Yiota Kouzoukas has over 200,000 Instagram followers, so the fact that she receives a lot of direct messages isn't surprising. But once she announced her pregnancy, she likely wasn't expecting to receive quite as many messages shaming her for the size of her pregnancy bump. Now six months pregnant, Yiota wants to "explain a few things about [her] body" to put those who have concerns about her and her baby's health in their place.
Although Yiota says she isn't upset at the comments she's receiving, she is sharing information about her body and pregnancy with the aim to educate others in the hopes that they won't be so judgmental of others "and even themselves":
For the first four months of my pregnancy, my uterus was retroverted/tilted which means that I was growing backwards into my body rather than outwards. Most people with this type of uterus tilt forward at around 12 weeks and continue growing outwards like you normally would. My uterus didn't "flip forward" until well into being four months pregnant because of the backwards tilted position paired with decade old endometriosis scarring that I have on my uterosacral ligaments. Basically, these ligaments are acting like anchors keeping my uterus "inside" rather than "outside," which is why I appeared smaller than most people for the first four or five months.
Now, at #6monthspregnant I'm growing forwards just like everyone else while the scarring on my ligaments slowly breaks down. My torso is also short and my stomach is naturally toned which is keeping my belly super tight, so I've had to personally stop all ab exercises to avoid any issues with possible ab separation. This is for me personally, as instructed by my doctor and is in no way a blanket rule for anyone else.
Yiota ends her personal post by informing her followers that she and her baby are both healthy, which is all that matters, and then sends a final, important message to everyone reading that "Our bodies and bumps are all different and our shapes and sizes are all different too."