When will I start to show during pregnancy?

(June 26, 2010)

Showing Early During Pregnancy

A basic question which every pregnant woman has is, “When will it show that I am pregnant?” The truth is that this differs for every individual.  A visible baby bulge occurs at different times for different people. A woman who is pregnant for the second time will usually exhibit a baby bulge earlier than a woman who is pregnant for the first time.

Generally most women find that their regular clothes don’t fit them from three to four months of pregnancy. However, you may notice changes in your waistline earlier in your pregnancy. Every woman is different, but most women start showing from their second trimester.

Until 12 weeks, your uterus develops within your pelvis and is below the level of your hips. After 12 weeks, the uterus becomes larger and protrudes out of the pelvis into the abdomen. This is the time when you notice the baby bump that is characteristic of pregnancy.  

Sport your baby bump with pride but keep in mind that each person is of a different size and shape, so your belly also develops at different rate. Don’t compare your bump with any other woman who is also in the same week of pregnancy as you.  Generally speaking, by 13 to 14 weeks you may have to start wearing maternity or loose fitting clothes.

Some women start to show quite early in their pregnancy. If you have been pregnant before you will show earlier than others as your abdominal muscles and uterus are more relaxed. During early pregnancy you may feel bloated, similar to how you feel before the start of your periods. Your uterus is normally the size of a lemon, but by eight weeks your uterus is about the size of a tennis ball. This does not make a lot of difference, but you might feel bloated and bit heavy by this time.

If you start showing very early in your pregnancy, you might be pregnant with twins or it may be a sign of weak abdominal muscles or bloating. If this is the case, your doctor may advise you to go in for an ultrasound and confirm if everything is normal. If you don’t show early in your pregnancy, there is nothing to worry about. Some women do not show until the start of the third trimester. If you are overweight before pregnancy, you may not put on lot of weight during your pregnancy, and this may be the reason that you show late.

Submitted by P T on June 26, 2010 at 07:29

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