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Pregnancy is an exciting time, but it can also bring uncertainty, especially if you're expecting your first baby, and pretty early on you may start to wonder when your bump will begin to show.
While every pregnancy experience is unique, some common factors can influence when you start showing. In this blog, we'll learn more about the factors that can impact when you start to show during pregnancy and provide some helpful tips for anyone who's navigating this exciting time.
Usually, pregnant people notice their bump is starting to show long before others notice, and the truth is, every pregnant person is different. Some people have very large bumps very early, others don’t, and some taller people don’t look pregnant until right near the third trimester!
Some people start showing as early as eight weeks, but typically, pregnant people will notice a small bump appear at around 12 to 13 weeks (as their first trimester comes to an end). Baby is typically around the size of a plum at this stage.
However, other people notice their bump show between weeks 16 and 20. The uterus is usually level with the belly button at 20 weeks, so this is when you ‘pop’ and get a recognisable baby bump.
There's no set timeline for when your baby bump will appear, but people who're expecting multiples (twins, triplets or more) sometimes start showing as early as six weeks into their pregnancy.
Remember, the only way to know for sure if you're expecting multiple babies is to have an ultrasound.
As we've covered, no two pregnancies look or feel the same, and there are lots of factors that can affect when your bump starts to show. Including if:
It can be tempting to compare the size of your bump, and when it appears, to other pregnant people (think researching images of pregnancy or standing in front of the mirror inspecting your belly) but try to remember that as long as your doctor has no concerns and your baby is growing healthily, the size of your bump – whether large or small – doesn’t matter.
If you are concerned about the size of your bump or worried about weight gain during pregnancy, don’t hesitate to seek advice from your GP or midwife. They will be able to measure you and rule out any complications.
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