Ask any woman who has ever been pregnant and they would agree that it has its share of ups and downs. You have to follow a lot of strict rules along the way to make sure that your baby develops and is born healthy and sometimes, it may seem as if you are being denied the ability to enjoy yourself. You also have to deal with the ongoing back pain, the dependency on others and childbirth is not exactly something that we enjoy going through.
The positive sides to pregnancy is also something to consider as well. Perhaps the largest benefit is the new addition to the family but most women would still not want it to last longer than nine months.
Imagine if you had to go through pregnancy for a year or perhaps two years? After thinking about that, you would likely agree that four years would be out of the question.
One woman in the United States claims that she has been going through pregnancy for 4 years. Zona appeared on Dr. Phil to talk about her ‘pregnancy’ that she claims has lasted for three years and seven months. She has taken an endless number of pregnancy tests and has seen many doctors. All of her tests came back negative but she still believes in her ‘cryptic pregnancy’.
A cryptic pregnancy is defined by doctors as “the absence of awareness by a woman that she is pregnant until she delivers her baby.” The women who appear on Dr. Phil, however, often talk about their lengthy pregnancies and it seems as if they have a new spin on it. Zona claims that her pregnancy may reach up to seven years and the reason why the baby doesn’t show up on ultrasounds is because it is in her second, or ‘back uterus’.
A doctor told her earlier this year that she has bladder cancer but she doesn’t agree with the diagnosis. She also revealed that her tubes have been tied so she wouldn’t become pregnant but is still certain that she is pregnant.
“Approximately three years and seven months. At age 20 I had my tubes tied so I would not have children anymore.
“I actually got pregnant at 40, I was extremely shocked, I am still in shock. My belly has continued to grow for the three and a half years but it does grow at super low rates. My breasts are tender, my mood swings are super bad, I can be crying one minute, happy the next.
“When I go to a doctor I take a pregnancy test, of course it does not show up either on blood or urine. They have also given me ultrasounds, they tell me all are negative. The doctors are wrong, I don’t care what medical degree they have I am 1,000% certain that I am pregnant.”
Dr. Phil also talked to other women who also have phantom pregnancies but they are not as convinced as Zona.
“The movement in my stomach is what I am saying is real, know 1,000% I am giving birth to multiples,” she said. “I think I’m carrying six babies.”
Her daughter thinks that is is an elaborate attention grab and the rest of the family tends to agree. Zona added:
“My family does not believe I am pregnant, it has torn my family apart. This is the hardest thing I have ever experienced in my life, it’s real and it’s misery.
“I am sick and tired of being pregnant, I just want them out, I am done with this – I’m done, I’m done, I’m done, I’m done, I’m done with pregnancy. I don’t want it anymore.”
Neither of these women were happy with the results because it did not agree with their own beliefs. Zona was particularly convinced that the test were inconclusive and the OB/GYN simply did not give her a thorough enough examination.
When it comes right down to it, there is nothing that would convince them that they might not be pregnant. Keeping that in mind, they will probably continue to be ‘pregnant’ for quite some time.