After finding out that you’re pregnant, you probably have a million questions racing through your head. I know that every time I have been pregnant, I start looking through pregnancy books, magazines, and websites to learn as much as I can. Although there are lots of good resources out there, there are some of your pregnancy questions that may not be answered.
One question that you’ve probably wondered about is when you will start looking pregnant. During the early weeks you may be feeling a mix of emotions about being pregnant. It can be an odd feeling to know that you are pregnant, and yet other people may not know yet, and you still look the same. When we think of pregnant women, we automatically picture women with big pregnancy bumps. However, you won’t spend the entire pregnancy looking like that. So here’s a discussion of when you will start looking pregnant.
The simple answer is that there’s not a clear-cut timeline. It can vary greatly from woman to woman and from pregnancy to pregnancy.
In my personal experience, I have shown at different times in different pregnancies. With my first daughter I showed the earliest, and had to start buying maternity clothes in the first trimester already. With my second daughter, I didn’t start showing until well into my second trimester.
There’s no right or wrong time to get a pregnant bump. Here are some basic guidelines to help you anticipate when you start to show.
Your pre-pregnancy weight can influence how early you will begin showing. If you were very thin before getting pregnant, then you are more likely to show early on. Even before other people would notice a difference, you’ll feel bigger and notice your clothes getting snugger around your waist. This is because you were so small to begin with that any gain is noticeable.
If you are overweight, on the other hand, you may not show until later than other women. Your body already has some fat reserves and so doesn’t need to change shape as much.
Similarly to weight, your build can influence when your pregnancy will begin to show. If you are very petite and short, then you will probably have a visible bump a few weeks before taller or broader women.
Despite my personal experience, many women find that they start showing earlier with each pregnancy. This is because having babies does affect your body. If you have had previous pregnancies, then the muscles around your uterus and abdomen will probably be slightly weaker, and your body will be more prepared to start expanding.
Obviously your lifestyle will influence your rate of weight gain as well. If you have a sedentary lifestyle, your are more likely to gain weight during the first trimester than those with a more active lifestyle. Remember, though, to always consider what level and type of exercise is suitable during pregnancy. Also, the way that you eat can influence weight gain
In general, most women will begin gaining weight around the end of the first trimester, and start looking pregnant during the second trimester. However, as long as you have a healthy lifestyle and your healthcare providers say that your pregnancy is healthy, there is no reason to be concerned if you show earlier or later than this.