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What’s a B Belly?

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!

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.

If you have a B Belly you’re not alone!

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.

Related: Dear Plus Size Mom: A Letter from a Labor and Delivery Nurse

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.

Remember that if you have a B Belly, it’s just a variation of normal.

Pregnancy bumps come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

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