When Do You Start To Look Pregnant?

When Do You Start To Look Pregnant?

When you first get pregnant, everything looks pretty normal from the outside. Your bub is so very tiny that it doesn’t make any impact on your belly at all.

Some women do notice that their clothes get tight fairly quickly, but this is not due to the size of the baby. It is more likely from early pregnancy bloating which is more common due to pregnancy hormones. Unfortunately, it takes some time for the uterus and baby to grow big enough to have a nice, round belly we associate with being pregnant.

Every woman and every pregnancy is different – there are things to consider, for example, how many times you’ve been pregnant before, muscle tone, if you happen to have a retroverted uterus and more. But generally speaking, unfortunately in the first trimester, its really hard to notice the difference between your normal belly or a few extra kilos!

I remember when I hit 13 weeks in my first pregnancy, I had a big meltdown – none of my pre-pregnancy clothes fit any more, nor did any maternity wear yet, and I just felt podgy. I had to go shopping for some ‘inbetween’ pants that were a size or two up. I didn’t have the beautiful round belly shape, but I looked like I had a squishier belly.

For most women, they tend to pop at around the four and a half month mark (18 weeks) onwards, and their belly is quite noticeable by 5 months. If its your first pregnancy, it will very likely take you longer to show than subsequent pregnancies – some first time mothers say that they didn’t really start to show or get noticed as being pregnant until well into the 20-28 week point.

The second trimester is a great one – usually morning sickness has reduced or disappeared, you have much more energy and feel better… and you have a cute little belly to show for it. Its a great time to enjoy being pregnant.

Find out when BellyBelly Forum members felt that they looked pregnant in our discussion here.

 
Last Updated: February 23, 2015

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Kelly Winder is the creator of BellyBelly.com.au, a writer, doula (trained in 2005), and a mother of three awesome children. She's passionate about informing and educating fellow thinking parents and parents-to-be, especially about all the things she wishes she knew before she had her firstborn. Kelly is also passionate about travel, tea, travel, and animal rights and welfare. And travel.


43 comments

  1. hi i could do with some help, i have just found out i am expecting my 4th child and i am 37. Am i too old? Also i am getting married on the 25th july this year and i am so worried about fitting into my wedding dress, i feel like cancelling the whole thing at the minute. I was so looking forward to it but now i am not!!!

    1. Your post is do identical to me. I’m 25 pregnant with my 3rd and also getting married july 25th of this year. I was scared to and thought about canceling but I didnt. Hopefully you didn’t either . We must be close in due dates to.

  2. I’m 37 and pregnant with my first. When is the due date? I am 5 months pregnant and not showing so it depends on how you carry.

  3. Hi I just found out im pregnant for the first time an about 6 weeks along an im having terrible pain in the lower belly. It comes an goes it is not constant but it is so bad I drop down in tears an cant move any suggestions on what an how to deal with this would be great , considering my insirance will take forever to go through an I cant get to an obgyn right away.thanks

    1. Hi Kella.
      I also found out about my pregnancy around 4-5 weeks towards the end of June this year. I missed my period, but still experienced what I thought was the normal period pains/cramps before and way after the date I should have started (up to 7 weeks I think). It was just a little piercing than the normal pains I’d experience. They would come and go every now and then and my visits to the doctors (2 times) didn’t raise much concerns, as long as there was no bleeding involved. My understanding is that it was the implantation process. I’m just worried about the “drop down in tears and can’t move” part. I hope all is well though. All the best with you pregnancy

  4. Okay so this is my first time that I might be pregnant. I went to the doctors to take a urine test and it came back a no so I haw to go back and get a blood test because my period is no 27 days late and I have alot of symptoms but I’m very indenial about being pregnant. My lower back always hurts when I lay on my side and my tummy at the bottom got alittle bigger and I feel really bloated but the bottom of my stomach is mushy and hard at the same time….. I don’t know if I am but I’m really young so can you give me so tips on what to do and how to be more comfortable…. Like Im also really gassy an I always have to go pee… It’s just terrible

    1. I went to the doctors 3-4 weeks in a row to check up because I had all the symptoms aswell as being late for my period. Finally the test came back positive, & I was already 7 weeks. It’s not what we were expecting nor what we wanted right now but to be honest, it is such a blessing and I cannot wait. Don’t be discouraged, take it on – if you are pregnant! If you’re not, I hope you get well soon 🙂

    2. Hi Jay

      I am pregnant with my 3rd but it is the first time I just knew I was pregnant I did several pregnancy test which came back negative and even the one at the doctors came back negative but a week later I tested at home again and it showed positive. I am now 22 weeks pregnant, sometimes your HCG Levels are not strong enough even though you get all the symptoms. Good luck

      1. Hi, how long did you wait before you took the last test from your missed period? I’m 2 months late as of today but the test I took last month was negative. I had my first pregnancy end in a miscarriage in June (didn’t know I was pregnant) I had been trying since I was 20 (10 yrs) & thought I couldn’t get pregnant but the miscarriage gave me hope but I dont wanna get my hopes up

  5. Hi I just found out that I’m 7-8 weeks pregnant, when I woke up this morning I noticed that I’m spotting brownish blood but I haven’t went to get checked up yet. Should I be worried? Plz heLp m confused coz this is my first one

    1. Don’t be too worried. I spotted the first 2 months. And every time after sex in the first trimester. If you start cramping or could fill a pad with blood go to the hospital. And don’t use tampons to soak up any blood.

  6. I sware I’m pregnant. Thus will be my 2 pregnancy and I’m 18. I’ve took 5 home pregnancy test but all was negative… I have dierea, bloating really bad, my stomach cramps are mild and most the time in my right side and above my belly button, I pee a lot in and out of bed at night to, my hair on my legs are growing like crazy I’ll shave and they will grow back by the morning they won’t stay smooth, I get frequent headakes but not bad enough to need to pop a tylenole or nothing and it last for 15-30 minutes all day every day for the last 3 weeks. I had a baby girl 6 months ago in January on the 13 of 2015 and only had one period since then in may 18 for maybe 2-3 days and haven’t had one since. My skin is dry, my nose runs every once in a while like I got a little cold, and I ain’t craving sweets just craving like meat a little and I sweat at night not bad but more then normal, my food taste different to me but nothing that I can’t handle… , I feel nausea every now and then but I never puke, and little but not sever back ackes, my boobs are not sore though, and my head just feels dizzy a little like I just got off a really fast farrious wheel… any suggestions or advice?

    1. Do you have family to help? You sound pregnant to me girlfriend! Please take care of yourself & that little baby…stay pure (chemically) and look for folic acid, iron, B Vitamins and good multi vitamin on top of all that. God bless you girl and your little girl or boy to be! Ann s

  7. Kella, my advice would be for you to visit the doctor. hope you did. I recently found out that I too am pregnant with my first. The pregnancy is pretty early, about 4 weeks. I didn’t have any pains, just felt tingling in breasts from week three and a bit of nausea. not sure if such pain you felt would be considered normal during pregnancy.

  8. I am 26 years old, 19 weeks pregnant (baby#3) but I don’t even look pregnant, my family and husband start to ask me if I am really pregnant, I still wearring my cloths , no symptoms after morning sickness goes away, now I feel better and free to not look pregnant ( my third year as a pregnant, my girls are 2 years , 9 months) I think it could be because weight loss and position of the baby inside, beside I am active all the time and I eat healthy as possible as I can.

  9. Hey the lucky part about the pregnancy is that my older sister just had a baby boy so I’m kinda going through the same thing my baby is nine weeks I am 19 and this Nov it will be my 1st anniversary with handsome husband we are thankful that we have a baby on the way God has blessed us and I hope that it go’s smoothy because my mom and my sister both had a misscarege on there first baby but I know that God will keep this baby safe

  10. jay .i have a similar problem as You and what really suprises me is that i went to the clinic nd they told me that am not preg so last week i decided to go to another clinic i took the pregnant test it had 1thick line and a line that was dim .the Doctor said she dont know what to tell me .i must come on September so Iam scared dont know what to do

  11. My wife age 29 and she is pregnancy now 16 week completed but continued vomiting and nausea so now very Len and her stomach also look like very small he feeling why its not big .what to do .

  12. im 23yrs got married last year and i have bn trying to conceive untl last june wen i missed my period upto now i hevnt received them..lol took 4 preg home tests n they all came out neg.um now worried and scared bcoz i dont feel most of the preg symptoms just mild cramps in my lower abdomen esp left side, light headaches here and there, lower backaches especially in july, bloating a lil.and smtimes it gets a lil harder around my belly button..could i b pregnant? please help

  13. I’m 18years old and think that I may be pregnant and that 2months …I don’t got much signs but I do got cravings ,back pain and cramps and that’s all. I had my periods for 3days after not having it like for a month …do you think that its posible that I’m pregnant

  14. I’m 10 weeks pregnant . I found out really early I’d say at exactly 4weeks. I had period symptoms such as cramps back aches beast tenderness gas and bloating. I’d say the gas was the worst part. Most of those symptoms went away around 8 weeks. I had no spotting and I have no morning sickness thank God. Everyone is different and because I’m 5’2 and like 99 lbs well I’m 102 now lol you will probably not show for a looong time myself included. But bloating does make me look 3 to 4 months as I am hearing 3 months. Some days my stomach is flat it’s all about what you eat that may cause bloating. I can’t wait until I get my baby bump!

  15. Hi, my last menstrual was 9/3/15 it last a normal 4 days.my cycle is 24days apart. On the 23rd I noticed a light pink and yellowish discharge. Then on the 25th I noticed the dame this went on untill the 28th.then on the 28th I noticed a brownish blood like I had to use a pad butIit didnt soak it.it lasted untill oct 1st my original period day.im bloated, hungry a lot, tired all the time.Could I be pregnant?

  16. Hi, I am 24years… And 19 weeks pregnant I had Light bleeding 1 1/2 days in lastweek.. This week at my appointment the nurse could not find any heartbeat she then tested my urine again and it came out neg… She then took blood for which I am gonna get the results nextweek… I am really scared and confused because I have been going to the clinic since July2015.. Yesterday I decided to go to the doctor because I was not feeling well at all due to the amount of pressure the nurse put on my belly… I had a ultrasound and the doctor couldn’t find the baby… I ws totally shocked and dissappointed because like I said I have been going to every appointment and at thos app.the nurse always felt development. And all of the sudden she could not feel anything… I am having pain in my lower left side and back its really hurting my when I lie on my right side I feel heavy and painful on the left.. I really dnt knw whts wrong any advice please thnx in advance

  17. Hi I need some help please… i’m 21 years old i think i may be pregnant but i don’t know for sure… i did 4 test and says negative… but my breast are really sore i get pimples and didn’t have it before or have problems before with that… i get nausea but dont vomting… i had my period but this month it was really light and its was only for 3 days usually its for 5 to 6 days long..

    Thank You Jennifer

  18. I’m just about 6 weeks pregnant and iv been taking pregnancy test often and they are all positive, but I took a test tonight and it was still positive but the line was very very faint why is that should the line not be getting darker the further on I’m getting? Am a bit worried incase there’s something wrong

    1. There is nothing wrong. No need to keep taking pregnancy test if all of them are saying you are pregnant. A pregnancy test cannot determine that something Is wrong with your baby. Now you need to make an appointment with the Doctor and start taking prenatal vitamins.

  19. I am 21 it’s my first time,
    Its been 8 weeks and 4 days I’ve gone to two different lab running d test with blood sample and they gave me two different results (positive & negative), so I decided to run d urine test myself and it was the same result with the second one (negative). but am having a swollen belly and within me I just feel am pregnant. Pls what do I do am confused

  20. HI, I am Zandile, 22 years old and I am 6 months pregnant and its my first baby but my tummy is not that big as it have to be, is it normal? I can’t even sleep at night, always tired when I wake up, is that good for the baby?

  21. I think I’m preg, 12weeks I blv I concieved on the 26 or 27 Dec 2015 but home preg tests came back neg ,bloated .something like periods twice last mnth and it lasted 3days weeks inbtwn thm. Now headche and dizyness at times and sleeping late am I preg . Emotional to one minute I’m crying the next I’m fine

  22. Hi I am 3 weeks pregnant and have started to spot. I am a little worried could this be normal or should I go to the doctor?

    1. Of all the pregnancy symptoms, bleeding and spotting is the most scary to experience. Thankfully, spotting is usually nothing to worry about. At around 8-10 days after ovulation — just before you would normally get your period — you may notice light spotting, which is caused from the implantation of the embryo into your uterus lining. The spotting is usually pinkish in colour and not red like a normal period.

  23. Am 28 years old and about 6weeks pregnant with my second baby. However, this pregnancy is different because with my first I was not eating and eventually I gave birth to a baby boy with a little low weight. But now am eating all the and can’t go for an hr without food. Am afraid I will get too fat and my baby will be overweight. Is there any advise you can offer me?

  24. I’m 12 weeks pregnant and I had no pregnancy symptoms at all no morning sicknesses or anything.i had a brownish spot on the 10 weeks,I called my doctor and I have done ultra sound and everything was ok the little one was wiggling and the midwife said I have nothing to worry about

  25. How many weeks were you when you knew? I’m only 6 days late for my period, but my partner keeps telling me I’m pregnant. Mood swings, lashing out, feeling tired, however I have only vomited once. So should I wait to so a test or will it be late enough to tell?

  26. Okay it is July 31st and my last period was June 6th when I used the period calculator (to calculate your next period) I was suppose to get my period on July 4th . I haven’t gone to the doctor yet because on my last visit she told me to wait until the 6th of August to see if my period comes….. I am 26 (will be 27 on October 5th), The guy I’m with agreed that we would take the pregnancy test together if that were to happen. I’ve been having period symptoms, cramping, lower back pains, sore boobies and nausea (I get nauseous when I’m on my period, I know crazy right) I feel like the only thing that is different is I’ve been more moody and tired lately. Honestly I am extremely scared and it isn’t an ideal situation (I wanted to be married before I had a child ) if I am not pregnant what could this be ??

  27. I have not had my period in 12 days now have all kinds of symtoms like nauseous , bloating boobs sore lower back pain it will be my second kid ! But first kid didn’t go well. I believe I am pregnant but the home test says negative ! Crave all kinds things more then normal !

  28. If i have headaches boobs and nipples are sore and back pains i took a test came back as negative and i thought maybe i took the test to early going to test again tomorrow but today i started bleeding it was heavy at first but now is very light. Can that mean i can be pregnant. I get nauseated are nausea but i never really purk i dont know anyone have any opinions.if you do please share.

  29. Hi.
    Am around 21 weeks or so and I cant show completely now my bf doubts. I was away on holiday (school holiday) for three months and I told him before I went. Never did a test together because I don’t know how to approach and tell him we do. I was just depending on the belly to show to proove it but its not showing. How long can I wait? Or is something wrong with me? Am 19 and its my first pregnancy I dont know what to expect. Please help

  30. Hey I haven’t had a period since June 2016 and I took like 5 pregnancy test and they all came back negative. My stomach is big and round and it is hard around my belly button and abdomen… and I spotted this month it wash very very light and it was just a line could I be pregnant

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