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Am I experiencing a phantom pregnancy?

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Question - (31 July 2011) 7 Answers - (Newest, 31 July 2011)
A female United Kingdom age 22-25, *upid_or_Stupid writes:

Recently my body has been acting REALLY weirdly. My stomach has bloated out by a HUGE amount (I keep getting asked if I'm pregnant it's that bad) and it's rock hard. I honestly look 6 months pregnant. I'm getting cravings for strawberries, my boobs are ultra sensitive, I'm having huge mood swings and I'm getting weird discharge.

When I researched my symptoms all I could find was pregnancy but I'm confused. I had my last period (I'm still waiting for my next one) and although I did have unprotected sex with my (now ex) boyfriend a week or so back I took the morning after pill. I don't think I am pregnant because I haven't had any early stages of pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness etc.

All my symptoms are for later stages of pregnancy (and considering I've had my period I'm assuming that's impossible)

I read up about phantom pregnancies but I was wondering, I'm only 17, am I too young to be having one? What should I do about it if I am?

It's seriously freaking me out so any advice/help would be great. Thanks.

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A female reader, chigirl Norway +, writes (31 July 2011):

chigirl agony auntCould still be a food intolerance, they develop over the years. You can be accepting of a food all your life and then one year you're intolerant or allergic. It creeps in on your without you particularly being aware, especially if it is an intolerance. Small portions of a certain food can be ok, then large quantities of it not ok and so on (like with lactose intolerance, a glass of milk could be fine, but eat some brie and you're in trouble).

Maybe it's not a food intolerance since you don't experience pain (I've got lactose intolerance and I know a girl with milk allergy, and it hurts when you swell up).

Seeing your doctor is your best bet. Your doctor can take tests to check for food allergies and will know of other alternatives that are causing your bloating and mood swings.

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A female reader, angelDlite United Kingdom +, writes (31 July 2011):

angelDlite agony auntdon't want to worry you but i would definitely see a doctor tomorrow. tell them your symptoms and let them examine you

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A female reader, Cupid_or_Stupid United Kingdom +, writes (31 July 2011):

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Cupid_or_Stupid agony auntI did wonder if it was a food intolerance but this is the first time I've ever had it and I haven't eaten anything i don't usually eat.

I've been swollen for almost two days now and it's not going down.

As for pain - there isn't any it's just solid as if I'm pregnant. I jumped to the pregnancy conclusion because I don't feel ill with it or anything so that was the only other thing I could think of.

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A female reader, chigirl Norway +, writes (31 July 2011):

chigirl agony auntWhenever a belly gets big or something weird happens people seem to think it's got to be something with a pregnancy. But don't forget what the more probable cause is: stomach problems!

To me, this sounds more like an allergic reaction to a certain type of food. Your belly will also swell up then. It will also be painful, however you do not mention any pains? Does the swelling last for long (days) or go down, and then up again?

Lactose intolerance or milk allergy does this to you. The belly swells up and you can pretend to be 6-9 months pregnant without anyone thinking otherwise. However it will also hurt, the degree of pain can variate.

Mood swings can also be a symptom of you eating something you are allergic too, or that you are not getting the right nutrients. Check this list of symptoms as well for gluten intolerance: http://gluten-intolerance-symptoms.com/#a3

Here's a few symptoms listed for gluten intolerance:

Bloating, abdominal pain and cramping, depression anxiety and irritability, fatigue etc.

These symptoms do sound like what you are describing. So my guess is you could have a food intolerance. Go to the doctor, describe the symptoms, preferably while you experience them.

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A female reader, Cupid_or_Stupid United Kingdom +, writes (31 July 2011):

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Cupid_or_Stupid agony auntWe've only ever had protected sex apart from that one time.

The last time I had sex before my ex was a few months before that. I just find it weird I've ALL OF A SUDDEN gone big and been having symptoms. I've been having all my periods regularly. I just don't see how it's possible really.

Thanks for your advice though :)

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (31 July 2011):

Go to a doctor now. These can also be signs of something much more sinister

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A female reader, angelDlite United Kingdom +, writes (31 July 2011):

angelDlite agony auntget a pregnancy test. not everyone has morning sickness. when we crave a food it can be because our bodies are deficient in certain vitamins and minerals that certain food can provide, or maybe you are convincing yourself that you are having a craving, just coz you fancy some strawberries. sore boobs can be a sign of early pregnancy, PMT or muscle strain. abdominal bloating is not a sign of pregnancy, could be what you are eating is causing it (dairy or wheat can be culprits) is the bloating associated with gas/wind?

anyway, your first job is to get a pregnancy test. these are not always 100% in that they can show a negative result even if you are pregnant, so do 2 or 3 to be sure.

if all negative see your GP about the other symptoms

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