Post # 1
Okay….I know this sounds really nutty, but I’ve honestly been wondering this! I’m 30, no kids, not TTC until this summer (though I really want to sooner!). I had a miscarriage over a year and a half ago (which I suppose at least lets me know that I am ovulating at least some times). My periods have been really regular for the past three years (before that time, they weren’t really regular…but I was battling an eating disorder, so I know that malnutrition and stress had played a part in this).
Up until the past two months, my periods were like clockwork. They’d come every 28 days, and the (sorry if it is TMI) flow was consistently heavier the first two days, then light for another two days. However, the past two times I’ve had my “period,” it has been really different! I only barely spotted for a day this past time, and the time before that it was super light and only a day or so long. This last time, my “period” (if it even qualified as one) was three days late as well. I’ve taken four pregnancy tests just in case….all BFN’s.
I can’t think of anything that I’m stressed about (consciously, anyway). I haven’t changed my diet or exercise regime, and I’m getting the same amount of sleep. My weight has remained the same…I don’t know why my period is being so scanty and almost MIA!! The only thing I can think of is that I’ve been reading a LOT of books about pregnancy over the past two months, hanging out quite a bit more with a pregnant friend who is now 8 months along, and my latest obsession has been making all kinds of baby bibs, burp cloths, and diaper covers with my new sewing machine I got for Christmas. Is it possibly that all this “thinking about babies” and making things for babies could have actually psyched my body into a hormonal mess (thinking it is pregnant when it is not??)? My breasts feel swollen, I’ve been more moody….I’ve felt cramping as well. I just attributed this to PMS, but then Aunt Flo just kind of didn’t come!
Has anyone ever heard of this before??
Post # 3
@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
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
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 # 6
Oh my!! I didn’t know there was really such a thing! It is certainly frightening to think of someone padding their clothing or stealing babies, though!! Yikes. :/ Also, I vaguely remembered hearing something about phantom pregnancies in the English monarchy, but wasn’t sure. I’d love to research that more! It kind of reminds me of a character on Grey’s Anatomy that had a similar issue…
I’m going to go ahead and make an appointment with my doctor. I don’t actually believe that I am pregnant, but I do have fleeting moments of thought where I think, “well…maybe those darn pee sticks didn’t work!”…then rational mrspugetsound steps back in and says, “yeah, right!” It probably is just extreme baby rabies, now that you guys mention it. I just didn’t know you could really mess with your hormones that much by wishful thinking.
I know that being around another female can sometimes cause cycles to “sync-up”…so I was wondering if hanging out with my pregnant friend was somehow hormonally stoking my body out. Women’s bodies are such amazingly complex things!!!!
Post # 7
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!