Toddlers: 12 - 24 Months

Did anyone measure the circumference of their pregnant belly?

I know this is a stupid question, and I didn't the first time around, but did anyone measure later in pregnancy? I am judging for a dress I need to order for when I am 3 weeks away from giving birth! I know all women are different but I am guess I am just curious if anyone did and remembers or if anyone has ever heard of an "average" circumference of a pregnant woman's belly when they are 8 or 9 months pregnant.
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Re: Did anyone measure the circumference of their pregnant belly?

  • I believe "average" is 1 cm per week
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    I believe "average" is 1 cm per week
    That's not around, that's belly button down to top of something, I can't remember.

    It's the top of the pubic bone to the edge of the uterus. On average your fundal height should grow around 1cm per week and match in cm to the number of weeks you are. Within 2cm is considered "normal".

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  • 2 days before my c section. My friend just had to know! And I was 55.5 inches around. Yeah, it hurt. Granted, there were two in there.... 

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  • There's not going to be an "average" because it will also depend on what your waist circumference was when not pregnant. 
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  • image sillypit:
    There's not going to be an "average" because it will also depend on what your waist circumference was when not pregnant. 

    True! They measured me at my shower. At 29w I was 48" around, but like a pp, there were two in there. I'm not sure what I was before delivery. Huge. ;)

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  • image sillypit:
    There's not going to be an "average" because it will also depend on what your waist circumference was when not pregnant. 

    and also how you gain weight

    I was all belly. If I had gained (the same amount of weight) everywhere, I'm sure my belly would have looked a little less like a torpedo, and my waist circumference would not have increased so drastically.

    To answer your question, OP, we played a game at my baby shower where people had to guess the circumference. I still have those numbers written down. It looks like I increased by about 14 inches.

  • Sorry I'm late to this but I measured and I was around 41 inches I believe.  Prior to preg my waist was around 27 in, so like PP I "gained" around 14 inches of waist.
  • I would throw on one of the maternity shirts you wore with your first pregnancy and stuff it until it seems about the size you were (maybe compare to late pregnancy picture - I don't remember being as big as pictures show I was haha).   Maybe that's crazy, but it's the the first thing that came to mind!

    Is the dress stretchy in the stomach? How accurate do your measurements need to be? 

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