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I look pregnant after I eat


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So I like my body, it's not at it's best right now and for my height (which I recently found out that I am not 5'5 but actually 5'3) I am overweight. But this is temporary cause soon enough, I'll look back a be like "ya I use to be fat".

Moving on, the one thing I hate hate hate and I have always had an issue with this...after I eat anything my stomach looks like it is 5 months pregnant. What is up with that, before I didn't mind cause I was a lot skinnier but now that I am packing the pounds, I can't afford to walk around looking pregnant and fat, besides it gets harder to hide the fatter you become.

And I know I am not exaggerating, because people have commented on this strange ability that I have a few times before. I just don't understand why it happens. I could eat a cracker and look puffy or a steak and have the same puffy look but it mainly happens after meals. And by the end of the night my stomach looks way bigger than it did when I first got up in the morning. And also, after the gym it does the same funky popping out..hanging there thing and I can't suck it in...it won't let me.

Can anyone out there tell me, why this happens? Or if this happens to anyone else...

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Yeah, it happens to me too! Frown I can look pretty pregnant too, like 3 or 4 months. I think it happens to most people normally, but it seems to be a bigger problem for some.

either you're too skinny or you're eating too much in a sitting.  or both.  or you're exaggerrating.

Is it possibly WHAT you are eating?? Do you eat a lot of Yeast based products? I have IBS, and when I was younger (like 5 years old) I used to bloat massively whenever I ate bread... My stomach would protude a good 4 inches further than usual, and it would be rock hard. Also, for some people mushrooms, bananas, red wine, milk and such can have a similar effect....

Hope this helps

I hear ya!  Certain foods make me super bloaty.  The biggest thing for me is not over-eating.  Also, don't drink liquids while eating, it dilutes stomach acid from digesting food.  Also, you might have a food intollerance.  Like alicandra said, many foods cause bloat, you just need to find out which ones and avoid them!

Thanks for the replies guys! I think it might be something with what types of food cause just like alicandra said use to happen to her...mine gets hard like a hard protruding soccer ball and I can't suck it in. I didn't mind it before but it's pretty bad now and it's quite embarrassing so I think I might go get it checked out.  It is definitely not normal bloating.

pgeorgian, thanks for your input, but I am not skinny I have a BMI of 27 and I am on a diet so I don't let myself eat to much. I thought that it was just me who noticed (and so I didn't really mind cause you can always hide it and its been happening all my life) but my roommate commented on it just recently and we aren't really friends so it was strange to hear it from someone else and now I am convinced that other people notice to but don't say anything

Maybe you need to strengthen your stomach muscles. I know that's my problem.

I just realized another possible explanation. Do you happen to have a small chest? I do, and because my chest is so small, my stomach looks huge in comparison. I have to have a completely flat stomach to NOT look pregnant basically.

If I happen to eat too much in one sitting, or even if I just eat a lot of vegetables at once, the subsequent bloating (and possibly water retention) add up to making me look a little bit pregnant.  Not 5 months though, lol. 

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OMG I have a similar problem, everytime I eat I look pregnant, its gross. Then i have to wait forever for it to go back down to normal, but then of course I guess overeat and look pregnant again. Nice cycle! i'm not really sure what to do either

Dont worry dear you can fit your body but you have to do lots of hard work like 

1) Daily go for morning and evening walk.

2) Try to control oily food.

3)Take soup.

Mine does that as well and always has.  My boyfriend likes to comment on it:)  Same deal for me, when I was very fit I didn't really care but now I hate it because it shows my weight issues so much more.  I also discovered since this was the first time that I gained weight in my life that I gain virtually all of it in my upper body and end up with that weird disproportionately large stomach, muffin top, shoulders, rib area, etc and still have a small butt.  Maybe that's part of it, where I show my weight....

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Mine does that as well and always has. My boyfriend likes to comment on it:) Same deal for me, when I was very fit I didn't really care but now I hate it because it shows my weight issues so much more. I also discovered since this was the first time that I gained weight in my life that I gain virtually all of it in my upper body and end up with that weird disproportionately large stomach, muffin top, shoulders, rib area, etc and still have a small butt. Maybe that's part of it, where I show my weight....

This is exactly what happened to me, I have pretty much been satisfied with my body, I still am but I would love to go back to the way I use to be.

I have always been 110-120lbs, I was never naturally skinny I was just very active and did a ton of sports. I think being on the cross country team allowed me to be at a decent weight range most of my teen years.

When I quit the team in my last year of high school,  I began to put on a lot of weight. I went from 110 to 150, which is a large fluctuation in such a short time. So things that didn't bother me before bother me so much more now cause they are a lot easier to spot because of my weight. The pregnant belly is what I hate the most and it makes me look even more disproportional. I'm 5'3 and now that I am "fat" I really do feel short and chubby where as before my height didn't bother me cause my weight suited it.  

Have you ever been tested for food intolerances?  I think a gluten intolerance makes your stomach bloat, doesn't it? 

I agree that it sounds like some type of allergy. To me, it sounds like you may be intolerant to gluten, which could be celiac disease. It may sound bad but it's not--lots of folks have it. You may want to try eating gluten-free for a couple of meals and see if there is a difference.

There is gluten in almost everything BUT there are wonderful alternatives. You can get gluten-free cookies, bread, sauces, crackers, etc. Read more about the symptoms here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celiac_disease

mine does this too but i am able to suck it in and hide it. i wonder why? i literally spend my entire day holding my stomach muscles tense so that i don't have a pregnant belly and i wonder if doing that has strengthened them

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mine does this too but i am able to suck it in and hide it. i wonder why? i literally spend my entire day holding my stomach muscles tense so that i don't have a pregnant belly and i wonder if doing that has strengthened them

I not sure, but I think that sucking your tummy in does strengthen your stomach muscles.

Basically the only thing keeping your internal organs from sagging out over your hips like a fat man beer belly is your abdominal muscles and a brain that keeps them strong.

If you do not keep your abdominal muscles strong, and if you do not maintain a proper posture, and if you do not consciously keep your stomach from sagging, your stomach WILL sag.  And it will get worse with age.

Everyone in the world looks pregnant after they eat if they let it happen.  We all have the same human abdominal cavity.

And 24/7 of anything isn't exercise, it is wear and tear.  That is why just sitting around isn't considered heart exercise, but running 40 minutes twice a week is.  The first one kills you sooner, the second one makes your heart beat less during the other 23/7, which wears your heart out less, making your live longer. 

Back on topic though, the only way to effectively make your stomach muscles stronger is to train them like any other muscle.  A variety of weights, a variety of repetition sets, a variety of different exercise, no more than 2-3 times a week, with an adequate diet of protein, carbohydrates, proper sleep, and good supporting diet and exercise.  Summary: eat well and do tens of ab crunches twice a week.

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you should see a nutritionist or dietician and find out the cause.  most will put you on a very limited diet and help you identify triggers.  mine was dairy....but it never upset my stomach or caused any other such problems.  a physician may test for celiac and other allergies, but that won't necessarily identify an "intolerance" vs. a true medical allergy.  even if you can't see a pattern between the bloating and what you eat, it sounds like classic food intolerance that could lead to bigger health problems if you ignore it

this happens to me. i have seen numerous doctors about it. i used to think it was just fat, but now i realize it is not fat. i have a muscular disorder in my abdomen.  i believe it may be diastrasis recti, but i have never been pregnant so it is not a common thing to see in people who have not been pregnant. the reason i know it is not fat is i recently decreased my body fat percentage from 28 percent to 16 percent. and still, i wake up with a flat stomach, define abdomen. by the end of the day i look 4 months pregnant. my doctor said it is a combination of gravity and food and water, my abdomen muscles are not connected to my linea alba properly and therefore my stomach allows all my insides to protrude and my muscles do not hold me together properly. i have done a LOT of research on my issue and it sounds like you have the same problem. i am still trying to figure it out. i have an appt for a CT scan to make sure it is not a medical problem and then i am going to a muscular specialist to see what he says. i feel your pain. after working my butt of to get my body fat percentage into the very lean category, i still look fat at the end of the day! it is SO frustrating! i wish i had an answer. good luck to you.

Original Post by pgeorgian:

 or you're exaggerrating.

 My money is on this.

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