Pregnancy Belly Week By Week

When Will I Start To Show?

You’ve already told your loved ones and friends about your wonderful news; all that’s left is for your belly to announce it to the rest of the world!

More on you than your unborn child determines the size of your pregnant belly and when it appears. These factors play a role in your growing belly:

  • Body shape
  • Bone structure
  • Muscle tone
  • Number of previous pregnancies
  • Height
  • Weight
  • We hope the aforementioned factors have made it clear that each pregnant belly is different and that it is best to avoid comparing yours to those of your friends, coworkers, or even sisters.

    When your belly does start to show, it might not take on the shape you see in photos or on the internet.

    For instance, a woman who is heavier in the midsection might not have a bump that is clearly defined early on because the surrounding fat tissue might hide a protrusion until much later in the pregnancy.

    A woman with less body fat, however, might show much earlier.

    Whether or not this is your first pregnancy is a significant factor that influences when you begin showing. Previous mothers tend to experience a bump a few weeks earlier than first-time mothers. They may also have bigger bumps.

    The reason is straightforward: Your stomach muscles will naturally stretch out a little faster if you’ve already been through one pregnancy because they tend to be less tight than they were the first time.

    Just because you’re not as big or small as other pregnant moms doesn’t necessarily mean your baby isn’t growing at the right speed. Keep these pre-pregnancy factors in mind when you’re carrying your baby.

    Another thing to keep in mind is that if you’re expecting more than one child, you’ll probably start to show sooner and your belly will grow larger and faster than if you’re only expecting one.

    (Note: Consult your physician if you have any worries about your size. Being too cautious is preferable to ignoring a potential issue. ).

    Your Pregnant Belly: The First Trimester (Weeks 1 to 13)

    While others can’t tell you’re pregnant just by looking at you, you might notice a change in your belly during those first few weeks, and you might even feel pregnant (hello, morning sickness and fatigue). But you’re probably still a while away from appearing to be having a baby.

    Of course, the baby is growing and your uterus is getting bigger every day. However, both remain so small that they are barely perceptible from the outside. However, “your uterus is starting to push your intestines and stomach upwards, so you start to have this bloated appearance and your pants might not fit as comfortably,” says Marquita Anderson, MD, an ob-gyn with Texas Health Physicians Group in Bedford, Texas. (Even at 13 weeks, your little one is only the size of a lemon!)

    Bloating may also have an impact on how your early pregnancy belly appears. Your stomach may appear more puffed out than usual due to rising hormones, constipation, and minerals like the iron in your prenatal vitamin. As your body produces more blood to support the development of your baby, the veins around your abdomen may also start to become more noticeable. Nevertheless, you’re probably the only one who’ll notice this change.

    Now is a great time to begin taking milestone belly photos every week. Although your 8-week pregnant belly photo won’t reveal much, you’ll still value the photos that document your progress over the following weeks and months.

    Your Pregnant Belly: Second Trimester (Weeks 14 to 27)

    When your second trimester begins, you might not even notice much of a bump. However, that will start to change around the halfway point, and by the end of the trimester, you’ll probably have a sweet, rounded belly.

    Your uterus will reach your belly button around the 20-week mark, which for many women causes their belly to noticeably protrude or pop. “For some people it can feel like it happens overnight. One day you just cross this line where it feels like everyone is paying attention,” Anderson claims. Even then, she points out, it’s more your growing uterus than the baby that gives you that round appearance. Baby is still under a pound and only about a banana’s size at 20 weeks. And when your bump first emerges, it’s common for it to appear to be expanding more inwardly than outwardly, according to Duke. (Your intestines and stomach are being forced up to make more room for your uterus. ).

    These days, the real change in your bump is not just its size. You may begin to notice a dark, vertical line running down the middle of your abdomen sometime in the second trimester. That is your linea nigra, a typical but unharmful pigmentation brought on by fluctuating hormone levels. After giving birth, this pregnant belly line will typically disappear within a few months.

    Don’t worry if you’re wondering why your pregnant belly alternates between feeling soft and hard; that’s normal. Many women begin to experience Braxton-Hicks contractions in their second and third trimesters. These irregular “practice” contractions are brought on by the contraction and relaxation of your uterine muscles. These infrequent, erratic spasms are nothing to be concerned about, and your body is not about to go into labor as a result of them. However, Anderson advises calling your doctor if the contractions start to feel like they come at regular intervals, last for more than an hour, or get stronger or closer together. Those might actually be contractions, which might indicate preterm labor.

    Your developing belly is more noticeable at 20 weeks, and you may have officially “popped” It’s time to shop for bump-hugging clothing, including some adorable maternity jeans. Currently, your belly may resemble what is shown here:

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