Women undergo many spectacular changes during pregnancy, with the most obvious growing a 6-9 pound baby in 9 months from a single cell almost too small to be seen with the naked eye. Obviously, this requires some alteration of the internal anatomy, as organs are squished and/or moved up, down, or aside. If you want to see a drawing of what this looks like (and it is really quite interesting, so I highly recommend it), click here. And as you look at it, notice that the spine is different, depending on whether the woman is pregnant or not. That is one of the many anatomical differences between men and women — the female spine is designed to accommodate the massive increase in belly (at least the weight of the child, and frequently 25-60 pounds of weight gain in 9 short months, although not all of the extra weight is carried in the abdomen).
Posted on June 17, 2009 by Kathy