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.