I still feel kicks and it’s been 16 full months now since I was pregnant. I know people will say “Its probably just gas” but I can promise you, its not. I know the difference between both of those things and this definitely feels like a baby kicking from the inside, sometimes so strong that I actually find myself looking down at my stomach to see it move. It’s a bit like a tummy spasm, I don’t know why it happens but it does. It feels the exact same as the early stages of my pregnancy with Alyssia except this time, there’s no baby. But I have been feeling these almost every day since having my baby girl in February last year. I thought I was going crazy, but I mentioned this on twitter a few months ago & was so relieved to find out that I am not the only one, quite a few of you also suffer with this too.
After doing my research and speaking to lots of other mummy’s, I have discovered that phantom pregnancy kicks are real and I am in fact, not going crazy.. So what are they? ‘Phantom pregnancy kicks are the sensation of the fetal movements that you felt when you were pregnant.’ This is different to a ‘Phantom Pregnancy’. A Phantom Pregnancy / False pregnancy, or pseudocyesis, is a condition in which a woman believes that she’s pregnant, yet conception hasn’t taken place and no baby is forming inside. Common, and often lasting, pregnancy symptoms help to reinforce this idea, which can lead a woman to be absolutely certain she’s expecting, for months or even years!’ Crazy, right?
Phantom baby kicks can even feel real enough to make you go and buy a pregnancy test, this is what happened to me. I knew I wasn’t pregnant but I really did start to doubt myself. I guess this is just a very strange part of post partum recovery and although it’s not been medically named it is definitely something that a lot of us have experienced.
So what are the common reasons for these strange kicks?
- After birth, it can take some time for all your body parts to move back to their original position as your uterus shrinks back to normal size.
- You may experience more gas or indigestion after birth.
- Having spent nine months with a baby inside, you may start to notice perfectly normal feelings and movements in your stomach that you never even noticed before.
- Some theories also include that phantom kicks can be caused by nerve memory, similar to a phantom limb.
I would love to know if you have ever heard of or experienced this yourself?
Thanks for reading,