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Fun question! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Since this little one is going through a major growth spurt and I'm looking huge I figured what better time to ask? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Does your belly:<br><br>
Grow below the button (push it up)<br><br>
Grow at the equater (push the button straight out)<br><br>
Grow above the button (push button and all below)<br><br>
and if you could humor me, include if you are retroverted/retroflexed or anteverted.<br><br>
My belly (even now, even with sticky #3 and first being twins) grows above my belly button pushing it all down and making this UGLY skin-skirt thing. WHY can't I have a cute under or middle belly? waaaaah!
 

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For me it depends on the sex of the baby (so far). Boys tend to grow above and girls below.<br><br>
I get the ugly skin flap regardless though! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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What a hoot!<br><br>
Glad I'm not the only one. My belly grows on top first. People will go to pat my 'belly' and I'm like, 'yeah, baby's not there, thats stomach/fat/gut..lol baby is lower'.<br><br>
I had hubby take some belly shots and I was horrified to find my belly is square!! Square!! I haven't even wanted to post them cause I look weird.
 

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My belly grows pointy. LOL REALLY low. It was the same with DD. Part of the reason for my love affair with my Bella Band is just because it helps round it out and not look so funny. LOL
 

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interesting!<br><br>
anybody know if theirs is anteverted/retroverted/flexed? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
my theory (with absolutely no proof) is that my being very retroflexed non-PG contributes to my uterus poking straight upward instead of out.<br><br>
It usually only starts leaning out toward the last month or two when it is HUGE.
 

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I've grown below the belly button with both pregnancies (both boys). I think I carry low because my pelvis is very "open" and rather wide. Although at this point I'm sticking out above the belly button too, but definitely fuller towards the bottom.<br><br>
What do you mean by retroverted, etc? Is that the position of your uterus?
 

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I'm growing below and above my belly button, but not right behind it! Its actually really upsetting because this is my first baby and I was expecting the super sweet round baby belly and mine is only rounded at the top and bottom. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bawling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bawl">: The rest is flat. If I had a flat butt I could understand my belly thinking it was "normal" to grow like this, but I don't! I have a very round bubble-like butt and I want my belly to match it.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm growing below and above my belly button, but not right behind it! Its actually really upsetting because this is my first baby and I was expecting the super sweet round baby belly and mine is only rounded at the top and bottom. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bawling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bawl">: The rest is flat. If I had a flat butt I could understand my belly thinking it was "normal" to grow like this, but I don't! I have a very round bubble-like butt and I want my belly to match it.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry">:</div>
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Give yourself a little time. First babies take longer to get to the "rounded" stage because your ab muscles need time to 'give'. When you get to number five they've given and given and given.....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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I didn't know either, so I googled it:<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">An anteverted uterus is one that tilts slightly forward; it is the normal position for the uterus. Between 10 and 20 percent of women have a retroverted (backward-tilting) uterus; 10-20 percent have a midposition uterus (one that neither tilts forward or backward); and the remainder have an anteverted uterus. An anteverted uterus has absolutely no implications for reproductive or sexual functioning.</td>
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I have no idea, as no one has ever informed me. I would assume that means mine is anteverted since that's the "normal" position. I do know that my cervix is normally VERY posterior! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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my belly with DD was very pointy. this time, i'm so excited that it has that nice, round shape you see in magazines and all. hooray! definitely it's the fact that my abs have much more give this time around.<br><br>
i think my uterus tips one way, but i don't remember which. i am carrying this one lower than DD, but still fairly high. my uterus tends to grow up before it grows out, so i pop late.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have no idea, as no one has ever informed me.</div>
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Me too. No idea.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">My belly grows on top first. People will go to pat my 'belly' and I'm like, 'yeah, baby's not there, thats stomach/fat/gut..lol baby is lower'.</div>
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This is totally me too! She just pushing up the fat, and I definitely already had a belly to start with, so it's noticeable above the belly button. A few ladies at DS's daycare are 'bellyrubbers' (which I don't mind at all) and they've gone for the top. I had to tell them lower, which coupled with my revelation about my sex drive shooting up (with no partner to help it!!) was pretty funny. "Lower Nancy, lower. Yes, that's the spot." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I have a retroverted uterus. Every time I see a new doctor they inform me of this. But, once your uterus starts growing it almost doesn't matter how its tilted because its going to take up any available space it can.<br><br>
To think for years I wanted well-defined and now they're keeping me from having that sweet baby bubble! Not that they ever really made it to the well-defined stage, but still (pre-pregnancy I had more a snack pack than a 6 pack). Will they ever give?? How long might it take?
 

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I'm definitely carrying low - way below the belly button. All the ladies at my temple use it as an excuse to tell me every time they see me that I'm having a girl <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">. I'm really tiny, too, so everyone at work is funny about how round I'm getting. I think maybe because I'm so low, nobody's tried to pat my belly yet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Will they ever give?? How long might it take?</div>
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For most people, yes. For some, NOPE! I just saw a photo of a mom on one of my boards who's 30 weeks and looks like I did at 10! It's unreal.
 

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Can "all over" be my answer?<br><br>
Nah, I'm guess right in the middle...maybe a bit above. I have "popped" in the past few weeks so that I no longer just have this little pooch below the belly button but instead have this big round belly all over! Same thing happened last time.<br><br>
Oh, and I think my belly button goes all the way back to my spine so while I'm sure it is getting more shallow, there is still no end in sight!!! By the end of the pregnancy I should be able to see the end of the belly button, but it won't become even flush! I'm a freak.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have a retroverted uterus. Every time I see a new doctor they inform me of this. But, once your uterus starts growing it almost doesn't matter how its tilted because its going to take up any available space it can.</div>
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Yeah me too. If you've got a retroverted uterus & you've ever had an ultrasound, they will have told you (then they act surprised when you say, "yeah, I know"). But it's just a variation of normal. I think you might be able to tell without ultrasound as well, because my mum says she has a retroverted uterus, so perhaps they can tell by palpatation or cervix positioning?
 

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yes, they can tell by palpation too. I've known mine was retroflexed since a pre-teen with appendicitis.<br><br>
Of course it's not back there now, but it was through the beginning of the 2nd trimester and now it is aiming pretty well straight up, not out in front.
 

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Well if they normally tell you I can know mine isn't. This is my fifth time! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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My uterus is tipped backwards, so I guess that's retroverted? I've had several OBs or gyns mention it. My midwife knew because it took a while before she could feel the top of my uterus (I think it was around 18+ weeks, and even then it was a bit iffy). She said in some cases as the baby grows the uterus actually folds in half! I think this only happens if it's tipped really far back; so as the baby grows upward, it grows kind of into the middle of the uterus and pushes that up, and the top/back part folds down behind it. It's quite uncommon though. She said she can usually correct it by "popping" the top part up and out (with her fingers in the vagina). But if it didn't happen easily, she would refer her client to an OB for the procedure. (And for those who are prone to worrying, it's quite obvious when this happens. The fundus cannot be found, and the woman has pain in the bladder area from the uterus pushing on it.)<br><br>
All that said, it has never been a problem for me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">. Oh, and for belly shape, I guess I'm just round all over <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">. My belly button is already making a break for an outie <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">. You can see self portraits I took about two weeks ago <a href="http://shasta.blogsome.com/2008/01/03/22-weeks/" target="_blank">here</a>. The last pic gives the best view for determining belly shape.<br><br>
One last thing on a tipped uterus. Someone mentioned <a href="http://arvigomassage.com/" target="_blank">Maya Abdominal Massage</a> in a MDC birth story a while back, so I started looking into it (had never heard of it). (If you google maya abdominal massage, you'll come up with a bunch of interesting sites.) On the website, it says that a tipped uterus is NOT normal, and can cause a variety of problems, including infertility, etc. (again, I'm guessing that's an extreme case). They advise using their technique to correct it (of course <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">). But I thought it was interesting to read that, because everyone else just says not to worry. There's a lot of good info on their site. I considered doing this during my pg, but the best practitioner in the area is 45 min to an hour away, and I'm already spending a ton of money on craniosacral therapy and seeing my homeopath, so I decided against it. I might look into it down the road though ...
 
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