Pregnancy tums come in all shapes and sizes ?
And we’re always fascinated to see the differences, which is why we wanted to share Instagrammer Yiota Kouzoukas’ most recent posts.
She has what’s called a retroverted or tilted uterus – tipping back towards the spine, rather than towards the bladder – which means her unborn child was growing inside her abdomen, for the 1st 4 – 5 months of her pregnancy.
Her latest bumpdate, above, shows her at 9 months along.
Here she is at 8 months…
Here she is at 5, 6 and 7 months…
At 6 months pregnant, Yiota’s bump was only just starting to round out…
Her self-described “smaller” bump left many of her 200k+ followers with (well-meaning) questions, so she explained her situation on Instagram…
“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,” she wrote.
“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.”
She also noted that she’s got a “short torso” and “naturally toned” tummy, which may have also played a part in keeping her bump petite.
But, as she rightly points out, “I’m perfectly healthy, baby is perfectly healthy and that’s all that matters.”
She even let fans know during her 34-week bump update that she’d had: “the most growth during this 8th month?? Little beb is 5 pounds already!”
Of course the only thing that really matters is that both mum and baby-to-be are healthy, happy and safe. Indeed, her baby boy Connor was born healthy and gorgeous in January 2018, which she revealed with a gorgeous pic…
“Hello world, I’m here! ?” she wrote. “Connor George Kouzoukas born 1:41pm 17/1/18 ?”
That said, Yiota’s personal bump story has made for an interesting read, and we’re really glad she shared it. We have to admit, we couldn’t help but be a tad curious ?
Images: Instagram/Yiota Kouzoukas