does your belly get bigger w/each pregnant, or does bigger belly=bigger baby? - Mothering Forums

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Just stomach is definitely bigger this time around even though I haven't gained as much weight as last time. I'm pretty skinny so any stomach that's there is all baby. Does your stomach generally get bigger with each pregnancy no matter what size the baby is, or does a bigger stomach tend to mean the baby is bigger? I'm a little concerned that this baby is on the small side as my midwife estimated his weight at 4.75-5 lbs at my 36.5 week checkup...DD was estimated at 5.5 lbs at that point which was pretty accurate since she weighed 7 lbs 3 oz at 40 weeks exactly. I know weight estimates are just estimates, but still... So I'm wondering if the fact that my stomach is bigger is likely to mean anything in terms of the size of the baby. Baby has dropped but my stomach still feels like it's up in chest as high as it can go and it's still growing out, too (as everyone keeps telling me ever so kindly: ) But other than stomach size I have absolutely no idea how big this baby is compared to how big DD was.
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People show belly earlier after the first time but beyond that I think it's baby size and/or how the baby is positioned (like a person may measure small w/ a tape, but measure nearer normal on an u/s, just b/c the baby was curled up in a space-saving way during the tape measure.)
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There are many factors to consider with belly size. Like how big the placenta is and its position, how much amniotic fluid there is, the way the baby lies, etc. So a bigger belly does not necessarily mean a bigger baby. My belly was smaller with my second and she was bigger than my first. My mom swears this baby is going to be smaller than the girls, but she feels so much bigger to me. I guess we'll see. I know it's easier said than done, but try not to worry too much.

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I have been bigger with each of my pregnancies, but so far, my baby size hasn't been much bigger than the first (my second was only 4ozs bigger than my first). I didn't gain as much weight with my second or third, but I did still have about 35lbs left on me from my first when I had my second and I still have those same 35lbs with my third. day I will lose the weight.

I think a lot of it tends to be stomach muscles just aren't the same after that first child. I had six years between my first and second and only two years between my second and third. Things have definitely been different this time around in terms of showing, how I carry, and just general aches and pains. I think I had more time to recover between my first and second.

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i think statistically you do have a higher chance of bigger babies with each pregnancy.
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Originally Posted by hollycat View Post
i think statistically you do have a higher chance of bigger babies with each pregnancy.
Really? That's interesting and I had never heard that before.

I actually have a much smaller belly this time around compared to with my first. My first was a girl, and this time around it is a boy. According the the ultra sounds I did, he is growing just fine. So the general rule that your stomach gets bigger with every pregnancy is not always true . Right now, my belly is about the same as it was with five months with my daughter.

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My belly has been biggest so far in my 3rd pg and that was my smallest baby. My stomach is the smallest by far this time as well as this is the least ammount of weight I have gained ever so we will see.
I think that there are so many factors you just can't really figure out which one or ones are causing the larger/smaller belly until after (if then)

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