What a weird world is Pregnancy Land!
I had no idea that my abs would do something ridiculous when interacting with my massively pregnant belly: turn me into a Triangle Woman!
At the right you see what my 8.5-month pregnant belly looks like at rest. An innocent, moon-like orb, right?
Now scroll down to check out what happens when I flex my abs– an action necessary to struggle out of a couch or bend down…
BOOM: Triangle!!! (Yes, I am wearing brown with black sweatpants. Forgive my questionable pregnant style and focus on the funny triangle…)
What Does Triangle Belly Feel Like for Baby?
“Watch out!” yells Colin. “You’re gonna squish our little guy with your crazy triangle abs!”
But never fear… our pumpkin boy seems fine. He dances in utero whether I’m flexing or not. In fact, he’s punching my ribs now. Maybe becoming a triangle is a cosy massage for him? They do say babies love being hugged tightly. Maybe he specifically enjoys a triangle-shaped squeeze?
What Does Pregnancy Triangle Mean?
What puzzles me is why I’ve never, ever heard of anyone else with this odd pregnancy symptom, despite obsessive research. Sure, I’ve written about 20 Funny Pregnancy Symptoms of the Third Trimester, but each of those symptoms is general knowledge among those who use iPhone pregnancy education apps. (You know, apps that liken the size of your fetus to different fruits. Good times.)
But… Triangle Abs? I’ve NEVER heard of anyone else having this goin’ on. Am I alone here? Is it due to my ridiculously strong torso as a result of my years of varsity high jumping and signature “L” back-bends around the world?
Either way, I’m happy that a symptom I have heard of — that your abs RIP IN HALF during pregnancy — appears to not yet be in effect in my body. Or… does this mean they HAVE ripped? Who knows. Anyway, we now have 2 weeks and 2 days until our Estimated Due Date. What final surprises does Pregnancy Land hold???
Regaining Core Strength and Abs After Pregnancy
Feb. 2021 Update: Looking back at this article, I definitely had some damage done to my core muscles during my two pregnancies. I’m thrilled to report, however, that it was all solvable through persistent (doctor-suggested) exercise over a series of years. Want to see the “after” photo? Click here to see my current ab results!
The author, Lillie Marshall, is a 6-foot-tall National Board Certified Teacher of English, fitness fan, and mother of two who has been a public school educator since 2003. She launched Around the World “L” Travel and Life Blog in 2009, and over 4.2 million readers have now visited this site. Lillie also runs TeachingTraveling.com and DrawingsOf.com. Subscribe to her monthly newsletter, and follow @WorldLillie on social media!