How early can you start showing?
First-time moms usually begin developing a baby bump between 12 and 16 weeks. Moms who've already been pregnant start showing sooner, since their uterine and abdominal muscles have already been stretched from an earlier pregnancy.
According to BabyCenter, many first time moms will begin developing a baby bump between 12 and 16 weeks. Those who have been pregnant before may start showing sooner, as their uterus and abdominal muscles are already stretched from previous pregnancies.
- Immediately after delivery of the baby, the uterus shrinks down to the the level of the belly button, and over the next 6 to 10 weeks, goes back to its original size (the size of a closed fist) and location (the pelvis). The skin, however, takes much longer to go back to its pre-pregnancy condition.
- The average pregnancy lasts for 38 weeks from the date you conceive (this is called conception). However, doctors usually date your pregnancy from the first day of your last menstrual period — that is the day your last period started. Using this method a pregnancy is said to last 40 weeks (280 days).
- At 9 weeks pregnant, you won't be showing noticeably; in fact, strangers on the street may just think you're bloated or a little chubby. This will soon change as your pregnancy continues. For most women, they start to show between 12 and 16 weeks pregnant (the third and fourth month of pregnancy).
Morning sickness usually starts around 6 weeks pregnant which is around two weeks after your missed period. As it's a common early symptom of pregnancy and to most women starts around 6 weeks, it is often the very first indicator to many women that they may be pregnant.
- "Not everyone experiences morning sickness, just like not everyone gets motion sickness." Although most women get their morning sickness between weeks 8 and 14, every woman and every pregnancy is different, and you may find that you develop pregnancy-related sickness later.
- It's not clear if nausea during pregnancy, also called morning sickness, is a good sign. A recent study of more than 2,400 pregnant women associated nausea and vomiting during the first trimester with a reduced risk of early pregnancy loss — particularly for women age 30 and older.
- “Morning sickness often starts from 6 weeks - around two weeks after you miss your period," explains GP Dr Philippa Kaye. But some women can feel nauseous as early as 2-3 weeks, and for many it's one of the first symptoms of their pregnancy. Of course, no two women are the same and neither are any two pregnancies.
You may desperately want to look pregnant, but you won't be showing for a few extra weeks. (Most women won't start sporting a "bump" until their second trimester, though second-time mothers may begin showing sooner.) Your belly may even be slightly more rounded at 10 weeks pregnant.
- If you prefer to keep things private in the event of a loss, you'll want to keep your news under wraps until the risk of miscarriage drops dramatically, which happens at the end of the first trimester, around 10 to 12 weeks. That's why this is such a common time for the Big Tell.
- There are 52 weeks in 12 months. So 11 weeks equates to 2.5 months. At the end of 11 weeks of pregnancy you can tell people that you are 2.5 months pregnant.
- 12 weeks is really 2 1/2 months pregnant. You are three months at 14 weeks, and then also hit the 2nd trimester. You then count roughly every 4 weeks per month from then on (a month really has 4.3 weeks, but that's another story).
Updated: 3rd October 2019