Phantom Baby Kicks – Am I Going Crazy?

Phantom Baby Kicks – Am I Going Crazy?

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,

Zoe x




  1. June 26, 2017 / 10:36 am

    I have deffo had these but I was sooooo scared I was pregnant again! But I knew I couldn’t be! This was a brilliant post! Thanks babe x your great x


    • June 26, 2017 / 10:38 am

      It’s strange how many people go through it yet it’s not something that I was ever told about when it came to postpartum recovery. I was the same, I have bought tests in the past thinking I was pregnant when I knew I couldn’t be but it does get you thinking! Thank you Becky! Xx

  2. Susan Wood
    June 26, 2017 / 5:52 pm

    Interesting !

  3. Natalie
    June 26, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    Wow! So glad I’m not alone. My little girls just turned one and I’ve been convincing myself I’m pregnant since she was about 3 months old because of the Phantom Kicks. Feel so much better now I know I’m not going crazy and others feel it too xx

    • June 26, 2017 / 8:28 pm

      That’s crazy! I have been experiencing the exact same and have actually been to buy tests after convincing myself that there is a baby in there. It’s safe to say – there is not! Phantom kicks are so strange & definitely something that I wasn’t warned about. xx

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