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My stomach makes me look pregnant.

Posted by @bosnianbeauty in Women's Health, Jan 10, 2012

I have been having problems with my stomach for quite a while now.

My stomach is always round and bloated ,as if i am pregnant.
I have pain most days and have severe cramps and vaginal muscle cramps/contractions during my period. I also bleed a lot.

I eat healthy,take multivitamins and drink water and no sodas or fruit drinks just fruits and veggies. I know most people have flatter stomachs even those who don't eat as well as me.

I have done research and have come to some conclusions that could fit. I think i might have a uterine fibroid or cyst,something that is making my stomach big.
I also have ugly stretchmarks even though i have never been pregnant and am not pregnant,but at times it looks like it.
If anyone has anything similar or knows anything,i would really appreciate the feedback.

Tags: abdomial, pain, stomach

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Posted by @patrluna, Jan 11, 2012

Being constantly bloated can also be a sign of ovarian cancer. Since being bloated is so common in women, it's hard to diagnose it.

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Posted by @elowlow, Jan 11, 2012

have them do a blood test also, i suffered 23 years with that, to find my level were high and i have zollinger-ellison sydrome,,after sug i lost my big round belly and lost excessive wt cause my tuma's...


Posted by @amarisamari, Jan 11, 2012

I have had big stomach etc. Same as you. I did have fibroids and ovarian cysts. They say that poly cystic ovarian syndrome causes such or anything to do with metabolic syndrome (which is the root for poly c. ).


Posted by @mkhan1, Jan 19, 2012

Hi there! I read you problem but first you should point out your age and whether your abdomen was always like this and if not when it started to be like this. Anyways I can give you certain information about the uterine fibroid. It is common in obese women, frequent in the middle and later reproductive years,can cause heavy and painful menstruation, painful sexual intercourse, urinary frequency and urgency. In rare cases, some fibroids may interfere with pregnancy. I dont think a uterine fibroid can be as big as to cause abdomen to be like a pregnant form. The ugly strech marks you pointed can be due to an excessive abdominal fat. I would suggest you to consult a gynecologist. I hope my answer will work.


Posted by @autumnj, Mar 26, 2012

Yes, you can have ovarian cysts that are so big they make you look pregnant. I have a tennis ball cyst on my left ovary and I can fell it when I tough my belly. The only way to be sure is to have an adominal ultrasound.


Posted by @nomanmedico, Aug 28, 2012

hey what u have is chronic gastritis , patients with this disorde usually have slow digestion and the stomach remains dilated for long time , and looks bulgy ,physians usually indicate medicine that allow quick emptying of stomach preventing this symptom .you shouls eat less in quantity and more in frequency, and donot take highy calorie enriched food,and u look a little overweight , try losing some weight, uterine fibroids usually give symptoms in lower abdomen.not at stomach level as uterus is anatomically in pelvis region below the umbilical region,.have a ultrasound to confirm.


Posted by @funny2bad, Sep 22, 2012

Hi, you should do a pelvic ultra sound to find out what is causing those syntoms. I have a similar situation and I found out I have uterine fibroid and uterine cyst. I use warn castor oil pack on my belly, which helped to reduce the cyst .


Posted by @ouch21, Sep 4, 2013

I have the same issues. Identical and would really like an answer to this.


Posted by @reggie, Jun 29, 2015

I'm 42 I have had uterus and ovaries removed. I'm going through menopause. I put on 40 lbs. Very rapidly. I have always been small 140 to 150 lbs. The weight makes me look like I'm pregnant. I do have a little trouble breathing. I'm not on hormones. How can I loose some weight. ?


Posted by @Steph38, Nov 25, 2015

Hello!! to all in september i started noticing my stomach starting to swell up people thought i was pregnant my boyfriend even thinks i'm pregnant i went to the hospital to find out if i was pregnant which im not i just feel like something is wrong i keep having to pass gas and at times my stomach hurts i had a menstrual on october23 for 3 days but my menstrual looked different to me it was very very light and the color looked to dark then i had another menstrual on november 6th.which was very very heavy and i had the mentrual for more than 5 days i'm scared because i never experienced a mentrual cycle like that i need help in 2004 after my son was born i had a tubal ligation surgery i had my tubes burned and clipped i do not know if i'm pregnant in my tube or not my pregnancy results came back negative so what can be the problem i just know my stomach has never been swollen before until september up until now people still ask me all the time if im pregnant and i'm embarrassed and scared PLEASE!! CAN SOMEONE GIVE ME SOME ADVICE


Posted by @colleenyoung, Nov 25, 2015

Hi @Steph38
This is obviously concerning and I can sense how worried you are. Unfortunately it is impossible to provide a specific diagnosis through this forum, but if you'd like to book an appointment at Mayo Clinic here's how

Have you been to see a doctor? What did s/he say?


Posted by @foreverhaefish, Mon, Jan 2 at 2:06pm CST

Hi, I am still a teenager. But I have a huge problem, my stomach is so big and hard (people think Im pregnant because im too skinny) my last menstrual period as far as i can remember is July 2016. But im pretty sure im not pregnant. Tried pregnancy test so many times but it is negative. I cant book an appointment with OB. Another symptoms > decreased appetite, increased sleeping schedule, always tired, headache.

Ps: i usually last a day without drinking water. I like salty and sweet foods, coffee and softdrinks. But i eat 2-3 apples per day.

Someone help me please.


Posted by @foreverhaefish, Mon, Jan 2 at 2:08pm CST

And I am always constipated


Posted by @hopeful33250, Mon, Jan 2 at 3:48pm CST

Hello @foreverhaefish. It sounds as if you are frightened by these problems and that is understandable. You definitely need to see a doctor regarding these symptoms. If you can't see an OB what about your family doctor? Talk with your parents or another trusted adult about your health problems so that you get some medical attention. Keep in touch and let us know how you are doing. At Mayo Connect we care.


Posted by @dawn_giacabazi, Mon, Jan 2 at 5:44pm CST

Hi @foreverhaefish. Certainly normal to be concerned and we are glad you reached out. I see you feel like you can not schedule an OB appointment but please know that your life is far more valuable and I am sure your parents would appreciate your trust. Can I ask if you have noticed an increase sensitivy in your breast and or nipples? Is your abdomen larger up high or lower? If high could be splenomegaly. Do you have any pain? Just keep in mind we are not doctors. We speak from experience, love and concern.

Be strong


Posted by @foreverhaefish, Tue, Jan 3 at 2:19pm CST

I don't have any pain, I am just always constipated. Yes, the sensitivity of my nipples increased. And my abdomen larger up lower. 🙁


Posted by @ihatediabetes, Mon, Jan 2 at 10:58pm CST

I have a daughter not much older than you. I guarantee you that your mom wants to know what you just told us. Your mom and dad know how to find doctors and they know about insurance and stuff like that. I just made my daughter an appointment with a dermatologist because she still has acne after years. She drove herself there and paid her copayment. But she still needs help with finding doctors and insurance. Are you talking to your mom and dad about these issues? I think you should. They love you and know how to find resources. We get that just from living longer.


Posted by @foreverhaefish, Tue, Jan 3 at 2:17pm CST

Thank you for your concern! I can't reach out my mom and dad because they wont even bother to set up an appointment for me. Everytime I asked them help for my health issues, they always say "it will be gone soon" even there are times I am almost dying because of my fever.


Posted by @mroreo126, Tue, Jan 3 at 8:34am CST

Hi- Glad you reached out for help and information. You definitely need to see a doctor. I don't know if there is a reason you can't talk to your Mom or Dad. But I would start there if possible. Do you deliberately not eat or drink to stay thin? Anorexia Nervosa or even thin people with poor diets can skip their periods. But that doesn't explain your large stomach. Other than you saying you are constipated- that would make you bloated. You said the pregnancy tests were negative and the other symptoms you explain don't sound like you are pregnant. I would try to reach out to your parents if possible. If that is not possible, perhaps a good friend,(or their Mom), local walk-in treatment center can advise you or refer you. Don't ignore your symptoms! Please keep us posted! Take care!


Posted by @foreverhaefish, Tue, Jan 3 at 2:17pm CST

On the first three months of my missed period, I thought I was pregnant cause I've expereinced all the first trimester signs. But I didn't bother to have an appointment with OB because of my busy schedule on college. And on my 5th month of missed period, my boyfriend noticed that my stomach is getting bigger! So I tried pregnancy test once again, and it has two lines but the other one is not that so visible.

And for your question, yes I weighed 165lbs a year ago and I wanted to lose weight so I skipped my meal most of the time that I didn't noticed my body is not healthy anymore. Now, I tried to eat as much as I can but my appetite is so poor. That's why I am shocked why my stomach is getting bigger even if i dont eat or drink anything. Thank you for your concern! I can't reach out my mom and dad because they wont even bother to set up an appointmenr for me. Everytime I asked them help for my health issues, they always say "it will be gone soon" even there are times I am almost dying because of my fever.

PS: I also forgot to mention that I urinate every after 30 mins.


Posted by @hopeful33250, Tue, Jan 3 at 5:18pm CST

@foreverhaefish Hi again. If you are in college, perhaps there is a college clinic or nurse that you can speak with. Also,there are usually community clinics that will take you for a reduced rate. Please keep in touch with us.


Posted by @dawn_giacabazi, Tue, Jan 3 at 8:21pm CST

2 lines mean you are pregnant and either early in pregnancy or not healthy enough hcg levels or it's evaporation but you will need blood test to get a more accurate answer. With your symptoms and 2 lines you need to see me. If you have a local Health department , they usually have programs to help. PLEASE SEE MD ASAP.



Posted by @ihatediabetes, Tue, Jan 3 at 8:48pm CST

Sounds like your parents don't have the best insurance. If you're 18 years old you can get your own health insurance. Maybe you can get student health insurance if you're full time student or apply on your own on mnsure if you're in Minnesota. Or maybe go to county social services to apply for medical assistance. I had a friend that had cyst growing on an ovary. It got really big and surgeon had to take it out. I never heard of this until it happened to my friend. Of course we are not doctors and can't diagnose anything. But I saw this happen and the cyst was so big it fit into a pail. Wow. Keep asking for help and help will show up. It always does when you're persistent.


Posted by @colleenyoung, Tue, Jan 3 at 6:08pm CST

Hi @foreverhaefish.
I agree with everyone who has responded to your message so far. These are symptoms that need to be seen by a medical professional. Starting with a college clinic or nurse would be wise as Teresa mentions.

You'll notice that I moved your message to a discussion that was started on Connect a while back. Both @Steph38 and @bosnianbeauty describe very similar symptoms to yours. You may wish to read back through the messages. Steph or BosnianBeauty did you ever find answers to your enlarged stomach issues?

Foreverhaefish, you may also be interested in reading this discussion:
- I am a relatively healthy person with a problem "bloated belly"

As a community of patients supporting patients, we cannot provide a diagnosis online. I urge you to see a medical professional as soon as possible.
Have you returned to a healthy diet?


Posted by @rosemarya, Tue, Jan 3 at 8:43pm CST

@foreverhaefish, From the many caring replies that you are receiving, it is clear that you are not alone in dealing with this. We care deeply for you and we are concerned with what you are going thru, as we would be for our own daughters. I join the others in urging you to seek medical advice. From my experience, I have learned that fear of the unknown is by far worse that an accurate diagnosis with appropriate treatment. Make a phone call for an appointment, and then take it one footstep at a time.
Hugs, Rosemary


Posted by @pamelacelia, Fri, Jan 6 at 10:15am CST

Hello, I myself encourage you to seek help @foreverhaefish, I don't know how health care services work in the States, we have free health care here in Trinidad with health centers in every community, I'm sure there is some way you can get reduced cost care, please look after yourself, your life is much more important than anything else, I'm sorry your parents are not more concerned about your health but know that there is caring people on this forum who will encourage, support and prayer for you.


Posted by @colleenyoung, Fri, Jan 13 at 6:22pm CST

Hi @foreverhaefish. Any updates? Would love to hear from you.

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