28. Pregnancies That Aren’t Real
Have you ever heard of a fake pregnancy? Not like tricking someone into thinking you are pregnant… one that your body believes. The mind can be a powerful thing, convincing us of things that aren’t really there. In some cases, the attention of a psychiatrist or psychologist can help us to deal with those concerns and conditions. However, the mind can be such a powerful thing that it convinces the body of something that is not true. lurkhippo shared this story of a woman who displayed all of the clear signs of a condition that could only happen through other scientific means.
“Pseudocyesis or hysterical pregnancy, in a woman who was an inmate in the psych wing of a prison I rotated through. She thought she was pregnant with Jesus’s triplets and had grown a massive pregnant-looking belly, was producing milk, etc.” To think that a woman’s body could show signs of pregnancy without being pregnant is definitely strange but also quite rare. It’s a wonder what they did to treat this condition since the woman couldn’t actually give birth to a baby. It makes you question whether this kind of condition could continue for the rest of her life.