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Phantom Pregnancy

Claim: Woman faked quintuplet pregnancy

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By FOX NEWS - A Canadian woman who said she was carrying quintuplets wasn't pregnant and her boyfriend is devastated. Only when Barbara Bienvenue, 37, showed up to deliver her babies at a Quebec hospital last week did a nurse inform the man that there was no pregnancy.

"She let me choose the names," boyfriend Paul Servat, 35, told the Toronto Sun while sobbing. "I lost everything, it was my whole life." Now she's receiving psychiatric care and he's refusing to see her again, CTV reports.

Bienvenue first told him in September that she was having twins, then triplets, quadruplets, and quintuplets. She even grew a big belly and had morning sickness, Fox News reports.

But doctors say she was experiencing a "phantom pregnancy" or pseudocyesis—a rare disorder that gives a woman pregnancy symptoms for months or even years when there's no baby.

Now Servat plans to return or give away gifts they received thanks to a Facebook page about her pregnancy. "Not only has he lost someone he had fallen in love with, but also ... babies who had become his 'joie de vivre,'" read a post on the now-defunct page.

(On the flip side, one woman who thought she was having triplets recently birthed four babies instead.)
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