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Does This Uterus Make My Stomach Look Fat?

mom23mangosmom23mangos Posts: 2,830Member Member Posts: 2,830Member Member
It seems there have been a slew of posts lately of slender women thinking there is something wrong with their stomachs because they aren't completely flat. Instagram and photoshop have warped our views of what a normal female body looks like. Not to mention that female body shapes and fat storage patterns change as we transition through puberty, after childbirth and through menopause. We have extra internal organs, hormones affecting water retention, not to mention extra fat is needed to support giving life to another human.

I thought this blog was fantastic.

https://marcird.com/blog/does_uterus_my_make_me_look_fat/

I get it...no one LIKES having extra fat on their tummy, BUT it is perfectly normal. I feel like we need to have a sister companion to the "So you want a nice stomach" thread showing what "normal" nice stomachs look like. I'm not talking about people in competition prep, but what a bodybuilder looks like in the off season. What women with a normal BMI look like. Yes, you can work hard, eat right and have an awesome stomach, but chances are you are still going to have rolls when you bend over, your lower abdomen is going to curve somewhat and if you don't stand up straight, your gut will push out.

I'd love to see women in the normal BMI range post front and side pics along with the following information so people can see the wide range of "normal". I'd also love to see ladies who fall outside the normal range due to above average muscle mass so that people can see that weighing more is not necessarily a bad thing.

Age:
BMI or Height/Weight/Bone Structure:
BF%: If you know
Number of Pregnancies:
Medical Conditions affecting appearance: ex. Diastasis Recti, Retroverted Uterus, Scoliosis, Fibroids, etc.
Primary form of exercise: ex. Weights, Biking, Running, Pilates, etc.
Number of years doing aforementioned exercise:

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edited August 2018
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  • mom23mangosmom23mangos Posts: 2,830Member Member Posts: 2,830Member Member
    Good point @jjpptt2. I will add number of years exercising to the pertinent information. Over 2 years recomping for me.

    Shoot - the edit time has elapsed on the initial post. Ladies, also include number of years doing the aforementioned exercise.
    edited August 2018
  • nutmegoreonutmegoreo Posts: 14,781Member Member Posts: 14,781Member Member
    Good point @jjpptt2. I will add number of years exercising to the pertinent information. Over 2 years recomping for me.

    Shoot - the edit time has elapsed on the initial post. Ladies, also include number of years doing the aforementioned exercise.

    You should be able to PM one of the mods and ask them to edit the OP for you.

    Great thread idea!
  • New_Heavens_EarthNew_Heavens_Earth Posts: 549Member Member Posts: 549Member Member
    No pics of me. Not brave enough.

    SW 208
    Cw 150
    2 kids.
    Double hernia repair- umbilical and ventral
    Lordosis of lower spine with herniated disks
    Tilted uterus with Mirena causing a heck of a lot of bloating

    I walk with my abs contracted most of the time to brace my back.

    Very aware that female anatomy affects how flat your stomach is, that's just reality. Thanks for this post.

    Sorry didn't include exercise.
    Several years of weight training. Currently doing Spinning, running, step aerobics, mostly DVDs, and 80 Day obsession. Thinking of starting Crossfit.
  • Cassandraw3Cassandraw3 Posts: 1,010Member Member Posts: 1,010Member Member
    I'm posting even though I technically have an "overweight" BMI. 5'4" and 150 lbs.

    Age: 30
    BMI: 25.7
    BF%: ~27-28%
    Number of pregnancies: 1
    Medical conditions affecting appearance: none
    Primary forms of exercise: CrossFit and running

    Did CrossFit for 8 months prior to being pregnant (August 2014-March 2015). Took some time off balancing work/mom/relationship and started back at it in December 2017. Running, I have done on and off since 2012.

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