23 Weeks, And Still Barely Showing

I'm 23 weeks pregnant, and I'm finding it more and more strange thatthough my baby is kicking like mad daily, and I'm being able to see her kicks already, that I'm not showing,.... at least to me. One of my hopes during my pregnancy was to be able to have the massive pregnant belly that screams my good fortune, and yet I feel gypped.

Could it just be me, adjustng to the gradual changes and not noticing? Or could it be due to the fact that I'm carrying high (or so say alot of my friends)? I hate feeling fat, instead of pregnant, is there anything I can do to progress belly growth? Help?

ANSWER

Belly shape is a function of both genetics (yours and your husband's and therefore the baby's) and how well you take care of yourself. Your primary job is to exercise, eat a healthy pregnancy diet and build a healthy baby, whether you "show" or not.

Are you measuring correctly at your prenatal visits? Did you have an ultrasound in the last few weeks and was everything ok? Has your weight gain been about 12 pounds so far? If so, you (and the baby) are doing exactly what you need to do.

If not, you need to get with the program already! :-).

In either case, I'm betting that you will have a nice "bump" when it's time to do the belly cast and take the pregnancy pictures -- good luck!

~Cynthia

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.