Scandalously Fake Pregnancies – Who’s Doing It and Why

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Deep within our feminine souls, there is a powerful capacity for trickery. We are masters of deception! We can fake headaches, orgasms, hair color, personality, and pregnancies. And more often than not, this deceptiveness goes unrealized by those it's directly affecting … with one exception: Pregnancy!

Unless you're scheming to kidnap a newborn baby on your phony due date – Highly disallowed! – you'll eventually be caught out.

A woman might fabricate a pregnancy to get attention, or to hold on to a lover that's about to leave. She might suffer from Pseudocyesis (a psychological belief in being pregnant, so strong that actual symptoms present, even though there is no fetus).

She might simply want out of a social engagement, or just really want that last slice of dessert. There are many reasons, and many ways. If you don't believe that this is happening, see for yourself!

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Blogger Beccah Beushausen did it to presumably build her audience, boost her number of blog comments, and “get sympathy from readers.” She went as far as claiming a home birth and then, hours later, posting a photo of her dead baby.

But it wasn't a dead baby. It was a baby doll.

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Gaby Rodriguez did it to challenge stereotypes. Her mother was a teen parent; and after being continually informed that she would never go to college – that she, too, would be a teen parent – she decided to fight back in her own special way.

During her sophomore year of high school, “she faked her own pregnancy as part of an elaborate social experiment designed to shatter stereotypes and teach a few lessons.”

And when Gaby's experiment concluded, she wrote a fascinating memoir.

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One woman, whose identity remained a mystery due to the psychiatric care she was receiving, did it due to a possible case of Pseudocyesis. She told her boyfriend she was having twins. Then she said she was having triplets. No, quadruplets. And finally … Quintuplets!

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The town began to support her, offering sponsorships, clothing, and furniture. But at 34 weeks, the couple went to the hospital, planning to meet their quintuplets. Instead, they received proof that the pregnancy was false.

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Her swollen belly was explained away with an increase of food, a pressed outwards belly, and a lack of potty breaks. Her water breaking? Urinary incontinence. Her lactating breasts? “That could result from intense nipple stimulation.”

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Humans aren't the only ones faking it … a giant Panda in China's Chengdu Breeding Research Centre did it for the extra food and air conditioning!

According to the recent article, “The Chinese news agency says that bears have been known to display signs of being pregnant after becoming aware of the preferential treatment.”

Poor panda. She just wanted some extra food and A/C. (We won't judge.)

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A fake pregnancy is no joke. It hurts relationships, damages emotions, and breaks all trust. But … there are folks who think it's the perfect April Fool's prank. If you're one of these individuals, you'll need to go all out.

Make sure you eat weird things, like Oreo cookies dipped in pickle juice and guacamole-pumpkin ice cream. Frequently excuse yourself to go to the bathroom. Perform some serious mood swings. Put a water-filled beach ball under your shirt. And fill out a registry.

If that's not enough to fool your loved ones, you can always purchase a fake belly and some ultrasounds, sonograms, and prescriptions at FakeaBaby.com (and in doing so, feel totally ashamed of yourself)!

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Do you know anyone that's faked a pregnancy? Have YOU ever faked it?

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Scandalously Fake Pregnancies – Who’s Doing It and Why

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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