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.

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Did you ever consider a fatty liver

I am of normal weight.. But always suffered from stomach pain and I looked like I was 9 months pregnant with skinny legs. and I was diagnosed with a fatty liver and cirrhosis.. I was in this discussion group because I was hoping that somebody had advice how to lose some of this stomach fat

Please see a gastro intestinal doctor. If you have a problem with your liver, you can have fluid build up in your abdomen. It is called ascites.

@vette241

I am of normal weight.. But always suffered from stomach pain and I looked like I was 9 months pregnant with skinny legs. and I was diagnosed with a fatty liver and cirrhosis.. I was in this discussion group because I was hoping that somebody had advice how to lose some of this stomach fat

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Hi, @vette241 – since you mentioned fatty liver, you may be interested in this thread on Connect where others have discussed this topic https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/liver-biopsy/

Hello im dealing with the same issue i also look 7 months pregnant it impossible for me because i dont have any ovaries or tubes only my uterus. In 2018 i had a polyp removed from my uterus it wasn't cancerous they say but im only 5 ft 5 in tall and weigh probably 145 pounds .what can i do to get rid of my pregnant looking stomach

@firstlady

Hello im dealing with the same issue i also look 7 months pregnant it impossible for me because i dont have any ovaries or tubes only my uterus. In 2018 i had a polyp removed from my uterus it wasn't cancerous they say but im only 5 ft 5 in tall and weigh probably 145 pounds .what can i do to get rid of my pregnant looking stomach

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Hi, @firstlady, and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I can imagine it would be quite frustrating to feel that you look pregnant when you are not.

Hoping that members like @gaybinator @vette241@axels @nadia83 @creeknation may have some thoughts for you.

Have you had an opportunity to connect with your doctor to have them weigh in on your situation? If so, what did he or she think?

Hi all.
I was wondering if someone could give me some advice? I've been sitting with a problem with my stomach where it's getting bigger and bigger. I'm usually very active and although I know I've got IBS it has never looked like this before. Usually with IBS my stomach would go back down but at the moment it's not going down and has not been going down for about a month or more now. I also have constant heartburn and pain in my upper chest. My mother did ask if I'm not pregnant, and I told her that I dont think it's possible due to the fact that I've been on the 2month birth control injection for a couple of years now. Does anyone have some advice for me please?

Hi @charmone and welcome to Connect. That must be very annoying to have your stomach continue to get bigger and bigger making you look pregnant when you're not.

I wanted to introduce you to @gaybinator @vette241 @nadia83 and @firstlady as they may have some thoughts for you.

Back to you @charmone have you been able to ask your doctor about this yet?

@ethanmcconkey

Hi @charmone and welcome to Connect. That must be very annoying to have your stomach continue to get bigger and bigger making you look pregnant when you're not.

I wanted to introduce you to @gaybinator @vette241 @nadia83 and @firstlady as they may have some thoughts for you.

Back to you @charmone have you been able to ask your doctor about this yet?

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Hi @Ethanethanmcconkey , thank you for your response. Unfortunately I do not have the finances at the moment to go see a doctor. My mother however has asked me if it might not be gall stones or stomach sores.

@charmone

Hi @Ethanethanmcconkey , thank you for your response. Unfortunately I do not have the finances at the moment to go see a doctor. My mother however has asked me if it might not be gall stones or stomach sores.

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@charmone Is there some type of clinic you could go to where you can get medical care based on your resources? I really hope you do get some medical care for this.
JK

If you have ascites, it is fluid buildup in your peritoneal cavity. The remedy is to have the fluid removed by a doctor. No amount of dieting is going to help your stomach. Go to a gastrointestinal doctor.

@overlyanxious

Ever since I was in about middle school, I’ve had a round stomach, slightly hard stomach. I used to be a dancer so I always had my stomach muscles working, which hid it. I always thought that I was just fat. But even now, even though I am at a perfectly healthy weight and body fat percentage, if I completely relax my stomach muscles, my stomach protrudes in a way that makes me look pregnant. If my stomach muscles are engaged, even just slightly, then it looks normal. I am currently 22, and I’ve always had this. Is this normal? Is this something to worry about? I wish it would go away, but no matter how much weight I lose it’s always the same.

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Hello @overlyanxious and welcome to Mayo Connect. I'm glad that you have posted about your concerns. Getting your concerns out in the open is a good way to find answers. As you know on Mayo Connect, we cannot make diagnoses, we can only share from our own personal experiences. I hope that others with this type of problem will join in this discussion.

Just wondering about a few things. As you are comfortable sharing about yourself, please let us know a bit more about this problem.

For example, have you ever discussed this protrusion with a doctor? How much of a protrusion is it (if you were to use a tape measure around your stomach what would the measurement be)? Do you have any digestive issues, such as problems eating, nausea, vomiting, constipation, any discomfort or pain? Any problems with your periods? Does it get worse at any particular time of the day? Do you take any medications for other health problems? Has anyone else in your family had a problem like this?

Answering these questions will help you have a beneficial conversation with your doctor when you next see him or her.

Will you give this some thought?

Ever since I was in about middle school, I’ve had a round stomach, slightly hard stomach. I used to be a dancer so I always had my stomach muscles working, which hid it. I always thought that I was just fat. But even now, even though I am at a perfectly healthy weight and body fat percentage, if I completely relax my stomach muscles, my stomach protrudes in a way that makes me look pregnant. If my stomach muscles are engaged, even just slightly, then it looks normal. I am currently 22, and I’ve always had this. Is this normal? Is this something to worry about? I wish it would go away, but no matter how much weight I lose it’s always the same.

Hello @overlyanxious,

I’d also like to add my welcome, and let you know that I moved your message and combined it with this existing discussion. I did this as I thought it would be beneficial for you to be introduced to the many members who are discussing much of what you are experiencing.
If you click on VIEW & REPLY in your email notification, you will see the whole discussion and can join in, meet, and participate with other members talking about their or their loved ones' experiences.

@hopeful33250

Hello @overlyanxious and welcome to Mayo Connect. I'm glad that you have posted about your concerns. Getting your concerns out in the open is a good way to find answers. As you know on Mayo Connect, we cannot make diagnoses, we can only share from our own personal experiences. I hope that others with this type of problem will join in this discussion.

Just wondering about a few things. As you are comfortable sharing about yourself, please let us know a bit more about this problem.

For example, have you ever discussed this protrusion with a doctor? How much of a protrusion is it (if you were to use a tape measure around your stomach what would the measurement be)? Do you have any digestive issues, such as problems eating, nausea, vomiting, constipation, any discomfort or pain? Any problems with your periods? Does it get worse at any particular time of the day? Do you take any medications for other health problems? Has anyone else in your family had a problem like this?

Answering these questions will help you have a beneficial conversation with your doctor when you next see him or her.

Will you give this some thought?

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Hi! Thank you 🙂
I don’t really get neaseaous or anything weird during my period, but I have had a sensitive stomach since childhood (used to be worse, a little better now), meaning that I randomly get really horrible pain in my stomach and bowl area. I thought about the possibility about it being an allergic reaction, but whenever it happens, I make a mental note of what I’ve eaten, and I don’t see any consistencies in that area…
This stomach pain usually lasts about 2 hours, during which the pain comes and subsided in waves, and leaves me very physically drained and exhausted afterwards. I usually heat up during these two hours as well (not to the point of fever though).
I haven’t noticed any particular time of day, but usually it happens an hour or so after I’ve eaten a meal. No one else in my family has this to my knowledge.
I haven’t mentioned it to a doctor yet. I never thought it was that strange until recently. And going to the doctor where I live is expensive, so I just want to gauge the seriousness based on other people’s opinions and experiences before committing economically.

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