I think there are a few factors. Yes, many women there are built big around in the waist, for a number of reasons. Many are very, very overweight. (If you go to BINGO, you’ll see people who sit on 2 or 3 folding chairs pulled together to support their azzes.)
I suppose some of the “unknown” pregnancies are unrevealed. They’re afraid to tell their families, or their boyfriends/husbands. (Short-term planning at its finest.)
But yeah, besides the belly camouflage, there just so much lack of knowledge that the girls don’t recognize the signs. They miss their periods, they say, oh it’ll start up again. They feel the quickening, they take antacids, thinking they’ve just got tummy problems.
Seriously. It’s backwards there. I’ve adjusted well.