This Woman's Retroverted Uterus Caused Her Baby Bump to 'Grow Backwards'

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Kouzoukas tells SELF that she didn't show at all until she was five months pregnant, adding that she "only really popped at six months. " She said on Instagram that, in her case, this was “because of the backwards tilted position paired with decade old endometriosis scarring that I have on my uterosacral ligaments. ” Essentially, she explains, “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,” she continued.

However, having one or the other doesn’t mean anything is wrong with you—it’s just the way your supporting ligaments are set up. "There are no complications associated with the position of the uterus, it's simply an anatomical description," Sherry Ross, M. D. , an ob/gyn and women's health expert at California’s Providence Saint John’s Health Center, tells SELF.

In the caption, she notes that she's getting a lot of criticism for her lack of a baby bump. “For the first four months of my pregnancy, my uterus was retroverted/tilted which means that I was growing backwards into my body rather than outwards,” she wrote next to a photo of herself in underwear. “Most people with this type of uterus tilt forward at around 12 weeks and continue growing outwards like you normally would.

But people even said things to her like "no more baby," implying something was off with her pregnancy, which Kouzoukas says made her "a little bit paranoid" that something had gone wrong. “It's important to note that ‘looking pregnant’ varies for all women,” Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron, M. D. , Director of Fertility Preservation at Fertility Centers of Illinois, tells SELF.

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