Pregnancy and Newborns

Pregnancy Bump Size and Shape: What’s Normal?

During my first pregnancy I measured small repeatedly and was eventually induced early due to Pixie’s failure to thrive. However, after my first growth scan came back okay, I became a little complacent: whereas I’d previously found myself worrying about normal pregnancy bump size and whether I fit into those parameters, the concern suddenly left me. And that, of course, was when things got serious…

Have you been told your bump is measuring too small or too big? Do you have concerns about whether your baby bump is the right size, the normal size, or a healthy size? Check out this post to see the normal range.
Have you been told your bump is measuring too big? Do you have concerns about whether your baby bump is the right size, the normal size, or a healthy size? Check out this post to see the normal range.

I’ve recently written about my experience during both pregnancies and the Grow Programme on which I’ve been placed this time, as a precautionary measure. I’ve been quite overwhelmed by the response, and the various conversations I’ve had have really got me thinking… Essentially, they’ve made me realise just how very vast the differences in bump size are woman to woman, and pregnancy to pregnancy. I’m not talking a subtle variance – it’s enormous.

I discovered this after asking some fellow bloggers to share their photos with me. I was amazed at what I saw, and also fascinated and awed.

Have you been told your bump is measuring small? Do you have concerns about whether your baby bump is the right size, the normal size, or a healthy size? Check out this post to see the normal range.

 

Normal Pregnancy Bump Size and Shape?

There’s No Such Thing!

The shots I saw really illustrate that there is no ‘normal’ when it comes to our bumps, so I want to share with you too!

Normal pregnancy bump size

L-R: Mummy in a Tutu – taken at 34+3 and baby born 34+5 at 5lb 9oz; The Mummy Adventure – taken at 38 weeks and baby born 39+3 at 7lb 13oz; Something About Baby – taken at 40+5 and baby born 40+11 at 10lb 3oz.

Normal pregnancy bump size

L – R: Family Fever taken at 35 weeks and baby a few days later at 6lb 4oz; Dear Mummy Bear – taken at 37+2 and baby born 37+5 at 6lb4.5oz; Miracle Max – taken at 30 weeks and baby born 39 weeks at 7lb exactly.

Normal Pregnancy bump size

L – R: The UnNatural Mother – taken at 40 weeks and baby born 40+4 at 7lb 6oz; Mummy to Dex – taken at 39 weeks and baby born 39+6 at 8lb 3oz; Lauren Foster – taken at 40+9 and baby born 40+10 at 9lb 5oz.

Normal Pregnancy bump size

L – R: Gemma Bussey – taken at 37 weeks and baby born 39+3 at 7lb 1oz; Gorgeous George’s Mama – taken at 38 weeks and baby born 40+6 at 7lb 12oz; Hannah Spannah – taken at 39+3 and baby born 3 hours later at 8lb 2oz.

Normal Pregnancy bump size

L – R: Sprog on the Tyne – taken at 38+5 and baby born 39 weeks at 7lb 11oz; Me, Him, the dog and a baby! – taken at 34+5 and baby born 36+4 at 4lb 8oz; Tattooed Tealady – taken at 40+5 and baby born 42 weeks at 8lb 8oz.

Naturally given my own experience I absolutely advocate following any guidance from your midwife regarding additional scans etc, but equally until you know something is not right, there’s no point jumping to conclusions or assuming the worst. After weeks of believing my second baby would be another tiny one, I’m now looking forward to the birth of a healthy-sized little one – whilst remaining mindful that there are no guarantees!

Are you surprised by the difference in bump size and shape here?

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6 Comments

  1. Something About Baby

    May 19, 2017 at 7:55 am

    This is such a great post – can’t believe how much the bump shapes and sizes vary goven the size of the babies. I still maintain that I wasn’t huge considering the size of my baby! Thanks for including my shot 🙂

    1. Kate Tunstall

      May 23, 2017 at 8:16 am

      Thanks so much, and for taking part!

  2. Nicola | Mummy to Dex

    May 19, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Love this! Thank you for including me. I feel all broody now, especially as it’s D’s first birthday tomorrow!

    1. Kate Tunstall

      May 23, 2017 at 8:16 am

      Thank you, and for taking part! Hope he had a lovely birthday!

  3. Gorgeousgsmama

    May 19, 2017 at 9:35 am

    So glad that your second bubba is measuring a reassuring size. For your piece of mind and to help you enjoy your pregnancy more than anything.

    There’s something about baby’s bumps that just fascinate me. I’m that person that’s always staring. I just love em. I love this post. It starts off looking like he snaller the baby the larger the bump but then seems to even out.

    Thanks so much for including me. And best of luck for the rest of your pregnancy 💋

    1. Kate Tunstall

      May 23, 2017 at 8:18 am

      Thanks so much! They fascinate me so much too. Hopefully people don’t object to the looks, haha!

      Thanks for taking part!

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