Post # 1
I’ve always been a pretty fit person. I exercise (well, I used to, I actually stopped because I’ve been super fatigued during my 1st trimester) and I eat pretty well.
About 6 weeks into my pregnancy I gained 3.5 pounds in almost one week and could not fit into any of my pants. I realize that some of it was from the sudden decrease in my activity level and some of it was just bloat but still it was pretty shocking! I am now 12 weeks, and I am still about 3.5 pounds higher than my pre-pregnancy weight, but I have a growing blob in front of me. I can swear that the blob is bigger than when I was 10 weeks. I am not sure how it could be growing as I haven’t put on any more weight since basically week 6. It is still pretty blobby, and I can see that people look at me thinking “is she pregnant or ?…”
Anyway, could I really be showing as early as 12 weeks, or this me putting on more weight somehow or getting more bloated (even though my weight is stable)? Could your bump grow without you putting on more weight? I am already at the high-end of the pregnancy weight gain range ( I was above it for like 3 weeks, and then because my weight remained stable, I slowly moved into the normal range.). I hope that I don’t continue putting on weight above the recommended range, which I read could create complications with natural births 🙁 I am just not sure how to handle the weight gain during pregnancy and keep it at a healthy level. Does anyone else have a similar experience?
Post # 2
I did – I am a petite person, and I started showing right away, and strangers were noticing and congratulating me on it at 12 weeks! I got an early ultrasound because they suspected twins – but just one baby. Because I was thin and pretty short, there was nowhere for babycakes to go but out. As far as weight goes, I would put it on all at once and then not gain for afew weeks and then all of the sudden I would be 4 or 5 pounds heavier again. I gained in the upper limit of normal (35 pounds) even though I was as active as I could be and didn’t overeat. I def wouldn’t worry that it’s fat from not going to the gym – I don’t think that the fat would go straight to your uterus!
Post # 3
I’m 13 weeks and have no bump whatsoever lol I would say a small part of it could be your uterus for sure, and the rest is probably just bloat. I’m thin and haven’t shown yet but every woman is different. Congrats on your bump 🙂
Post # 4
I generally find that some women experience a “bloated/slighty chubbier” phase before the obvious bump happens; could be for any number of reasons: decreased exerice, hormonal bloating/water retention, eating more carbs (to combat nasuea and fatigue) etc.
As far as the weight gain, all you can do is maintain a healthy, balanced diet (make sure to get enough protein, which many women lack) and return to a moderate exercise regime once you’re feeling better as the first trimester fatigue improves.
Post # 5
MsKeee: Thank you this makes me feel much better! I am on the petite side too (5 feet 2 inches). So maybe it’s about being shortish and thin? Your post really makes me feel not alone 🙂
Charlie89: Thanks, even though I’m 12 weeks the baby measures ahead and closer to 13 weeks. I don’t know if that makes any difference.
cdncinnamongirl: I am totally in that bloated/slightly chubby phase! I have one problem about protein: I can’t eat meat. I used to be an avid meat eater pre-pregnancy, but now I can’t really even stand the smell of meat. I am trying to eat a lot of lentils and other veggie sources of protein to keep healthy, so hopefully that’s enough!
Post # 6
asphodel: Yes, many woman have to modify their typical diet in the first trimester due to food aversions. I generally recomend “real food” but if you’re worried about getting enough protein you could have some protein powder in smoothies, oatmeal, etc. Just do your best and in time you’ll likely feel better! 🙂
Post # 7
I am also 5’2″ and although this is my second pregnancy, I started showing very early. Most of it was bloat but at 12 weeks your uterus is starting to push things up, so you very well could be starting to get a bump!.
As for weight gain, dont freak out. You wont gain weight at a level pace. As long as you are not over eating a bunch of garbage food then you will gain what you and baby need (excluding if you have gest. Diabetes, etc).
And the food adversions are also challenging. I always have more aversions than cravings.
My first pregnancy I couldnt eat red meat and ended up with low iron….this timeI cant stand chicken! Just keep up with your prenatal vitamins and do your best!
Post # 8
I did show that early with both my pregnancies.
Post # 9
asphodel: Is your bump the same all day or does it gradually grow throughout? If it doesn’t change much then you’re showing early… I’m 16 weeks tomorrow, a bit taller than you are and also slender, and I’m not showing. People who know me well can see a difference, but if they didn’t know I’m pregnant they’d probably just assume that I’ve been eating a little more because I don’t have a bump, really… Just a thicker waist (sigh)… There are a lot of factors that determine how early you show- your height and weight, how high or low your uterus is, where the placenta is. And I have to say I’m jealous- I’d much rather look pregnant earlier than still look like I’m overeating as I’m getting close to the halfway mark 🙂
Post # 10
urchin: Were you taking pre-natal vitamins when you had low iron?
polarbee: My bump is not the same all day – it grows throughout a bit, but not too much. The bumpy part is closer to my pelvis, the part that grows is closer to my breasts if that makes any sense. So the lower part stays basically the same throughout the day.
Post # 11
asphodel: Yeah, I was faithfully taking my prenatals, but still had low iron. Sometimes the baby just takes more than you can keep up with!
I hated iron supplements so I ended up just upping my consumption of foods that were high in iron (other than red meat) and cooking with a cast iron pan. That kept my iron levels high enough that they we no longer an issue.
Post # 12
I showed really early… Had a small “bump” at 12 weeks, popped at 13… and like you would get bigger as the day went on. I had really bad round ligament pain starting at 6 weeks, so I’m pretty sure my body used the relaxing hormones as much as they could in the beginning and just let it all hang out. I’m 18 weeks now and my belly isn’t much bigger than it was at 13 weeks, just rounder, I think it’s because I popped so early.
12-16 weeks comparison:
versus 13-17 weeks:
Post # 13
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asphodel: I was in maternity close by 9 weeks. Yes, 9 weeks. I freaked out because my bump appeared almost overnight. My friends and family were amazed at how quickly I began to show.
I remember speaking to doctor about my weight gain. I was very concerned. My sister was due 8 weeks before me and I was much bigger. However, my doctor was not concerned. She stated everyone carries their child differently. She was more concerned with my “lifestyle”. Meaning, I worked out (throughout my full pregnancy), ate well, did not smoke or drink.
I too was on the higher range for weight gain and I was fine. An hour after delivery I was walking and my weight dropped rather quickly.
Post # 14
wandering_gypsy: You are so cute!
OP my friends is 5’1″ and around 100 lbs. She actually had a bit of a belly at 6 weeks and could not hide it anymore at 10 weeks.
Post # 15
I just started to get bloating around 11-12 weeks. I think I started showing around 16-18 weeks and that is when I started wearing maternity pants, though most people probably couldn’t tell. It might just be because you’re shorter. I’m 6′ with a long torso and (random) people couldn’t really tell I was pregnant until after 24/25 weeks or so.
You can tell bloating because you look smaller/thinner in the morning and as the day goes on you look bigger. At least that was the case with me.
I gained about 40 lbs even though I really didn’t eat that much more than normal. Most of it came after 30 weeks when my workouts really slowed down. I didn’t that much control over it, your body will probably do what it wants/needs to do. So I would just try your best to eat healthy and be active and your body will do what it needs to do.