Petite sized bees- did you start to show early?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Honestly, this early in your pregnancy it’s probably related more to bloating than to the baby.  Your uterus starts to grow early enough on, but it won’t actually rise out of your pelvis until late in the first trimester.

I FELT like I was showing kind of early, but looking back at photos I basically just looked like I ate too much!

If you’re not ready for maternity pants yet (to which I would respond- don’t wait!  They’re comfy, so just get some!) then you can hold yourself over with the “hair tie trick”… loop a hair elastic through your button hole and place the ends over your button to add in a little extra give to your waist band.

Congrats on your pregnancy!!

Post # 4
863 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am 5’2″ and petite and I was big enough by 10 weeks that strangers werw congratulating me. By 39 weeks, I was like 80 percent belly. I think with short people that don’t have long torsos there’s nowhere for anything (baby, bloat, or otherwise) to go but out! I started wearing maternity clothes at 6 weeks because all of my clothes were slim cut and didn’t fit comfortably anymore!

Post # 5
3633 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m 5’3″ and of average BMI. I wouldn’t say I have a petite build but I definitely have a short torso. I did start to show quite early from the bloating and I had to get a belly band at about 8 weeks and I started wearing maternity pants at about 10 weeks. Without either, I was very uncomfortable and I was getting some pain around the button/zip area of my pants. I gained most rapidly in the first trimester and the beginning of the second.

That being said, I wouldn’t worry too much about what you would look like in your 2nd and 3rd trimester. I’m at 34w and I’ve gained at least 20 lbs I think. My doctor charts it every appointment but we never talk about it. As such, I can’t remember what it was previously so I don’t know how much the full gain has been. She’s fine with my weight gain though and back at 20w she even said I could gain a few more. At this point, I’ve literally gained a tiny bit in my butt/thighs area (which is where I usually gain) and the rest is literally all baby bump. Everyone comments that you can’t tell I’m PG from the back at all. I’m pretty happy actually with how I’ve gained even though 20+ pounds definitely sounds like a lot.

Post # 6
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I always heard people say that us shorties show earlier..but I don’t necessarily believe it.

There are so many variables.. like whether to carry more prosterior, how long your torso is, what pregnancy # it is.

I am 5’2 and a size 2 in my waist. I did expand and my clothes got tight decently fast, but I was like 16w before I had a preggo bump at all… before that I just looked bloated.

Post # 7
2184 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

I have really similar stats. I was bloated early on but could still wear my clothes. At 14 weeks, I started using a bellyband. I switched to maternity exclusively around 22 weeks. To answer your question– No, I didn’t start showing early. 

Post # 8
832 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’m 5’1 and was 100lbs prepreg I definitely started showing much earlier than many others I know that are pregnant. I Still wore my normal clothes up until 15 weeks tho then I started needing a belly band. And now at 18 wks I’m really needing some maternity pants at this point. Wear whatever feels comfy. Everyone’s body is different my sil is 30 weeks and I swear u can’t even tell she’s pregnant….nothing wrong either way just different babies n differentbodies. Congrats btw! 

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