"It is obvious to have a bulgy stomach when you are pregnant. But it is a weird feel when your tummy looks pregnant even though you are not!" There are many women who complain about having a stomach that makes them look like pregnant. "Why do I look pregnant when I am not?" If you too are one of those women who is looking for an answer to this wondering question then this article would be a helpful read for you. We will talk about the conditions which would make you look pregnant even without being so. Find out the causes and some solutions to the causes which can bloat your tummy out or make you look like pregnant without being pregnant in real.


Why Do I Look Pregnant When I Am Not? Causes!

Why Do I Look Pregnant When I Am Not? Causes!

So, if you are looking for the number of causes which can make you look pregnant when you are not; then here is the section that would help you find your causes that can make you look pregnant or can bloat your tummy out as if you are 4-5 months pregnant.

  1. Constipation Can Make You Look Pregnant When You Are Not!

    One of the common causes that can make you look pregnant without being in your real pregnancy is constipation. Yes! It is very obvious that you will have your stomach out if you are suffering from constipation due to any reason. Maybe you actually have the problem of constipation, or maybe you are living with a preschooler and unable to use your toilet seat that makes a room for all those to-be-discharged stuffs in your stomach and make you look like pregnant. That sounds pretty funny, but it ain't that funny in real when someone stares your stomach and asks about your pregnancy even though you are not.

    Solution: You better know the solutions for constipation! Don't skip your meal, make sure you are having proper bowel movements everyday and in case of severe constipation, make a doctor's visit for his prescribed medications. You can take a healthy probiotic that would help you in proper digestion and keep you away from constipation.

  2. Undigested Carbohydrates Can Cause You To Look Pregnant When You Are Not!

    Here we will talk about one more cause that can make you look pregnant even though you are not. Sometimes you may have a big belly because of the undigested carbohydrates. Some people usually have a difficult time digesting specific types of carbohydrates which are commonly referred to as FODMAPS or Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-Saccharides and Polyols. These FODMAPS are present in certain fruits, vegetables, artificial sweeteners, fructose insulin fiber, dairy and in wheat. These types of carbohydrates are difficult to break down and in case they make their way in partially digested or an undigested manner through your digestive tract then they may cause a lot of problems which include pain and bloating of the stomach. So, you may look pregnant even without being so; if you have undigested carbohydrates.


    Solutions: Avoid taking foods that contain undigested carbohydrates and which can bloat your stomach or make you look pregnant even without your pregnancy.

  3. Looking Pregnant When You Are Not Can Be Caused Due To Celiac Disease!

    Have you heard of Celiac's disease? This can also be a cause for bloating. Your stomach may bloat and make you look pregnant if you have Celiac's disease.


    Solution: A gluten-free diet would help you in Celiac's disease. You can go for the best treatment as prescribed by your doctor for Celiac's disease that can make you look pregnant though you are not. However, from your side you can try to avoid gluten in our diet if you have Celiac's disease.

  4. Overeating Can Make You Look Pregnant When You Are Not!

    There comes the party in house! Or may be a grand function where you are excited about gulping up all your favorite food stuffs in the most entertaining way. And guess what you end up with! Yes! That big tummy as if you are carrying all your weight in your stomach. So, by this you must have guessed that overeating can also be one more cause that your tummy gets swollen, looks bigger and makes you look pregnant though you are not.

    Solution: The simplest and best solution to this cause is DO NOT OVEREAT. In case you unknowingly had a lot of meals; do not forget to have a moderate workout or simply a short walk nearby.

  5. Hormonal Changes Can Make You Gain Weight In Stomach Area Only Causing You To Look Pregnant When You Are Not!

    There can also be some hormonal causes for the bloating of your stomach. You may have a lower tummy bloat because of changes in hormones; especially after baby birth, or if you have been using birth control pills for long etc. A bloated stomach can be mostly seen in the menopausal women because a lot of hormonal changes occur with menopause and that can be the culprit. Estrogen hormone plays a big role here. This hormone helps in water retention that occurs naturally as a part of menstruation cycle in women. However, as the estrogen hormone level comes down during or after menopause; there is also a reduction in retention of water and this leads to bloating. Moreover, estrogen also helps in bile production that helps is proper digestion. However as there is a reduction in estrogen production after menopause, the bile production also reduces and so also decreases the proper functioning of digestive system. This leads to constipation and can be another reason for a bloated stomach and make you look pregnant without you actually being so.

    Solution: There are a lot of alternative and natural medicines for maintaining a balance in the hormonal change caused due to menopause and aids you fighting against bloating in the most safest, effective and natural manner. However, for hormonal causes that can lead you to a big belly; you must go for a doctor's concern so that he or she might appropriately diagnose you and prescribe the relevant treatments for you. Simultaneously go for appropriate exercises under an expert trainer who can guide you best in reducing the big belly appropriately in a systemic manner.

  6. Diastasis Recti—A Medical Condition That Makes you Look Pregnant When You Are Not!

    Diastasis recti is one more condition which may make you look pregnant even without you being pregnant. This is a condition where you have a protruding stomach and it is actually the condition where there is a separation of the abdominal muscles. Though this condition is seen mostly after pregnancy, most women are also prone to this abdominal separation where there is a bulging stomach and the woman looks like pregnant even without being pregnant.

    Solution: It must be noted that diastasis recti usually can be treated effectively with specific exercises; however there are also some exercises which can worsen the condition. In case you want to come out of the bulging stomach due to diastasis, be sure you avoid the traditional abdominal exercises like crunches, planks and situps which can put extra pressure on your abdominal muscles and make things worse in abdominal separation.

    Go for exercises that strengthens your abdominal muscles; that doesn't pull your abdominal muscles apart but that gets them closer and makes you reduce your stomach. You can try one simple exercise anytime you wish for and you can also do it while sitting all throughout the day. All you need to do is pull your belly button as if you are trying to put on the zip of your tight jeans. Simply pull your belly button in as far as possible by you. Doing this several times in a day can help you reduce your belly. Additionally you can also wear an abdominal splint for the best results.

  7. Can Stress Cause You To Look Pregnant Even Though You Are Not?

    One more cause that can make you look pregnant even without being so, is excessive stress. Yes! You read it right. Excessive stress in life can also get you a big belly and make you look like you are pregnant. Added to it; the way you eat and breathe contributes to the cause and can make your belly bulge out even more. Excessive eating, mouth breathing along with dealing excessive stress can make you gain weight in stomach are only and make you look pregnant.

    Solution: Stress goes on; but so also the life! Isn't it very real that even with lot of worries, stress and tensions; our life continues. Why take extra loads when you know loads and stress are natural as natural as the life process. Keep things cool and calm, do regular exercises, healthy diet, breath fresh air and have some time for self to enjoy and release stress out of your head. Sharing nice time with friends, talking to close ones and being engaged with some pleasurable hobbies along with meditation can help you greatly in relieving stress. And so, here we have the solution to one more cause that can bloat your stomach and make you look pregnant even without you being pregnant in real.

  8. Other Causes That Can Make You Look Pregnant Even Though You Are Not!

    Are you a mouth breather? If yes then you have one more cause with you reserved that can make you look pregnant even without being pregnant. Apart from this there are other causes which can get you a stomach that looks like you are pregnant even though you are not. Some of the causes can be drinking via a straw, drinking carbonated drinks, talking while eating and also chewing gums.

    Solution: Sometimes you may have real problems in breathing through nose and that would make you a mouth breather. In such a case, go for a proper diagnosis and have the best treatment for it. And for other absurd things like chewing gums, drinking carbonated drinks etc; you just need to stop doing them.


Hope this was pretty beneficial for you! Don't worry for the weird thing your stomach gets you and makes you look pregnant even without your pregnancy. There are causes and solutions to everything. Go for the best solutions that suit you and your cause for a big belly. You will be right standing there tall with your flat and happy tummy!

Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:


Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: January 29, 2019

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer


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