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all right, who stole the baby belly?

This is a picture of my 25 week pregnancy belly:

which incidentally is more or less the same size as my 21 week pregnancy belly and not a whole lot larger than my 17 week pregnancy belly (and who am I kidding, that in itself was a I-had-too-much-curry version of my pre-pregnancy stomach). It is causing something of a mystery in the household, and everyone knows that quandries and enigmas (like marital disputes) can only be succesfully resolved by polling the internets.

My dodgy back and I are deeply grateful to The Belly for staying compact for so long as we are sure that whatever varied pains and wretchednesses we are in now would only be exacerbated by a growing stomach (and as ever I am pleased to continue being able to see feet and self-administer manicures) although I am somewhat dismayed by the fact that it's staying so compact for so long. To add to our mystery the baby is by all accounts growing appropriately and every week I can feel my fundus (top of uterus) rising higher and higher through my abdomen.

Since everything is gestationally normal, Z and I are each developing cunning theories to explain Compactness of Belly. I am inclined to believe it's a child designed by Japanese engineers to remain as small as possible, while Z mostly believes that I have the most spacious abdominal cavity in the world.

And since I am not famous, and do not have tabloids speculating on this subject for me, I as ever, turn to you oh internets.

Poll #1054157 The Mystery Of The Baby Belly

The explanation of belly size is:

Z is right and aside from your gigantic uterus you have no other internal organs to speak of. You are hollow woman. This also explains your gigantic hungers and poor lung capacity.
Your are right and your baby is a miracle love child of advanced technology and design which causes it to be able to fold and compact itself neatly as origami.
Your baby is a kind and gentle and loving baby who doesn't like to impose.
Your child is an alien who will remain miniscule until such a time as it BURSTS WITH GAPING JAWS from your stomach.
This baby is clearly destined to be Capricorn with a Saturn in Virgo and what you're seeing now is its early love of boundaries, and conservationsist attitude towards resources.
All that Pilates you did has turned your muscles into Bands Of Steel and they're holding back your baby as bravely as officers in riot gear.

Suggest your own ideas



( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 12th, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
IIRC strong stomach muscles do mean a smaller bump.
Sep. 14th, 2007 12:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'd heard that too. I just always thought that would mean someone with abs of steel rather than my own ahem, gently curvy abdominals. But who knows, maybe I'm toughter than I thought on the inside.
Sep. 12th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
I love that dress!
Sep. 14th, 2007 12:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I bought it from www.bloomingmarvellous.com which is the best shop ever for pregnant people who want to look semi-professional and pretty while acquiring the stature of an elephant seal. But actually I'm pretty sure I'll be wearing it after baby as well since it can fit any figure and I'm all about the polka dots.
Sep. 12th, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
Rawr, sexy! That dress looks great on you. (And I'm loving your pregnancy chronicles -- you write so amusingly!)

Sep. 14th, 2007 12:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)

I'm glad they are amusing, I vaguely worry that people are getting thoroughly bored of the subject by now.
Sep. 14th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
Oh no, you're very entertaining and I actually am interested in all the baby stuff, just as long as I don't have to have one myself ;)

Sep. 12th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
I wish I looked that good when I'm not pregnant!

You are just one of the fortunate who "pop" about 5 minutes before they give birth, instead of 8.5 months of resembling a whale. It's just how you're built, and how baby's positioned.

Sep. 14th, 2007 12:04 pm (UTC)
It's just how you're built, and how baby's positioned.

I guess my mother was right about the childbearing hips. I've quite enjoyed my enhanced pregnancy bosoms I must say. I shall miss them probably.
Sep. 13th, 2007 08:04 am (UTC)
strong stomach muscles do mean a smaller bump because baby is held by them apparently...and some women just don't get a huge bump, our friend (who didn't even realise she was pregnant until about a month before the baby was due...I've no idea how she didn't know) didn't look pregnant at all, just a bit chubbier than usual.
Sep. 14th, 2007 12:06 pm (UTC)
(who didn't even realise she was pregnant until about a month before the baby was due...I've no idea how she didn't know)

I don't understand how this happens. I knew even before I missed my period because my body had already started to feel like a weird and alien thing. I'm insanely jealous of people who can carry this off and not feel put out by the experience, or not notice it.
Oct. 4th, 2007 01:09 pm (UTC)
One of my friends in college didn't know she was pregnant until she was giving birth. It was rather unfortunate for her, since she and her boyfriend had split up 6 or 7 months before.

My best friend's cousin didn't know she was pregnant until she was giving birth either, which she did in spectacular fashion at 6 a.m. at the McDonald's she was working at.
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