(Closed) Petite women and pregnancy?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
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Bumble bee

It’s the size of your pelvis, not your frame in general that will determine wheter you “need” a C-section. I’m 5″3, was 110 pre-preg and gained about 30lb (all belly to the point my back was killing me and I was just very swollen – I lost 20 of it within a week after giving birth and felt so so much better)! But I had an uncomplicated pregnancy and a healthy little girl who was 6b15oz and did not have a c-section. She did seem to be running out of room in the last few weeks which might explain why she showed up 2 weeks early, haha.

 

Post # 17
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m just over 5’2″ and am currently 16 weeks. I was around 100 pounds (size US 0) when I fell pregnant and have put on about 12 more so far. I’ve definetly showed earlier than other friends who are taller but none of the medical staff I’ve seen are worried! All they have said is that I will carry more to the front as there is only so far the baby can go upwards before they hit ribs, but I have a short-ish torso, that may not be a problem for you.

This is just me and the size and shape I am. There are a lot of great petite materinity clothes out there (hello shopping!).

You’ll be fine 🙂

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Historic Chapel

andielle:  I have always been on the slimmer side (not by choice, just can’t gain weight). Before I got pregnant I was 92 pounds, I measure 5’2′. My baby was 9pounds 3 ounces when he was born, and I gained a total of 60 pounds during my pregnancy. Two weeks after I had the baby I had already lost 27 pounds, not even trying. A year after giving birth I was back to my pre pregnancy weight, (again not by choice). Is been almost two years and now I weight 100 pounds. Trust me just beacuase you are pettite doesn’t mean your baby will be small, you’ll be surprised at what our bodies can do.

Post # 20
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

andielle:  If you’re in the US I’ve found Motherhood Maternity (motherhood.com) to be good for petite basics.  I have tops and bottoms from here, the leggings and sweaters fit incredibly well on me.  I tried on a pair of petite Jessica Simpson jeans not expecting much and they are the best jeans I’ve ever bought!  The length is perfect which never happens for me and they fit all over and haven’t sagged at all.

Looking at the website apeainthepod.com and destinationmaternity.com seem to be the same company but I haven’t had much experinece with them.  

The quality of the clothes suits me and will last the pregnany and a bit beyond but they aren’t designer or anything, you do get what you pay for.  Hope that helps 🙂

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

My colleagues wife is 5.3 and she gave birth to twins naturally and they were 7 ibs each!! Mind you her belly was huge lol!

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

My SIL would tell me over and over again throughout my pregnancy that I was going to need a c section bc I was so small. I’m 5’1 prepregnancy 96lbs. I gave birth to my DS completely naturally. I just had to roll my eyes at her everytime she said it. Every single body is different and it definitely doesn’t matter how petite you are. 

I gained 22 lbs during my pregnancy n was back to normal weight 3 months after, so don’t sweat it. Your belly will get huge but you’ll love your belly bump once it’s here! Don’t let stupid people say stupid things and scare you. 

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

andielle:  Seraphine. http://www.seraphine.com/us/?___store=seraphine_us

I’m 5’3″, 105-109 lbs (with lots of muscle) and I fit their XS (size 2) dresses perfectly even though I’m not pregnant. I’m normally a size 00, 24 pants, or XXS, so don’t let a different size chart scare you away. They have some great things and say that your non-pregnant size should work fine for your pregnancy in their clothing.

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My mother in law was about your size, mayne a teeny bit smaller, and both her kids were between 9.5 and 10lbs. As other posters said, your size really doesn’t matter much at all Unless you’re unhealthily under or over weight. 

Post # 25
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Bumble bee

That’s about the size my mum was and my brother and I were gigantic! She had two relatively easy pregnancies. I’m much taller and 38 weeks, so in total awe of how she did it!

She had c sections both times, because my head got stuck in her pelvis. 

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I was a size 0/2 before pregnancy and I’m 30 weeks with twins right now. So far I gained almost 30 pounds…on track to probably gain 45 in total which is normal for twins. I think I look huge bc I am petite but everyone keeps saying I look like I’m only carrying 1 baby (they might just be being nice tho lol). I know plenty of petite people who had vaginal births so don’t worry! 

Post # 27
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m currently 25 weeks with twins and am quite large! I am only 5’3 with a short torso so not much room for babies! This picture was taken at 24 weeks!

Post # 28
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Helper bee

Your size has very little to do with your ability to have a healthy vaginal delivery. I was 5’4 and 92 lbs when I got pregnant, gained 20-25 lbs basically in my belly only and had an almost 7lb baby with no issues at 38 weeks.  My belly wasn’t even that big – every body carries differently. Idk where the babies hide but they are little Houdini’s! Your hips move and expand to accommodate a baby, and if they don’t yoire size doesnt necessarily have anything to do with it. I wouldn’t worry about it. If it’s an issue, luckily we have the ability to keep moms and baby’s safe with c-sections.

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Post # 29
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Helper bee

andielle:  finding maternity clothes is so hard! H&M is great for pants And old navy for basic shirts. Even motherhood a xs petite is huge on me!

Post # 30
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Busy bee

I’m 5’5 and my sister is 5’10. We had babies one month apart. I remember discussing with her how weird it felt to have my boobs resting on my giant belly, and she was like “what on Earth are you talking about?” Since she is so much taller, her belly was much farther away from her boobs than mine was! Ha-ha. Other than that though, we both had very normal deliveries. Actually with her first, they were minutes away from giving her a c section before deciding to try pushing one more time, which fortunately was successful.

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