Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2014 - Baby #2 due Sep 2017
Hello Bees, I’ve been self conscious of my stomach area for months now, and it suddenly occured to me that the Bee is a website full of women who can answer my question!! So, is it normal for one’s stomach to stick out?
When I haven’t eaten anything (so after waking up), my stomach is usually quite flat, but as soon as I eat something it feels a bit swollen (though I wonder if this is is psychological as I never used to have this feeling) and sometimes my stomach feels hard and sticks out to make me look 3 months pregnant!! Which, by the way, I am not 🙂 I try to do crunches every now and them but I’m a pretty lazy person :/ Obviously I bloat around there when I’m on my period, but recently I often have this bloated feeling randomly throughout the month.
If it helps, I’m 26, no kids, 5’3/160cm and 51kg/112 lbs and have regular urm, movements 😛
Bees, am I normal?
Here’s a drawing I made:Added a poll because everyone likes polls!
Post # 3
Totally normal. It sticks out a little like that because you’ve eaten that day… digestion and whatnot. That’s why it goes back down at night.
Post # 4
@MrsYoshida: I don’t think whether others have flat stomachs or not will help because everyone has a different body type! My body doesn’t store fat in my midsection, but lord knows I do squats and other lower body work outs religiously since that’s where my weight tends to settle.
And just so you know, that grass isn’t greener 😉 I’d trade my flat stomach for super lean legs or small boobs any day! Your stomach is totally normal.
Post # 5
Girl, calm down!!!! Let me put this in perspective- when I was in the army, I had to be around other women nude in the showers. And these are fit, athletic woman, not a single one of them had a flat stomach, and they pointed that out to me.
I personally have a flat stomach- but I am not normal. I have modeled for a living in the past. I repeat- I am not normal.
In the modeling world- you try to avoid eating before photoshoots, avoid carbs, etc, excessive water intake, avoid salty foods. Sometimes if my abs are going to pretty prevalant during a shoot, I would do quite a bit of ab exercises to make the stomach seem even more toned. Hence why all the models look ridiculously perfect. Because it’s a picture for a second 😉
I hope this helps put some things in perspective, that even models do things to make their abs look even more awesome in pictures?
Cheer up sweet Mrs.Yoshida! Don’t let yourself get you down. You are in the majority of women.xo
Post # 6
I voted ”girl, calm down …”, although I share exactly your fear/anxiety. I always saw myself as having a huge tummy, while it’s actually almost flat. I remember that one day, I was maybe 7 or 8, I was getting out of the tub and my babysitter looked at me and exclaimed : ”you’re so cute ! you still have your little baby tummy !”. I didn’t realize this until recently, but that’s exactly when I started feeling self-conscious about that part of my body.
When I met my fiancé a year ago, I had already started to lose a bit of weight (I’m now 125lbs for 5’7) and I still felt as if I had a round belly. My fiancé repeated and repeated to me : ALL WOMEN are made like this. He is an infographist, also. He started showing me before and after pictures of Photoshopped models, actresses, singers. I fell off my chair, litterally ! You don’t even KNOW how much they are re-done, how fake these pictures are. And unless you want to look anorexic, most women do have a little tummy when seen from the side.
Honestly, ever since, I’ve had a totally different way of looking at myself in the mirror. I now consider I have a ”flat” belly.
Post # 7
A little pooch is normal. It really depends on the woman. Some store fat in the belly. Others in the hips and butt. 5’3″, 112 is slim. I’m the same height, and my “happy weight” is 135. I’m more than that now.
Post # 8
I voted for corruption. I hope you find peace on this topic.
Post # 9
Sounds normal, but since we’re not doctors, you might want to ask a professional at your next check-up for peace of mind.
My stomach sticks out way more but then I am not in good shape right now 😛
Post # 10
Everyone has a little belly. Women are meant to have a bit of fat on them, and plenty of thin and atheltic gals have some curve to their stomachs as well. It’s totally normal.
Post # 11
@MrsYoshida: I’m pretty close to your height, and I’m a few lbs lighter. I don’t go to the gym, but I dance, and my tummy sticks out like that, especially if I eat a lot (I usually do lol). Don’t worry! It’s normal 😀
Post # 12
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I used to work out with a trainer 3 days a week and even then I still had a small pooch. I’ve never had any children so my trainer said it was just the way I was built and that few women are able to have a completely flat tummy all the time. Trainers and body builders and models do special short term workouts and diets right before photo shoots to achieve the flat tummy. Even Jillian Michaels references it in one of her You Tube videos.
Post # 13
Just adding, OP, there are many ways you can ”camouflage” this area of your body if you’re self-conscious about is. Really, sometimes it’s all about the cut of your clothes and it distracts from where you feel uncomfortable (ex.: empire waist, high waist with details on the neckline to bring to eyes up, ruching on the fabric, etc.). 🙂
Post # 14
It’s normal for a lot of people. Some people don’t store fat in their stomachs at all, just in other places… those people more often models than other body types, I think.
I have disliked my tummy since I was in 5th grade… not saying that is healthy, I know it was ridicuous that I thought my stomach was too big at age 10, at a healthy weight, but it’s true mine naturally looks a bit “pregnant” because that’s one place my body stores fat, even when the rest of me is very thin. Hence, the pregnant appearance if I am bloated, stand a certain way, or wear certain clothes.
I used to be a ballet dancer (not professionally!) and I learned to tighten my core muscles as part of good posture. When I do this, which is not the same as “sucking in”, my pooch is not as noticible. It also stregthens your abs and gives you better balance and posture.
It has taken me a long time to accept my body type, especially since I have the completely wrong body for a ballerina, which was hard to hear at a young age.
OP, if you are getting super bloated very often (the “hard” feeling of your stomach sticking out), you should talk to a doctor. You could have food allergies, intolerences, or some kind of intestinal issue.
Post # 15
- Wedding: June 2014 - Baby #2 due Sep 2017
@chic_and_fabulous: Wow, that was really helpful, thank you 🙂
@NauticalDisaster: Wow, great to hear from your FI, very reassuring 🙂
@kaylee26: Pooch is such a cute word, makes it sounds more like a feature than a problem area 😛 I’ll use that from now on!
@bklynbridetobe: Thank you!
@beachbride1216: Nice to hear a trainer said that.
Post # 16
Mine is normally flat (that’s not where I store my fat) but sometimes its bloated or full. I don’t think it would be humanly possible that it would always be flat.