Cryptic pregnancy is a pregnancy that goes undetected or unnoticed, so there may not be any typical pregnancy symptoms like fatigue, nausea and vomiting, missed periods, and abdominal swelling.
Is it possible to be pregnant and not have a baby bump?
In fact, the phenomenon, known as cryptic pregnancy, isn’t so uncommon. “Cryptic pregnancy (when a woman does not realise she’s pregnant until giving birth) is rare, but not as rare as you might think,” explains Liz Halliday, Deputy Head of Midwifery at Private Midwives.
Can you be 24 weeks pregnant and not show?
Yes, most likely. There isn’t a specific time when moms-to-be are supposed to start showing, because it happens differently for different women. As long as your healthcare provider says your baby is developing properly and your weight gain is on track, there’s no cause for concern.
How long can pregnancy go undetected?
For some women, the physical tip-offs of pregnancy, like weight gain, morning sickness, heartburn, or fatigue, don’t happen. Or they’re so mild that a woman just doesn’t notice them. Depending on their body type, “it’s reasonable for a woman to make it to 30 weeks without looking pregnant,” Cackovic says.
What are the symptoms that baby is not growing in womb?
But a baby with FGR may have certain signs after birth, such as:
- Low birth weight.
- Low blood sugar levels.
- Lower body temperature.
- High level of red blood cells.
- Trouble fighting infections.
Does small bump mean small baby?
And before you start panicking about birth weight, bump size is no indication of your baby’s weight either. ‘Mums-to-be are forever comparing bumps,’ says Bird. ‘But everyone’s individual and just because someone has a big bump, it doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily have a big baby.
Why is my bump not growing?
If you feel your bump isn’t getting any bigger and your baby’s movements have slowed down, talk to your midwife and immediately get checked. These are the symptoms of a condition called intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR/FGR). It means the baby is not growing properly in the womb.
Can a cryptic pregnancy last 9 months?
Anecdotal evidence suggests that a cryptic pregnancy can last longer than a typical pregnancy, perhaps related to very low hormone levels at the start.
How is cryptic pregnancy possible?
If someone was recently pregnant or recently gave birth, it may take time before their hormones return to their regular cycles. During this time — or as long as a person is breastfeeding — they may start ovulating without knowing it, which can result in a cryptic pregnancy.