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You're still pregnant, medussa!

The pants are cute... and I like that top, it looks comfy.

So... looking small when you're pregnant is a compliment???? I'm so confused... in my mind, looking small is seen as a problem and looking BIG is a compliment.... big and healthy with a bouncing, big baby! (like having a big baby vs. a small baby....) Have I got it wrong all these years?

Whatever the case, these pregnant bellies, big or small, look so fantastic... goldy, deezee, medussa and whoever else!
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Also, I am curious.... I want to see a picture of what you guys consider a big pregnant belly as opposed to a small one....
Originally Posted by Amneris
Big = Octomom?

I have no idea. I think it really varies. When I was pregnant with #2, some ladies at work acted like I was really big, but I didn't think so. I always measured where I was or a week behind, and my weight gain during the pregnancy was about 30 or 32 lb. They were not snarky or catty, they were my best work friends, so who knows. I posted pics back on page 12 (I think), so judge for yourselves.
Originally Posted by sarah42
I know whenever I've told a pregnant woman she is big, it is SO not snarky or catty... it's a compliment! I wanted to be big! I don't say that anymore because I'm realizing people don't take it that way. You didn't look abnormally big, but definitely what I would call a good big.
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Thanks!

Big sort of has a negative connotation in my mind.

"Oh my, you look like you're ready to pop!"

"Hey, are you sure you're not carrying twins?"

"When are you due, any second now?"


I've heard all of these in the last 3 weeks or so. But I've also heard:

"You look great. Your belly is perfectly round."

"Wow, look at you, you're all belly."

"That's a basketball right there...you're having a boy, aren't you?"

"If you didn't turn around, I wouldn't know you were pregnant."


"Your belly is so pointy. Boy, right?"


I swear, these lines are so cliche, they seem to come right out of a book.

I take all the comments in stride. But I will say it feels nice to be told you look small or cute, though, because at the end of a pregnancy, one doesn't feel small or cute. I definitely feel the extra 20 pounds I'm carrying around. I feel it in my bones, my pelvis, and on my bladder.

In many cultures, the big vs small comes into play once the baby is born. Big, chubby babies are a viewed as healthy or as proof of good mothering or good genes. Little peanuts, like what I produce, are not viewed to be as cute. I often hear, "oh, how old is she? She's so petite." Yeah, yeah. I'm no Amazon and my husband was never a husky man. So I just needed to get over that whole mess and I pretty much have.
Oh my Medussa...that has got to be the cutest baby belly ever!!! Do you get bounced across the room everytime that baby kicks???
Originally Posted by CurlyCanadian
This baby is a kicker. I don't even need to consciously do kick counts...I'm just always aware of some foot or hand jabbing around my belly.
Mine is ginormous but I think these women are being nice. This is my 41 week belly this morning. I think I'm going to topple over
Originally Posted by medussa
I think you look absolutely great!!


And those pants are way cute and look super comfy
Ah, it all makes sense now. Goldy is the puppet master!
Originally Posted by Poodlehead
To me "big" isn't really a negative or a positive. With Solomon, I carried a lot like medussa (all belly) and so when people told me I was big I didn't get offended because I knew I had gained an appropriate amount of weight, in the right places. I think if I had gained a lot all over and was self-conscious already, then people calling me "big" would more easily offend me. But to me, a "big" belly is like how medussa's carrying, or how I carried, or iris I think too - all petite people so the baby has nowhere to go but straight out.

And medussa, I hear you about the comments when you're kid's a peanut. I get them all the time but then I tell people, yeah, he's small, but I'm small too so what could I expect?
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I don't know, pixie - I'm 5'2" and I did not carry like that. I would have liked to - I think it looks good - and I felt like I got negative reactions because I didn't. I guess you can't win, huh?

Medussa... I never got "you don't look pregnant from behind." Of course I didn't... the baby isn't in my back is it?
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Medussa... I never got "you don't look pregnant from behind." Of course I didn't... the baby isn't in my back is it?
Originally Posted by Amneris
I get that everyday!
Ah, it all makes sense now. Goldy is the puppet master!
Originally Posted by Poodlehead
With S I only gained 30lbs...but I gained EVERYWHERE. (and you could tell I was pregnant from behind since my waist expanded out width wise)

With this one, I have already gained 45, but it has mainly stayed in my belly (with my face getting a little fuller)--you cannot tell I am pregnant from behind b/c i am expanding straight out

I am with you on the small baby...although as he ets older, the comments do fade away. I got SO sick of hearing "do you feed him?"...especially from family, we has a little cousin who is abut 2 week older than him who was 20 lbs at like 6 months old, and he still weighed close to 13ish.
Medussa... I never got "you don't look pregnant from behind." Of course I didn't... the baby isn't in my back is it?
Originally Posted by Amneris
I get that everyday!
Originally Posted by goldy
isn't that a compliment? i have been surprised to see a woman turn to find that she is quite pregnant, but didn't appear pregnant from behind.

i am scared to say anything to a pregnant woman in case i may offend her.
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Medussa... I never got "you don't look pregnant from behind." Of course I didn't... the baby isn't in my back is it?
Originally Posted by Amneris
I think its the women who carry the way Medussa is that get that comment. When walking behind them, you can't tell they're pregnant, but they turn and are all belly.

With some women, you can just tell they are pregnant from the back.

Did that make sense?
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M,I hope this doesn't offend you in any way, but your pregnant belly is hysterical. I mean that in nobad way whatsoever. But really, you have the se tiny arms and thistiny butt,and this baby looks like it's just laying straight out with it's feet in your belly.

It cracks me up how differently people carry. I am small, and short,and I have a very short torso. However, Bailey wrapped herself around my middle so I grew <--> this way.

People make the weirdest comments though. Sometimes I think they just want something to say, so they say something stupid they heard before.

With Bailey I looked pregnant everywhere. My feet were pregnant. I'm sure I carried part of her in my ass. So I think no matter where you were looking, I looked pregnant.
Medussa... I never got "you don't look pregnant from behind." Of course I didn't... the baby isn't in my back is it?
Originally Posted by Amneris
I think its the women who carry the way Medussa is that get that comment. When walking behind them, you can't tell they're pregnant, but they turn and are all belly.

With some women, you can just tell they are pregnant from the back.

Did that make sense?
Originally Posted by CurlyCanadian
Yeah.... but I meant, people did say it to me quite often, but I didn't understand what they meant, because, regardless of how they were carrying, I've never seen someone who looked pregnant from behind. Unless their belly was so big that it showed from the sides maybe, but I haven't ever seen that. I gather it's supposed to be a compliment in some way?

I've been pregnant, and put me in the camp of better not to say anything or have anyone say anything to you - too hard to figure out!
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I think if you want something to say to a pregnant woman, just say, "You look beautiful!"

I got some of the "all-belly" or "can't tell you're pregnant from behind" comments too, but at the end, the weight went everywhere. So I felt self-concious about comments about how big I was because as Pixie said above, I felt like people were referring to more than my belly. In reality, they probably weren't, but when you're self-concious about the scale tipping to these numbers you've never imagined seeing before, it's easy to get a little sensitive.
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Oh my Medussa...that has got to be the cutest baby belly ever!!! Do you get bounced across the room everytime that baby kicks???
Originally Posted by CurlyCanadian

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some women gain significant weight all over when pregnant: arms, legs, feet, face, breasts, swollen ankles and hands, belly, plus they have a distinct waddle as a result of all of the frontal weight gain. so from behind, they look like large women, not pregnant per se, but large.

some women can retain an hourglass-like figure up to delivery, so that from behind, you wouldn't imagine that a woman is in the last stages of pregnancy because she looks rather slender and proportioned from the back.

hopefully that can clarify what those remarks mean.

and since in most places, people still attach negative perceptions with being large or overweight, most women don't desire to look large or fat, pregnant or not. so when a person tells you that you don't look pregnant from behind and they got a big surprise when your turned around and they saw your belly, that's a [weak] compliment. i say weak because i think it's inappropriate to comment on anyone's body when you aren't familiar with that person and don't know how they'll feel about your remarks.

having said that, all your bellies are precious and i congratulate you all and wish you comfortable deliveries!
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I don't know, pixie - I'm 5'2" and I did not carry like that.
Originally Posted by Amneris
Not just height, though. You've mentioned before that you have an hourglass body type, where I think medussa, iris and I are more straight up and down (please correct me if I'm wrong!). So maybe that has something to do with it too.
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I wanted a basketball belly, but being taller, it just got big in weird places not just OUT. Like, the entire belly got BIG- not just in a round ball. And I carried soooooo freakin' HIGH! Literally, he was "head up" in my ribs the entire time. And boy, did I feel that! My face go treally fat too... I'm hoping to avoid that this next time...
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Medussa, you look so beautiful!

With my boys I carried everywhere. Even my nose and earlobes got bigger. The view from the back showed zero waist, a bigger butt, and that great pregnant swagger. Add it all up and I looked pg from the back. With my daughter I carried her all out front. The only thing that got bigger was my nose and my belly. From the back, if I were standing still, I hadn't changed at all and didn't look pg until I started to move. Then that swagger gave it away. I.will.not. call it a waddle.
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I am another one in awe of how women carry babies--even the same woman during different pregnancies--differently.

I'm one who got round everywhere--even my face looked pregnant. I have stretch marks on my legs from being pregnant. I just retained a lot of fluid and everything swelled up. I felt cute and some people still claimed I was "tiny" but the following summer, after having my daughter, I tried on some of the pants I wore while I was pregnant, thinking I could re-use them (non maternity, but with a drawstring) and my legs and hips were swimming in them.

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