Post # 1
So, I’m almost 9 weeks pregnant now. I had a mini breakdown this morning. I’ve only gained about 1.5 pounds since finding out and some days (my weight fluctuates) it’s less than that. So, why are only my “fat” clothes fitting? I had to buy a new bra a couple weeks ago but didn’t want to stock up in case I grew in that area again. This morning I needed to wear one of my old ones to go under the shirt I’m wearing and it looks TERRIBLE. I’m just feeling super frumpy. I guess you don’t just go from normal to baby bump over night, but what was the process like for you? Did you just get thicker at first? Was it always concentrated in your belly? Did you just feel like you were bloated? Am I just getting fat since I know I can’t be showing for several more weeks? Help!
Post # 3
Oh girl, I feel you! The first place I gained was my boobs (and this is not somewhere I really needed or wanted to gain) … and then belly. It’s not like regular weight gain at all, which tends to be a little more evenly distributed. NOTHING fit right, except yoga pants. I don’t know … some women seem to be able to wear their regular clothes well into the 2nd trimester, but I sure couldn’t. I held out until about 13 weeks to actually buy maternity pants … because we weren’t telling people before that, but oh the relief of that! The bra thing is probably the most annoying, though.
Post # 4
That happened to me too! At my 12 week appointment they told me I had gained 1 pound. 1 fing pound when I felt like I had gained 30! Non of my regular clothes fit AND my boobs grew a cup and a half….I feel frumpy all the time. I am now almost 15 weeks and my clothes are uncomfortable, but I do not have any baby bump….kinda annoying!
Post # 5
I actually lost weight in my 1st trimester but still had a bloated belly and got bigger tatas…I had no idea what was going on w/ the weight. I’m up 30 lbs now @ 32 weeks :-0 So, don’t worry, it will come!
Post # 6
I definitely could not button my jeans after about 6-8 weeks so I bought a belly band. Don’t worry too much about it. I worried at first b/c I gained a lot in the beginning and it has eventually tapered off and evened out. But in the beginning my waist was gone and nothing else gained weight, not even my chest. It seemed odd but I think your body redistributes your weight/fat to where it personally needs/wants it to be. Every woman’s journey and experience is different so just try your best to enjoy it! 🙂
Post # 7
I actually lost weight at first too. I’m already pretty thin weighing 120 and being 5’8 but I didnt start showing at all till i was about 23 weeks. i told NO one i was pregnant until then bc no one could tell! But believe me… everyone feels frumpy. I think it’s the fact that your hormones are out of wack, being sick, gaining weight, etc… all that combined you just feel blah sometimes. Most prego women all say the same thing.. your waist is the FIRST thing to go and you look like a big square! attractive right? i think not lol If i was in a frumpy mood, every once in a while I’d do things for myself to make me feel better… like go get a pedicure, go buy a new pair of shoes, new toe nail polish 🙂
and flbeachbride is right… BUY THE BELLY BAND! its amazing. i hated maternity jeans so i wore most of my regular jeans up until the day i delivered with that thing!
Post # 8
My body definitely changed before the scale did. I can’t remember exactly but I don’t think I gained a lb until the 2nd tri. Maybe not even until 20 weeks. But then the scale changed by like 10 lbs in a very short time. It was weird. Now at 36 weeks I’ve gained about 28lbs.
It was crazy how much my body changed – first thickening – then a defintie bump – and still the scale didn’t move.
I’m a t-shirt and jeans, no make up, frumpy kinda girl to begin with. But let me tell you – being pregnant has definitely made me want to dress ‘cute’ so I feel better about the frumpiness! I felt better wearing tight shirts that showed off my tiny baby bump rather than trying to hide it! Trying to hide it made me feel like the chic that needs to lose ’10 lbs’ – but showing it off made me feel sexy and pregnant!
Good Luck adjusting!
Post # 9
i’m 10 weeks right now and i feel like i look at least 5 months at night after a day of eating and snacking. the other night i looked down and couldn’t see my toes. i’ve gained 7 pounds during the whole pregnancy, which i blame on wanting to puke at the thought of any food but carbs. i even called my ob to make sure that i wasn’t making my baby unhealthy due to my weight gain, and she said it was better than a weight loss. it’s mostly in my belly, but also in my ass and boobs. it’s so weird to look in the mirror and see my tush… it’s just very different from what i’m used to. and not in a good way. everybody’s body is different though.
Post # 10
Definitely the change in the boobs has been unwanted/unneeded for me as well. This morning I tried on a pair of capris that I knew would be too tight because they were already a little snug before I got pregnant, but not only could I not button them I couldn’t even get them up over my hips! This was quite unsettling.
stlginko – 15 weeks and still no defined bump? Ack! Sounds like this transition period could go on much longer than I thought.
I think I’ll feel better if I pick up some loose fitting dresses or more elastic waist skirts or something this weekend. No way could I transition to maternity clothes yet, plus my coworkers would definitely notice that and they don’t know about the pregnancy yet.
Post # 11
Its a weird thing, how we gain weight when pregnant. I don’t have a huge belly but at 34 weeks have gained 30 pounds. I first noticed it in my boobs, and then you do just start to feel a bit frumpy – your blood volume goes up sig. when you are pregnant and your body likes to pack on a little extra padding everywhere.
In terms of frumpiness, try finding empire waist cotton dresses- those are great for summer marernity! The empire waist also helps at least provide some definition vs just bagging clothing all over…
i didn’t actually look pregnant to others until nearly my third trimester, it can take a while!
Post # 12
Janna – it IS funny how each body gains weight. Everyone asked (and still do) me if I was having twins and at one point I had gained like 15 lbs in 19 weeks but now have only gained 23.5 in 32. it isn’t even like i stopped gaining as it slowed down more i suppose, but i still look like i put on some padding in my upper body. i still have more weight to gain so we will see where it all ends up. i would really say that as long as a pregnant woman is eating well and following her body’s cues (i ate carbs when i wanted carbs, protein when i want protein, etc) that is all that she can do. meanwhile i feel frumpy sometimes and like my belly is huge sometimes and not that big others.
Definitely second the empire waist dresses! I have three of those (one stopped fitting months ago in the chest area) and i am always on the hunt for more. not only are they flattering and soooo comfy but great in the hot summer months as well as flexible for post-partum shapes (at least I will find out lol)!
Post # 13
12 weeks tomorrow and I feel ya! I’ve felt bloated for probably 6 weeks or more now. And I, too, am in my fat clothes. I was getting ready to take a shower the other day and looked in the mirror and seemed to have a little belly. I’m thin so normally a little belly can be sucked in. This one can’t. 🙂 So, yeah, I think we’ll be in the “fat” stage for awhile.
Post # 14
OMG!!! at 16 weeks i’m rubber-banding and stretching everything!
…but I still don’t look pregnant 🙁 I just look like “wow…she’s really let herself go…”
and being thin with a belly that doesn’t look pregnant is soooo not a good look…
so loose tops and rubberbands for me!
Post # 15
There is def a weird period that comes at a different time for everyone where you don’t look pregnant yet, just like you’ve gained a bit of weight. Mine was boobs first(yay) then I got the little pooch at 3 months but I didn’t really look pregnant until 6 months.
Post # 16
There is that period of time where you just feel like a blimp without the real bump. When I hit 10 weeks it was like BAM! Belly!