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babsbob's Avatar babsbob 01:14 PM 09-25-2009
Can anyone tell me what causes pregnancy symptoms when it turns out you're not pregnant?

I can probably explain away most of my symptoms except the breast pain (two weeks now) and the heartburn.

Has anyone had any experience with this? Did you ever figure out what was going on or is it all psychosymatic?

Background in case you're interested: Thought I conceived while on vacation. Got AF one day early but it was only 3 days so then I convinced myself maybe it was decidual bleeding. My breasts didn't start hurting until after AF which is highly unusual for me. Other symptoms include: fatigue, frequent urination, lower abdominal discomfort (like mild cramping), heartburn, headache, lightheadedness, very hungry midmorning with some food aversions and don't feel like eating in the evening. I keep getting BFN except yesterday I got two stupid dots on the positive line of an EPT so I went in for a blood test to ease my frustration. I bought an FRER and took it first thing this morning (26 DPO) and it was a BFN so I feel like my blood test will also come back negative and I feel like such a retard. But man - why do I feel this way?

I would love to hear anyone who has been through this.

MaerynPearl's Avatar MaerynPearl 03:31 PM 09-25-2009
Psychosomatic... you can cause yourself to feel pregnant if you believe you are. To the point that myself... I develop morning sickness when NOT pregnant because I am so hopeful that I am.
Keria's Avatar Keria 03:48 PM 09-25-2009
I think PMS symptoms are the same as pregnancy symptoms.
MaerynPearl's Avatar MaerynPearl 03:53 PM 09-25-2009
Originally Posted by TropicalGirl View Post
I think PMS symptoms are the same as pregnancy symptoms.
I would have said the same but she said these symptoms showed up after she had AF... and was wondering why... the reason being likely because she was still thinking she was pregnant, she brought the symptoms on herself
babsbob's Avatar babsbob 10:31 PM 09-25-2009
Thanks - that makes sense I guess. It's good to know it's probably nothing medical I need to worry about.

I just wonder when my body is going to accept the fact that I'm NOT pregnant!!!!!!

This is so frustrating.
MaerynPearl's Avatar MaerynPearl 11:05 PM 09-25-2009
When your mind finally accepts it and you allow yourself to move forward.
babsbob's Avatar babsbob 11:53 AM 09-28-2009
Okay, I have been trying to metally accept the fact that I'm probably not pregnant and that my blood test will probably come back negative and I feel a little bit better.

But... I was supposed to ovulate Saturday and I haven't ovulated yet. I have never not ovulated before. Can you make yourself not ovulate? Or does it mean there is a chance that I'm actually pregnant? I know I can really only wait and see - I just wanted to see what you guys thought because I'm driving myself crazy again.

I went to bed happy that I'm not pregnant right now but then I had a dream that my blood test came back positive. So here I am again... obsessing.
limette's Avatar limette 12:13 PM 09-28-2009
A million reasons, pms, wishing, dehydration.

When ttc we are soooo in tune to what are bodies are doing that often we notice symptoms of things we wouldn't otherwise notice. I had pregnancy symptoms every month of trying except the month that I actually got pregnant. It's pretty common.
MaerynPearl's Avatar MaerynPearl 02:06 PM 09-28-2009
Yes you can most definitely cause yourself not to ovulate... based on what you are taking for supplements (vitex pre-o can cause you to not o), what you are worrying/excited about (stresses to your body can mess up your O, I just found out DF is coming home 4 months early and have a feeling O will be late now as it was due in just a few days), illnesses you may have that you may not realize you have, or if you are still getting the psychosomatic pregnancy symptoms (if you think its still possible you obviously havent completely moved on) you can actually cause your pregnancy not to O... which will in turn cause yourself to not get AF anymore. This combined with bloating is the reason why some women with psychosomatic pregnancy actually APPEAR pregnant when they are not.