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Phantom PregnanciesA phantom pregnancy (also known as a false pregnancy, pseudocyesis spurious pregnancy, imaginary pregnancy, hysterical pregnancy, wind in the bowels, or grossesse nerveuse) is where you have many of the signs and symptoms associated with pregnancy but are not pregnant.

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  • I am experiencing what you call "phantom pregnancy". I am having all the symptoms, heartburn,morning sickness, bloating and a missed period. I have taken 3 hpt and a blood test and all of them came up negative. I guess when you worry or wish so much that you can almost "think" yourself to be pregnant.
  • I have been having weird phantom pregnancy too, but mine are a little stranger, my husband had a vasectomy three years ago, I have had no missed periods although I am getting more clots and stuff, but I seem to be getting strange kicking movements in my stomach, even my husband can feel some. I have done a pregnancy test which was negative.
  • I am currently experiencing what i believe to be a phantom pregnancy, my breasts are producing milk, I'm bloated am constantly tired , legs ache etc. This is the second time this has happened to me i have a 2 year old son & no desire at all to have another child. I don't know why this is happening to me & it is really weird. I also feel like there is a baby in there moving when i know there is not my pregnancy tests are negative but i haven't had a period for nearly 3 months & don't know whether to carry on taking my pill & having sex as i don't know if this will make it better or worse
  • I am experiencing nausea, milk production, achy legs, bloated, constantly tired, etc., but am having my period. I am not pregnant. My doctor said that sometimes when hormones are so mixed up (in my case my adrenal gland is on overload) your breasts can produce milk even a year after you've quit nursing. She also said that the body can do all these things before a period.
  • I too have been having a phantom pregnancy, I look as though I am about 5 months pregnant, I've been having morning sickness, mood swings, extreme tiredness and my periods have stopped, I'm even having movement in my stomach which my husband and friends can also see, but all the tests have came back negative, I feel like I'm going crazy!
  • I can't believe it has happened to me. I've had three urine tests one blood test and one ultra sound today. I couldn't believe I was not pregnant. I look 4 and a half months pregnant. My stomach is huge. I have felt it kicking. my breasts are leaking milk. I have 2 children already so I know the symptoms.I am sort of clucky but we were looking at fostering. now I know phantom pregnancy really exists. I still can't believe I'm not pregnant. I know what it feels like when a baby kicks.
  • I get around 4 phantom pregnancies every year for over 10 years and each time they are more psychologically devastating and more realistic. The hospital consultant I was referred to told me he'd never heard of phantom pregnancies. I'm seeing a clinical psychologist to sort it out but I have had 3 since I've been seeing her.
  • I'm Experiencing A Phantom Pregnancy Now. Ive Missed A Period And I'm Getting All The Symptoms, The Morning Sickness BackAche The Constant Tiredness. Ive Lost Count Of The Home Pregnancy Tests Ive Had, And have got An Appointment With The doctor To Do one Tomorrow. Worst Feeling In The World Because I Can Feel My Tummy stretching And It Feels Like Theres Someone Moving around In There!
  • I think i am experiancing a phantom pregnancy. I had a miscarraige three weeks ago but i still am having symptons but could do with some advic as its really upsetting me as i am convincing myself i am still pregnant. I am producing collostrum from my right breast, my stomach is ever increasing to swell, i look about five to six months gone, i feel movement like bubble or slight kicks, pregnancy test are negative. Please someone advise me that this is normal as i feel like i am going nuts!!!!.....
  • I think i am experiancing a phantom pregnancy, my periods are normally on time but this month they were nearly 2 weeks late i did some tests and they came up positive! i have been having the morning sickness and the tiredness i remember what it was like as already had a son so i remember everything that happend with last pregnancy!i really thought i was preggers then on Sunday i started bleeding and there was cots and everything ( sorry tmi ) i spent the whole day in hospital they did 4 urine samples and a blood test but they all came back negative, they said that there was no chance that i had had a mc!! i don't understand it i truly thought i was preggers and noone can explain what is going on!! can anyone help me please im so confused and feel like everyone is laughing at me!!
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What is a phantom pregnancy in dogs?

Phantom pregnancy, also called a pseudo-pregnancy or a false pregnancy, is where a dog appears to be pregnant but is not actually pregnant.

Can you still have positive pregnancy tests with phantom pregnancies?

yes because to have the phantom pregnancy your body secretes pregnancy hormones which is what pregnancy tests look for

If you have a phantom pregnancy will the pregnancy test be positive?

Yes. In a phantom pregnancy, the body is tricked into feeling like it is pregnant. Consequently the same hormones present in a real pregnancy will be present in the body of someone who is undergoing a phantom pregnancy, and these hormones are what a pregnancy test detects.

Can a dog have a phantom pregnancy?

Yes, dogs can have phantom or pseudopregnancies.

What are all the symptoms of a phantom pregnancy?

The only difference between a phantom pregnancy and a real pregnancy is that with a phantom pregnancy you are not actually carrying a baby and you will usually have a period and a negative pregnancy test. You will have the same symptoms as a regular pregnancy and they can last at least as long as 7 months.Scroll down to related links and look at "False pregnancy - Wikipedia"

Phantom pregnancy in female horses?

A horse who is experiencing a phantom pregnancy will have symptoms of an actual pregnancy. These symptoms include the horse being tired with a puffed up stomach.

Can sheep have a phantom pregnancy?


Can sheep have phantom pregnancy?


What is experiencing symptoms of pregnancy when you're not pregnant?

It is called a Phantom pregnancy.

Do pregnancy tests come up positive if it is a phantom pregnancy?

no... that kind of pregnancy is all in your head

Can you have a Phantom Pregnancy even if your a virgin?


You know someone who might be having a phantom pregnancy and feels lots of movement and being sick and you have felt the movements myself is this a phantom pregnancy?


What is the other name of imagery pregnancy?

If you meant 'imaginary' pregnancy - it's also known as a 'phantom pregnancy'

How long does a phantom pregnancy last?

I have heard of phantom pregnancies lasting as long as seven months!

If my wife has an affair can she have a phantom pregnancy?

oh yeah

Can you have a phantom pregnancy if you are steralized?

yes you can because a phantom pregnancy is controlled by your mental state and mindtrust me i have plenty of them sometimes it take an ultrasound to prove to a woman she is not pregnant not nice

Could you have sore breasts in phantom pregnancy?

Yes you could, you get all the symptoms of a normal pregnancy.

What symptoms do dogs get when they have a phantom pregnancy?

A phantom pregnancy has many of the same signs as a true pregnancy, including weight gain, abdominal distention and nesting behavior. However, the dog also can show abnormal heat cycles.

Can you have a phantom pregnancy while your tubes are tied and how would I know its not real?

A phantom pregnancy is caused by psychological problems, a woman is so convinced she is pregnant she develops all or most of the symptoms of a true pregnancy. In part the physical changes are caused by hormonal changes. The hormonal changes are not so easily understood. Women with phantom pregnancy are absolutely convinced that they are pregnant. Even a negative pregnancy test and a negative ultrasound scan are not sufficient to shake their belief.Phantom pregnancy is not at all common. True phantom pregnancy is thought to have a deep psychological basis, strong enough to bring about the hormonal changes which cause the display of the physical features such as absence of periods, breast engorgement and abdominal swelling which is merely gaseous distension of the bowel. A woman having a phantom pregnancy will even feel the nonexistent baby moving. A woman does not have to be fertile or even sexually active to suffer from a phantom pregnancy. Women having a phantom pregnancy need a knowledgeable psychotherapist, who is able to work with her and bring her back into reality gently, as the she would be extremely fragile, emotionally.

Is a phantom pregnancy dangerous for rabbits?

nope, it happens often...

Your westie dog is having a phantom pregnancy?

She'll be fine.

Is it possible to experience all symptoms of pregnancy early and not be pregnant?

yes it would be called a phantom pregnancy

Treatment options for phantom pregnancy?

Since phantom pregnancy is a false pregnancy, I advice that every woman should try to note the date her menstrual cycle start n ends, by so doing when missed she Can detect whether she is pregnant or not.

Would a phantom pregnancy be happaning because im thinking about it to much?

YEs. The more you want to be pregnant the more you will make yourself believE that your pre-menstrual symptoms are pregnancy . It is not really phantom pregnancy since with the phantom pregnancy you will start growing a bump,etc.... but similar... My advice is: do not believe that you are pregnant unless it has been confirmed with a (or more) potive pregnancy tests!!!! However if you are planning a pregnancy eat healthy and avoid alcohol,caffeine,etc.... All the best!

I know someone who might be having a phantom pregnancy and feels lots of movement and being sick and i have felt the movements myself is this a phantom pregnancy?

If it is a phantom pregnancy you should not be able to feel the movements too. Either your friend is pregnant or has IBS or another medical condition. Either way your friend should be examined by a doctor.