Phantom Pregnancy

Phantom pregnancy is the psychological condition that occurs when a female experiences pregnancy symptoms but is not pregnant.

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Phantom Pregnancy

What is a phantom pregnancy?

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 does it mean when you have cramps but not your peiod?

It means that your period is on its way maybe a month or 2 so keep in hand pads, tampons, or panty-liners!

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False Pregnancy Test

How could you get a false pregnancy?

A chemical pregnancy is a flase pregnancy in a way as there is no fetus there its just your body thinking its pregnancy and actually doing everything pregnant bodies do. Its very strange. But the only way to get a false positive pregnancy test is if your taking medication containing HCG. On rare occasions you can encounter a false positive due to improper testing, expired pregnancy tests, rare medical conditions such as certain types of cancer, evaporation lines, a recent pregnancy or a chemical pregnancy.A chemical pregnancy is a very early miscarriage. It usually occurs from the time the women takes a pregnancy test (that shows positive and her period.) and before a heart beat develops. ( .

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Is vertigo a symptom of pregnancy?

Yes it is, and one you should definitely talk to your doctor about.

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Who is volnerable for phantom pregnancy?

Generally people who really want to be pregnant, are anxious about becoming pregnant, or feel guilty and are paranoid about becoming pregnant.

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I have missed my period had a negative test cramps bloating constipation gas nasuea and my last period was Feb1st i am usually 24-26days..could i be pregnant even with negative test?

AnswerPeriod delay isn't a definite sign of pregnancy. Lots of things can cause a period to be late. I am normally a very regular person and I have been late the last two months.
If you are still unsure, take a home pregnancy test and find out for sure.

In the first couple of weeks-you can experience a multitude of symptoms such as light-headedness, nausea, sore breasts, more than normal vaginal discharge, sensitivity to smell, period-like cramping, light spotting also known as "implantation bleeding", heartburn, gas, constipation, metallic taste in mouth, darkening of nipples and the list goes on. Some women experience symptoms as early as the first two weeks-others don't get any symptoms-and most feel symptoms starting at about the time of their missed period. AnswerThere are a huge number of signs and symptoms that can tip you off that you might be pregnant! Of course the only way to know for sure is a positive pregnancy test (around 12-14 days past ovulation). But for all of us who are trying to conceive it is hard not to speculate about every sign!

Hormone levels increase dramatically even in very early pregnancy, which is the main source of all pregnancy symptoms. Some women will experience symptoms as early as implantation (6-12 days past ovulation) and others will only start to experience symptoms around their expected period, and others don't notice any difference until they are about 6 weeks pregnant.

Some of the most common symptoms reported by women during the first 21 days:
yet another answer yes u could and ur test may say no but u still may b pregnant. u should see ur doctor if it says no if u think ur pregnant.
  • Increased or Decreased Appetite
  • Bloating
  • Cramps
  • Gas
  • Heartburn
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Cold/Flu-like Symptoms
  • Fatigue
  • Vivid Dreams
  • Frequent Urination
  • Increased Cervical Fluid
  • Backache
  • Tender Breasts
  • Sore Nipples
  • Irritable
  • Bleeding Gums
  • Spotting
  • Nausea

You could have a cicst on your overies, pardon my spelling. Talk to your doctar ASAP

The pregnancy tests aren't always accurate, so I would talk to my doctor if I were you.
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Can you lactate during Phantom pregnancy?

Yes, you can. The hormonal changes are still there. Hormones are what make your body prepare for the baby. There have been cases of people convincing themselves they were pregnant, when they weren't, that even had their abdomen expand.

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Is it possible to go full term and not even have known you were pregnant?

As strange as it may seem, there are women that are so out of touch with their own bodies that they have not known that they are pregnant until ready to give birth.

Not realising you are pregnant is more common in young women who do not know much about their own bodies and therefore miss the signs, often those who have only had sex once or twice and do not consider themselves likely to get pregnant. Some inexperienced young women who lack sex education may not even be sure whether or not they have actually had sex.

In cases of child abuse, the girl may not even have had a period yet, as you can be fertile before your first menstruation, and therefore may not have any idea that she could be pregnant.

For women who have had a traumatic sexual experience such as rape, which they may prefer to blot out and not think about, convincing themselves they are not pregnant can be a way of convincing themselves that the rape did not happen.

Older women entering the menopause may also miss the signs of pregnancy, and put the cessation of periods down to the end of fertility rather than pregnancy. As weight gain, especially around the waist, is not unusual at the menopause, the 'baby bulge, is often put down to this.

It is pretty uncommon, but I personally have known two such cases, one a very young woman, one a peri-menopausal woman, and have also met someone whose parents very famously did not realise they had had penetrative sex until the mother was eight months pregnant - a story that's famous because the mother wrote a memoir which became a best-seller.

Goats and Sheep
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Can sheep have phantom pregnancy?


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If you are having a phantom pregnancy will a test come up positive?

No Preg test are only looking for a hormone called HCG which is only present if you are preg or recently miscarried.

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How can you tell if you are having a phantom pregnancy?

A ultrasound can and your doctor can tell if you're having a phantom pregnancy.

Pregnancy tests will be negative and there will be nothing to see on ultrasound.

I think I am experiencing a phantom pregnancy too. My period was over a week late but it was nothing but a couple days of brown bleeding. Now I have sore breasts, fatigue, food cravings, extra vaginal discharge, and major bloating but 3 negative urine tests. I think the abnormal period made me believe i was pregnant so therefor my body started to believe it and gave me symptoms with no baby in the oven. That's a phantom pregnancy.

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Can a phantom pregnancy have high hcg levels present?

Yes they can. That happened to me once but I wasn't pregnant.

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What else can a positive pregnancy test mean?

It can mean thert you're only SLIGHTLY pregnant, meaning you'll only have a slight baby. probably just the legs and an arm.

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

oh yeah

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If you are experiencing a phantom pregnancy will you go through the labor also?

I have asked the same question. I wondering if you tricked your body into thinking you are pregnant then will you go through the pain. I am surely having pain.

Care of Rabbits
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Is a phantom pregnancy dangerous for rabbits?

nope, it happens often...

Veterinary Medicine
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Can a dog have a phantom pregnancy?

Yes, dogs can have phantom or pseudopregnancies.

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Is aversion to coffee a symptom of pregnancy?

Different women go off different things. First time I just went off coffee, second time I went off coffee, tea, chocolate (would you believe?) and jacket potatoes.

Periods and Conception
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Phantom Pregnancy

Can oxycodone delay period?

Yes it can. I was prescribed Oxycodone after surgery and my period was 4 days late. I remember reading that it stays in your system for about 48 hrs or so. After you stop taking it, you should be ok in a few days. Hope that helps.

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Do you know anyone who has ever failed more than one blood and urine pregnancy test and STILL ended up being pregnant?

me and my sister both have, she took 13 hpt and 2 blood before a pos with her first, no she is almost 5 months and went through this all over again except this time she was actually having her period she got her pos. the month she missed and when ultra sound was done it proved all the other test were wrong. she is due sept 05 as for me I have 3 kids 1st one took several urine test , 2nd one took blood test (urine would not pick up) and 3rd one ready for this no test picked up blood nor urine i had to have ultra sound to prove test wrong the one time a urine test did pick up on me with no trouble was sept 04 and I lost my baby Oct 04 guess my body produced to much hormones that time. good luck and remember test are not always right you maybe like me and my sister ask for ultrasound if test keep coming up neg.

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Does excessive saliva a symptom of pregnancy?

it is a symptom but one of the more "down played" here is a site with a good aount of information about it

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Do dogs have phantom pregnancies?

yes they are called false pregnancies

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Is constipation a symptom of pregnancy?



If you know you are pregnant, and you are constipated, that is very common.

If you are just constipated and you are wondering if you are pregnant, you might be, or you might just be constipated.


Sometimes it can be a symptom of pregnancy yes. But I wouldn't rely on constipation in itself as being a indication of pregnancy. You may have a upset stomach. Wait till your period arrives and do a test. Then you'll know hun.


constipation is a sythom of pregancey.

It is common and normal.

It is common to get constipated during pregnancy. You just have to eat loads of fiber.

No loads of fibres make it worse! it is noit uncommon to use a mild laxative when poregnant since it's also comon to get hemorroids. Ask your midwife or at the pharmacy.

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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.

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You took a pregnancy test and it came out positive you are also almost 2 months late on your period is this a phantom pregnancy?

If your pregnancy test is positive then most likely you are. You would be more likely to get a false negative rather than a false positive. If you are unsure, you can request a beta HCG test from your doctor. This will measure the HCG hormone in your blood system which is an indicator of pregnancy. The pregnancy test is positive and you haven't had a period in two months. I see nothing to indicate that this is a 'phantom' pregnancy other than maybe wishful thinking. I've been told that the home test kits may give a false negative, but that they never indicate a false positive.


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