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Avni Trivedi
Osteopath with MSc Paediatric Osteopathy and Bachelor’s degree in osteopathy (a BSc Hons, BOst Recognised) Doula with Doula UK. Special interest in antenatal osteopathy and supporting gentle births.
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Antenatal care

Does the weight and the shape of my bump make a difference?

Pregnancy bumps come in all shapes and sizes. As long as you're healthy and not over or under weight, the look of your bump is individual to you.
In Short
Lots of women give their bumps a name. Your bump is actually your baby growing, so spending time talking to, stroking and relating with your baby bump is good for both of you.

If your bump is smaller or bigger than expected, you may have additional scans or tests to check your baby isn't small for dates, or you have gestational diabetes, respectively.

Weight gain in pregnancy is a combination of the baby, the placenta, increased blood volume, increased breasts, and fat deposits. Bump shape can vary from woman to woman and from pregnancy to pregnancy. There are small high bumps, bumps that carry all out front, bumps that don’t stick out much but are wide, then everything in between.

There are a lot of theories as well as to what the shape might mean for the pregnancy – for example, whether it’s a boy or a girl – but these theories aren’t evidence-based.

Your antenatal team will measure your bump regularly to check that it is in the expected range. If it is bigger than expected or smaller than expected you may have extra scans to check that your baby isn’t small for dates (intrauterine growth restriction), or isn’t too big (which can be due to gestational ). Mums who have potential risk factors may have routine serial scans every 4 weeks as fundal height measurements on mums with raised BMI or twin pregnancies are very inaccurate. Likewise, mums who have had previous small babies will also have serial scans to monitor fetal growth.

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