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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@mkhan1

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.
Regards.

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I have similar case but i don't have stretch marks, I had a scan and was told i had fibroid though its still very small and doesn't disturb me from conceiving, but i realise my belly grows big and looks hard when i wake up in the morning. Am so confused and not comfortable with the big belly, i use to have a flat belly. Please what can i do to this?

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@ponmile

I have similar case but i don't have stretch marks, I had a scan and was told i had fibroid though its still very small and doesn't disturb me from conceiving, but i realise my belly grows big and looks hard when i wake up in the morning. Am so confused and not comfortable with the big belly, i use to have a flat belly. Please what can i do to this?

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Hello, @ponmile – welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I am a ways beyond my belly moving from flat to not as flat, and I do remember the frustration. I do think it becomes much harder to maintain a flat tummy as the years go by.

I also had bloating in my abdomen when I experienced bladder prolapse, but that occurred in the evenings and I had to change to stretchy pants. I eventually had prolapse surgery, which helped this situation.

Hoping @mkhan1 @tigerarmani @detto @mri8191 and @baxtersmom may have some input for you related to the larger, harder tummy in the mornings.

Since you are having this sensation daily in the mornings, did you get a chance to ask your gynecologist or your general practitioner about what may be going on? Are you feeling that it's related to the uterine fibroid, or due to something else?

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Hi!!!!
So I had 3 c section! Last one in sept 2017!!!! These past 6 months and lately being the worst and almost everyone I meet they ask me if I’m pregnant again! I compared my belly with a friend who really is Pregnant and everyone sees the similarities!!!! I’m waiting for my referral to obgyn here in Canada to ask their advice!!!! I’m getting. So tired of people asking me if I’m pregnant again!!!!’ Oh I should mention my tubes are tied lol

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@motherof3

Hi!!!!
So I had 3 c section! Last one in sept 2017!!!! These past 6 months and lately being the worst and almost everyone I meet they ask me if I’m pregnant again! I compared my belly with a friend who really is Pregnant and everyone sees the similarities!!!! I’m waiting for my referral to obgyn here in Canada to ask their advice!!!! I’m getting. So tired of people asking me if I’m pregnant again!!!!’ Oh I should mention my tubes are tied lol

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Hi @motherof3 – welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I remember being asked if I was pregnant when I was not, maybe 6-8 weeks after giving birth to my oldest son. It's embarrassing and can make you feel insecure, for certain. I also asked a lady with whom I was doing nursery duty at church one time when she was due, sure she was at least 8 months along. She replied she wasn't pregnant!

I do see a lot of women, especially 35+, who look questionably pregnant.

Has this belly thing been a big change from how your figure was previously? Have you had any other symptoms?

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@colleenyoung

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 http://www.mayoclinic.org/appointments

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

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Ma'am my stomach is swollen like I'm 5 mths pregnant I'm not constipated I took magnesm citrate ….last mth I had period for two days very very light …I haven't had one this mth yet .I do have severe constipation..can u help

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@resaluv37

Ma'am my stomach is swollen like I'm 5 mths pregnant I'm not constipated I took magnesm citrate ….last mth I had period for two days very very light …I haven't had one this mth yet .I do have severe constipation..can u help

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Hello, @resaluv37 – welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I would want to know what was going on if I looked 5 months pregnant and that was not the case.

One tool that may be helpful for you to get some direction is the Mayo Clinic Symptom Checker https://www.mayoclinic.org/symptom-checker/select-symptom/itt-20009075

I was confused whether constipation was an issue for you currently? Besides some menstrual patterns that may be different than usual, do you have any other symptoms?

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My stomach is always firm, and looks like I'm pregnant (or like I'm trying to distend it all the time). I'm 5'3" 115 lbs, and stomach has always been between 30 and 32.5 in regardless of time of day. I look back at old photos and as far as I can tell, it didn't look like this until maybe middle school – I was always petite, but around that time my stomach didn't seem to match the rest of me. My weight has varied at times, but my stomach always stays, and it's embarrassing when people have asked before if I'm pregnant. I'm in my late 20's now, and my diet and lifestyle is not the same as it was 10 years ago, but the stomach is still there (just to note as well, I've never been pregnant or had kids). I had a PAP Test about a year and a half ago now, but everything was normal. I just want to know why my stomach is always firm and looks bloated, and if there's anything I can do about it.

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@averagejill

My stomach is always firm, and looks like I'm pregnant (or like I'm trying to distend it all the time). I'm 5'3" 115 lbs, and stomach has always been between 30 and 32.5 in regardless of time of day. I look back at old photos and as far as I can tell, it didn't look like this until maybe middle school – I was always petite, but around that time my stomach didn't seem to match the rest of me. My weight has varied at times, but my stomach always stays, and it's embarrassing when people have asked before if I'm pregnant. I'm in my late 20's now, and my diet and lifestyle is not the same as it was 10 years ago, but the stomach is still there (just to note as well, I've never been pregnant or had kids). I had a PAP Test about a year and a half ago now, but everything was normal. I just want to know why my stomach is always firm and looks bloated, and if there's anything I can do about it.

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Belly fat is Brown fat. Other fat is not. Other fat needs to be lost with food and exercise before Brown fat is challenged. Approach googling about this little known fact.

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@bill54321

Belly fat is Brown fat. Other fat is not. Other fat needs to be lost with food and exercise before Brown fat is challenged. Approach googling about this little known fact.

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Also, some organ growth, like the liver can contribute to a pop belly look.

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@bill54321

Also, some organ growth, like the liver can contribute to a pop belly look.

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@bill54321 I have heard that kidneys can become enlarged also and contribute to what appears to be a large belly.
@averagejill I presume your doctor has explored those possibilities, I suspect that when they run blood tests those things would show up in some of the findings to be out of range.
JK

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When I had fibroids I also experienced lots of bleeding. Have you had ultra sound or laparoscopy done to see if/where fibroids are?
Fatty liver disease runs in my family (non alcoholic type) which does cause one's stomach to bulge out but can also be dealt with proper diagnosis and change in diet. These are a couple of thoughts.

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