My stomach makes me look pregnant.

Posted by Seeking answers @bosnianbeauty, 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.

@foreverhaefish

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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hi ,I am 30 years of age. i used to have painful heavy periods in teenage and in 2007 or 2008 my periods got stopped for 6 to 7 months and gained weight,constipation. i was not in sexual activity so ruling out pregnancy here. i consulted lot of gynae at that time but nothing improved my situation.Periods restarted from a herbal syrup mensofex with just first dose.I stopped seeing doctors.I started having regular cycle but weight was still there .In 2016 i followed a fruit and veg diet and lost around 15kilos and reached 62kilos in weight.periods were still painful and my body used to get bloated .but now i am married for last 3 months .I am having my regular periods cycle with damn painful periods and my abdomen is growing bigger and bigger .I have lot of mood swings. i felt a slight sharp pain on left side for a month which is no more prominent but my tummy is growing bigger and bigger and i feel pain and exhausted like torn out that part.

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@shah

hi ,I am 30 years of age. i used to have painful heavy periods in teenage and in 2007 or 2008 my periods got stopped for 6 to 7 months and gained weight,constipation. i was not in sexual activity so ruling out pregnancy here. i consulted lot of gynae at that time but nothing improved my situation.Periods restarted from a herbal syrup mensofex with just first dose.I stopped seeing doctors.I started having regular cycle but weight was still there .In 2016 i followed a fruit and veg diet and lost around 15kilos and reached 62kilos in weight.periods were still painful and my body used to get bloated .but now i am married for last 3 months .I am having my regular periods cycle with damn painful periods and my abdomen is growing bigger and bigger .I have lot of mood swings. i felt a slight sharp pain on left side for a month which is no more prominent but my tummy is growing bigger and bigger and i feel pain and exhausted like torn out that part.

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Hello @shah! Thank you for posting your concern on Mayo Clinic Connect.

I would like to welcome you as well as introduce you to others that are also here with concern of painful and bloated belly.
Please meet community members, @Steph38, @gloriaeb, @luladavis and @nicole14. All individuals who have all discussed similar symptoms. Our community is a safe place to meet others and get support. You may also be interested in reviewing this conversation taking place called ‘I am a relatively healthy person with a problem “bloated belly” http://mayocl.in/2kzG31r

@shah, With your symptoms you have listed, it would be a good idea to entertain the thought of consulting with a medical professional again. Can you tell me if you are still experiencing constipation?

Here is a link to the Mayo Clinic Appointment line if you decide to seek a visit with a specialist. http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63

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hi @jamienolson thanks for the response to my post no i am not experiencing constipation anymore. I went through the provided link but my situation seems to be bit different.As i mentioned i had lost weight before marriage and My size of tummy and thighs have started increasing after marriage since last month. . .

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hello, I’m here because I’m having these concerns as well. I’m 43 now. But noticed my belly changing once I hit 40. Is this the whole slowing down metabolism syndrome or something else. Ive been to my ob multiple times. However there not concerned. Just the regular pap, an move on. Ive had ultrasounds before as well. I’m thinking of radically changing my diet. Perhaps this will help. Any suggestions is greatly appreciated.

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@tilmykids

hello, I’m here because I’m having these concerns as well. I’m 43 now. But noticed my belly changing once I hit 40. Is this the whole slowing down metabolism syndrome or something else. Ive been to my ob multiple times. However there not concerned. Just the regular pap, an move on. Ive had ultrasounds before as well. I’m thinking of radically changing my diet. Perhaps this will help. Any suggestions is greatly appreciated.

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Welcome @tilmykids,
You mention “radically changing” your diet. Changing lifestyle habits to healthier lifestyle habits is a good thing. But I reacted to the word “radically”. I think most of us have experience with making stark resolutions only to see them fail. If you want a new way of eating to stick, I might suggest looking into the Mayo Clinic diet http://mayocl.in/1VaAfql

As the article explains “The Mayo Clinic Diet is a long-term weight management program created by a team of weight-loss experts at Mayo Clinic. The Mayo Clinic Diet is designed to help you reshape your lifestyle by adopting healthy new habits and breaking unhealthy old ones. The goal is to make simple, pleasurable changes that will result in a healthy weight that you can maintain for the rest of your life.”

Would you consider your current eating habits to be unhealthy?

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@tilmykids

hello, I’m here because I’m having these concerns as well. I’m 43 now. But noticed my belly changing once I hit 40. Is this the whole slowing down metabolism syndrome or something else. Ive been to my ob multiple times. However there not concerned. Just the regular pap, an move on. Ive had ultrasounds before as well. I’m thinking of radically changing my diet. Perhaps this will help. Any suggestions is greatly appreciated.

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@tilmykids, I would like to welcome you to Connect. This is a nonjudgmental forum where you can ask your questions, and share your experiences with others. I feel that your ‘after 40’ question is one that a whole bunch of us 40+ gals can relate to.
So, if your ob gyn is not concerned, have you talked with your primary care physician for some guidance about this concern?
I have a walking group. And, well, we all have varying degrees of that 40+, 50+, 60+, bulge. most are accepting of it as who we are, I encourage you to ask PCP if it is a normal body change, or possibly related to your metabolism or something else, as you mentioned.

I also encourage you to check out the link that Colleen has provided. The Mayo Diet promotes a life long healthy approach. I don’t know what you mean about considering radically changing your diet. But perhaps, this more ‘serious’ approach that includes healthy eating as well as exercise might be something to consider.
Rosemary

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@tilmykids

hello, I’m here because I’m having these concerns as well. I’m 43 now. But noticed my belly changing once I hit 40. Is this the whole slowing down metabolism syndrome or something else. Ive been to my ob multiple times. However there not concerned. Just the regular pap, an move on. Ive had ultrasounds before as well. I’m thinking of radically changing my diet. Perhaps this will help. Any suggestions is greatly appreciated.

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@colleenyoung im 23 yrs old and my belly is getting bigger i thought that im pregnant but its not. its almost 4 months since my belly is getting bigger i dont feel any pain at all. Im from phillipines by the way

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Well looks like I’m going through the same issue. I’m 40 years old and last year I was diagnosed with uterine fibroids and a simple ovarian cyst. Last time I had my period was on March 12th. I had unprotected sex on March 20th and ending of March I started to feel nauseous and frequent urination. My doctor said it was a startupof an UTI but I’m still having nausea, increase sense of smell, dizziness, headaches, lightheadedness, lower back pain, tender/sore breasts, increase of appetite, growing hard upper & lower belly, I have tingling sensation on my lower belly and I keep craving ice cream, salty food and spicy food.
My period was due on April 5 but I spotted on April 8-10 and it was off and on brown red. I was then due again on April 29 but spotted on May 2-4 off and on brown red. Again my cycle was due on May 23 but spotted on May 26 and 27 off and on brown red. I took a blood test on May 8 and it was negative. I feel pressure at and around my belly button and my waistline has thicken. Am I pregnant?

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@esteya76

Well looks like I’m going through the same issue. I’m 40 years old and last year I was diagnosed with uterine fibroids and a simple ovarian cyst. Last time I had my period was on March 12th. I had unprotected sex on March 20th and ending of March I started to feel nauseous and frequent urination. My doctor said it was a startupof an UTI but I’m still having nausea, increase sense of smell, dizziness, headaches, lightheadedness, lower back pain, tender/sore breasts, increase of appetite, growing hard upper & lower belly, I have tingling sensation on my lower belly and I keep craving ice cream, salty food and spicy food.
My period was due on April 5 but I spotted on April 8-10 and it was off and on brown red. I was then due again on April 29 but spotted on May 2-4 off and on brown red. Again my cycle was due on May 23 but spotted on May 26 and 27 off and on brown red. I took a blood test on May 8 and it was negative. I feel pressure at and around my belly button and my waistline has thicken. Am I pregnant?

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@esteya76 Thank you for your post and welcome to Mayo Connect. I can understand your concern. Have you been to the doctor recently? At Mayo Connect we cannot provide diagnosis, we can only offer encouragement and support. In that manner, I feel that you need to have another discussion with your doctor. You said that you took a blood test on May 8 and the results were negative. If you are comfortable sharing more information, please let us know if this blood test was to confirm pregnancy or some other type of test.

We wish you well as you seek answers to your questions and concerns. We are here to support you. Teresa

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