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Old 04-02-2007, 10:41 AM   #1
 
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I've been told by several people that I'm starting to show (look pregnant), but not from behind, or talk about people who didn't look pregnant from behind vs. people who did. Why WOULD you look pregnant from behind? It's only the belly and breasts that change size, isn't it? I've also heard people talk about pregnant people who were "tiny everywhere except the belly" - well, isn't that normal as well, if they were tiny before? I don't get all this pregnant "language" - someone please explain!
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Old 04-02-2007, 11:39 AM   #2
 
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Many women will gain weight when pregnant, even if they exercise daily and eat right. I called my midwife when I felt like my arms were gaining weight, complaining because I thought it would only be my belly and breasts.
She assured me that it was completely normal. I've seen many pics of pregnant women that look heavier in the face when they are very pregnant.
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Old 04-02-2007, 11:56 AM   #3
 
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Oh yeah, you can totally gain everywhere. No, you certainly don't just gain in the belly and boobs. Plus, there are some people who carry very much all in front - so from the back you wouldn't be able to tell. Yet others carry wide across their waists, and into their hips, so they would look rounder from behind. And some people get a really big butt when they're pregnant too.

That's where the descriptions of "carrying girl" or "carrying boy" come in. The "old wives tales" of carrying girl means you carry more all around, sides, hips, butt, boobs, etc, where as the carrying boy description refers to just a basketball, out in front belly.

You also can gain weight in your face, many people get rounder faces, and a larger, wider nose is common too. Especially towards the end of the pregnancy, things start to shift differently.

And the sad thing is, when you have the baby, all the weight shifts around again. You don't always just have this baby belly to lose. Sometimes it moves around and a couple of months after birth you suddenly have hips, love handles, and butt that you never had before!
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Old 04-02-2007, 11:58 AM   #4
 
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ACK! NO!

Is that caused by hormones, or what?
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Old 04-02-2007, 12:00 PM   #5
 
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Maternal fat stores. Your body stores fat while pregnant just in case you don't get enough food or whatnot. I still had somewhat of a waistline while pregnant from the back but if you compare my pre-pregnany pics to pregnancy it's obvious that I put on tons of weight in my butt. My face looks rounder too.
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Old 04-02-2007, 12:35 PM   #6
 
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Also, your hips could get wider because the ligaments relax, allowing your pelvic bones (and other bones) to stretch. Most pregnant women gain some weight eveywhere, especially hips and butt. I think part of it is to balance the belly so you don't just topple over forwards.
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I think part of it is to balance the belly so you don't just topple over forwards.
That would suck!
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That's what someone told me once too when I complained of weight gain in my first. That I must've needed it, and if I didn't gain it everywhere I would fall forward!


What causes it? I don't know, babe, the fact that you're pregnant? We can't expect to go through life and do all this to our bodies without any war wounds to show for it!

I swear your body doesn't burn any calories while you're pregnant b/c there are many times when I don't eat any more than I normally do, yet I'm still packing on the pounds. Right now, from behind, I am a sad sight. I don't think I'm going to let my husband see me from behind for a while. It's depressing. My thighs are getting all bumpy, and I normally have VERY thin legs. And my butt isn't exactly where it should be. Plus I'm getting the dreaded back fat.

Oh, and by the way, I am very much mostly carrying in the front. So imagine if I was all over! ACK!
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I only gained in the front but eventually my hips did widen.

I WISH I had gained all over as I had the mother of all backaches by the end. A 5 foot tall woman is not meant to carry 30 lbs in front of her. I swear I was as wide as I was tall by the end.
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Old 04-03-2007, 02:58 PM   #10
 
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With the boys, I carried everywhere. You could tell I was pregnant from every angle, looking only at my feet or hands, or just my face. With my daughter, I only carried out front. The only way to tell I was pg from the back was the waddle.
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Old 04-03-2007, 03:21 PM   #11
 
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I've been told by several people that I'm starting to show (look pregnant), but not from behind, or talk about people who didn't look pregnant from behind vs. people who did. Why WOULD you look pregnant from behind? It's only the belly and breasts that change size, isn't it? I've also heard people talk about pregnant people who were "tiny everywhere except the belly" - well, isn't that normal as well, if they were tiny before? I don't get all this pregnant "language" - someone please explain!
Your hips expand, and the ligaments and joint relax when you're pregnant, your pubic bone also separates a bit, thus making your hips a bit wider.

No, not just your belly and your breasts change during pregnancy.

ETA: And you might go back to pre-prgnancy size after you give birth, but many women say that the weight is distributed differently, and their hips remain a bit wider than they were before.
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ETA: And you might go back to pre-prgnancy size after you give birth, but many women say that the weight is distributed differently, and their hips remain a bit wider than they were before.
I actually lost my hips after the baby. It was really strange, but my hips were more narrow, and all my pants were falling off. I also lost my ass. I'm not sure where it went, but it's gone. It could be that I haven't been working out, but something tells me it might be gone for good .

It should be interesting to see what happens to my body after baby #2.
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