November 28, 2007,
J. asks from Omaha, NE on November 24, 2007
Pregnancy After Partial Hysterectomy?
Okay gals, I'm sure I'm just crazy but thought I would ask. I found some similar situations to mine on ehealthforum but no answers. Thought I would ask all of you if you have or have known anyone with this. I had a partial hysterectomy in January of '05. The last couple of months now I have pregnancy symptoms. Nausea, vomitting, swollen and tender breasts and even substance coming out of them in small amounts that resembles colostrum. I have even felt a thumping sensation in my abdomen that feels like a baby kicking. I know it sounds completely insane and logic tells me that I can't become pregnant without a uterus but what the heck? I sure feel like I am. I haven't talked to the doc yet, untill I found that other site I hadn't told anyone cuz I feel crazy!
A.O. answers from Milwaukee on November 27, 2007
I am unsure if it is possible for you to be pregnant, but I do know that you should be seen for the thumping in your belly. If it is pulsating it could be something serious. Abdominal Aortic Aneurisms can cause a thumbing in the stomach. It is an extreme. but possible. Please let us know what happens. God has a way of providing miracles when we least expect them. Maybe you are pregnant
S.S. answers from Omaha on November 26, 2007
my only advice is take a pregnancy test for your own piece of mind. If that is inconclusive- go see your doctor.
B.W. answers from Grand Rapids on November 26, 2007
I'd take a test just to put your mind at ease. It is prob just homones and Gas. Maybe your doc can adjust meds if you are on them.
A.L. answers from Sheboygan on November 28, 2007
Sounds like it could be a surge of estrogen. Your hormones may still be unstable so as long as you've seen a doc to rule out tubal pregnancy, time may sort out a hormone imbalance. In the longer term, natural progesterone cream has worked really well for myself and some friends. Low progesterone means that estrogen is dominant, an imbalance which can produce your symptoms, though not sure about the colostrum. I can only repeat what the others have said: Go to the doctor!
C.B. answers from Green Bay on November 27, 2007
When my sister had her total hysterectomy she went on hormones. There were quite a few and it took a long time for her body to adjust to the drastic change. These hormones affect just about everything in our bodies, right down to building the bones. I have NO idea is a pregnancy is possible. I certainly wouldn't think so, or at least not a viable one. Because of the hormonal symptoms, I would certainly go to the doctor. You don't have to say you feel pregnant if that makes you feel crazy. Just the discharge from the nipples and vomiting would be symptoms enough to go in, I would think.
H.M. answers from Omaha on November 25, 2007
I guess nothing is impossible in life. Although unless some sort of glitch happened... or your a medical marvel that can have children outside of the norm of a uterus... I would go with your fine and because your looking for a certain solution/answer you are finding it.
But like I said nothing is impossible. So go take a home pregnancy test. What will it really hurt. If your feeling actual movement you would be so far along that surely a home pregnancy test would pick it up. Then next time you go in for an appt talk with your doc about your symptoms and I'm sure they'll have a more plausible solution.
D.D. answers from Salt Lake City on November 26, 2007
That is pretty weird! I am not sure what to say. Have you had a pregnancy test? I had the tubal ligation when I had my last baby 2 months ago. I also have been having symptoms. I have a clearish discharge (sorry tmi) and I have been a royal witch with a capital B. I am to scared to test, I don't know if it could happend, but if it did it's pretty dangerous because I could end up with a tubal pregnancy. I don't know what to do either!
T.P. answers from Provo on November 26, 2007
Have you heard of a "phantom" pregnancy or pseudocyesis? It's where your mind tricks your body into thinking it's pregnant. Your brain can trigger your pituitary gland to secrete hormones that mimic a pregnancy, especially if you're thinking you might want more kids.
I've had my tubes tied & every once in a while I experience something that feels like a baby kicking too. I assume it's gas & it always goes away. If you're on a new medication that can might bring symptoms too.
I hope you figure it out!
L.S. answers from Missoula on November 27, 2007
All that I have read on this says yes you can get pregnant but it is likely to be a tubal pregnancy or the baby will attach itself to other organs which is all very serious and deadly to you so I would advise going to a doctor and getting checked out before it is too late.
There are myths out that say you can have phantom pregnancies after a hysterectomy or that you need a uterus to be pregnant but they are just that, myths.
Give us an update after you are seen by a doctor
J.M. answers from Sheboygan on November 27, 2007
The only thing that I can say is that you need to go and see your doctor. You could have some other problem going on.
R.W. answers from Jackson on November 27, 2007
pregnancy syptoms can happen if you have a tubal pregnancy. Gas can sometimes feel like kicks too.
M.M. answers from Milwaukee on November 26, 2007
I wonder how long ago your hysterectomy was. Just a guess but maybe the symptoms could be your body readjusting to your situation and the hormones change quite a bit in your body. I would really think it was hormones instead of pregnancy.
Like the person before me said take a home pregnancy test it wouldn't hurt anything but I would definitely talk to the doctors and see if they have come across something similar.
J.W. answers from Iowa City on November 27, 2007
You could always go to a Planned Parenthood or Emma Goldman Clinic (in Iowa City) for a free pregnancy tests. They would be able to refer you to the proper doctor thereafter.