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When Will your Baby Bump Show? - Factors and Timeline

When Will your Baby Bump Show? - Factors and Timeline

When will your baby bump show? It’s official - you’re pregnant! Amidst all the joy and excitement there is probably an undercurrent of stress and nerves. You likely have a million questions running through your head and one of them is most likely when will my baby bump show? If you aren’t quite prepared to tell the world yet then the good news is it won’t be for a little while. If you are ready for your baby bump photoshoot you may be disappointed that you will have to wait a bit. No matter what the situation is - your belly is going to start to grow and you probably want to know what to expect. In this article, we discuss when your bump will show, factors that affect it, and how to navigate your growing body.

 

When will your baby bump show?

Every woman and everybody is different, so there is no specific answer for when you will start to show, but we can give you a general timeline. Around the 3 month mark, your baby will be a significant size. Your uterus will probably start to expand to accommodate the baby so you may notice a little bump. This bump will probably not be noticeable to most people - and will likely just look like you are a little bloated. As you reach the 16-week mark, this is where you will most likely start to show the most. And by the time you are 20-24 weeks, you should have a nice little bump to show off. 

Factors that influence when your baby bump shows

There are many factors that influence when your baby bump shows. Your height, weight, number of babies, number of pregnancies, uterus location, and your fitness level will all influence your baby bump debut. 

    • Height: How tall you are can affect how quickly your bump will become visible. If you have a shorter torso your bump will probably show faster. If you have a longer torso your uterus can grow upwards before it grows out which can lengthen the amount of time before your bump shows. 
    • Weight: If you have a larger percentage of body fat you may not show as quickly as others who have a low percentage of body fat. 
    • Number of Babies: If you are pregnant with twins you will see your baby bump much sooner than someone with a singular pregnancy. This is because your uterus has to expand twice as much over the same period of time to accommodate the two babies. The same logic applies to triplets, quads, quints, etc.
    • Number of Pregnancies: If this is your first baby you will probably show later than your subsequent pregnancies. This is because your uterus never fully shrinks back down after your first pregnancy. So, you will be starting off with a bigger uterus than your first pregnancy. 
    • Uterus location: This sounds odd, but the location of your uterus can make a difference in when you show. Your uterus can be tilted away from the front of your abdomen which means it takes a longer time to expand out and show. In contrast, your uterus can also be tilted toward the front of your abdomen. This means that when it expands out it shows almost immediately. 
  • Fitness Level: Surprisingly, your fitness level also comes into play. If you are a fitness buff and have well-defined abdominal muscles you will probably not show until later in your pregnancy. The reason for this is because your uterus is hidden behind your abdominal muscles. This makes it take longer for your baby bump to show. Some women who are extremely fit don’t even show until they are a few weeks from their due date. 

 

All of these factors come into play when your baby bump is growing. That is why there is no hard and fast rule for when your baby bump will show.

 

When will your baby bump show in subsequent pregnancies?

If you have been pregnant before then chances are you will be more likely to show earlier in your pregnancy than you did in your first one. The muscles in your abdomen and your uterus have already gone through the pregnancy process. Because of this, your body is more pliable and ready to experience the change again. This means that your pregnancy will begin to show sooner. On the bright side, your pregnancy will also probably have a quicker labor too!

What to do in the awkward baby bump stage

Before you really begin to show (around the 16-20 week mark) you may notice your bump beginning to grow. This can often cause some discomfort with mothers as they become self-conscious of their little bump. Many women don’t like the appearance of the small bump because it makes them feel like they look bloated. The best way to conceal your small bump is to wear flowy clothing or large sweaters. The flowing fabric will conceal a growing bump and the thick sweaters do the same thing. 

 

As your bump gets bigger, you will reach another awkward stage. The stage where you are not quite big enough to wear maternity clothing. But you are also not quite small enough to fit into your regular clothes. The biggest problem you will have is with pants. The best tip we can give is to unbutton your pants. Put one end of a hairband around the button, and put the other end through the hole and around the button again. This will hold your pants in place. Just a long shirt and you are all set to go. In addition, you can always try out a Bellefit prenatal support panty. These are panties that go up around your belly and support your abdomen with the extra weight. Bellefit has some available in addition to a support camisole. 

Baby Bump Not Showing

Many women tend to panic when their bump isn’t showing as fast as they prefer. They think that something may be wrong with them or they may grow concerned with other people’s comments. Don’t fret too much. Every body is different and every pregnancy is unique. Your body may just not show very much. There are some women who hardly show at all throughout their entire pregnancy. Trust what your physician says. If they say that your baby is healthy, then you are fine. There is nothing to worry about, but if you do have concerns talk to your doctor about them. 

Main Takeaways

Pregnancy is a unique and different experience for each and every woman. There are many factors that go into determining when your baby bump will show. Including weight, height, number of babies, number of pregnancies, uterus location, and fitness level. Don’t worry if your bump isn’t showing as soon as you would want it to.  As long as your physician says you have a healthy baby there is nothing to worry about.

Investing in some fashionable maternity clothes and garments can do wonders with helping you feel confident and comfortable in your pregnant body. Try out some of Bellefit’s prenatal garments and discover why so many women love our brand.

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Hannah Brown

  • Oct 01, 2020
  • Category: News