Why its shape, how to take care of your skin at this stage, what changes in it are normal and which require talking to the doctor… Find out.
When do you start to notice?
Almost all future moms are looking forward to their guts to show off. It is like permanently hanging a sign with the good news.
In the first trimester the gut grows below the navel and you will have the feeling of being swollen, rather than pregnant. In other words: you will notice that the gut has begun to increase, but with the clothes on, it is rare for others to realize.
Upon reaching the fourth month the waist is rounded. And from the sixth, which is when the fetus begins to gain weight faster, the gut grows above the navel.
From then on it will come out from under your chest and will continue like this until a few weeks before delivery, when the baby descends into the pelvis.
In any case, a young woman will be noticed before she is in her first pregnancy and stays in shape than another older woman who has already had more children.
Why is it like that on the outside?
The guts of pregnant women are more or less evident depending on their volume and shape. This notoriety depends on several factors:
- Abdominal muscles. What most influences a “high” or “low” belly is the number of children the woman has had. When the abdomen is very toned, the gut tends to be high. On the other hand, if the abdomen is lax from previous pregnancies, the gut is usually lower and prominent.
- The position of the fetus. If the little one is placed transversely, the gut is wider; if it stands up, it is flatter, and if the fetus is placed upside down, it seems more weepy. There is no relationship between the sex of the baby and the shape of the gut.
- Maternal morphology.Large women with wide hips tend to have less guts than small women with narrow hips. Another circumstance that also makes the belly more noticeable is the curvature of the back. In some women there is a very marked lumbar lordosis that causes the abdomen to be continuously pressed outward, which gives the gut a larger appearance.
- Previous pregnancies. Not only because of the laxity of the muscles, but because between 30 and 32 weeks the baby is placed upside down and if the woman has had more children, the child can ascend and descend through his pelvis, which is “given of itself”, until it finally fits. Each time he goes up and down, the child will make his mother’s gut look bigger or smaller, taller or shorter.
The part of your body that changes most during pregnancy
Through your belly your future baby and you communicate continuously: he tells you if he is awake or asleep (he moves more or less), if he wants to “play” (from week 20 he is able to follow with his hands the stroke of your fingers when you press your abdomen) …
And if he is restless, he calms down when you caress your gut and talk to him affectionately. These very endearing moments are mixed with others in which when you look in the mirror you wonder if it is normal to have such a large gut or if I should have grown more; why you have it round and your friend beats; why it bites you so much …
We solve the doubts that will arise on the part of your body that more changes will experience in pregnancy.
This is what is inside
If you had a window in your gut to see what is inside, you would be very surprised to see how it changes in these months.
- The placenta. Tiny at the beginning of pregnancy, at the end of it will weigh about 15% of your child’s weight and will look like a cake 20 cm in diameter.
- Amniotic fluid. Between weeks 28 and 33 it is when there is more quantity and it is normal to reach the end of pregnancy with a liter or a liter and a half.
- The uterus. In a woman who is not pregnant, the uterus usually weighs 100 g and is about 9 cm long. In the final section of pregnancy this cavity can weigh 1 kg and measure around 35 cm.
- The fetus. Your little boy, who only weighed 2 g and only measured 4 cm in the second month of pregnancy, will weigh around 3 Kg and will measure about 50 cm when he is born.
My belly button has come out
Sometimes, when the uterus grows and the abdominal muscles separate, the inner part of the navel loses tension and goes out.
Usually the new mother regains muscle tone and the navel returns to normal.
If this does not happen and the woman ends up having an umbilical hernia, the only solution is surgery.
With a belly, what is the best posture for sex?
The answer depends mainly on you and your partner. The best posture will be the one in which you both feel more comfortable.
And although at first it will hardly influence, because it will not be noticed, as pregnancy progresses it is normal for the woman to feel more comfortable in positions where her abdomen is not imprisoned: lying on her side, on her knees, sitting on top of her couple…
Is it advisable to wear a girdle during pregnancy?
The specialists affirm that the girdle causes that the abdominal muscles do not work during the pregnancy and that at the moment of the childbirth they do not have the suitable tone.
However, if the future mother expects more than one baby or has back discomfort, she can benefit from it if she uses it in moderation.
Why do I have itching?
When distended so much, the skin dries a lot and that is why it itches. The other itches are associated with the retention of bile salts and are not usually important.
Now, if you notice that your skin acquires a yellowish tone and the itching is very strong, consult the doctor right away so that you can rule out a possible cholestasis gravidarum.
To relieve itching you can use soothing creams that contain chamomile or marigold. Avoid moisture and heat, dress in natural fabrics and have the gut in the air whenever you can. And try not to scratch yourself; You will not feel relief and you can break the tissues.
Why did I get a dark line under the navel?
It is the so-called alba line and is caused by the greater amount of melanin that is had during pregnancy.
It is more noticeable in dark-skinned women and in those who have had more children and disappears on its own a few months after giving birth.
You may also have more hair in this area; nothing happens, as soon as your hormonal levels return to normal after delivery, this fluff will fall until it disappears.
What does the gut shape depend on?
High or low, round or beak … The shape of the gut varies greatly from one pregnant woman to another; Moreover, the same woman can have very different guts in each of her gestations.
Despite popular beliefs, the sex of the baby has nothing to do with this. The size, weight and constitution of the future mother are the factors that most influence it.
What do I do to be able to sleep with such a hype?
In the last months of pregnancy, finding a position to be comfortable in bed is not easy.
Gynecologists recommend the fetal position, lying on the left side and with a cushion between the legs; This relieves the weight in the tendons.
Avoid sleeping on your back, because in this posture the weight of the gut presses the inferior vena cava, making blood return difficult, which is not good for your child or for you.
Is it normal to feel pricks?
Yes, you have nothing to be afraid of. Feeling cramps in the lower belly area is very common during pregnancy, especially between weeks 18 and 24.