Small stomach during pregnancy

Why a small belly in pregnancy - the norms, causes and deviations

Why does the stomach grow?

Though there are always exceptions to the rules, but still the abdomen grows during pregnancy, even if it is invisible to the surrounding, and even the future mother. It is easy to guess why the size of the abdomen increases with each month. Of course, the baby is growing in the tummy, and the womb in which it is located does everything to make this growth comfortable and correct, that is, the uterus itself increases during pregnancy, placing the placenta with the fetus that floats in the amniotic fluid. Here, in fact, the fetus, uterus and amniotic fluid are the three whales that are responsible for the growth of the abdomen.

Changes in the uterus occur already from the very first days of pregnancy. At the same time, the uterus begins to increase actively, the fetus gradually grows, and the amniotic fluid, or as they are called by the doctors - amniotic fluid - also fill the space in the uterine cavity. For others, this process will become noticeable except that at 5 months of pregnancy - it is during this period that the abdomen becomes "pregnant." During this period, the length of the fetus is 12 cm, and the mass of its body is 100 g. By the end of pregnancy, this indicator increases tens of times, that is, the fetal body weight at the end of pregnancy is 1700 g and its length is 40-42 cm. and this is not the limit, because children are born and 4-kilogram and with a height of more than 54 cm. Finally, the indices are formed on 35-36 week of pregnancy.

Of course, the uterus itself increases At the same time, the uterus begins to increase actively, the fetus gradually grows, and the amniotic fluid, or as they are called by the doctors - amniotic fluid - also fill the space in the uterine cavity. For others, this process will become noticeable except that at 5 months of pregnancy - it is during this period that the abdomen becomes "pregnant." During this period, the length of the fetus is 12 cm, and the mass of its body is 100 g. By the end of pregnancy, this indicator increases tens of times, that is, the fetal body weight at the end of pregnancy is 1700 g and its length is 40-42 cm. and this is not the limit, because children are born and 4-kilogram and with a height of more than 54 cm. Finally, the indices are formed on 35-36 week of pregnancy.

Of course, the uterus itself increases At the same time, the uterus begins to increase actively, the fetus gradually grows, and the amniotic fluid, or as they are called by the doctors - amniotic fluid - also fill the space in the uterine cavity. For others, this process will become noticeable except that at 5 months of pregnancy - it is during this period that the abdomen becomes "pregnant." During this period, the length of the fetus is 12 cm, and the mass of its body is 100 g. By the end of pregnancy, this indicator increases tens of times, that is, the fetal body weight at the end of pregnancy is 1700 g and its length is 40-42 cm. and this is not the limit, because children are born and 4-kilogram and with a height of more than 54 cm. Finally, the indices are formed on 35-36 week of pregnancy.

Of course, the uterus itself increases or as they are called by physicians - amniotic fluid - also fill the space in the uterine cavity. For others, this process will become noticeable except that at 5 months of pregnancy - it is during this period that the abdomen becomes "pregnant." During this period, the length of the fetus is 12 cm, and the mass of its body is 100 g. By the end of pregnancy, this indicator increases tens of times, that is, the fetal body weight at the end of pregnancy is 1700 g and its length is 40-42 cm. and this is not the limit, because children are born and 4-kilogram and with a height of more than 54 cm. Finally, the indices are formed on 35-36 week of pregnancy.

Of course, the uterus itself increases or as they are called by physicians - amniotic fluid - also fill the space in the uterine cavity. For others, this process will become noticeable except that at 5 months of pregnancy - it is during this period that the abdomen becomes "pregnant." During this period, the length of the fetus is 12 cm, and the mass of its body is 100 g. By the end of pregnancy, this indicator increases tens of times, that is, the fetal body weight at the end of pregnancy is 1700 g and its length is 40-42 cm. and this is not the limit, because children are born and 4-kilogram and with a height of more than 54 cm. Finally, the indices are formed on 35-36 week of pregnancy.

Of course, the uterus itself increases For others, this process will become noticeable except that at 5 months of pregnancy - it is during this period that the abdomen becomes "pregnant." During this period, the length of the fetus is 12 cm, and the mass of its body is 100 g. By the end of pregnancy, this indicator increases tens of times, that is, the fetal body weight at the end of pregnancy is 1700 g and its length is 40-42 cm. and this is not the limit, because children are born and 4-kilogram and with a height of more than 54 cm. Finally, the indices are formed on 35-36 week of pregnancy.

Of course, the uterus itself increases For others, this process will become noticeable except that at 5 months of pregnancy - it is during this period that the abdomen becomes "pregnant." During this period, the length of the fetus is 12 cm, and the mass of its body is 100 g. By the end of pregnancy, this indicator increases tens of times, that is, the fetal body weight at the end of pregnancy is 1700 g and its length is 40-42 cm. and this is not the limit, because children are born and 4-kilogram and with a height of more than 54 cm. Finally, the indices are formed on 35-36 week of pregnancy.

Of course, the uterus itself increases But this is not the limit, because children are born and 4-kilogram and with a height of more than 54 cm. Finally, the indices are formed on 35-36 week of pregnancy.

Of course, the uterus itself increases But this is not the limit, because children are born and 4-kilogram and with a height of more than 54 cm. Finally, the indices are formed on 35-36 week of pregnancy.

Of course, the uterus itself increasesI, because "stimulates" her little man. Moreover, the uterus for the entire period of pregnancy not only grows, but also changes shape, and partly its location. It is the size of the uterus that indicates how the fetus develops, so at each examination the doctor will measure the so-called amount of standing of the uterus bottom with a centimeter tape. This height in centimeters (the distance from the upper edge of the pubic joint to the upper part of the uterus) approximately corresponds to the gestation period in weeks.

As for amniotic fluid, they also affect the size of the abdomen, although the increase in their volume is very uneven. For example, in 37 weeks of pregnancy, their volume can be from 1000 to 15000 ml, and when the concentration is increased, it decreases sharply to 800 ml.

Norms and Deviations

There are certain rates of growth of the abdomen for each week of pregnancy, which are indicators of the normal course of pregnancy. Any deviations indicate a "malfunction" in the "pregnant" body.

We offer you a description of the size of the uterus during pregnancy.

Week 4. Look at the chicken egg - that's how your "pregnant womb" looks like during this period.

Week 8. Now the egg is already goose - this is the size of your uterus.

Week 12. The size of the uterus corresponds to the size of the head of the newborn. Already at this time the doctor will probe your uterus through the anterior abdominal wall and measure the circumference of the abdomen.

Week 16. The tummy is already rounded, the uterus is somewhere in between the pubis and the navel.

Week 20. Now you just have to give up the place in the minibus, because the belly is visible to the naked eye. The uterine base at this time is probed for 2 transverse fingers below the navel.

Week 24. Now the bottom of the uterus should be at the level of the navel.

Week 28. Now the uterus is already located above the navel, its bottom should now be 2-3 fingers above the navel.

Week 32. The navel begins to "disappear", that is, flattened, and the uterus is palpated in the middle between the xiphoid process and the navel.

Week 38. During this period the uterus is located at the highest level - it is raised to the xiphoid process and costal arches.

Week 40. The navel is prominently bulging, and the bottom of the uterus is again lowered.

During the entire period of pregnancy, the uterus may increase 20 times. Each muscle fiber changes its thickness (it increases by a factor of 5) and length (by a factor of 10). The vascular network of the uterus also increases in volume.

The indices of the abdominal circumference are no less important. Measure the belly of a pregnant woman in the lumbar flexure at the back and the navel in front. So, at the 32nd week of pregnancy, the abdomen circumference should normally be 85-90 cm, at the 36th week - 90-95 cm, and on the 40th - 95-100 cm.

About what can indicate deviations from the norms in the growth of the abdomen during pregnancy? Why can the stomach be imperceptible and very small? Firstly, the stomach does not grow if the fetus does not grow. In medicine, this condition is called hypotrophy (delay in fetal growth). Secondly, the frequent cause of a small abdomen during pregnancy is water scarcity. In itself, it does not arise, but has pathological soil: infectious and inflammatory diseases (genital organs including) the future mother, placental insufficiency, hypertension in a pregnant woman. Thirdly, a small belly may indicate an incorrect position of the fetus in the uterus - transverse. In this case, the woman will have to give birth through caesarean section.

Even in the early stages, the uterus should increase. And if this does not happen, the doctor may suspect ectopic pregnancy, when a fetal egg develops not in the uterus itself, but, for example, in its tube. Of course, the uterus in this case will not increase.

Do not forget that at high future mothers with fluffy hips, in contrast to women fragile, with a narrow pelvis, the stomach is almost always unobtrusive. Yes, and remember, that abdominal growth is also directly related to total weight gain.

What should I do?

It's clear that every future mother with a small "pregnant tummy" will worry about this. The best counselor is your doctor.

If the small stomach "caused" fetal hypotrophy, then without treatment in the hospital can not do. But this condition can be avoided if one is aware of preparing for pregnancy and curing all of his sores well before the onset of pregnancy (chronic diseases are also a possible cause of future fetal hypotrophy). If the pregnancy has occurred suddenly - it is important to register on pregnancy in time. On the proper nutrition, on the implementation of all instructions of the doctor and on the rejection of bad habits, even to remind, it is not, because everything is clear.

As mentioned, a small belly can also be a symptom of lack of hydration. However, only a doctor can make this diagnosis if there is a clear discrepancy between the gestational age and the height of the standing of the uterine fundus, and also conducting additional examinations (ultrasound, dopplerography, tests and smears on bacteria and infections, CTG of the fetus). Fortunately, the outcome of even a "low-water pregnancy" can be beneficial if you seek help from a specialist in time.

Be attentive to your pregnant body and believe that everything will be fine!

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