Post # 1
As I’m entering week 10, I find it way more comfortable to leave some of my pants unbuttoned when sitting… My belly is definitely thicker than it was.
I am 5’4″ and started at 129 pounds, athletic build…
I keep reading that people start showing only after like, week 20! So I’m kinda freaking out about being uncomfortable with my pants buttoned.
Please someone tell me I’m not alone?
Post # 3
@mommytobee: All pregnancies are different, but at this stage it’s probably more bloat than it is uterus.
Post # 4
@mommytobee: I’m 19 weeks and still in my pre-pregnancy pants quite comfortably. However, I remember the bloat and uncomfy feeling of 10-14 weeks where your body is changing so much so fast. I wouldn’t worry about it.
Post # 5
I second the above posters, i feel so much better now that the bloat is gone. Week 10 thru 14 i felt like i was too big, but even my OB said bloating is very common around that time and not to worry i would feel better soon. I am now 18 weeks and feel much better, but i am starting to show now.
Post # 6
I was the same way. I think I put on maternity pants then b/c it was too uncomfortable. I wear them all the time now because the others don’t buttom around my belly. I was showing before 20wks. It’s all belly because from the front with my new swimsuit, I don’t look pregnant, but if I turn to the side, whoa nelly.LOL
Oh, I’m 23wks now.
Post # 7
I am sure you are fine!
When you start seeing your doctor on a regular basis they will help you set some weight gain goals. I know I felt so much better when I knew exactly what I was aiming for overall.
Post # 8
@mommytobee: Everyone gains differently according to their build and muscle tone. Also depending on how tightly you wore your pants pre-pregnancy you might notice you’re outgrowing them sooner than other people.
You’re doctor should tell you if you’re gaining too much. Best advice I can give you is that yes you DO need extra calories but don’t overeat and maintain any exercise regiment you were doing pre-pregnancy (although don’t over-exert yourself) and your body will gain what it needs to.
Post # 9
Do you know how much weight you have gained?
As others said, everyone is different and our bodies take different shapes. I started wearing maternity jeans at only 13weeks. It’s so common to have a bloated belly in the first trimester. Because we are all built different, I try to just watch the scale to make sure that I’m on track.
Enjoying your growing belly 🙂
Post # 10
I agree with the other writers. At that stage, I was very bloated. I started needing bigger clothes around 11 or 12 weeks. I even gained more weight than “the books” advise during my first trimester, but I think much of that was bloat. Now, at nearly 21 weeks, my weight is evening out and I definitely feel and look less bloated.
I started showing around week 16 but I really popped around week 18.
Post # 11
I had bloat around 12 weeks and then it just went away. I didn’t pop out though until right around 20 weeks and at 21 weeks needed a pair of maternity jeans since this little dude is riding so high that belly bands don’t work for me.
If you’re concerned you need to talk to your doctor since none of us can give you a real answer on your weight gain. We can just support you!
Post # 12
@mommytobee: I was very similar in build (about an inch and half taller and 8 lbs heavier) and started showing very early. Don’t worry, it will all melt off in the end. 🙂 I think your doctor might tell you that as long as you are putting weight on gradually and steadily, that’s what matters.
Post # 13
My face rounded out some really early, a lot of people guessed I was pregnant quite early. Also after I ate there was just no way to suck in the belly I had, and I never had a belly before I was pregnant, honestly that started at like 7 or 8 weeks. I agree with the others, a lot of it is kinda like the worst period ever sort of bloating. But despite feeling like I was so big so early, I’m now in my due date week and +22 lbs and people who didn’t know me didn’t seem to be able to tell I was pregnant until my last trimester. So I think a lot of it is just when you’re pregnant you’re hyper aware of all your bodily changes. As long as you’re eating fairly healthy and still getting some exercise you’re probably gaining just what you need to be gaining.
Post # 14
I’m trying to get exercise; however in the first few weeks I was too exhausted, then I managed to do it every other day; but now nausea is hitting hard… Until now, I just felt nauseous but now I’m actually sick… So exercice is lacking…
Otherwise I’m eating sensibly; but I went from being one who exerciced hard every single day to exercising when and if I can, and at a much lower intensity…
It scares me a bit.
Thanks for your answers ladies!
Post # 15
i know what you mean, but yes, it’s probably bloat. at 10 weeks, i felt bigger and my jeans definitely started to feel different. but by week 16-18, i actually started to show, which is a whole new feeling – your tummy starts to feel more like a hard balloon than just thicker. i was 22 weeks before it was obvious to most people that im pregnant. i look back at my 10 week photos now and can’t believe i thought i looked pregnant back then! lol.
remember too that your baby can have little growth spurts, so you may gain more weight/get bigger between some appts and then remain stable between others. as long as you’re eating relatively healthy and getting some exercise, your body will know what to do 🙂