Every pregnancy experience is unique. When you compare symptoms, sizes, or birth stories with other moms or your own pervious pregnancies, you’ll likely find that no two pregnancies are alike. However, there are still so many myths around baby bumps that may be hard to ignore. From predicting the gender of your baby, to the difficulty of your delivery, here are some common myths around baby bumps that we’re going to debunk today.
- Little Bump means a small baby
It is a fairly common myth that big bumps mean big babies and small bumps mean small babies. However, this isn’t true at all. In truth, the size of your belly is more dependent on your own size, build, and general physical self than the size of your baby. For example, if you’re tall and have a long abdomen, your baby has a lot of growing space and this may make your belly to look smaller in proportion to the rest of your body.
- Tiny Baby Bump means easier birth
You cannot predict a baby’s weight, just by looking at the mother’s girth. A smaller baby bump or even a small baby cannot guarantee an easy delivery. This is yet another myth for those who hope for an easy delivery based on their bump size.
- Small Baby Bump means less strain on body
Regardless of the size of their baby bump, all women experience pregnancy differently. You can have much smaller bumps compared to other women you know, yet may deal with more morning sickness, stretch marks, Braxton Hicks, or other symptoms. It may also be worthwhile to know that stretch marks happen to about half of pregnant women and are linked to increased pregnancy hormones and stretching of the tissue under the skin, not bump size. The size of your belly throughout pregnancy does not automatically mean things will be easier or that your body won’t change.
- You need to eat more with a little Baby Bump
When you’re pregnant with a small baby bump, don’t take the phrase “eating for two” seriously. Eat the right diet during pregnancy and pay attention to what you’re eating. If you adopt the ideology of eating for two, it can get more difficult to lose excess baby weight after birth. Instead, it may be a good idea to just stay active and eat a healthy, balanced diet.
- Small Baby Bump means unhealthy baby
This is absolutely untrue. A smaller bump does not mean health issues for your baby. Keep in mind that a baby that’s small because she isn’t growing properly, and a baby or baby bump that’s smaller because of your size and body are two different things. If there is an issue with your baby’s growth, your doctor will be able to tell through other means, none of which are dependent on the size of your bump.
If you have any concerns about the size of your baby bump, talk to our expert doctor at KIMS Cuddles and put your worries to rest.
*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.