Fashion designer Yiota Kouzoukas says her small baby bump at 9 months pregnant is because of past endometriosis surgery

By Julie Mazziotta
January 19, 2018 10:24 AM
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Fashion designer Yiota Kouzoukas wants to educate people on how different pregnant bodies can look.

The co-owner of Australian brand Sabo Skirt is 9 months pregnant with her first child, a boy, and has received tons of messages and questions about her small baby bump. Kouzoukas explained to her Instagram followers that her past endometriosis surgeries — along with the tilt of her uterus and her naturally taut stomach — made her pregnancy somewhat unnoticeable.

“For the first four months of my pregnancy, my uterus was retroverted/tilted which means that [the baby] was growing backwards into my body rather than outwards,” she wrote on Instagram. “Most people with this type of uterus tilt forward at around 12 weeks and continue growing outwards like you normally would.”

But the switch took longer for Kouzoukas because of her endometriosis.

“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,” she said. “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.”

Credit: Yiota Kouzoukas/Instagram

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Kouzoukas said her small bump is also partially due to her strong abs that stuck around through her pregnancy, but they put her at a higher risk for diastasis recti, a condition that separates the abs and can leave large spaces in the stomach postpartum.

“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,” she said. “This is for me personally, as instructed by my doctor and is in no way a blanket rule for anyone else.”

The main thing that Kouzoukas wants to emphasize, though, is that every body is different.

“I’m perfectly healthy, baby is perfectly healthy and that’s all that matters,” she said. “Our bodies and bumps are all different and our shapes and sizes are all different too.”