This Woman's Baby Bump Is Tiny for a Reason, Not That It's Any of Your Business

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Taking regular bump pics is a pregnancy rite of passage. It's amazing to look at photos side by side and see the way your body changes as your baby grows. But while everyone's body is different, people can be way harsh (not to mention totally rude) if your body doesn't meet their idea of what a pregnant woman is "supposed" to look like. Yiota Kouzoukas has a medical condition that results in her baby bump looking much smaller than most, and she's letting people know that questioning a pregnant woman's body is never, ever cool.

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Kouzoukas, cofounder of the clothing line Sabo Skirt, is currently six months pregnant and expecting a little boy. While she's dealing with typical pregnancy woes like morning sickness, she is unique in that her uterus was tilted backwards for the first four months of her pregnancy. This meant that instead of Kouzoukas's developing a little round baby bump like many pregnant woman do, her son grew inside her torso. She posted a photo on Instagram explaining her condition and why she was frustrated with having to constantly defend the small size of her baby bump.

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"My uterus didn't 'flip forward' until well into being four months pregnant because of the backwards tilted position paired with decade old endometriosis scarring that I have on my uterosacral ligaments," Kouzoukas explains. "Basically, these ligaments are acting like anchors keeping my uterus 'inside' rather than 'outside,' which is why I appeared smaller than most people for the first four or five months." Can we get a moment of silence for how freaking amazing the human body is? It's fascinating that this is even a possibility -- that there's enough space for a uterus to flip backwards and a baby to grow among all the organs and other bits and pieces of Mom.

Kouzoukas says she's more hoping to spread awareness than she is upset by the constant inquires as to her bump size. But anyone who's ever experienced pregnancy brain knows it can be hard to remember where you left the keys you just had in your hands three seconds ago. She's having to explain to people time and time again things like "uterosacral ligaments." Damn, girl, you deserve a nap.

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She says slowly but surely, her bump is beginning to push out. "Now, at #6monthspregnant I'm growing forward just like everyone else while the scarring on my ligaments slowly breaks down," she writes. But even as her medical condition starts to let up, her natural physique will still play a part in how her bump looks, which is why it's still not cool for people to ask probing questions about it. "My torso is also short and my stomach is naturally toned which is keeping my belly super tight, so I've had to personally stop all ab exercises to avoid any issues with possible ab separation."

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Kouzoukas's post is a great example of why it's never, ever okay to make judgments about a pregnant woman's body just by looking at her. Some might assume that she's not eating enough to nourish her baby or that something's not right with the baby's development, but the truth is that the human body can do some pretty wild stuff, and the world would be a kinder place if we all kept an open mind instead of rushing to judgment. 

"I'm perfectly healthy, baby is perfectly healthy and that's all that matters," she writes. "Our bodies and bumps are all different and our shapes and sizes are all different too."

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