Woman’s “baby bump” is actually a huge ovarian cyst

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    Sarah Upton could not understand why they are piling on the pounds.


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    It was only when the instructor in her weight class, pulled her to one side to ask if she was pregnant, that she went to the doctors and discovered she had a 27cm cyst on her left ovary.


A woman who seemed to be pregnant after piling on weight while on a diet went to the doctors, who discovered a meter wide ovarian cyst.

Sarah Upton, 29, could not understand why she was gaining weight and cut out milk and bread, amid fears she had an intolerance.

But after noticing a ‘baby bump’ during a gym session she went to the doctor and was admitted to the hospital.

The cyst then burst and she underwent a three hour operation to remove the 27-cm-wide growth – with a weight of a stone and a half.


Upton, a real estate office manager from Derby, now has a scar from her belly button to her bladder.

“Every Thursday I go to a gym class and lift weights,” Upton said. “During the lesson, you will be surrounded by mirrors and I thought I saw you pregnant, but hoped that nobody noticed. My stomach had swelled up to such an unusual size.”

“Then I spoke with the instructor and he said, ‘I need to ask you something. Either you are going to be offended if it’s true – Are you pregnant?'” she said.

“That was when I decided to go to the doctor and learned I had a cyst on my ovary, that is 27 inches wide,” Upton said. “I thought that I had been on a bit of weight with age, but began to worry when it continued to grow. I had to start wearing loose clothing because I could not fit in my outfits.”

Upton was in the hospital in August and on a drip after the cyst ruptured.

It marked the end of the gruelling five-month period, which included not able to digest food in the days before her surgery.


Upton and partner, Daisy Pridden, 21, still confused by her belly growth despite the amount of exercise she was doing.

After her fitness instructor asked if she was pregnant, Upton was even asked for a pregnancy test by doctors.

Upton usually went to the gym three times a week and had a healthy appetite – but she became shy, stopped training and started vomiting after the meal.

“They wanted to follow me on foot, and by this time I was experiencing a lot of pain in my left side and was sick after every meal,” she said. “I had a really healthy appetite for the hand I was always hungry and loved to eat. I ate really well and ate large meals in the evening.

“I knew what I had was really affecting my appetite. Before I found out I had a cyst that I began to lose my appetite,” Upton said. “When I thought I had IBS my appetite was not so good – I was not feeling hungry, but the food was good and was never able to complete the meals.”

“In the five days prior to the surgery I was not able to eat anything without getting sick,” she said. “My stomach felt really tight because it was so big and there was so much pressure.

“After it was removed, doctors told me that they could not weigh, because it was torn and this is contributing to the pain,” she said. “The doctors said that I would struggle to have children without the left ovary, but I will not be having children anyway. I am very relieved that the ordeal is over.”

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