(Closed) Can you psych your body into thinking you are pregnant?

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
3363 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@mrs_pugetsound:  I don’t know if you are experiencing something this extreme, but look up pseudocyesis.  But that is an extreme situation.  Yours might just be wishful thinking, also known as the “baby rabies!”  🙂

Post # 4
5093 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

It’s definitely possible.  The history of the monarchy of England actually has some interesting stories of women who thought they were pregnant, complete with all the symptoms, and weren’t.

I would still go see a doctor, though.

Post # 5
9824 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

There is a very real thing called “phantom pregnancy.” Some women definitely experience this. I saw a show once about a woman who was desperate to get pregnant so her boyfriend wouldn’t leave her. She’d put padding under her shirts and told people she was expecting. She got arrested for STEALING a baby (this is an extreme example mind you), and during her medical exam they found her uterus had grown and she was lactating. Crazy!!!

Post # 7
1116 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I will say that my period and symptoms varied a lot over the course of almost 2 years ttc (aka no hormonal bcp).  My periods were always like 5 days and pretty heavy at the beginning, and over time, got lighter and lighter.  Similar to what you said, sometimes it would really just be like 2 days of light flow or spotting and that’s it.  I was also tracking ovulation, and my O date would jump around a few days as well, for no real reason, which could also explain your period being a few days late but still showing in some form.  And some months my boobs would be painfully sore, other times I’d feel nothing.  So based on that, I think our bodies can just be unpredictable sometimes 🙂

It never hurts to talk to your doc about it though.  Because a very light period that’s mostly spotting, could be a sign of low progesterone, and that would be a good thing to know before you start ttc!  But it might be nothing.  Good luck!

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