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For many expectant parents, the anticipation of finally seeing their baby bump can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. But when exactly does pregnancy start to show? While the answer can vary from one person to the next, there are a few factors that can influence when your bump will 'pop'.
So if you're curious about what to expect when it comes to your baby bump, keep reading as we explore some of the factors that may impact when you start to show.
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 recognizable baby bump.
Yes, you may show a little sooner with a second pregnancy. This is because your first pregnancy stretched your abdominal and uterine muscles and prepared your body for what's to come.
But again, it varies from one pregnancy to the next – no two bumps are the same!
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 a healthcare professional. They will be able to measure you and rule out any complications.
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