My petite cousin went on a very funny hormonal rant the other day on Facebook that I wanted to share with you. (She gave me permission to share verbatim – other than her cursing.
“…Guess what people?… when someone is pregnant, they get big. really big. Especially short ladies. Why? Because babies are roughly 7.5 pounds and almost 2 feet long when they come out. Where the “f” are they supposed to hang out until then?”
“When one is tall and skinny, such as (expletive removed) Giselle, there is a nice long body cavity to hide the exact same size bump as I have. That’s right, I said cavity. And if you want me to get really gross, I also have 50% more blood in my body right now. Plus about 10-15 pounds of extra bodily fluid and 5 pounds of a giant uterus and placenta. ”
“For women to compete to be “petite” during pregnancy is impossible and dangerous and maddening when it’s happening to you. Stop asking pregnant women if they are going to “pop” or have multiples, because most of the time, they aren’t. They are normal sized people carrying a developing human being and it’s an unbelievably incredible feat for a body to do. I still have a hard time believing it’s possible for my body to be doing what’s it doing right now.”
She then linked to a People story where Alyson Hannigan says about the same thing – although with less colorful language.
I think she’s right though about petite women looking larger and more like they’re ready to pop because they baby has no place to go but out.
There is a mom at church that looked like that. I kept thinking it was going to be twins or she was due any day. I was surprised to see her at church each week still pregnant.
Were you a petite (short) pregnant woman who looked ready to pop early on? Did you get as irritated as my cousin with comments about the size and location of your belly? What is the best response for a petite woman when asked about her largeness?