Sometimes test results can be wrong, plain and simple. And on other occasions, doctors can be telling you the truth even when you feel deep down that you are pregnant. In these cases, the results could be even more complicated than you might originally have thought.
A chemical pregnancy is a miscarriage that occurs in the early stages of pregnancy, before the 5-week mark. You may have noticed a missed period or have experienced early pregnancy symptoms, yet your doctor may have determined, through either a blood test or urine test, that you are not pregnant. This can be extremely upsetting for many women as there may be no symptoms that the miscarriage has occurred despite the early changes in the body. Others will experience a light bleed similar to that of their period or cramping before the bleed. Chemical pregnancies are extremely common however most slip by unnoticed in first-time moms who never realize they are pregnant in the first instance.
Also termed false pregnancy or phantom pregnancy, hysterical pregnancy can cause pregnancy symptoms in a woman’s body despite her not being pregnant. Known as pseudocyesis in the medical circles, this condition can be brought on by stress or a deep-seated desire to become pregnant. In some cases, the mind can trick the body into thinking it is pregnant when it is not, hence the discrepancies between the doctor’s results and the changes in the body.1 | 2