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.

@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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@reggie

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. ?

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Hi there. I am having very similar symptoms. I just turned 46 a couple days ago. I believe i am starting menopause because sometimes i wont get my period for s month and sometimes i will get it twice a month. They have always been heavy but now it is very heavy. Anyway for about 2 years almost my belly has grown so big and fast. Round just like i am 6 months pregnant. Im not. I had a tubal ligation 18 years ago plus you have to have sex lol. I have gained weight in other areas too but my belly is so embarrassing. I too was usually 140-145lbs. Now i am 220. Most i have EVER weighed in my life. My 3rd pregnancy 18 years ago made me weigh 160. At that time, that was the heaviest i ever been until now. I do eat alot of sugar no exercise but i am really scared about my hard, bloated pregnant looking belly. I can't wear anything. Nothing hides it. Thank you for letting me vent. If anyone has any comments to help me figure this out, please please let me know. Be safe.

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@niki1974 please see your doctor. It could be serious. I worked with a woman who was a workout addict but her stomach kept growing. Dr kept telling her must be her diet and needed more exercise. She died a couple months later of stomach cancer. You know your body and deserve to be heard and your symptoms treated seriously.

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@niki1974

Hi there. I am having very similar symptoms. I just turned 46 a couple days ago. I believe i am starting menopause because sometimes i wont get my period for s month and sometimes i will get it twice a month. They have always been heavy but now it is very heavy. Anyway for about 2 years almost my belly has grown so big and fast. Round just like i am 6 months pregnant. Im not. I had a tubal ligation 18 years ago plus you have to have sex lol. I have gained weight in other areas too but my belly is so embarrassing. I too was usually 140-145lbs. Now i am 220. Most i have EVER weighed in my life. My 3rd pregnancy 18 years ago made me weigh 160. At that time, that was the heaviest i ever been until now. I do eat alot of sugar no exercise but i am really scared about my hard, bloated pregnant looking belly. I can't wear anything. Nothing hides it. Thank you for letting me vent. If anyone has any comments to help me figure this out, please please let me know. Be safe.

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You might want to check with your doctor to see if you possibly have PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). The name is very misleading and they still have no idea what causes it and totally how to manage it. Those of use with PCOS are misdiagnosed for years and we each can have different variations of the symptoms. We can also be classified as being insulin resistance. I had one endocrine doctor tell me to think of it like this, every calorie I eat effects me twice as much as people without this issue. So basically it takes me twice the effort to work off extra calories than most people. Those of us with PCOS tend to gain more weight around our belly area and have extreme difficulty to maintain our weight and even harder efforts to lose it. Many women with PCOS have issues with our menstrual cycles and excessive Male patterns of hair on our face, arms, belly, chest, legs, etc. The name also leads you to believe it is all related to your female organs and the name comes from the fact that it can be detected by viewing the ovaries and it will look like there is a pearl neckless around the ovary with all the tinny cysts that circle it. However, please note that when I had my hysterectomy and removed only the one ovary that was causing me the most pain, the doctor told me if I even had a full hysterectomy I would still have PCOS…. So I equate it (personal opinion) that this issue is really an endocrine issue that effect females. You can talk to you doctor about this (however most doctors do not understand this either)and do some google searches to read on it. Please note that since there are so many thing not understood about this the information can vary on the internet. Just a thought into a possibility.

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