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04 December 2007 @ 02:40 pm
Vampiric Lore Question  
Random thought: What would happen to the baby if a pregnant woman was turned? How might it effect her rising? 
Sevensevendeadlyfun on December 4th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
Well, in Joss Whedon's world, dead women can get pregnant, so this is definitely a toughie. However, I would say that physically speaking, the baby would die once the woman is drained of blood. Of course, what would happen after she rises would depend on how far along she was.

First and even second trimester pregnancies would most likely result in a spontaneous abortion. Whether or not her body would expel the dead fetus would depend, I think, on how the vampiric body really works (something we're not entirely sure of in the Buffyverse). For instance, we don't really know what happens to, say, the digestive system. Does it convert to something capable of processing blood or does it eventually atrophy with a new system forming to derive nourishment from the blood? What would happen to the dead fetus would depend, I think, on what happens to the reproductive organs. As Darla shows, they still exist in some form. So, going by canon, I would say that the female vampire would have to remove (in some way) the fetus she's carrying or carry it inside her for eternity...either way, a big ick factor...

Once you reach, oh, about 32 weeks, the baby is capable of surviving mostly unassisted outside the womb. I would think that once that stage of pregnancy is reached, the baby would most likely be turned along with the mother. However, it's possible it wouldn't turn simply because the placenta filters out most contaminants. So, the question really is would the placenta filter out the foreign blood? Well, that's up for debate. In the articles I read, some things are kept out by the placenta and some things aren't. For example, viruses that the mother has been immunized against are kept out, but airborne pollutants aren't. So that's a toss up.

Still, for a late-term pregnancy it wouldn't be impossible for the baby to turn along with the mother...Although the amount of blood she's given might not be enough to turn both her and the baby in utero...
ClawofCat: special hellclawofcat on December 4th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
Sweet response! I thought it might generate some interesting (and well thought out) answers. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. All very good points.

I'm feeling sort of morbid today. The thought of carrying a dead fetus around inside of you for eternity is both horrifying and kinda satisfying if one is trying to inflict intense torment. I could see Dru or maybe Angelus getting bored one day and trying it out to see what would happen.

*sigh* I have a disturbed mind. I should go write some porn to get this out of my system.