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Abdominal changes

Categories: Obstetrics or Midwifery

There is a slight flattening of the lower abdomen at
the second month, due to the sinking of the womb. There is also a slight

retraction (drawing back) of the navel. After the third month, when the

womb begins to ascend out of the pelvis, a progressive enlargement of the

abdomen begins and continues until near the end of pregnancy, when the

womb again sinks and the so-called lightening occurs. The protrusion of

the abdomen is more marked usually on the right side. There is often an

increased deposit of fat in the lower portion of the abdomen, as well as

on the hips and thighs. The navel may protrude after the sixth month,