Post # 1
I am now 4w 4d pregnant. It’s new. Yet… you’d think I’m over 4 months! I had someone ask me last week (before I found out the good news) if I was expecting, and yes, I admit that I was a little salty about that one at the time. Now slightly less so… but only slightly! Why do I look like I have a bump already?
I maybe enjoyed our all-inclusive honeymoon too much… but I arrived home only 3 pounds heavier, not 30! I can’t even fit in my fat pants, and even yoga pants are hurting my midsection. I’m already using the elastic around the snap trick for all my work pants. I’m seriously considering shopping for maternity clothes, and I thought that it was way too early for that. I can barely fit my wedding ring on!
Ladies who’ve been through this – does this happen? Should I be concerned? What can I do to relieve it??
Post # 3
@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
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
- 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
@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
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
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
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
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.