To look at her teeny tiny protruding stomach, you would think Yiota Kouzoukas was just several weeks into her pregnancy – rather than nine months and full term.
But the 29-year-old Brisbane-based fashion designer will soon give birth to her first child – who is due towards the start of January.
However, the co-owner of Sabo Skirt is not incredibly lucky insofar as she is just the owner of a very small stomach.
Instead, Yiota suffers from crippling endometriosis, which meant originally that she couldn’t conceive until the endometriosis was removed and her uterus was ‘anchored’ further inside her body.
Yiota Kozoukas (pictured) showed a photo of her full-term baby bump on Instagram last week – she is expecting her first child soon
Yiota (pictured right), is the co-owner of fashion label, Sabo Skirt, with her sister, Thessy (also pictured)
Yiota suffers from crippling endometriosis, which meant originally that she couldn’t conceive until the endometriosis was removed and her uterus was ‘anchored’ further inside her body (pictured at the beginning of her pregnancy journey and at five months pregnant)
‘For the first four months of my pregnancy, my uterus was retroverted which means that I was growing backwards into my body rather than outwards,’ Yiota told FEMAIL (pictured)
What is endometriosis?
* Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside it.
* Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining your pelvis.
* With endometriosis, displaced endometrial tissue continues to act as it normally would — it thickens, breaks down and bleeds with each menstrual cycle.
* Endometriosis can cause pain — sometimes severe — especially during your period. Fertility problems also may develop.
Source: Mayo Clinic
‘For the first four months of my pregnancy, my uterus was retroverted which means that I was growing backwards into my body rather than outwards,’ Yiota previously told FEMAIL.
‘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.’
The fashion designer explained why she appears smaller than most people – ‘these ligaments are acting like anchors keeping my uterus “inside” rather than “outside”,’ Yiota said (pictured at eight months)
Yiota has documented her pregnancy online on Instagram, to her 211,000 followers (pictured at six months)
The 29-year-old has documented all of her symptoms, which include migraines (pictured over the course of her pregnancy)
‘My torso is short and my stomach is naturally toned which is keeping my belly tight, so I’ve had to stop all ab exercises to avoid issues with possible ab separation,’ Yiota (pictured) said
However, Yiota has remained tiny throughout her pregnancy, documenting her bump with regular Instagram posts and updates.
Just last month, the 29-year-old posted an ‘overdue bump update’ in which she explained that her little one is ‘five pounds already’.
‘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,’ she wrote on social media around the six-month mark.
Yiota has also posted about her migraines throughout, writing: ‘My migraines are muscle/scar tissue related from multiple car accidents, so I usually stay on top of them with remedial massage, physio and regular exercise’.
The reason why Yiota (pictured early on and six months into her pregnancy) has shared her story is to encourage others to know more about endometriosis
‘I wanted to get behind my sister-in-law Thessy whose endometriosis is quite severe at the moment,’ Yiota told FEMAIL
She said they wanted to garner support as endometriosis can leave people feeling alone (pictured before and when she first announced her pregnancy)
The pair both advise young people who think they have endometriosis to speak to their doctors (pictured at four and five months pregnant)
The designer is expecting her first child and a healthy baby imminently.
By sharing her story, she wants others to draw hope from her endometriosis experience.
‘I wanted to get behind my sister-in-law Thessy whose endometriosis is quite severe at the moment,’ Yiota told FEMAIL.
‘We wanted to raise awareness about the condition. It’s important to get support. Endometriosis does leave people feeling isolated.
‘Be proactive, speak to your doctor will make a big difference. I wish I’d seen one earlier. I was in denial for so long but it’s better to know earlier than later.’