Denial of pregnancy (also called pregnancy denial) is a rare form of denial exhibited by women to either the fact or the implications of their own pregnancy

Women may suffer from this syndrome or psychological disorder when, despite being pregnant, they manifest none of the common symptoms linked to the gestation period. There is no belly growth, nausea, or bloating. In extreme cases, monthly menstruation continues.

Two possible situations can occur:

  • Partial or incomplete denial: women become aware they are pregnant when they are 6, 7, or 8 months pregnant.
  • Total or complete denial: women don not even know they are pregnant until the moment of childbirth.

Women may suffer from this syndrome or psychological disorder when, despite being pregnant, they manifest none of the common symptoms linked to the gestation period. There is no belly growth, nausea, or bloating. In extreme cases, monthly menstruation continues.

It is estimated that one in every 500 pregnancies are denied, either partially or completely. In Spain, are born every year. Calculations show that 200 pregnancies on half a million born children are totally denied, although this phenomenon has not been studied well enough yet.

There is no profile able to define the predisposition to this rare psychological disorder. It can occur among teenagers but also more mature women may develop it as well. First-time mothers and women who already have children are also included in this group.

About 60% of women with this condition continue to have monthly or genital bleeding. Most of these women do not get fat or just gain a few pounds, and misinterpret small symptoms. For example, they associate fetal movements to simple stomach or bladder pain.

Denial of pregnancy is a disease without specific symptoms. The main problem linked to this disorder is that women continue with their normal lives and can put the baby’s health at risk. Particularly serious are the cases when women continue with unhealthy habits such as smoking, drinking or ingesting other toxic products, which can alter fetal development.

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