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It should not be confused with false pregnancy, where the woman mistakenly believes that she is pregnant.
Women who wish to look pregnant, generally for social or psychological purposes, have the option of body suits and the like to wear under their clothes. It can be done by using pillows or pads, or light-weighing, small balls with a round shape to simulate a pregnant abdomen.
Empathy Bellies, created by Birthways Inc., are a special body suit available by mail order to imitate a pregnancy, including enlarged belly and breasts. It is capable of producing fetal-like movement as if the wearer felt an unborn baby move. Empathy Bellies were designed as a tool to teach people, including males, what it is like to be pregnant.
Women may also use artificially supplied hormones to cause their bodies to effectively experience a false pregnancy.
- In women
The reasons for a woman to desire a simulated pregnancy vary greatly from one individual to another. It could be an intellectual curiosity on one end, a cosmetic effect or social experiment, or part of a larger psychological issue.
- In men
There are men who may want to dramatize a simulated pregnancy. Since natural-born males cannot get pregnant, they may wish to experience what many women have experienced, either out of intellectual curiosity or a deeper psychological urge.
- Couvade syndrome
- Crossdressing (Transgender and transvestite issues of pregnancy roleplaying and birth simulation).
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