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Do I look pregnant? (Anonymous)

July 13, 2010

Hi Im really confused at this point and just want some honest opinions. I believe in “intuition” so somebody go there if you will. :)

Im a mother of 3..I had a tubal ligation in 1997 and I became pregnant again in 1999, it was ectopic and ended in surgery. I have not been worried about being pregnant again until now..I was told I had a cyst on my ovaries a few times..some very small ones but they cant ever really be sure if it was a permanent cyst or due to ovulation because both images were taken a few days before my cycle. Other than that I dont have any known conditions.

My question today is do I look pregnant or do you think I have something else causing great swelling. My stomach has continually grown over the last few months. I have taken several pics just to monitor it all but Im about to go crazy:) No positive urine test, although I had a very faint line one time I also had some opk tests which I used recently over a period of 3 days and all gave a line which I am told can sometimes detect hcg, I had an ultrasound earlier this month, it was the fastest one I ever had so I cant be positive she didnt miss anything but its said nothing was seen. The doctor noted my uterine lining was thicker than normal but could of been due to my cycle coming. I have not missed any cycles they have shortened and been less though. I have all other pregnancy symptoms such as bigger breast, heart burn, movement (quickening), cravings, tired and urinated like crazy (a few months ago), my hips have spread, and most of all I got a growing abdomen and a “crooked” darkened linea negra?

I would conclude this all in my head if only there was no movement, and no growing abdomen..So please anyone take a look and all ideas are welcome. The first pic is today 6/21/2010 The second pic is a combination of how my stomach looked in november 09 or so and 5/2010, and the last one is a few days ago 6/17. If anyone feels I am pregnant Im interested in why or how far u think ect?

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15 Responses to “Do I look pregnant? (Anonymous)”

  1. Shannon Says:
    July 13th, 2010 at 9:59 am

    If you think you may be pregnant then be safe…don’t rely on a urine test…go to your doctor and get a blood test! Better safe than sorry. It is hard to tell…it may just be water retention…get an ultrasound to check and see if you have cysts, and get blood work…GO TO THE DOCTORS!!!

  2. nicole Says:
    July 13th, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I think you should go get a blood test and not rely on how your stomach looks for confirmation. Some days bloating can cause me to look pregnant

    Good Luck

  3. Susy Says:
    July 13th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    I don’t think you’re pregnant. It is very rare to be pregnant and still have a test be negative (aside from testing too early)
    Sometimes the HCG molecule will be slightly deformed and not show up on a test.
    Ovulation tests always have a faint second line. But they do detect HCG since the molecules look similar. If the OPK is blazing positive, as in, darker than the control line, it could be because it is detecting hcg. But people who get cysts (PCOS) often get positives even when tehy are not ovulating and not pregnant.

    If you had an ultrasound last month, chances are even a very quick scan would show a baby that was far enough along to make you “show.”

    I personally get gas bubbles that feel EXACTLY like early kicks. I can often even see them on the outside. If I didn’t know better I’d say I was pregnant myself.

    It’s very possible the cysts are causing your belly to swell a bit. They can grow quite big.

    If you want to test again, the dollar store has tests that are just as good as teh name brands. If it’s negative at this point you can be pretty confident you are not pregnant. It’s almost always pos by the day of your missed period (or a couple days after.)

  4. Jenn Says:
    July 13th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    i think you should get a blood test…but also have you been to your gyno/OB/general MD and asked about having other medical issues ruled out? if your stomach is getting larger, that could be signs of other issues. for instance, my younger sister had swelling in stomach and it was a benign tumor in stomach that had to be removed. not trying to worry you, but stomach swelling should always be checked out to make sure it’s nothing else…good luck!!

  5. Tabi Says:
    July 13th, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    It is possible that the movements you are feeling could just be gas. When I have gas in my intestines, it sometimes feels very similar to the way that it felt when I first started feeling my daughter’s fetal movements. Maybe you are experiencing a “chemical pregnancy”, where your body reacts as if you are pregnant, but there isn’t a baby. You should talk to your doctor abut that possibility.

  6. Sarah Says:
    July 13th, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    I agree. It’s time to set up an appoint with your OBGyn!

  7. Axi Says:
    July 13th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Definitely go for a blood test and if that is negative, there are a few illnesses that will give you all of the symptoms of pregnancy (except the movement, but that could be gas) or a hormone imbalance.

  8. Court Says:
    July 13th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    I think what you have is hormonal- but not pregnancy related.
    You should go to your dr/midwife for labs and an evaluation.

  9. Kelly Says:
    July 14th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    There is actually a syndrome where a woman’s body tricks itself into thinking that it is pregnant but it actually is not. The body starts to have all the symptoms of pregnancy. Its called Pseudocyesis. Look it up. A woman I worked with had it.

  10. Susy Says:
    July 14th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    I just wanted to mention to Tabi that a chemical pregnancy is when you miscarry early. You may be thinking of a “phantom pregnancy.”

  11. Ericka Says:
    July 15th, 2010 at 8:25 am

    I think your belly button would be pushed out by your uterus if it was pregnancy vs. just regular weight/fat gain or some other cause of bloating.

  12. meredith Says:
    July 15th, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    If your OB is unwilling to pursue your symptoms or can find nothing amiss, then I would urge you to see an endocrinologist who could investigate/diagnose a hormonal imbalance.

  13. Ashley Says:
    July 16th, 2010 at 7:02 am

    I am curious about the “faint line” you saw on a pregnancy test…no matter how faint a line is, it means positive. I have been pregnant 6 times and several of them the line was barely noticeable on the pregnancy test. Just a thought. I am surprised they would do an ultrasound before doing a blood pregnancy test. I say go with your gut on this…act as if you are pregnant (get rest, dont drink, etc.) and see where your body goes from there. A pregnancy cannot hide for the whole 9 months!! :) Good luck!

  14. Lori Says:
    August 6th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Did you find out anything yet? I am going through the same thing except I had a positive but think I miscarried because all of my test are coming back negative now but I’m getting bigger still. Im going to have an U/S in a couple of weeks. This seems to be a phenom among women who think they are pregnant and show all of the symptoms but once they are confirmed to definately not be, the symptoms stop, is this a form of mental illness?

  15. Madison Says:
    July 24th, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I am starting to feel pregnant and look like it and I’m only 11!!!!!!!!

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