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A Health Issue Caused This Woman’s Baby Bump to Grow ‘Backwards’ But She Doesn’t Owe Anyone an Explanation

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For whatever reason, people feel REALLY comfortable commenting on a pregnant woman’s body. Do you remember those comments from your pregnancies? “Wow, you’re so big, are you sure it isn’t twins?” “Your belly is so round, you’re definitely having a boy!” It’s like pregnant women are a sideshow to be gawked at, and some people have no shame. All decorum goes right out the damn window when they see a pregnant belly! Yiota Kouzoukas says she was constantly questioned about her tiny baby bump, so she posted a picture and explanation on her Instagram to get people to back off. Seriously, just leave pregnant women alone!

Yiota’s tiny baby bump was the result of a tilted uterus. Instead of the baby growing out, like in a typical pregnancy, he grew into her torso.

A tilted or tipped uterus is a medical condition in which the uterus is tilted backwards, rather than sitting straight up and down. Women who have a tilted uterus can sometimes experience pain during sex or menstruation, but generally, it doesn’t cause many issues. A tilted uterus during pregnancy is also not typically a cause for worry; the uterus will usually flip forward at 10-12 weeks. Endometrial scarring can hold the uterus in the tipped or tilted position for longer, in some cases.

In Yiota’s case, scarring kept her uterus tilted back. Her uterus didn’t tip forward until well into her 4th month of pregnancy. As the baby developed, he grew up into her torso, rather than out into her belly. Her pregnancy progressed normally and the baby grew and developed perfectly. But her tiny baby bump raised a lot of eyebrows.

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*BUMP SIZE* I receive a lot of DMs and comments regarding the size of my bump, which is why I want to explain a few things about my body. Not that I’m upset/affected by these comments at all, but more for the reason of educating in the hope that some people are less judgemental on others and even themselves. For the first 4 months of my pregnancy, my uterus was retroverted/tilted which means that I was growing backwards into my body rather than outwards. Most people with this type of uterus tilt forward at around 12 weeks and continue growing outwards like you normally would. My uterus didn’t “flip forward” until well into being 4 months pregnant because of the backwards tilted position paired with decade old endometriosis scarring that I have on my uterosacral ligaments. Basically, these ligaments are acting like anchors keeping my uterus “inside” rather than “outside”, which is why I appeared smaller than most people for the first 4 or 5 months. Now, at #6monthspregnant I’m growing forwards just like everyone else while the scarring on my ligaments slowly breaks down. My torso is also short and my stomach is naturally toned which is keeping my belly super tight, so I’ve had to personally stop all ab exercises to avoid any issues with possible ab separation. This is for me personally, as instructed by my doctor and is in no way a blanket rule for anyone else. I’m perfectly healthy, baby is perfectly healthy and that’s all that matters. Our bodies and bumps are all different and our shapes and sizes are all different too ❤️

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“Our bodies and bumps are all different and our shapes and sizes are all different too”. Perfectly said, Yiota.

Yiota says she got a lot of comments and DMs about her tiny baby bump. So she felt the need to explain it, and hopefully educate a few people. Why anyone would go out of their way to send a DM to another person to question their body is beyond me. But Yiota wanted to assure people that she was healthy, her baby boy was healthy, and maybe help people understand that minding their business is TOTALLY fine.

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This photo is from 2 weeks ago at #25weekspregnant Throwback as I’ve been sick with migraines and haven’t been able to take any new pics. Thank you to everyone who messaged me with their own personal migraine cures ❤️My migraines are muscle/scar tissue related from multiple car accidents, so I usually stay on top of them with remedial massage, physio and regular exercise. Unfortunately due to being pregnant, I haven’t been able to stay on top of my management as well as usual so I’ve been down and out with migraines again. 4 days, lots of sleep, crying, vomiting and massages later, I woke up feeling great today! Let’s hope it stays this way ❤️ Anyone else suffer from migraines while pregnant that aren’t hormonal? PS. thanks @gkazoo1 for the endless neck and back massages

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Yiota’s baby and bump are developing wonderfully, and we wish her nothing but the best during the rest of her pregnancy!

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