There is a phenomenon where a woman experiences the indications of signs of pregnancy in a far more obvious method, with often evident, noticeable physical indicators of pregnancy, consisting of missed periods, an expanding abdomen, and also even infant kicks.

This phenomenon is referred to as false pregnancy, or phantom pregnancy.

What is a phantom pregnancy?

Recognized formally as pseudocyesis, a false or phantom pregnancy is when a female believes she's expectant even though she isn't. The sensation is quite unusual, however, for women who are experiencing it, it's quite real ... real in the sense that they really feel psychologically expecting and may even materialize some physical symptoms, however there is no actual child growing, no positive pregnancy examination, no fetal heart beat and also no ultrasound confirmation.


Right here are a few of the factors an individual may experience symptoms of pseudocyesis:

  • An intense desire to conceive after miscarriage or various other pregnancy loss may cause a hormonal discrepancy which creates pregnancy symptoms to appear.
  • Abdominal distention from various other physical elements such as weight gain, gas, or tumors, in mix with emotional deceptions of pregnancy, may trigger a woman to believe she is expecting.
  • Various other physical and also hormone elements-- such as pituitary growths or ovarian/uterine cysts or growths-- together with a need to conceive, might create a female to experience pseudocyesis

Variables that might make a mother most likely to experience pseudocyesis include:

  • A background of anxiety or mental illness
  • A history of pregnancy loss
  • A background of the inability to conceive
  • Lower socioeconomic status (though women of all socioeconomic standings experience pseudocyesis).
  • History of injury, sexual abuse, or spousal abuse.


  • Absence of a period.
  • Breast inflammation and enhancement.
  • Stomach enlargement.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Vomiting.
  • Weight gain.
  • Urinary regularity.
  • Food yearnings.
  • Experience of fetal activity.

Treatment of false pregnancy

All the usual examinations including stomach ultrasound, pelvic examination and also urinalysis are done. If there is a growth, it is removed as well as treated. The person is additionally screened for an underlying psychological condition. For the most part, emotional support is the most effective way to deal with the condition. Also, it's much better not to urge that the individual is not pregnant instead await the lab findings and then allow her progressively pertain to the proper verdict.

What to do regarding a phantom pregnancy

In a phantom pregnancy, the woman continues to deny the proof (claim, from an ultrasound) that she is not really expecting, as well as it's exceptionally challenging for her to swallow the fact, because it will expose her to all the mental feelings-- the despair, unhappiness, stress and anxiety, envy-- she was trying to protect herself from. It will certainly be necessary for her to have a support system-- her companion, her expert and also a psychologist/psychiatrist-- that will certainly approach her circumstance with compassion and treatment, acknowledging that she's experiencing an injury and also remains in mourning, all while aiding her approve the reality.

The phenomenon of phantom pregnancy is extremely rare, yet to the woman experiencing it, it feels extremely actual. Assistance and also emotional care will be critical in assisting the hopeful mom-to-be approve the truth and also progress in a healthy way.

Author's Bio: 

Joseph sakr
Consultant of gynecology and obstetrics.Master of gynecology and obstetrics from Faculty of Medicine Ain Shams University, Egypt.