A fitness instructor expecting her 2nd and a writer expecting her 7th both take pictures of their baby bumps to share. The results are... different!
In these images, one of these women is 16 weeks pregnant with her 7th child, the other is 14 weeks pregnant with her second. Both women have hyperemesis gravidarum which requires IV hydration and medications to control the vomiting, nausea, and weight loss. Both women ate a whole food diet before pregnancy and as much as possible in pregnancy. Both are physically active, one more so than the other as fitness instructor. Most people would look at our side by side photos and think they know who's who immediately. Unless they actually knew us, they would probably be wrong.
My friend Julie, Hideadollar Yoga on the left, took this photo several weeks ago when she was 14 weeks pregnant with her second child. The photo on the right is of me when I was 16 weeks pregnant with my 7th (12th pregnancy). Julie is a yoga instructor and has a solid core that holds her in complicated yoga poses. While I did yoga when I wasn't pregnant (too pukey to do it right now), I'm very much intermediate/beginner. Julie is in way better shape than me. She's taller too, by 3 inches.
We've both had to deal with hyperemesis gravidarum (Latin for lots of puking in pregnancy), my case is slightly more mild than hers this time around (last time mine was quite severe). This means we throw up more often than most but not as much as some. Our calorie intake is about the same and neither of us are active much these days (we get excited about taking walks and surviving them to take a nap). For both of us our fundal (uterus) height is within normal range for our gestational stage.
Baby bumps can be so different! And it depends on a number of factors, some of which can be difficult to nail down. Don't assume you know just by looking at a person their health or fitness level or if they are gestating or even at what stage of gestation they might be.
Our baby bumps are obviously different. Both of us are as healthy as possible and receiving quality medical care. Both of us are doing our best to grow a healthy baby. Our bodies are different, different shape, different pelvis, different torso... different.
And that's ok! Who knows how things will change by the end. Beautiful baby bumps of all shapes and sizes are something to celebrate!
***For those that missed the pregnancy announcement, you can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/TheLeakyBoob/videos/1308526225852008/
And celebratory giveaway info here: https://www.facebook.com/TheLeakyBoob/videos/1306822949355669/
found @ 1900 likes ON 2017-05-23 19:06:09 BY ME.ME