The lip shape and groove between the nose and upper lip are particularly well shown here. If you or your partner has a prominent groove, or philtrum, above the upper lip, your baby may too, or she may inherit characteristics that are somewhere in between.
Regardless of your size – and that of your baby – nature won’t let her grow too large for you to be able to give birth.
Your body shape isn’t an indication of whether you’ll have an easy birth. The size of your hips is not always a good indication of the size of your pelvis so having slender hips doesn’t mean you’ll have a difficult birth, and having larger “child-bearing” hips doesn’t mean you’ll have an easier birth.
What is known is that, although how big your child will be is determined genetically, women have an extra influence on the size of their babies while they are in the uterus. So, even if your child ends up growing to 1.80m (6ft) tall, if you’re small you’ll limit how big she gets in the uterus. This makes sense – if you’re small, you wouldn’t be able to deliver a hefty 5.5kg (12lb) baby, so your body limits the baby’s size at delivery. Your baby will then catch up on her expected growth after the birth.
There’s a condition called cephalo-pelvic disproportion in which the baby is too big or the pelvis is too small for the baby to engage. An MRI scan will be performed to get exact measurements.
As you marvel at the size of your bump, you may be concerned about how you’ll ever deliver your baby. But don’t worry – nature is on your side.
Do twins run out of room to turn around in the womb?
It does tend to be the case that, in the third trimester, twins find a position and settle there at an earlier stage of pregnancy than if there was just one baby. Generally, with twin pregnancies, there seems to be a lot less movement in presentation from about 32–34 weeks. How your twins are likely to be delivered depends largely on the direction that the twin who is lowest in the pelvis is facing. If this twin is head down, then a vaginal delivery should be possible and the second twin may be able to be gently coaxed to turn head down.
After giving birth, your body will spring back into shape overnight; you’ll be bursting with energy and raring to go. That’s one scenario! The other – more realistic – possibility is that you’ll find yourself struggling to get breastfeeding established and to clean your teeth before teatime. If you don’t like living in a mess, act now to prevent resentment (and the washing) building up in a few months’ time.
Talk to your partner now about how you’re going to split the chores once you’re parents.
Your “job” will be to nurture your newborn, so you’ll need domestic backup, if possible, particularly during the first few weeks. Recruit helpers (family and friends; or pay professionals if need be). Delegate so that you won’t have to think about shopping, cooking, or cleaning.
New parents need their own space , so it’s never too early to organize some babysitters for a few weeks after the birth. If you’re breastfeeding, you’ll need to express your milk.
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