Pregnancy / Childbirth

Alleged pregnancy - when you want a baby too much ...


Pseudo-pregnancy is a rare disorder that has become an inspiration for many filmmakers. In practice, this does not happen often. However, it is interesting because it is worth knowing what it is.

The alleged pregnancy confirms that what we think and want can have a very specific impact on the functioning of our body. In other words, our thoughts can affect the symptoms that our body sends.

Alleged pregnancy - what exactly is it?

Pseudo-pregnancy is often referred to as imaginary pregnancy, pseudo pregnancy, hysterical pregnancy. These terms are used when a woman is not pregnant and is convinced that it is different, often also when she has pregnancy symptoms similar to those felt by future mothers.

Pseudo-pregnancy is a psycho-somantic disorder. It is a pregnancy that in reality is not there, although the woman is convinced that she is.

Alleged pregnancy: symptoms

When fertilization did not occur, the test indicates one dash (or two, because the strength of the suggestion is so huge that the body increases the concentration of hCG hormone), but the body sends signals that indicate fertilization, we are talking about a false pregnancy.

Pseudo-pregnancy can give various symptoms:

  • swelling of the lower abdomen,
  • uterine enlargement seen during ultrasound,
  • extending the menstrual cycle, giving the impression of stopping monthly bleeding,
  • morning sickness, vomiting
  • whims,
  • fatigue,
  • mood swings
  • breast enlargement
  • breast soreness

Many women who experience the symptoms of pseudotransparent are also measuring the symptoms of upcoming delivery, especially Braxton-Hicks contractions.

The symptoms of false pregnancy are so suggestive that they can confuse even an experienced gynecologist. As a consequence, 18% of women suffering from pseudo-pregnancy are found to have a proper pregnancy.

Who is most at risk of false pregnancy?

  • women who are single or in a relationship in which they have been trying for a long time,
  • women who want to have a child
  • women feeling pressure from their surroundings to get pregnant,
  • women around 30 years old

How is an imaginary pregnancy treated?

Pseudo-pregnancy is a disorder that can last for several months. Requires patience and gentleness during treatment. It cannot be ignored, because untreated false pregnancy leads to depression and neurosis.

Unfortunately, therapy is not easy, because women often refuse treatment. In addition, the cooperation of several specialists is necessary: ​​a gynecologist, psychologist and psychiatrist. Gynecologist uses pharmacological treatment, psychologist - psychotherapy.

Recovery may take several months. During this time, it is necessary to support loved ones, which allows you to deal with the problem.