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#1 Wineandchocolate

Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:24 PM

I'm absolutely convinced that after having two babies within 18mths of each other, my rib cage is not the same as it used to be.  It feels more 'expanded' than it once did, and the lowest rib also now seems to be much lower down (effectively making my waist much smaller).  Intuitively, it makes sense that this could/would happen as the rib cage expands to make room for the baby, and that it's not necessarily going to contract back to its pre-pregnancy state.

DH, however, doesn't think this is possible.  I'm sure he thinks I'm just making up excuses for not having a waist anymore happy.gif

What do you think?

#2 erindiv

Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:29 PM

It certainly can happen and did to me after DD. My ribcage is a lot bigger at the bottom than before and I get a fair bit of pain in my lowest ribs if I lay on my stomach because they stick out significantly. It is larger from side to side, too. I hate it.

#3 mum201

Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:49 PM

Mine definitely have after just one.

#4 heart-beat

Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:52 PM

yep mine did. I have many side-zip dresses that I can no longer wear for this reason.

#5 carriesshoes

Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:58 PM

Mine are wider too.  I've had two babies and am now the same weight I was prior to my first child who's almost 4 years old.  I'm not the same size around the ribs though.  Many of my old clothes don't fit my rib cage any more, and are far too tight.

#6 ~cake~

Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:29 PM

I'm pretty sure mine have as we'll. I'm short so baby space was at a premium, and I've got lots of tops now that I don't have a hope in hell of ever fitting into again. My weight isn't that different, but my shape has definitely changed

#7 mmuc83

Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:40 PM

QUOTE (carriesshoes @ 07/12/2012, 02:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Mine are wider too.  I've had two babies and am now the same weight I was prior to my first child who's almost 4 years old.  I'm not the same size around the ribs though.  Many of my old clothes don't fit my rib cage any more, and are far too tight.

Mine too - i tried on a few tops and dresses that used to fit and they don't fit like their used to... i'm the same weight as prior to kids - but everything has changed!

#8 I am a shape

Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:46 PM

Everything has changed shape. My hips are definitely wider set.

#9 whydoibother

Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:42 PM

yep they got bigger everytime even my feet have! :/

#10 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:29 PM

My rib cage has definitely expanded after having kids, along with my hips-there is no way I will ever fit into some of the clothes I wore pre-kids, even though I am only a kg or two heavier now.

#11 ubermum

Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:34 PM

Thankfully no, but my feet are bigger.

#12 melaine

Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:42 PM

I was an 8-10 around the ribs in bras pre
Kids. In pregnancy I went to a 16 and my ribs hurt from 2 weeks onwards. Constant burning pain.

I'm now a 12 in most bras even though I'm the same weight and have no back fat etc. I still do the same tops join because my boons shrank...

#13 ~ky~

Posted 08 December 2012 - 03:37 AM

Yes. My entire body shape has changed.

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