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Women who experience a false pregnancy (pseudocyesis) may experience symptoms similar to those of a real pregnancy, but are not actually pregnant. These perceived signs can last for several weeks, even months like a pregnant woman
Women who suffer from pseudocyesis strongly believe that they are really pregnant and find it difficult to accept the fact that there is actually no pregnancy.
Why Fake Pregnancy Occurs?
Actually the exact cause of false pregnancy is still unknown. However, there are a number of factors that are thought to cause a woman to display false pregnancy symptoms. These factors include:
One of the alleged causes of false pregnancy is psychological problems, such as depression or severe stress due to not having children.
For example, when a woman desperately craves a baby (especially for women who have had multiple miscarriages or are infertile), her body may subconsciously create signs of pregnancy.
The brain will then misinterpret these signals and secrete pregnancy hormones. This then causes the appearance of signs of pregnancy, such as an enlarged abdomen or breasts. Therefore, the woman will feel that her body is pregnant.
However, actually the pregnancy is not real because there is no fetus in the womb.
He alth problems
Some he alth disorders can also cause symptoms that resemble the signs of pregnancy. He alth problems can be in the form of obesity, tumors or ovarian cancer, and severe depression.
Signs of Experiencing a False Pregnancy
Women who experience a false pregnancy will experience various symptoms experienced by women who are actually pregnant, such as:
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Late menstruation or no menstruation.
- Stomach bulges, but not because of the fetus in the womb.
- Breasts enlarged.
- Feeling fetal movement in the stomach.
- Weight gain.
- Enlargement of the uterus.
- Appetite increases.
- Pain in body parts, such as back pain and leg cramps, like pregnant women.
If you suspect that you or someone you know has this condition, you should immediately consult a doctor about this condition. The doctor will run a series of tests to make sure that these symptoms are caused by the real pregnancy or not.
The examinations carried out by the doctor include a physical examination, pregnancy test, and ultrasound to see if there is a fetus in the womb.
If it is proven that the symptoms experienced are fake pregnancy, the doctor will convey that the pregnancy symptoms experienced are not due to real pregnancy.
The doctor will also provide emotional support and further treatment, such as suggesting counseling or psychotherapy, to prevent or treat depression that can worsen the condition.