Bloated mother, 25, is mistaken for being pregnant due to a condition dubbed ...

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An extremely bloated mother is constantly mistaken for being pregnant due to a condition dubbed 'endo belly'.

Amelia Veitch suffers from endometriosis, which occurs when cells in the lining of the womb grow outside the uterus.

In her case, the cells have developed in her ovaries, causing severe bloating below her stomach and leaving her in excruciating pain.

Bloating is common during women's menstrual cycles, but for those who are battling endometriosis, it is more severe and tends to worsen throughout the day

Ms Veitch, a bank worker from Southend-on-Sea in Essex, is forced to take time off work when she becomes so bloated her clothes don't fit.

Amelia Veitch suffers from endometriosis, which occurs when cells in the lining of the womb grow outside the uterus

Amelia Veitch suffers from endometriosis, which occurs when cells in the lining of the womb grow outside the uterus

In her case, the cells have developed in her ovaries, causing severe bloating below her stomach and leaving her in excruciating pain

 In her case, the cells have developed in her ovaries, causing severe bloating below her stomach and leaving her in excruciating pain

The condition, which affects one in 10 women with varying severity, causes her stomach to bloat, particularly when she's on her period

The condition, which affects one in 10 women with varying severity, causes her stomach to bloat, particularly when she's on her period

The illness has left Ms Veitch struggling to take care of her daughter, Ava-Grace, five, at times

The illness has left Ms Veitch struggling to take care of her daughter, Ava-Grace, five, at times

The mother revealed her symptoms get worse when she's on her period, causing her immense embarrassment. 

She said: 'There were times at work when my uniform wouldn't even fit, and that's when I have had to call in sick. People would say 'congratulations' and ask me when my baby is due.

'Even random people in the street look at my stomach and say congratulations. Sometimes I correct them, but it drags me down - it's confidence knocking.

'I bloat when I'm tired, after sex, when I'm ovulating, on my period. It affects everything I do, it affects my partner. The only clothes I fit into are pyjamas.'

Ms Veitch was diagnosed with the condition in November 2018, despite suffering with debilitating symptoms since the age of nine.

Endometriosis is a condition and affects one in 10 women in the UK with varying levels of severity.

Other symptoms include migraines, chronic fatigue, heavy periods and severe constipation.

Ms Veitch said the misplaced pregnancy comments have hit her especially hard as she has suffered three miscarriages because the condition also affects fertility.

She said her daughter suffers with separation anxiety because she spends so much time either in bed. Ms Veitch credits her partner Chris (pictured together) for keeping the family functioning

She said her daughter suffers with separation anxiety because she spends so much time either in bed. Ms Veitch credits her partner Chris (pictured together) for keeping the family functioning

Ms Veitch said the misplaced pregnancy comments have hit her especially hard as she has suffered three miscarriages because the condition also affects fertility

Ms Veitch said the misplaced pregnancy comments have hit her especially hard as she has suffered three miscarriages because the condition also affects fertility

The mother (pictured with Chris) said: 'Correcting people who think I'm pregnant mentally gets me down. It really takes its toll. I have difficulty conceiving'

The mother (pictured with Chris) said: 'Correcting people who think I'm pregnant mentally gets me down. It really takes its toll. I have difficulty conceiving'

Ms Veitch was diagnosed with the condition in November 2018, despite suffering with debilitating symptoms since the age of nine

Ms Veitch was diagnosed with the condition in November 2018, despite suffering with

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