Once you find out you’re pregnant, it’s natural to wonder when you’ll start showing. Some of us can’t wait for our baby bump; others not so much.
It would be nice if there was a cut and dried answer for when you start showing in pregnancy, but there isn’t. Various factors play a role, like the size of your baby. A fetus is very tiny in the first couple of months. By eight weeks it is around the size of a pinto bean!Â
I think of it this way. If I were to put a pinto bean in my pocket, I wouldn’t expect it to show. However, you might notice a slight change in your belly.
Another factor that influences when you start showing in pregnancy is whether or not you’ve had kids before. Often it takes longer to show for a first pregnancy.
By the end of your first trimester (12 weeks) the baby is about the size of a plumb and rather active. This is the stage where the uterus starts to outgrow the pelvic cavity to create the start of the baby bump, but it often isn’t really noticeable.
With both of my pregnancies, I could feel a fluttering in my belly, but not kicking at this point. My waistline thickened but I still wore regular clothes, in a bigger size for comfort. I wasn’t in a hurry to wear maternity clothes. However, this is the time to make sure you’ve got your maternity wardrobe lined up, because things change quickly.Â
By 20 weeks, your baby is about the size of a mango, and your baby bump is starting to be more pronounced. For me, the big pop from “baby bump” to a full blown belly was at 24 weeks. At this point the baby weighs around 1.5 pounds, and is able to cough and hiccup. All of a sudden my belly blossomed and I looked very pregnant.Â
When does pregnancy start to show? It differs from one mother-to-be to another. Of course multiple births show sooner and first pregnancies usually take longer to show.Â
Whenever your baby bump does make its debut, take the time to enjoy it. It’s special.