Nausea and vomiting, chest pain, tiredness and lack of menstruation. These are often some of the early pregnancy symptoms that alert a woman that she might be expecting a baby. However, we have all heard of cases where the person did not know they were pregnant; But how is this possible?

Women with cryptic pregnancies wake up normally one day and have a baby to care for the next. And it is that they do not usually notice anything, not even the movement of the baby, during the months of pregnancy. They also do not usually have the typical pregnant belly; since they hardly gain weight. This all sounds like a movie; But it would not be the first time we have heard of a woman who has suddenly broken her water without knowing that she was pregnant.

Some of these cryptic pregnancies can be the result of women mistaking their symptoms. For example, women with frequent amenorrhea or those who are in premenopause they may not care about missing periods. And the rest of the annoyances? They could be attributed to the fact that the person is sick, because … who has not ever been?

Cryptic pregnancies – it’s a hormone to blame

However, it appears that there are actually all a scientific explanation behind of cryptic pregnancies. And is that some women do not find out until delivery that they are pregnant because of a hormone.

Even women who have already had children can have a cryptic pregnancy

The pregnancy hormone, also known as the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone, or hCG increases in the body of the pregnant person about ten days after fertilization. In fact, is usually the guilty of nausea and vomiting in the first trimester. But also of other symptoms of pregnancy such as tiredness, irritability, or mood swings; and digestive complaints such as burning, indigestion or diarrhea. This is also the hormone that seeks in the urine when a woman takes a pregnancy test. It can also be found in the blood if the test is an analytical one.

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But not all women have such a large hCG alteration as to test positive for pregnancy, according to some studies. And, in addition, as it is usually the cause of the typical symptoms of pregnancy at the beginning, by not increasing they do not occur either. In addition, it should also be noted that babies in certain positions (for example with the placenta in front) or in overweight women they hardly produce a pregnant belly.

Ultimately, even women who have been through all of this before can have a cryptic pregnancy if their hCG levels don’t rise all they should. Ultimately, all of this makes up the equation of fear … or happiness.