Bizarre! Chennai woman declared 'not pregnant' after 'carrying a baby' for 8 months!

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Hasheena Begum reportedly took a urine pregnancy test at the Government Kasturba Gandhi Hospital, Triplicane, which came out positive

Pregnancy can be a truly blissful experience, especially when your doctors reassure you that your baby is doing well. But what happens when after nine months of carrying your 'baby' you realise that you weren't pregnant in the first place?

That's exactly what happened to Chennai-based 'expecting mum,' Hasheena Begum, 28.

That wasn't a baby in her belly

After eight months of carrying her 'healthy baby,' and just three days after the Estimated Due Date (EDD), Begum was reportedly informed that she was not pregnant at all! She was told that she was actually carrying a cyst, which was growing continuously in her belly.

This revelation has come as a shocker to the 'expecting mother' who said that when she took a urine pregnancy test at the Government Kasturba Gandhi Hospital, Triplicane, it came out positive.

She even shared that the hospital reportedly noted November 18 as her EDD, thereby further cementing their claim that she was pregnant.

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The Kannagi Nagar resident has been married for seven years and this was supposed to be her first baby. In fact, the family was so excited at the prospect of having a baby that Begum even had a baby shower.

"I didn't have a baby for seven years. I thought this was it. I even celebrated my baby shower," she told the media. She showed them a picture of herself in a silk saree, caressing her belly. She also claimed that while she came for several ultrasound scans, there was allegedly no record of the same with the hospital.

Although she was healthy, she had Poly-Cystic Ovary Disorder (PCOD) and underwent a procedure in January to remove a cyst.

What the experts said about Haseena's 'baby'

As Haseena recovers from this shocking revelation, Dr Vijaya S, gyneacologist, at the hospital says, "In three per cent of the cases, the urine pregnancy test could go wrong and hers would've been one of that."

She also adds, "I think she had psuedocyesis. It is a condition where the person believes she's pregnant, when she's actually not."

This is quite bizarre because the doctors are now suspecting that she may have actually come to the hospital for regular checkups or height and weight measurements and thought of it as pregnancy tests.

This is a strange explanation coming from the doctors who also claim that since they handle so many cases, it's often difficult to track if she left without the scans.

"The doctors may not have known if she left without doing the scan because the hospital is over-crowded. "Nearly 600 deliveries happen here every month and our maternal mortality rate is really low. There's barely a chance that we've missed an ultrasound on a patient like this," she said.

5 routine pregnancy scans

Needless to say, this case once again highlights the importance of a pregnancy scan. For the uninitiated, here are five pregnancy scans all expecting mothers must undergo:

  • Dating and viability scan: This scan is carried out between the sixth and the ninth week. It checks the position of the baby and the placenta inside the uterus.
  • Nuchal translucency (NT) scan: This pregnancy scan is carried out between 11 and 13 weeks and confirms any abnormality in the foetus.
  • Anomaly scan: This test is carried out between 18 and 20 weeks and is undertaken to check the foetal movements and its development.
  • Growth scan: This pregnancy scan is carried out between 28 and 32 weeks and checks the womb for overall development of the baby.
  • Colour Doppler scan: This pregnancy scan is carried out between 36 and 40 weeks. It is done to check your baby’s health, since by the end of the 38th week you are ready to deliver.

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Deepshikha Punj