by Lindsay Mack, March 19, 2021
As the fetus continues to grow, this hard part of your belly will extend upward because the uterus is growing and putting pressure against the skin. But it’s not your actual uterus that’s getting hard, Dr. Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH, FACOG explains to Romper via email. In fact, the uterus is actually softened by the hormones associated with pregnancy, she says, so the firmness really comes from pressure of the contents within (AKA your baby).
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