What is a cryptic pregnancy?
Can you be pregnant and not know it? The answer is yes, even if you’ve taken pregnancy tests and seen your doctor. Cryptic pregnancy is exactly what it sounds like — a seemingly mysterious pregnancy that goes unnoticed right up until labor begins.
Sometimes called a “stealth pregnancy,” cryptic pregnancies often don’t cause typical pregnancy symptoms. If they do cause symptoms such as fatigue or nausea, they’re mild enough to pass as an upset stomach or a temporary illness.
There are a few reasons why cryptic pregnancies occur. Typically, cryptic pregnancies happen to people who have hormonal imbalances — either due to natural causes, hormonal birth control, or approaching perimenopause.