnancies (lol?), and convinced her community, family members, boyfriend and a Facebook group called “Moms of Triplets” she was pregnant with, well, triplets.
Once news of the teen's pregnancy broke on Facebook, a local church and a nonprofit group reportedly reached out to help supply the faux mother-to-be with everything a real parent needs to care for a baby not made of silicone.
The teen's aunt, Jessica Adams, admitted to FOX 2 News,
She got tons of help. The gifts, they couldn't even open at the shower there was so much.
As for the 16-year-old boyfriend who began looking for jobs after hearing he would soon be a father of three, The Washington Post reports the young man did not question his girlfriend's story after 10 months of resultless pregnancy.
She gave me the story of micro preemies and how her doctor thought time would be better in there than time in the incubator.
The boyfriend's mother certainly grew suspicious when no attending doctor could be found for the young “pregnant” hoaxstress.
Finally, the brilliant mothers/cyber detectives on the “Moms of Triplets” Facebook page matched the ultrasound images posted by the teen to those on FakeaBaby.com (how does everyone know about this site?) and contacted the teen's family.
The local police are reportedly now involved.
As for FakeaBaby.com, this is not the first time the company found its way into the news for being hilariously awful.
According to The Washington Post, NPR briefly referred to the site in an episode of “Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me!” when it covered the activity of Chinese women eager for subway seats who bought fake stomachs from the site to secure themselves the spots.
This charming tradition was cut short when one woman's I-can't-believe-it's-not-baby belly fell out onto the floor.
As delicious as deceit and secrecy can be, maybe non-moms should wait for the day authentic pregnancies afford them all the fun of burgeoning motherhood, rather than sporting creepy fake bellies like a wacky "Arrested Development" character.
Citations: Fake ultrasounds, fake bellies and 'Fake a Baby.com' gets Michigan teen in non-fake trouble (The Washington Post), Wyandotte teen fakes triplet pregnancy with 'Fake A Baby.com' (FOX 2 News)