Having a B Belly, also known as plus size pregnancy double belly, is something many pregnant women experience but it doesn’t get talked about very often. So we’re going to talk all about it!
What’s A B Belly?
When your belly has a “waistband” in the middle, so the belly gets “divided” between the top and the bottom – it’s a B Belly.
When you stand to the side your pregnancy bump looks like a B rather than a D. This belly shape is far more common during a plus size pregnancy. Women who have “muffin tops” usually get a B Belly during pregnancy.
If you start noticing any swelling, tenderness, or discomfort on the lower part of your belly, be sure to let your care provider know because it can be a sign of edema. Otherwise, know that carrying part of your bump high and part of your bump low is totally within the realm of “normal” and healthy.
What about maternity clothes and having a B Belly?
This can be a little challenging and as any form-fitting top or dress will show the shape of your belly. Belly bands are one of the best ways to conceal a B belly! Combine that item with plus size maternity dresses (that are flowy below the bust area) or plus size babydoll tops and you’re almost always guaranteed to look pregnant without emphasizing the B.
Does a B Belly ever become a D Belly?
Some women joke that they are ready to deliver when their B becomes a D.
With that said, some women never get to experience a complete D belly. This can be quite disappointing. Yet, there are countless women wouldn’t care about the shape of their body or how many stretch marks they got just for the opportunity to be pregnant.
Will my labor and birth be different because of my B Belly?
Having a B Belly doesn’t have an influence on labor or the type of birth you’ll have. Women with a larger lower abdominal area will need to take special care when recovering from a c-section. We have care instructions within this article, C-Section for Plus Size Women.
If you have a B Belly you’re not alone!
Let’s hear from women about their experiences having a B Belly…
“When I got pregnant not only did I learn to embrace my body but I owned it. I lost all sorts of modesty and showed it off like it was nothing. I even had my first ever professional photos of myself done. And if I say so myself I was proudly a plus-sized pregnant goddess.” – Courtney
“I always thought that I would have that cute little D belly that regular girls have until I realized I wasn’t regular, and that was okay. I was growing life inside me.” – Kayla
“I was so concerned that I would never actually look pregnant. I came to the decision that, it took me 9 long years for this little miracle to happen, I wasn’t going to let having a B belly get me down. During the middle of my 3rd trimester, I FINALLY looked pregnant. During my whole pregnancy, I just wore leggings pulled up over my belly and maternity skirts.” – Kimberly
“Belly band and full panel pants worked wonders!” – Gabby
“I have a B belly. My lower “flab” seems to just be hanging further down as I get bigger. I didn’t start looking or feeling pregnant until about 30 weeks.” – Brandie
“I had a b belly, but it wasn’t too noticeable in the clothes I wore. I only put 5 pounds on during my pregnancy so, besides not wearing maternity jeans, I practically just wore my normal clothes. Being pregnant totally changed how I view my body and that my body is able to do amazing things.” – Emily
“Wore a lot of babydoll styled tops and remembered that I was growing a miracle!” – Rachel
“Ladies embrace this beautiful time. I truly regret not embracing my plus size pregnancies and now that my girls are older they ask to see photos of me when they were in my belly and I have so very few to share. It breaks my heart.” – Jennifer
Remember that if you have a B Belly, it’s just a variation of normal.
Pregnancy bumps come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. See even more B Belly images below.
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