B Belly During Pregnancy

Many pregnant people experience having a B belly during pregnancy, also known as a Plus Size Double belly, but it doesn’t get discussed very often.


A B belly or double belly during pregnancy is one that seems to have a crease or band in the centre, dividing the belly into a top and bottom half, similar to the capital letter “B.”
So, when you stand to the side, your bump looks like a B rather than a D.

Symptoms of B bellies:

  • A visible bulge, just above or below the belly button
  • Difficulty in walking or performing everyday tasks
  • Lower back pain
  • Poor posture
  • Leakage of urine when you sneeze or cough
  • Constipation
  • Feeling weak in your abdomen.

A plus size pregnant belly might be caused by any of the following factors:

1. Body Weight and Size:

A woman with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 has an obese pregnant belly.
So, a woman who is heavier at the start of her pregnancy is more likely to have a B belly – though it is not guaranteed!

2. Previous Pregnancy:

B belly may arise when the body has not completely recovered from the previous pregnancy or when the following pregnancy is too near.

3. Natural Belly Shape:

Women who approach a pregnancy with an apron belly (that hangs down) or those who carry their weight in their belly (rather than their hips and thighs) – are more likely to develop a B belly, even if it is their first pregnancy.

4. Fascial Health:

The term “fascial health” refers to the connective tissues under the skin, which are responsible for your belly form.

Eating an unbalanced diet, injured muscles, poor posture, dehydration, or stress may damage your fascia.

Stretching frequently, drinking enough water, and even adding some yoga or aerobics to your fitness program can help keep your fascia in the best possible shape throughout your pregnancy.

5. Diastasis Recti:

Diastasis recti is caused by an increase in intra abdominal pressure.

The abdomen expands during pregnancy, and the tissues stretch as a result of the foetus.

As a result, the belly stretches, and the gap between the right and left stomach muscles widens.

This is a frequent occurrence throughout pregnancy.
However, for some women, it will resolve itself after birth when the abdominal muscle regains power.

Is a B Belly Harmful to Your Pregnancy?

A B-shaped belly will not affect your pregnancy or labour or predict whether you will have a vaginal or c-section delivery.

If you had a c-section, a belly apron may make healing more difficult, but it is not impossible!

Health Concerns:

Those who are overweight are more likely to suffer from:

  • —Gestational diabetes
  • —Preeclampsia (high blood pressure)
  • —Back pain
  • —Miscarriage
  • —Still birth

Emotional Concerns:

There may also be emotional difficulties associated with having a different belly shape than planned during pregnancy.

Understand that every pregnant body is unique, and yours is working hard to nourish and develop your child.

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