Early pregnancy bloating – feeling like an inflated balloon!

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@kitakitten:  Bloating is normal. I am 9 weeks and some days here, and while I no longer feel bloated, I remember in week 4 and 5 I was a balloon. My belly is starting to actually be a baby belly now though, so I started taking real photos becuase I am convinced it is a bump now that not a bloated belly. My ring fi9ts, my feet are looose in my shoes. Yeah, it’s a bump now 🙂

Make sure to tone down salty foods and drink lots of water (and wear loose clothing). There isn’t much you can do for it unfortunately. I bought my first pair of maternity pants at 5 or 6 weeks.

Post # 4
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649 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I felt like this weeks 4-6, then I went back to normal for a couple weeks, then slowly started feeling legitimately… softer, and more pregnant-looking. I bought maternity jeans at about 9 weeks and now at 11, I am officially out of my all my regular pants and shorts, although the scale has only gone up about 4 lbs.

You should do whatever’s comfortable for you! 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - Chateau Briand

Bloating is most definitely normal! I started on maternity clothing very early on; I felt ridiculous but after discussing it with some bees, I realized there’s a lot of us who can’t squeeze into our regular clothes early on 🙂 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

@kitakitten:  welcome to the new normal. I felt so bloated in the first trimester. There were maybe 2 weeks around 15-17 where I felt normal sized. Now at 24w it is already getting uncomfortable. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yup. Welcome to your gas baby. For me the bloat started before I even got my BFP and basically lasted until I got a proper bump. At about 11 weeks, the bloat started to go down and I could notice a small bump at the beginning of the day, but as the day wore on, so did the bloat. By about 15 weeks, I could tell it was more baby than bloat and by 17 weeks it was obvious to strangers that it was baby!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I can relate. I’m 5 weeks and 1 day and my first symptoms were very extreme and painful bloating. I literally wake up in the morning with a nice flat tummy, my jeans button up…my shirts lay nicley across my stomach and as soon as I eat ANYTHING I turn into a beast, like I’m carring an extra 10 lbs in my gut and it doesn’t even make me look more pregnant, just fat. I hate it…but I’m slowly trying to adjust my diet to hopefuly help.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I feel your pain.  I was 6 weeks and in my sister’s wedding, and everyone knew I was pregnant because I looked like I was so much further along.  In fact, I had a family memeber ask if I was having twins.  I had to explain to them that it was just bloating… I am sure the pasta they had at the wedding didn’t help either.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I posted something similar weeks ago when I was going through this. I was pretty bloated from about 8-12 weeks and then it kind of went down. I too felt like I looked several months pregnant but at 21 weeks I feel right on track now. It is all part of the process and you will continue to retain fluid throughout.

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