15Genuinely Expectant But Not Genuinely Expecting
For a woman to be diagnosed as suffering from a phantom pregnancy, she must actually believe she is pregnant. This is a very different situation from someone who is claiming to be pregnant but knows they are not. In the second example, a woman may wish to convince
friends, family or a partner that she is pregnant and fake the symptoms. The person with an intentionally phony pregnancy will hide the fact they are having periods, suffer from fictitious morning sickness and even go as far as to use a prosthetic baby bump.
A woman who has a phantom pregnancy will have genuine morning sickness, her periods will stop, and her body will behave precisely as it would if she was actually carrying a baby. For this reason, the sufferer will genuinely think she is pregnant and is not in any way attempting to be deceptive.