Question: You just found out you’re pregnant! You’re 6 weeks along and are wondering when you will start showing. You don’t even look pregnant now, and haven’t needed to switch to bigger pants yet. When will you start looking pregnant?
Answer: The answer to when a pregnant woman will start showing is as varied as each woman’s unique pregnancy.
For many women, they’ll start to notice an expansion in their abdominal region in about the 20th week of pregnancy. Many pregnant moms describe feeling their stomach muscles “stretching,” “tugging,” “pulling,” or “expanding”. This normal feeling may result in some sore muscles and itchy or tingling skin, but is a completely normal way of your body making extra room for your baby to grow.
If this is not your first child, you may start showing sooner than 20 weeks. Depending on your weight, height, body type, build, and growth rate of your baby, you may start to show later in your pregnancy than you expect. Pregnancies of multiples will invariable show sooner and cause you to put on weight more rapidly. If you normally carry extra weight around your midsection when you’re not pregnant, it may be a while before people start noticing your pregnancy.
While it’s normal to want to look pregnant once you find out you’re expecting, be patient! You feel pregnant, and not reflecting on the outside what you feel on the inside can add to the rapidly changing emotions you’re having right now. Give your body time to change and grow at its own pace, and try to keep yourself from comparing to friends’ or family members’ pregnancies, or even to your own previous pregnancies. Every pregnancy is different.
Many women don’t have to switch to maternity clothes until they reach 3-4 months along. Some moms can get away with buying non-maternity clothes that are one to two sizes larges than their pre-pregnancy size, even into the second trimester.
However, if you’re showing early and finding your regular clothes are uncomfortable, don’t be afraid to switch to your maternity wardrobe early. Having stretchy, non-binding clothes to wear will do wonders for keeping you as comfortable as possible while your body changes to accommodate your little one!
Photo credits: Photo of pregnant women by magnusfranklin.