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Imaginary Pregnancy Symptoms: Why Do I Sometimes Feel Pregnant When I Am Not Pregnant?

Imaginary Pregnancy Symptoms: Why Do I Sometimes Feel Pregnant When I Am Not Pregnant?


Feeling pregnant? Maybe you have been trying to get pregnant for a while and have months when you think you’re pregnant, only to find out that, nope, you’re not. If yes, you are not alone. The experience of feeling pregnant when trying to get pregnant isn’t uncommon.

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What Is Imaginary Pregnancy Symptoms?
Imaginary Pregnancy Symptoms are exactly what they sound like – symptoms a woman experiences that make her think that she may be pregnant.

The time between ovulation and your expected period is when you’re most likely to be anxious about whether or not this month will be the month. It’s natural to assume that you may imagine some early pregnancy symptoms, such as tender breasts, fatigue, bloating, emotional sensitivity, light cramping and even food cravings. Much like an oasis in the desert, you want to be pregnant so much that you’re sure you can feel it.

Feeling Pregnant- Not Completely Imaginary?
What may surprise you is that these feeling aren’t all in your head. They’re real reactions to the hormones in your body that are preparing for possible pregnancy. Our bodies are optimistic when it comes to pregnancy potential, and as soon as ovulation occurs, the body prepares itself for new life, even if conception did not take place.

One of the hormones responsible for many imaginary pregnancy symptoms is progesterone, which increases just after ovulation and drops when your period comes (if you’re not pregnant). Also, if you’re taking fertility drugs, their side effects can sometimes be mistaken for early pregnancy symptoms.

It’d be nice if we could just feel whether we’re pregnant or not, and it sure would cut down the anxiety of the 2-week wait. The symptoms of early pregnancy, though, are practically indistinguishable from normal premenstrual symptoms.

While your “pregnant feelings” aren’t 100% imagined, you can feel worse the more you focus on the feelings. It helps to remind yourself that whether you feel pregnant or not, it doesn’t mean anything. Some women are sure they are pregnant, complete with throwing up in the morning, and then find out they’re not. Some women feel absolutely nothing and find out they’re pregnant after all.

The only way to know if you’re pregnant is to wait out the 2-week wait and take a pregnancy test when your period is overdue.

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