Post # 1
I know bloating is a common pregnancy symptom, but I’m 10w today (due December 2013) and can’t even fit into my yoga pants comfortably these days. I’ve been pretty prone to bloat since the super early weeks, but now it feels like the bloat is ALWAYS there, even when I first wake up in the morning. I can’t even hide it with baggy t-shirts at this point. Anyone else have experience with out-of-control pregnancy bloat?
Is there a chance that I’m just sprouting my baby bump super early? I started off pretty small with a flat stomach, so it’s hard to tell! I was hoping to have a concealable stomach even past 12 weeks, and now I’m concerned this won’t be possible. I’m also struggling to find clothes that fit, and I guess I’d take the plunge into maternity clothes now if this is the start of my bump that’s only going to get bigger from now on. How did you/do you tell if it’s bump vs bloat?
Post # 3
if you can suck it in, its bloat, otherwise its bump
Post # 4
@SqueezedUniverse: i don’t know if there is a great answer to the bloat/bump debate, but whatever mine was came really early (like 6 weeks) and didn’t go away at all! It was noticeable enough at 10 weeks that strangers started asking when I was due! I think everyone shows differently, and some of us don’t get the oppotunity to hide it all 12 weeks.
Post # 5
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It could definitely be a bump, everyone is different! I was in maternity jeans at 9 weeks and definitely didn’t fit in my regular pants anymore after that! This was my 10 week “bump.”
Post # 6
I think it’s technically bloat and fluid retention. I “showed” really early on as well and I was wearing belly bands + the rubber band trick on my pants by about 6 weeks and I moved onto maternity pants by about 8 weeks or so. I wore pretty tight pants to begin with and it was really uncomfortable wearing my normal pants. It’s not baby but I sure as heck couldn’t really suck it in.
I gained about 5 pounds by the 8 weeks mark and then another 3 by the 12 week mark. I just hit the 16 week mark and I only gained a pound since my last weigh in, leaving me having gained a little under 10 pounds by my 16 week mark. So I definitely think it’s all that fluid buildup at the beginning. Mine never went down; it just continued to grow/stay the same (depends on the week) so it’s a safe bet you can transition to maternity clothes at this point. I’m petite so even my OB says the baby/fluid/organs have nowhere to go but to all congregate in my abdomen/midsection area.
Post # 7
Well you have to look at it from a medical stand point- something that is the size of a kidney bean will not cause a ” bump “. If you are 10 weeks with a bump it is bloat because the baby literally is not big enough to cause your body to have a noticeable bump.
Post # 8
Just call me bloaty bloat. Im 6 weeks and I cant fit in most of my jeans. lol THank God for my belly band.
Post # 9
@mixtapehearts: Yes but your uterus swells up big before the baby takes up space in it.
I think your uterus goes up to the size of a grapefruit before the second trimester, and personally I don’t have room to smuggle a grapefruit in my belly without something showing 🙂 I think it could be bloat, but it could also be some belly showing.
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Post # 11
@MademoiselleL: +1 People often forget that the uterus is what is taking up most of the space right now.
Also someone said the baby was the size of a kidney bean?! Ummm, at 10 weeks you’re lookin at a prune sized baby not a kidney bean, so not sure where that came from. My OB said that because of weight shaming a lot of people make a big deal out of “showing” in the first trimester, but 90% of women will start to feel real changes in their abdomen by 10 weeks.
Post # 12
Uterus is grape fruit sized with a key lime baby. That’s a lot of changes. I’m sure you got some bumpage going on! I know that I have a little of both but I’m starting to get more bump and less bloat.
Post # 13
I think it’s possible to show that early! However I am 14 weeks now & I was larger at 10 weeks than I am now! Mine was definitely bloat as much as I wanted to believe it was baby bump-haha… Although it you are small, I think you can definitely start to show that soon!