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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@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?

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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,

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.

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@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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@overlyanxious

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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Thank you for providing a little background regarding the history of your symptoms, @overlyanxious. I realized that you are anxious about the expense of doctor's visits and this is very understandable. Have you read some of the other posts in this discussion to see what others have said about their stomach bloating?

I see that you have made a mental note of what you have eaten, etc. Perhaps a written journal regarding the pain (how long it lasts, etc.) combined with the food you have eaten as well as any physical activity or stressful experience might be a good idea as well. This will help you get a better handle on the problem and when you make a doctor's appointment it will also provide more concrete information to provide the doctor.

While I cannot speak for you, I really feel that the best way to deal with anxiety about health problems is to do research (like you are doing now) and then to visit a doctor and explain the problem. Your problem could be something simple like gluten sensitivity but in order to resolve your anxiety, you need to have it checked out by a medical professional.

I look forward to hearing from you again. Will you post an update?

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@hopeful33250 Hi don't know where to post this Heard on news today Oprah @prince Harry have teamed up to do a documentary on Mental Health she has a book Facing fears and lessons she has learned sounds interesting

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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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