Are You Experiencing Phantom Pregnancy Symptoms?


Phantom Pregnancy 

 If you have been TTC (trying to conceive), the 2WW (two week wait between when you ovulate and when you normally get your period) often becomes an exciting time. Many women start to feel pregnancy symptoms such as tender breasts, mood swings, food cravings and cramping.

Once you start feeling these symptoms, it is hard not to get excited and feel like this MUST be your month. It is easy to start dreaming of your baby, planning the baby's room and picture holding your little one in your arms.

Unfortunately, many times these symptoms amount to nothing but disappointment and sadness when at the end of the 2WW you are faced with another BFN (big fat negative). Then you start doubting yourself because you are sure you felt the pregnancy symptoms!!!

Turns out that you really did feel the cramping and tender breasts! As the body enters the 2WW, it gets itself ready for pregnancy by producing progesterone. Progesterone is critical for a sticky bean (embryo) to develop. However, another side effect to this surge in progesterone is pregnancy like symptoms.

So, no you are NOT going crazy!! :) You really did feel moody, crave ice cream, feel light cramping and have tender breasts!!!!!!!!

Comments

I really feel how you all feel i really do feel i am pregnant and almost DUE! .Yes i have gotten me periods monthly. I was always tired eating twice after meals.I believe i am close to 7 0r 8 months pregnant.I felt kicks as early as Oct of last year..took dollar store tests and urine test at the hospital..ALL NEGATIVE..buh over the time period everything came about slowly:breasts producing milk,tired,strech marks and my stomach has harden.I also feel movement.I mean if you were to feel across it its hard and on the right side it feels like a lil ball or something.i wonder what it is ..and the linea nigra has came in real slow i never had 1 and i can see it now.

Anonymous — Apr 29, 2012
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I am 14days aways frm my period,test myself 2day but was negative,can i still try it or wat.I want to run mad!!!

Anonymous — Apr 19, 2012
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I am 14days aways frm my period,test myself 2day but was negative,can i still try it or wat.I want to run mad!!!

Anonymous — Apr 19, 2012
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Thank you this article helps alot... So now i dont feel crazy. I am suppose to start my period tomorrow but no signs of it yet but i have taken 3 preg. test and all neg. so i thought i was crazy.. and yes i would love to be pregnant. So yes i cried when it said i wasnt. is there still even that possiblity that i am?

Jessica feucht — Jul 30, 2011
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I am 5 days late. I took a test from the dollar store and it was negative could it have been a dud test? Should I try a better one?

Anonymous — Apr 29, 2011
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i have completed 25 day from my period. i try fr pregnency. for this after how many days can i test fr pregnency?

manisha — Feb 15, 2011
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