A mother who was mocked for having a “large” baby belly will not succumb to pregnancy stigma.
Eliana Rodriguez, aged 29, just gave birth to her second child, Sebastian. Despite the fact that Rodriguez’s pregnancy and child were both healthy, comments like “You are big,” “You seem to be expecting twins,” and “Have you looked to see if there’s another kid in there?” Rodriguez’s pregnancy and her unborn kid were both well. She must feel quite uneasy.
A large belly during pregnancy may indicate some health issues, but it can also be totally normal and the result of the woman’s body expanding. Rodriguez reassured her that she and her toddler are in good health.
“Both of my children were born weighing 8.3 pounds due to my huge pregnancies. At birth, my newborn baby was 20.5 inches, while my 3-year-old daughter Sofia was 19.5 inches.”
While Instagram trolls are easy to ignore, Rodriguez said that most individuals are also nosy in person.
Although she acknowledged being aware of the mystery, Rodriguez insisted that she had never been impolite in her response. “Yes, I am enormous and it’s hard,” I remark.
The owner of a health and wellness-focused business in Las Vegas, Nevada, Rodriguez, said, “I wondered why my tummy was bigger than other girls’. My doctors informed me that due to my shorter torso and being only 4’11”, it was common.”
Rodriguez started showing up two months ago.
“I am an open person, so I was so thrilled that I wanted to share,” she concluded. “We were hoping for a son when we tried for a second kid.”
Rodriguez carried a lot of amniotic fluid during her pregnancy, which fills the amniotic sac and protects the fetus while allowing it to move.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “polyhydramnios” is an excess that occurs in 1% to 2% of pregnancies. Despite the fact that it can result in premature labor, the majority of cases are unproblematic.
Despite having a lot of amniotic fluid, Rodriguez’s doctors ruled that she did not have polyhydramnios.
“They measured the baby’s size and the amount of fluids,” she explained.
Other causes of extra fluid, according to Dr. Kiarra King of Chicago, Illinois (who did not treat Rodriguez), include maternal diabetes and fetal anatomical defects.
Furthermore, polyhydramnios is not the only cause of a pregnant woman’s bigger belly. A patient may appear to be further along in the pregnancy than they actually are due to fetal macrosomia, maternal obesity, or Diastasis Recti, which occurs when the abdominal muscles separate during pregnancy following previous pregnancies.
Fortunately, Rodriguez avoided all of these issues.
Rodriguez underlined her desire for people to refrain from making pregnancy- and body-shaming statements when dealing with the intrusive questions. She claimed that body image criticism could put women who are suffering from pregnant or postpartum depression “in a bad place.”
“I understand that some people have less sympathy for others,” Rodriguez remarked. “I am a religious woman, and I feel so bad for people who use hurtful remarks,” she declared.