Is Pregnancy Making Your Thighs & Hips Bigger & Wider? The Solution - Michelle Marie Fit (2023)

Did you know when you signed up for PREGNANCY, that your hips would grow proportionally to your belly?

LOL, I bet you didn’t!

Well, the truth is that for most women, they do. But that is only because they don’t take care of themselves during pregnancy. These are the women that use pregnancy as an EXCUSE to eat, eat and eat. Here are some great tips on what to eat when all you are craving is CARBS so that you can keep it healthy: What To Eat When You Crave Carbs.

I have tons of healthy recipes and more nutrition tips to help you in your pregnancy on my Pinterest Page. All organized for you to find them easily, and all free 🙂

The other truth is that your HIPS do have to EXPAND a little in order for the baby to be able to come out. So it is normal for you to see that difference and its almost immediately. It’s crazy how the body works, but hormones are released as soon as your pregnant that make your ligaments relax so that things like your pelvic bones can shift and make way for the baby. Unreal right? I remember feeling my hips expand with just a few weeks of pregnancy (Both times).

But, you can have that happen, but not gain any “weight” or “inches” in your thighs and butt. I mean, a little is normal because our dear friend ESTROGEN is roaming around in our body like crazy in order to support the pregnancy. But you can totally still fit in most your clothes and not feel huge. I wore my “REGULAR” stretchy jeans all throughout my pregnancy. Check out this MATERNITY PICTURE, I was almost 9 months pregnant and wearing my regular jeans……..

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This can be you!

But you have to control what you eat and not use this pregnancy as an excuse to “Eat For 2”. I mean you don’t by any means have to diet. I certainly didn’t and I did allow myself some splurges. I would eat a bagel a week which I normally don’t when I’m not pregnant, I usually stick to oatmeal which I love. But you just have to make GOOD CHOICES. You should want to anyways because everything you are eating now is affecting your little baby. So make good choices girlfriend.

So here is what I’m going to do for you. I’m going to give you a NUTRITION GUIDE with exactly what to eat, all the RECIPES, good SNACK OPTIONS, etc. So that you can get an idea of how you should be eating during your pregnancy so that you can be healthy, be creating the best possible environment for your baby, and so that you don’t gain EXCESS WEIGHT so that you are not super uncomfortable all during pregnancy and feeling huge and self conscious. And so that you can lose all your baby rather fast postpartum.

I made this 2-Week Nutrition Guide to give awayto all my pregos because I work with so many in my Fit Mom-To-Be Workout Program that always have so many NUTRITION questions. So, I figured I would make this in an easy to read, print and follow way to help you take the guesses out of how to eat optimally during your pregnancy. If you follow it and you EXERCISE, you will not just have a great pregnancy but you will feel CONFIDENT, RADIENT, GLOWING. You won’t be uncomfortable and have aches and pains because you’ve gained so much weight. You will have an easier labor and delivery. You will sleep better, have more energy. And you will seriously decrease your chances of falling into POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION.

I can’t wait for you to get this Nutrition Guide, the recipes are amazing, and there are so many different options for snacks. You are going to love it. Get it here: PREGNANCY NUTRITION GUIDE.

I know YOU can do this. I know you can have a super healthy and fit pregnancy because I work with thousands of pregnant women just like you on a daily basis. Yep, the awesome ladies that do my Fit Mom-To-Be Workouts. I get emails and FB Messages from them all the time telling me how great they feel, the compliments they are getting, and how confident and fit they feel. Check this out……

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I gained 20 lbs on both my pregnancies and lost all my baby weight within a month. I felt great! I had energy, I slept great, I wasn’t cranky, no aches and pains. I really enjoyed being pregnant. And those are the same results that my Fit Mom-To-BeLadies get as well. So that’s how I know that it’s not “just me” because I’m a trainer. But that if you are dedicated and committed to being healthy and fit during pregnancy and you follow a good plan, you can get the same results.

Listen, I have heard the horror stories of women who gain 60-80 lbs during pregnancy. It’s so easy if you don’t care about what you eat and you don’t stay active. In no time, the pounds pack on. I don’t know why women allow this to happen to their body’s and their baby’s. Did you know that EXERCISE is actually beneficial to your baby as well? Check this out……..

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Exercise is going to be a game changer for you during your pregnancy. It will help you not gain EXCESS WEIGHT, so your hips and thighs won’t get huge lol, you will be able to lose all your “Baby Weight” super fast, you won’t get super uncomfortable during pregnancy, your moods will be better, your confidence will be better. The benefits are crazy! Check out more BENEFITS OF EXERCISE DURING PREGNANCY and check out what the NEWS says about PREGNANCY FITNESS AND NUTRITION.

So, here is what I’m going to do…… I’m going to give you a sample pregnancy workout. Sort of like what I send in my Fit Mom-To-Be Program so that you can try it. My hope is that you will be inspired and motivated to exercise during your pregnancy so that you can enjoy it and feel confident and glowing and amazing. It’s such a precious time and such a blessing to be able to carry a baby. It’s just such a shame for those women who let themselves go, because they don’t get to enjoy how amazing it really is.

Before I give you this pregnancy workout, make sure you eat a snack or meal at least an hour before your workout so that you have energy and so that you don’t feel sick. Eat a protein and a healthy carb. If you are looking for an ON-THE-GO SNACK, the best option I have found is a PROTEIN BAR that is made of 100% REAL FOOD and NATURAL INGREDIENTS. It’s ORGANIC and they taste so yummy. I ate them all throughout my last Pregnancy. They didn’t have them during my first. But they were my life saver. I carried one with me everyday and everywhere I went. It was a great and healthy way to get some food in and make sure I didn’t get sick and had plenty energy. These DALES PROTEIN BARS you can only get online. They bake them and ship them right to you. My favorite is Vanilla Cashew and Graham Cracker and Brownie. So good, you can check them out here: PROTEIN BARS FOR PREGNANCY.

Hips & Thighs Pregnancy Workout

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A1. 20 Plie Squat With Side Kicks: Squat with your toes pointed out and a wide stance. Go down and when you come up bring one leg out to the side squeezing the side of the butt, and then do the other side.

A2. 20 Lunges With Back Kicks: Go down into a stationary lunge and when you come up, lean forward a little and do a straight leg back kick, squeezing the butt.

A3. 20 Lateral Lunges:Here is a video on how to do them: Video

A4. 30-60 Seconds Plank: Here is a video, go to minute 2:35: Video

If you eat healthy and exercise about 3 times per week, you will look and feel amazing during your pregnancy. You don’t have to be crazy, I’m not expecting you to DIET, but just make good choices and don’t BINGE and OVER EAT just because you are pregnancy. Trust me its not worth it.

Good luck, I look forward to being your coach during your pregnancy if you decide to get my Fit Mom-To-Be Workouts. You will be joining thousands of Pregnant women who are doing them and loving them.


Why my hips and thighs are getting bigger in pregnancy? ›

As you grow your baby, your body carries more water than it usually would. This excess water tends to drain into the lower parts of your body which can cause your legs in particular to look larger than usual.

Do hips permanently widen after pregnancy? ›

Your ribs may have expanded, and your hips will often widen to make it easier for the baby to exit the birth canal. For some women wider ribs and hips will be permanent.

Why are my thighs so big during pregnancy? ›

That's because, during pregnancy, estrogen directs fat to form below the abdomen and inhibits any growth above the waistline. Back Problems: Studies have demonstrated a link between lower back pain and fat accumulation. A poor posture can cause fat to accumulate within your inner and outer thighs.

Do your thighs go back to normal after pregnancy? ›

What skin changes can happen after giving birth? You may have stretch marks on your belly where your skin stretched during pregnancy. Some women also get them on their thighs, hips and bottom. They may not disappear after giving birth, but they do fade over time.

How can I slim my thighs during pregnancy? ›

Side leg raise
  1. Take 3 seconds to lift your left leg 6 to 12 inches out to the side. ...
  2. Take 3 seconds to lower your leg back to the starting position.
  3. Repeat with your left leg.
  4. Alternate legs, until you have repeated the exercise 8 to 15 times with each leg.
  5. Rest, then do another set of 8 to 15 alternating repetitions.

Do your hips go back to normal after pregnancy? ›

In addition, your hips also need to widen to provide an easier exit down the birth canal during delivery. After pregnancy, however, your ribs and hips may not shift back to where they used to be. "Some women report that even after getting back to pre-baby weight, the shape of their body has changed," Dr. Ghodsi said.

At what age do women's hips get wider? ›

With the onset of puberty, the male pelvis remains on the same developmental trajectory, while the female pelvis develops in an entirely new direction, becoming wider and reaching its full width around the age of 25-30 years. From the age of 40 onward, the female pelvis then begins to narrow again.

Will my body ever be the same after pregnancy? ›

For the most part, your body will eliminate the circulating cells shortly after pregnancy, but sometimes the cells can avoid the immune system for a long time. In the case that the cells integrate into tissue, they become part of your body for a lifetime, giving you two sets of unique genetic material.

How can I fix my hips after pregnancy? ›

What is the treatment for postpartum hip pain?
  1. bed rest.
  2. a pelvic brace or binder.
  3. pain relief injections.
  4. transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  5. physical or occupational therapy.
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How can I slim my thick thighs? ›

Participating in total-body, muscle-strengthening activities at least two days a week may help you burn calories, reduce fat mass , and strengthen your thighs. Include lower-body exercises such as lunges, wall sits, inner/outer thigh lifts, and step-ups with just your body weight.

What body part gets bigger during pregnancy? ›

During pregnancy, your growing baby stretches your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles stretch as your uterus (womb) expands with the pregnancy.

How much weight do you lose as soon as you give birth? ›

Most women lose around 13 pounds (6 kg) right after childbirth, which includes the baby's weight, as well as the weight of the amniotic fluid and placenta. When it comes to fat loss, with a healthy diet and regular exercise, you may lose about 1 pound (0.5 kg) a week.

Why are my thighs getting bigger? ›

The main culprit behind weight gain in your thighs is estrogen. This hormone drives the increase in fat cells in females, causing deposits to form most commonly around the buttocks and thighs.

Why does your face change after pregnancy? ›

This is called 'chloasma'. It is also sometimes known as 'melasma' or the 'mask of pregnancy'. Chloasma is thought to be due to stimulation of pigment-producing cells by female sex hormones so that they produce more melanin pigments (dark coloured pigments) when the skin is exposed to sun.

Is it common to gain weight in thighs during pregnancy? ›

Pregnancy hormones drive this unique pattern of fat accrual. Even worse news? For the average pregnant woman, a fifth or more of the fat she gains goes to her upper thighs. (I experienced this for all my pregnancies; I just had no idea it was so common.

What changes on thighs during pregnancy? ›

As your belly grows during pregnancy, your skin may become marked with reddish lines called stretch marks. These marks occur when the skin stretches quickly as the fetus grows. By the third trimester, many pregnant women have stretch marks on the abdomen, buttocks, breasts, or thighs. Sometimes the marks are faint.

Does pregnancy affect your thighs? ›

However, during pregnancy, too much relaxin can be released into the system. When this happens, the excess of relaxin causes the ligaments responsible for stabilizing the pelvis to loosen up too much. This can cause pain in the inner thigh and groin area.

Does your butt get bigger during pregnancy? ›

Several factors cause your butt to get bigger during pregnancy, including weight gain and belly expansion. Skeletal, postural, and alignment changes also play a part.

Does your waist shrink back after pregnancy? ›

Your postpartum belly won't instantly go back to how it was before you were pregnant – it's a process that can take months or even years, while some bellies may take on a different shape permanently. Some moms may experience a bulge caused by diastasis recti, a separation of the abdominal muscles during pregnancy.

Does pregnancy age you? ›

The researchers found that women who had live births had telomeres that were an average of 4.2 percent shorter than their counterparts with no children. This equates to around 11 years of accelerated cellular aging, said Anna Pollack, an epidemiologist at George Mason University and the lead researcher of the study.

What hormone widens hips? ›

Estrogen is actually a group of sex hormones, each of them performing different roles in women's health and development. Estrogen helps make women curvier than men by making their pelvis and hips wider, and their breast grow.

What causes a woman to have wide hips? ›

Widening of the hip bones occurs as part of the female pubertal process, and sex hormones in females (estrogens) cause a widening of the pelvis as a part of sexual differentiation. Hence females generally have wider hips, permitting childbirth.

How can I reduce my wide hips? ›

Although you can't spot-reduce fat in just one area of your body, you can trim hip fat by losing overall body fat. You can do this through regular fat-burning exercises, cutting back on calories, and toning your lower body.

Is it harder to get in shape after pregnancy? ›

Getting back into shape after having a baby is hard, even for women who were fit and strong before becoming pregnant, a new study shows. Pregnancy is known to put stress on many parts of the body, including the heart, lungs, muscles and joints.

How much weight do you lose naturally after giving birth? ›

How much weight do you lose after giving birth? Once baby has been delivered (along with their accompanying placenta and amniotic fluid), most women lose an average of 10 to 13 pounds.

Will my loose skin ever tighten after pregnancy? ›

Loose skin may never regain its prepregnancy appearance without medical treatment. However, diet and exercise can help reduce the appearance of loose skin after pregnancy over time.

What are hip dips after pregnancy? ›

They're a colloquial term for the inward curve between your lower hip bone and your upper femur joint. They can also be known as “violin hips.” It's a very standard feature. If you're facing a mirror and looking for them, they'll appear like dents on either side of your body.

How do you lose thigh and hip fat after pregnancy? ›

This is easiest to do by reducing your daily caloric intake by 250 calories and burning 250 calories per day through exercise. Focus on eating low-fat dairy products, lean protein, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products.

How can I lose belly and hip fat after pregnancy? ›

6 easy steps to lose belly fat after delivering a baby
  1. 01/7​6 easy steps to lose belly fat after delivering a baby. ...
  2. 02/7​Breastfeed your baby. ...
  3. 03/7​Eat frequently. ...
  4. 04/7​Start exercising. ...
  5. 05/7​Start with a simple walk. ...
  6. 06/7​Try deep belly breathing with abdominal contraction. ...
  7. 07/7​Drink ajwain water.
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Can thick thighs go away? ›

If you're looking to lose inner thigh fat, your goal should be to reduce body fat overall since you can't spot reduce. To lose thigh fat and tone your legs, focus on eating a healthy diet, doing cardio three days a week, and strength training three to four days a week.

Can you get rid of naturally thick thighs? ›

It is impossible to spot reduce (lose weight from just one area of your choice), but you can get leaner legs by combining body fat reduction strategies, ample cardio, and muscle building routines.

Can walking reduce thigh fat? ›

‍Can walking reduce thigh fat? Yes, it can. Brisk walking is considered a good cardio exercise.

What month of pregnancy is the biggest growth? ›

Months four through six of your pregnancy will mark major fetal growth spurts, resulting in you gaining quite a bit of weight.

What month of pregnancy do you get big? ›

Typically, your bump becomes noticeable during your second trimester. Between 16-20 weeks, your body will start showing your baby's growth. For some women, their bump may not be noticeable until the end of the second trimester and even into the third trimester. The second trimester starts in the fourth month.

What is the largest part of weight gain during pregnancy? ›

Where does pregnancy weight gain go?
  • Larger breasts: 1 to 3 pounds (about 0.5 to 1.4 kilogram)
  • Larger uterus: 2 pounds (about 0.9 kilogram)
  • Placenta: 1 1/2 pounds (about 0.7 kilogram)
  • Amniotic fluid: 2 pounds (about 0.9 kilogram)
  • Increased blood volume: 3 to 4 pounds (about 1.4 to 1.8 kilograms)

Will walking slim my hips and thighs? ›

Walking on an incline will help you shed off the extra fat from the hip and thigh area. The higher the incline, the more calories are burnt. Since, fat reduction is based on caloric burning process, walking on a hill or incline will help in slimming the hip and thigh area.

What foods reduce hips and thighs? ›

A Diet to Reduce Thighs and Hips
  • Eat lots of whole fruits and vegetables.
  • Swap processed grains for whole grains.
  • Eat high-quality lean proteins, including seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, nuts, seeds and legumes.
  • Consume fat-free or low-fat dairy products.
  • Avoid highly processed foods whenever possible.

What causes fat on hips and thighs? ›

Generally speaking, fat cells accumulate when your body takes in too many calories or you don't burn as many calories as you're consuming. Over time, these fat cells can become noticeable as they accumulate in certain areas, such as around your waist and hips.

How do you get a flat stomach after pregnancy? ›

5 tips for a flat tummy after pregnancy
  1. Give your body time. First and foremost, learn to love your body just as it is. ...
  2. Go for a daily walk. ...
  3. Exercises to target abdominal muscles. ...
  4. A good firming and elasticising cream. ...
  5. Eat a balanced diet.
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How long does it take to lose pregnancy belly? ›

It often takes six to nine months to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight. But it can take a lot longer, even 10 months to two years, especially if a woman gained 35 pounds or more during her pregnancy.

Can you lose fat during pregnancy? ›

The fetus can use their body's fat stores for energy. By not gaining any weight during pregnancy, a woman will usually be losing fat stores. After pregnancy, she may naturally have a lower body weight than before becoming pregnant.

Does walking make thighs bigger? ›

You won't get big legs if you walk

And yet, many people believe that this exercise can make your leg muscles bigger. But unlike the general perception, larger legs are caused due to stored fat rather than muscle.

Why is my bum and thighs getting bigger? ›

An unhealthy diet can result in extra fat

When you eat a diet filled with processed foods, refined carbohydrates, and sugary drinks, it results in stubborn fat on your abdomen, hips, and buttocks. These types of foods lead to insulin resistance, which leads to increased fat storage, ending in fat that's hard to lose.

What foods cause thigh fat? ›

Diet to reduce thigh fat

The biggest culprits are pasta, white rice and bread, pastries, sodas, and desserts.

Why are my thighs getting bigger during pregnancy? ›

As you grow your baby, your body carries more water than it usually would. This excess water tends to drain into the lower parts of your body which can cause your legs in particular to look larger than usual.

Why do noses get bigger during pregnancy? ›

As she explains, increasing estrogen levels during pregnancy cause the blood vessels in your nose to relax and dilate in order to increase blood flow, which leads to swollen nose tissue… aka the bigger noses that pregnant moms have been noticing on social media.

What trimester do your hips widen? ›

In the early stages of pregnancy, our body begins to loosen our ligaments, aiding us in handling a different center of gravity and providing the base for our structure to expand. This evolution allows the uterus to expand rapidly after the first trimester as the hips widen and the ribcage flares.

Why do hips get fat during pregnancy? ›

Maternal tissue accretion contributes mainly with fat deposition (average 27%, although highly variable between women). The majority of the maternal fat deposited during pregnancy is subcutaneous. In healthy pregnant women, fat appears to be deposited mainly in the hips, back, and upper thighs.

What body parts get bigger during pregnancy? ›

During pregnancy, the lining of your uterus thickens and its blood vessels enlarge to provide nourishment to the fetus. As pregnancy progresses, your uterus expands to make room for the fetus. By the time your baby is born, your uterus will have expanded to many times its normal size.

What hormone widens hips during pregnancy? ›

Relaxin is a reproductive hormone produced by your ovaries and the placenta. It loosens and relaxes your muscles, joints and ligaments during pregnancy to help your body stretch. Relaxin also helps your body prepare for delivery by loosening the muscles and ligaments in your pelvis.

Do you put weight on your thighs when pregnant? ›

(And realistically…you won't lose weight during pregnancy, but you will probably gain weight around your thighs, face, and arms as your body needs more fat reserves.

Does your VAG get bigger during pregnancy? ›

It's not unusual for your labia and vagina to appear swollen and feel fuller. The swelling and increased blood flow may also increase your libido and make you feel easily aroused. Hormonal changes and increased blood flow may also cause your vagina and labia to darken and take on a bluish tint.


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