Not all pregnant bellies are the same. There are smaller, larger, rounder and more pointy. But they all have something in common: they are creating a wonderful life inside. Some people even think that the shape of your belly helps you predict whether you’re having a boy or a girl.
Pregnancy and the shape of the belly
Actually, the shape of a pregnant belly depends above all on the size of the baby, the general constitution of the pregnant woman, the structure bone and muscle tone. This is what actually makes a pregnant woman’s belly one shape or another.
Short woman: bigger belly
Short women tend to have larger, more protruding bellies than taller women. Why does this happen? It has to do with the length of the torso. Short torsos offer less room for the uterus to grow up between the pelvis and ribs.
As a result, the baby grows and the belly expands outward. In a longer torso, the uterus is kept narrow creating a smaller belly. Short women may show pregnancy earlier and carry weight around their hips and bottom, while taller women carry babies further forward
Thin woman: smaller belly
In most cases, thin women tend to gain little weight. A slim body generally results in a small belly. In fact, from behind it seems that they are not pregnant.
From the 2nd or 3rd pregnancy: bigger belly
With the first pregnancy the belly of pregnant may be smaller than with the second or third. The reason? Pregnancy hormones and abdominal muscles. One of the first things that happens with pregnancy is the rise of the hormone progesterone. This causes bloating and can cause the stomach to swell before the uterus has had time to grow. This tends to happen more quickly after the first pregnancy.
Another result of a growing uterus is abdominal muscles and ligaments that are stretched. Although they contract after birth, they will always stay loose, which means they will be more elastic with subsequent pregnancies.
Good physical fitness: smaller belly
According to the fitness of the pregnant woman and her physical condition can predict the womb of her pregnancy. If she has ripped abs and a tight, toned tummy, this will keep her belly from sticking out. Women who are fitter tend to carry their bellies higher. Instead, morelax muscles can make the bump lower and wider.
Tall dad: bigger belly
Genes may also play a role in the size and shape of a pregnant belly. The size of the father is often related to the baby’s birth weight and can affect the shape and size of the lump. Taller parents are more likely to have taller babies.
Can belly shape predict boy or girl?
Lower belly in pregnancy: girl?
The “old wives’ tales” say that if you have a low belly during pregnancy, you will have a girl. This is because you feel more attuned to being a girl and therefore excess fat and water stores show up around your waist, hips and butt. But the reality is that, on average, babies simply weigh more and there is little left for delivery.
A high belly in pregnancy: a boy?
In contrast, a high belly in pregnancy does not it means that you are going to have a boy… it has more to do with the location of the baby inside the womb. Some women carry their baby almost directly below the bust. This happens when the placenta sits inside the body, causing the baby to move up as well.
As you can see, the belly can have different shapes for different reasons, but there is no scientific basis that can make you know that depending on the shape or size of your belly you will have a boy or a girl or other stories.