From a Ghost Pregnancy (Negative Pregnancy Test) to Birthing a Very Real Baby Boy!

Boy born from phantom pregnancy

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Again, please make sure you seek your own professional medical advice on your pregnancy. I repeat, the information below has NOT been fact checked.*

My name is Neo Brown, I am 37, I live in the UK, I am married to an Analyst, and I am a mother of four. I am a musician and I am also studying for a maths degree.

I found school extremely boring, although I did quite well somehow. The teachers could never figure this out so they sent me for testing. I was found to have a very high IQ and was diagnosed as “gifted”(which basically means your idea of bliss is reading textbooks and studying piano sheet music), so my college teachers pushed me into going to medical school and I was tempted. I bought first-year medical textbooks instead of the makeup and teenage clothes my friends were into and actually taught myself quite a lot from almost constant medical and scientific reading.

But something bothered me.

Under almost every cause of the diseases, I read about were the words, ‘ethology unknown,’ meaning that doctors did not know what caused them. That was odd as if modern medicine was so great why could it not prevent disease by now? Because they did not know what caused it. So they treat the symptoms which often makes patients sicker, but hospitals make money from the “medicines” they provide. Follow the money trail. I became very disillusioned with medicine as a career, so I went into music.

I soon met and married a guy who seemed as bright as he was attractive (‘seemed’ being the operative word here) and we quickly got pregnant with our first child, but sadly he had a congenital disorder which left him unable to process calcium. He was born by planned section and passed away before I got to hold him. The doctors and nurses were lovely but we were living in Dublin at the time and frankly, everyone is lovely in Dublin. We were soon pregnant again but I was quite dim as I did not think to question the accepted views on pregnancy and childbirth, so just went along with the doctors.
I went a week overdue and arrived at the hospital in early labour. I was then induced and ended up having another Caesarean Section, as my body was nowhere near ready. Plus the hospital had really fed me scare stories as I had a previous section, so I just gave in. A beautiful baby girl soon followed by DS2, a planned third section two years later and DS3 less than 12 months after his brother! He was a surprise, though we felt very lucky.
The doctors had tried to push me into getting my tubes clipped after DS2 but I refused. My husband had promised me a tummy tuck after we had completed our family as I had stretched terribly after DS1 as I was full of fluid due to his illness. I looked like I had triplets, so my stomach was a mess. I had them tied during my section with DS3. After the operation, the doctor said that there was a lot of swelling on my tubes and she was worried the clips might come off in time. I just looked at her, holding my dear new son – through that “wonderful” haze of narcotic drugs they give you after a section, the ones that make your face swell and make you forget your name – and nodded stupidly. She didn’t offer any follow-up and frankly, I was too out of it to care. I had my tummy tuck eight months later.

Fast forward seven years to September 2012 and I had divorced 4 years earlier and remarried. I was doing quite well as a musician and working hard at my Open University maths degree. I had even worked part time as an Afro hair model all thanks to my tummy tuck. The very last thing on my mind was pregnancy or babies as I had my tubes tied and my new husband, though childless, was a good ten years older, and at 48 he was happy enough being a stepdad to my three which was just fine with me.

Until my cycle was a week late.

I remember it so well as I am NEVER late unless I am pregnant. But of course, I could not be pregnant. When it finally arrived it was a good two days shorter. That was odd, but I thought maybe it was pre-menopause as I was 36.
At the end of October, I started having really painful breasts that started to swell and morning sickness! I had been a size 8 to 10 for seven years but suddenly I had a small pot belly. So I cut out all carbs, hoping to lose the weight. Had a light cycle like clockwork in October and November, then one night in December I was sitting on the sofa with DH and something MOVED in my lower stomach. I actually shouted OW! It was such a shock and I’m sorry but after four full term pregnancies, I know what a baby moving feels like.

How could I be pregnant if my tubes were clipped and I had been getting my cycle, albeit 2 days shorter?! So I took a pregnancy test and it was negative. I was relieved, my pregnancy tests had always been strong positives a few days after a missed cycle, so I could not be pregnant. But the movement and sickness continued. After much internet searching, I realised that, yes, some women spot during pregnancy a bit like a normal cycle each month and that negative pregnancy tests are never 100% accurate. So I did the next logical thing. I bought a Doppler.

If the baby was big enough to move I would find its heartbeat. If not I’d just send it back to Amazon Prime – the Doppler, not the baby :-). Before it arrived I took a few more tests and sure enough I had two faint positives. I could not believe it! I know a line is a line as long as it has colour in it.
As soon as I got the Doppler I used it along with the tiny gel, and sure enough, the sound of galloping horses, unmistakable if you have ever heard it, and a readout of 136! That was SO not my heart beat. To make sure I took my pulse with my iPod and it was 72. As I was not great with the Doppler at first, I’d often lose his heartbeat, but I could clearly hear him swimming and kicking /punching the Doppler! I must have been around 3 months pregnant by then, but it was hard to tell without a dating scan and a cycle each month. I do know that I did not sleep with my husband after October as I suspected pregnancy and the monthly spotting/cycles made me nervous.
My husband, however, could not believe that I was pregnant as my tubes had been clipped and my belly was so tiny but that was due to the tummy tuck. Either way, he said unless he saw the baby on a scan he could not believe it. I found that stressful, but I understood so the next time I had my light cycle I went to A&E with my Doppler, saying I was pregnant and spotting. I knew they would scan me and DH would see his baby. I was very excited! This was to be the beginning of the real nightmare, I’d go as far as to say pure hell that would be the rest of my pregnancy all thanks to the good old British NHS.

They said they could not see a baby on the scan. They did a urine test and it was, of course, negative.
I got out my Doppler, applied my gel feeling the pitying eyes of the doctors, and there was his heartbeat, 141, but I kept losing it. One doctor grabbed my wrist and said it was my heart beat?!

Wait. I used to work in a gym. If my heart beat was 141 I would be out of breath and sweating, having just run around the block perhaps, which of course I had not. How could the doctor think my heart beat was 141?! We left speechless. Are doctors really that stupid?
I had had very bad abdominal adhesions and scarring with each section, it took over an hour to cut in to get my last baby out, I also had scarring from the tummy tuck. The tummy tuck made me carry very high and towards my back, all basic knowledge for anyone who gets pregnant after a tummy tuck. I also knew that I had a tipped uterus. So although I was around five months and baby should have been seen, they could not explain the movement, my growing tummy the few positive tests and why my heart beat was 141 without breaking a sweat!
The next month was a blur of us going back to the doctors asking for help and worrying that maybe the baby was an abdominal pregnancy. More research on pregnancy tests showed me that the Hook effect when you have too much HCG can cause a false negative on urine and blood tests. The sample has to be diluted by titration to obtain a true positive. The first time I tried this I got a strong BFP within seconds! I took the test to my GP and explained. He said that he had never heard of the Hook effect and there was no baby on the A&E scan. Meanwhile, I paid for two more scans, both said no baby, but no cysts cancers, tumours, nothing to explain my pregnant looking tummy. All organs looked normal. One doctor actually took pity and did my Doppler himself, found babies heartbeat, and I felt it kick. I went “Oh!” He was actually chasing the baby around my tummy! I said, “That’s a baby, right, it just kicked me?” He said “No way to tell without a scan,” so I ordered another. It was negative. One could not see clearly in the pelvic scan as it said my bladder was still full after emptying it, nothing on the internal scan but I now know your bladder has to be completely empty for that, which it was not, and that after 3 months the uterus cannot be seen clearly with a VS if you carry high and I was, as I would often feel the baby in my ribs from four months! I still felt movement, my children always felt it whilst sitting on my lap, and my Doppler, along with a finger pulse I had brought, showed 127 to 150 while my pulse was always less than 80. Nobody has two different heart beats!
My blood pressure started getting high due through all the stress from the doctors, I’m sure, so I brought a BP cuff to monitor it. Brewer was a smart guy so I kept away from doctors, drank more water, and ate more protein and lots of salt. Of course, my BP was perfect again within less than a week. I had no swelling. (Salt is vital for preeclampsia, high BP, and swelling prevention in pregnancy but doctors won’t tell you this.)
I soon realised that it was actually safer to have a normal birth rather than another section bringing me up to five. A book about VBAC called ‘Silent Knife,’ became my bible as did, ‘Unassisted Childbirth,’ by Laura Stanly, and my favourite, ‘Come Gently Sweet Lucinda,’ by Pat Carter, a women in the 50s who had all seven of her children at home, unassisted, with no pain and hardly any bleeding! She became my hero and seemed even feistier than I was (if that’s possible). I must have read over 20 books on childbirth and countless VBAC stories online. I also found the real life medical show, ‘I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant,’ a great help as these women like me had shorter cycles all through negative pregnancy tests, then suddenly had their babies as they had not trusted their instincts over medical opinion. 99.9% of mums and babies were fine and labour was normally less than a few hours. No five hour “pushing stage” flat on your back, increasing your blood loss and increasing the chance of tearing. These babies were born in less than five pushes. “Yes but it’s so much safer to give birth in a hospital!” No, it’s not. Doctors cause most of the problems that occur in labour, from Pectin to Epes, making you stay flat on your back which all contribute to a distressed baby. Then they “save” the baby with a section when all they have done at best is to fix, albeit rather brutally, the problems that they have, in fact, created. But I digress…
Despite what I was learning it was a very lonely time and I had zero support. We had just moved to a new town, I knew no one, and my DH believed the doctors, not my Doppler or my books. He thought I was crazy. We really almost split up. So I stopped talking about it and brought nothing for the baby. I felt guilty even going into Mothercare. I felt like a fraud. The medical “professions” lack of basic common sense completely robbed me of enjoying my pregnancy. My, how the medical system has brainwashed us! 60 years ago pregnancy was diagnosed with the detection of baby’s heartbeat before that movement felt by the mother and seen by others. Today if we don’t have 21 positive pregnancy tests, 3 of them blood and a clear ultrasound picture, we are not pregnant and if we do not accept this from the great God, I mean doctor, we at clearly psychotic.

7 months pregnant

I thought I was due in June but only had a few cramps. July they were every night, mainly back labour, with pain going down my legs but nothing I could not handle. I had long since got my birth supplies but DH thought I was mad wanting to have it alone with no medical help at home, so after weeks of arguing I went back to the doctor for him. I looked at least 8 months, was small everywhere else but I was in fact in pre-labour. She ordered loads of blood tests, I told her about the movement growing tummy, didn’t bring the Doppler. She didn’t even order a blood pregnancy test.
Ordered “one last” scan like she was doing me a favour. By then I knew that my uterus was anteverted and stuck to my small bowel. I also knew from basic physics that ultrasound waves cannot penetrate the bowel unless it’s turned very low, 3mhz or less. Normal fetal ultrasounds are at 15 MHz or more. I always heard baby on the Doppler as its only 1 MHz, but again doctors would not listen to this.
As my small bowel was in front of my uterus you could only feel it if I lay on my side. I asked the tech to please feel my tummy at the side as there was a huge mass extending from my pelvis up under my ribcage so if he saw nothing on the scan he would be wrong but he refused to say he wasn’t a doctor?! I was a few weeks from giving birth and no baby was seen on the scan only a watery cervix. Dah, that’s normal just before labour. Last GP visit and most humiliating of all: Bloods came back perfect. No hormone problems, no reason for my pregnant belly. I tried to do my Doppler and finger pulse as the GP refused to do it and ignored me while I was trying. She said it was just weight gain and I needed to see a shrink as the pregnancy was in my head. I laughed in utter shock! I had had contractions on and off for weeks by then, I’d even lost bits of show but I might as well have been saying, “twinkle twinkle,” for all the good it did. I was not rude, I did not even threaten to sue. I remember saying that if the baby could not be born normally as I was starting to fear as I was at least 43 weeks by then, that we could both die as if god forbid, he died inside me and doctors wouldn’t help I would become very sick. She said it wouldn’t happen as I was not pregnant. She said it very slowly as if I were four years old.

So we left. DH believed me by then, he was being more than supportive. He works for himself and his work was really beginning to suffer as he was constantly worrying about me. The children were great, I wore very baggy clothes. We just told them mummy was having a baby but we were not sure when.
Mid-July the contractions got stronger I had not eaten much all day and it was very hot. I suddenly started to shake and started being sick. I was sick 7 times in an hour. My vision became blurred like a migraine. I knew it was dehydration, I could hardly speak! DH called the ambulance, I somehow told them I was pregnant but doctors said that I was not. I did my Doppler as they took my pulse, the guy said, “That is a different heartbeat from your own but I can’t diagnose a baby?!” I didn’t care I just wanted to get a shot to stop the sickness. At A&E the back labour continued and I could not sit still. I got the shot, they did a scan and saw nothing. I had brought my Doppler but no gel, they had wiped it off from the 30-second scan. I begged them to give me gel, so I could prove baby’s heartbeat but they refused. They said it would “enforce my delusion” and gave me pain killers. I could not walk as the back labour was that bad, but they sent me home. I mean you could not make it up!
They had given me Codeine, which I later found out, very dangerous during labour. My labour stopped in the morning.
The next few weeks were the worst of my life. I sent my three to stay with their dad for the holidays as felt I was waiting to die. As the labour would stop and start I was convinced he couldn’t get out, would die inside and I would follow him due to blood poisoning. If the doctors would not help me when I went in with early labour how would they help me if I lost him? If there was suddenly no sound on the Doppler at all?
All I could do was Pray. Doctors were idiots. They had more than proved that. Now it was on my medical records that I had a phantom pregnancy yet WebMD stated a phantom pregnancy could be ruled out when a fetal heartbeat was heard separate from the mothers. I could prove that with my own Doppler and finger pulse but they refused to listen! It was such a dark and frightening time.

But joy cometh in the morning.

Early August 12 2013 when I was at least 47 weeks pregnant, I had frankly lost count, I woke to strong cramp like tightening. I sat up and my water broke in a trickle! I rushed to the bathroom, luckily DH was asleep. It all happened so quickly. Whilst on the toilet, my water pouring, I felt a huge shift inside as if the baby was ready to launch! My body seemed to take over and within 6 pushes he was out and in my arms! I could not believe it! It was already warm, at 6.35, when he was born but DH found me shaking like a leaf in shock I think, clutching my beautiful new baby boy! He did not cry but was looking around and was a healthy pink with lots of dark wavy hair.
The rest is a blur. I remember DH putting a blanket around us, baby going for the breast, the relief when mild contractions brought the placenta out which we put in a bowl and DH carried it while I carried the baby to the bedroom. We did not cut the cord. Partly as it’s safer for baby and partly as I knew the ambulance guys would have to cut it as if not I was convinced the hospital would think I had stolen the baby as I had been there how many times and they had said the baby I had just delivered after 4 sections was a phantoms pregnancy! You can never be too careful with these people.
The look on the l&d staff’s faces was almost comical. I refused to let them take him to “examine” as he was obviously fine and fed for almost an hour before we called the ambulance. I made them examine him in front of me. Some consultant came to personally apologise to us. My DH was gracious, he was just so happy with his baby son, but I told the doctor, “save it for our solicitors”.
We left after an hour and I could not stop smiling. I felt great!

Many women have cryptic pregnancies. I was one of the lucky ones but many, mainly due to the abusive way doctors treat and disregard them are not so lucky. To share my story and what I have learned I have created a Yahoo! Group called Pregnantbutnegativetests. Please join this group if you are going through this type of pregnancy or if you are in health care and have not yet lost your common sense.

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Neo Brown (3 Posts)

My name is Neo Brown, I am 37, I live in the UK, I am married to an Analyst, and I am a mother of four. I am a musician and I am also studying for a maths degree.

To join the Yahoo! Group, Pregnantbutnegativetests, send an email to and follow the instructions provided, or go to to sign up online.

  • Carol Cameleon

    I read that with raised eyebrows and my mouth open wide in shock! Congratulations on so many levels…

  • Neo

    Thank you carol.

    You won’t believe how many women are going through this! The only real way to confirm is with a doppler & a finger pulse done at the same time to prove the second heat beat above 120 cant possibly be yours.
    Its rare but scans can miss a baby if you have deformities in the abdomen caused by operations like repeat c sections or a tt. Its so sad as on my yahoo group all drs treat the women like dirt. They often point blank refuse to even listen to the doppler & finger pulse as they did with me. Its horrifying!

  • Kayla

    I love your story and I’ve been treated the same way. I’m nervous about labor because I don’t know how to go about it. Go to the er? Just stay home?

  • leigh

    I’m 20 weeks pregnant and all urine tests are negative. I went to a free clinic and told them I though I was pregnant. Dr did a urine test and it came back negative. Dr told me I was making it up and that I was just fat. Well that was when I was 3 months along. Now at almost 5 months feeling all the kicks punches and rolls. Now just have to find a dr to do an u/s or blood test and one who will listen.

  • Dion

    Thank you much for sharing!! I feel I’m in the same boat, however my family doesn’t believe me, and I can’t afford to rent a Doppler. The father is separated from wife for 7yrs but still married. I am positive but same with your hubby, he believes the doctors as they are saying I’M PERFECT! I haven’t bought anything and a little afraid to fully embrace it. I’m not a candidate for phantom movement as I have never been pregnant but I feel and hear and see and FEEL. your story had given me something to hold on TO! I don’t know how you feel about signs, but the day I believe I conceived is the day your son was born. I’m glad your son is healthy. If possible please help me survive this, my email is Thank you so very much.

  • N.Alexander

    I am in the exact same situation as Neo. For five months I have been trying to get help from the doctors as I Knew 100% that I was expecting. I am in my 40’s and I have three children, after the last child I got my tubes tied. When I first suspected I was pregnant I took a pg test which came back negative so I put it out my mind plus I was still getting a period although it had decreased to only a day and a half. Because I had my tubes tied, neg test and periods the doctors dismissed my suspensions even with my ever increasing abdomine. I was thyoughly confused because dispite what the evidence was showing, I know what it feels like to be pregnant. I was obsessed with finding answers and learned that yes you could get preg after a tubal ligation; yes you can be preg and have a neg test because of the hook effect; and yes you can be preg and still have a period. The doctors thought I was nuts but had no explanation as to why I appeared to be preg. They finally agreed to do an ultra sound. The tech was the rudest one I’ve ever incountered. She did a 3 min ultrasound and announced that i had a severly tipped uterus, and that there was no baby there. At this point I began to think that maybe I was crazy. If there was a baby in there, surely it would have been seen. It was two days later that my aunt told me about Neo’ story. Upon reading it, I burst into tears, feeling that I had someone to relate to; and that I most certainly was NOT crazy. Two weeks after that I went to another doctor hoping that they would believe me or at least listen for a heartbeat. What they did upon hearing my story was do more preg test along with every other test they could think of. They were very pleased to tell me that I was the healthiest person they’d seen all week and that there was absolutely nothing wrong with me. They could not explain why I am 5’4″ with a small frame and weighing 130lb and appeared to be 6 moths pregnant. With all their puzzlement they still refused to listen for a heartbeat( which was my main request) because I was still having a neg preg test. My fiancé, who has been my number one supporter, and I have decided that we are pretty much on our own. We have read numerous books on home births, in case it comes to that. As I write this now, I am 27 weeks and 5 days along, by my calculations. I am a runner and vegetarian and am in the best shape of my life. I get kinda bummed that we can’t really share this the way we’d like because to most it is unbelievable, so there will be no shower or even little gifts or support given cause no one really knows what’s going on. I wish all the best of luck who are going through similar situations; with enough of us coming forth, it will force the med profession to learn to look outside the box and maybe even get back to basics…namaste.

  • N.Alexander

    Educate yourself and your partner as much as possible on having a home birth in case it comes to that. I never planned to have one but after all the books and videos I’ve watched I am now all for it; so much more enjoyable and personal and for tons of women safer…who’d a thought it!

  • r porterfield

    I am so grateful for your story although I’m sorry you were treated so badly! I live in the US and I am going through this now. Home tests and blood test show negative…I’m losing my mind. I can’t even imagine going though the entire pregnancy without anyone to help! I have four other children including twins and all pregnancies were strong right away so i had answers. I got online to see about the negative tests (I mean, I KNOW what it is like to be pregnant) and I am so shocked to see how many women go through this! They make it sound like it’s so rare. I wouldn’t believe it myself if I was not going through it myself!

  • N.Alexander

    If you dont mind me asking, How far along would you guesstimate that you are, and what has been the reaction of the doctors. Btw I live in the U.S as well; California to be exact.

  • Hi Alexander & r porterfield.

    Are you both in my yahoo group now? Only i have so many women join & some go under different names for obviouse reasons.

    If you have not already please find me at : yahoo group health : pregnantbutnegativetests where there are over 80 women going through the exact same thing: they ARE pregnant but all tests,even scans are negative & as a result they are all being forced to go unassisted.

    You couldn’t make it up!

    I would love to chat to you ladies & anyone else who is going throught this & yahoo group is the place to do it as for me, to discuss it all here is a bit too public as any minute now, as with my other articles, some smart Alice is going to try & comment that its ” impossible” to be pregnant with negative tests or that ” its all in our heads” & i really have no time at this stage for those kinds of idiotic observations when this is MUCH MUCH bigger than anyone would ever care to admit.
    so please ladies, if you have not already, come & join me there.

    I would also love to hear from women who have been pregnant for 12 months or more. One lady in my group has been prgnant for 19 months & counting! Again, i would not believe this had i heard of it just a few years ago, but it is the truth.

    We have all BEEN LIED TO. As: yes YOU CAN be pregnant with a healthy baby & have negative tests & scans

    & Yes

    YOU CAN be prgnant for 12 months or MORE with the same child.

    So please do remind me, ob/gyn drs & midwives if you are reading this: what EXACTLY do we need you for if you have lieing to the whole of the females population for years?! Decades even?!

    Nothing. Thats what, absolutely nothing.

    & by the time i have finished dear ob/gyn drs & you “med” wives you will all be out a job & on the jam role.

    See you on my yahoo group ladies!


  • N.Alexander

    I just sent a request to join the group tonight. I anxiously await an approval message!

  • sangeetha

    Very informative and nicely put.
    Trust instincts not the medicos who are also humans.

    Congratulations to you!!
    I really cannot fathom your pain /the feeling throughout the unassisted pregnancy,you are one of those heroes who do everytHing for another life- your baby.

  • Alice Forquer

    Hi Neo….my name is Alice. I believe I am experiencing a cryptic pregnancy. Both blood and urine test come back negative. I also have an irregular period each month only lasting 2 days. My beat have gotten much larger, I have red freckles all over my body,my veins are more apparent, nasal congestion for the past 5 months,and so emotional. I went to the ER a couple of weeks ago and had blood work done, transvaginal ultrasound after they took an xray.They sent me home saying everything was normal. I got copies of the test and the ultrasound tech couldn’t find my left ovary. …my uterus is resuspended to my tail bone. I feel things in my uterus but keep telling myself I’m not pregnant. I would greatly appreciate you advice.

  • Hi Alice.

    It sure sounds like you are pregnant. The scan will not see your baby if your uterus has positioned itself so far towards your back. The tech would need to press REALLY hard to find the baby & they will not do that as your tests are negative.

    So they do not think you are pregnant.

    Its common for ovaries not to be seen if you are pregnant. You may be carrying very high up inside the abdomen ( but inside the uterus ) as i was. They could not visualise my left ovary ether funnily enough, when i had a negative scan at around 8 months.

    A cryptic pregnancy is beyond stressful & you will not find one dr , gp, midwife or nurse who wants to help.

    You see, their poor little ignorant minds just can not comprehend the fact that a women can be pregnant with negative tests & scans.

    Please come & join my yahoo group pregnantbutnegativetests & we can speak more there, as at the moment my group is the only place women with a CP can go to get real help & advice.


  • Jo

    Hi my names Jo, I didnt know what a crytive pregnancy was until read your story and comments, Im 42 and 7 weeks pregnant, have had -urine and blood tests and i think my doctor thinks I imagining it all as test negative and hcg low in bloods, will be going back to drs on monday to complain and to see if another dr will listen to me, I know Im only in the early stages but im worried that I wont have any prenatal care until its time to give birth!, Jo, Leicestershire

  • Ashley

    Thank you for posting your story. I have been through what you went through. The worst part was the lack of support from doctors, family and friends. The joy of pregnancy was taken away by proving the pregnancy. I read your article when I was going through my journey and it gave me hope that I wasn’t alone and I wasn’t crazy. I wrote a book about my journey and the consciousness we all need to have during a time of birth and the miracle behind it.Thank you again for sharing your Empowering story with the world via the web.

  • Advocate

    Hello Ashley, have you given birth? How many weeks were you when you gave birth? What is the name of your book? There is a pregnancy support group on facebook, cryptic pregnancy support group. If you would share your story, this will be very encouraging to the ladies that are going through this, all around the world. Many of the ladies have gone over their due dates. You may give them an array of hope that they will make it through this thing called “cryptic pregnancy”.

  • Advocate

    Hello Ashley,
    I was hoping that you would post more details about your experiences with this and your story. Many women are going through this. However, the number of women that come back to share their experience is very minimal. Neo has be an exception. We would love to hear details of your story. Also, I am willing to bet that many of the women here and on other forums are willing to support your book. Many of the women going through this, had never heard of or experienced anything like this. I am sure you can identify with the lack of support from the medical community, friends, and family. Neo has a group but there is also a group of about 47 women who are battling with this, who are in Suzanne’s Wheat’s cryptic support group–you may find it on facebook. I look forward to hearing your story. Thank you in advance and by the way, I am elated to know that it sounds like you and your baby survived “cryptic pregnancy”. Therefore, it would be a blessing to hear from someone who has had a baby and hear your perspective. If you wish to contact me directly you may do so at

  • Advocate

    Hello Leyla,
    Experiencing a cryptic pregnancy can be very stressful, as you can see from all of the women who have posted here on this site. Would you send Ashley an email and inform her that there are several ladies that would love hear more about her story if she does not mind sharing? It appears that she does not log on to this site very often.

    We would like to know if she went over her due date and perhaps did she deliver at home.

    We do not want her information, if possible she can post directly to this site, whichever works best for her. Thanks, Leyla

  • Rebecca Done

    Ladies, How comforting it is to hear your stories. PLEASE-keep updating these post with your results, pregnant or not. I am going through the same thing. All negative tests but I know I’m 13 weeks. I have officially switched to maternity clothes. It is so important to share this information. I am keeping a blog about my experience. If interested, you can read it at

    • Cristal Lujan DH

      Rebecca, I am very curious as to why you decided to delete your very informative and real blog documenting your experience in discovering you were not pregnant? It helped me so much when I was experiencing, healing, and moving past my very real Phantom Pregnancy. I am sure it helped so many women figure out the truth and continue to look for real answers from qualified individuals in modern medicine about their individual pregnancy. Maybe in the future we can work together or maybe I can interview you about your experience. Hope you are well! Thank you!

  • Nic

    Hi Neo & all,

    I’m in the very early stages – approx. 9 weeks. I have so many symptoms, and sure enough my stomach is starting to pop a little, but I can’t get a positive test and my bloods are negative.

    I’ve seen two doctors now who are telling me its a phantom! I even asked if your cervix moves up and you experience the CM with a phantom. She said, possibly. I’ve even had slight ligament pains which she felt and said it felt like round ligaments. No one wants to do anything else…

    So, my partner and I are booked in for a private scan tomorrow morning – for anyone who isn’t sure I would strongly recommend. They don’t need a blood test etc before doing the scan and anything they find can be passed on to your doctor with your permission.

    This is such a strange experience but I have every intention of showing my scan to my doctor if/when they find something. The way doctors treat you in this situation criminal. I even told them my Aunt didn’t get a positive till 10 weeks – they just look at me like I’m lying.

    Anyway, all will be revealed tomorrow! Good luck everyone and happy 9 months! X

  • Advocate

    Hello all that are experiencing this you will find a very supportive group on facebook’s public page. (Cryptic Pregnancy Support Group) Send Suzzane Wheat your stories, she has a secret group that can not be seen by the general public. This is a very supportive group, you will not be judged there.

  • Treasure

    Hi Neo, I just read your story now about been pregnant and no positive result. Am so amazed because I and my husband are currently confused      right now,may be your advice can give us hope again. I have been married for 3years now but no children yet, In August this year I missed my period since then we have been doing pregnancy test but they all come out negative. I have done urine test like 4times but negative, I did blood test 3times but negative, I did ultrasound and also blood test to check for any infection or disease they found noting wrong with me. The only thing they told us after ultrasound was that they found particles but they are not sure. We are confused because am 4month gone now. Another thing is that every month when is exactly 1week before the date am supposed to see my period, I always feel a very serious pain and it will last for like 3days and it will disappear again but no blood will come out. My tommy feels heavy and big most times and also I think I feel movement at times. Please we need advice on what next to do. We believe in God also that it is pregnancy.   Thank you.

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  • leaafa

    I suggest you all read this
    This exposes Neo Brown and her lies. She never gave birth, her story is false and I advise anyone who follows her to seek proper medical advice rather than listen to her lies.

    • Raesha Williams

      Shut up with your lies. You have been harassing and stalking Neo on every site that she has been on. Isn’t taking her husband from her enough? Move on with your life you bitter creep.

      • leaafa

        SHE WAS NEVER MARRIED and I did not steal her man, he went off with a woman who is NOT me because he hated her and made his life hell. SOON she will be legally dealt with for claiming she was married to her ex and lying about the baby in this story which was NEVER born and does NOT exist. And you need some serious help yourself for keep defending this lunatic all over the net. I provided the proof on my blog, it proves Neo Brown is a liar and her ex will deal with her legally once he is well enough

        • Raesha Williams

          Umm if you can call that proof. Your arguments are completely emotional and personal. They are not factual whatsoever. You are obviously obsessed with this woman which is not healthy by the way. You have not discredited anything but instead comes off as a jealous woman who is obsessed with trying to discredit this one woman.

  • Vishu

    I never read long articles, but right now u r like a hero for me, after read this I m feeling so better, u inspired me…thank u
    God bless

  • How are you ladies getting on? Did you get your baby in the end??

  • Denise Trudel

    I hade the same thing happen to me I’m 21 weeks pregnant all hcg test came back negative I have a Anterior placenta it doesn’t pick up hcg level the placenta is in planted behind your belly button I fond this out I had so many doctors tell me I was crazy I need professional help my husband paid for a 3d sonagram there was the baby girl right behind the placenta healthy baby 21 weeks pregnant so go for a 3 d sonagram u will see the baby and I have a lawsuit on all the doctors

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