WHAT IS CRYPTIC PREGNANCY

By Unknown - June 13, 2017

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Cryptic pregnancy is a condition in which a pregnant woman is unaware of her pregnancy until they are 20 weeks or more, or are reaching labour. When you conceive, your body produces human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormones. This hormone shows up in your blood and urine about 10 days from the date of conception.
For women who experience a cryptic pregnancy, there is little or no detectable hCG. Repeated pregnancy tests may return negative. Sometimes, the pregnancy test may show a positive for the presence of HCG only to turn negative after a few weeks, due to a hormonal imbalance in the mother.
The fetus may go undetected by mother and doctors, until delivery.
Characteristics of a cryptic pregnancy are; negative urine and blood pregnancy test, continued period like bleeding, typical pregnancy symptoms, and at times, negative ultrasounds, and also liitle or no fetal movement.
Cryptic pregnancies are usually carried between 2 and 5 years due to slow growth of the fetus, caused by low hCG, due to the hormonal imbalance.
A cognitive scientist associated with the University of Turin, Marco Del Giudice, states there could be biological reasons for cryptic pregnancy. He mentions that a woman tests positive for pregnancy because of the presence of HCG or human chorionic gonadotropin hormone. However, in a cryptic pregnancy, the placenta doesn’t produce enough HCG for it to be detected during pregnancy test. Hence, the test has a negative outcome. Marco Del Giudice believes that low levels of HCG are connected to the stress levels of the expectant mother.

CAUSES OF CRYPTIC PREGNANCY

Recent pregnancy where the woman’s hormone levels have not returned to normal
Breastfeeding woman whose hormones have not got normal after the initial pregnancy and birth
Low percentage of body fat resulting in hormonal imbalance. This is true in case of female athletes and sportswomen
A woman who until recently used birth control measures, such as Mirena coil, that continuously release hormones in the body
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

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