One of the questions that is common for discussion for the first time moms is when I will be showing pregnancy or have a pregnant belly. Each and every woman is different and in case of some it may start showing up as early as 12 weeks. This is normally the case with first time moms, while in the case of others it may be sooner as they may have had pregnancy earlier and for this reason the muscles in the uterus or abdomen would have been stretched. In case of others it can be earlier or later than this.
You would need to take note of the fact that uterus passes through various stages. In the starting stages of your pregnancy it is in the shape of a pear and over the course of 12 weeks, it tends to become more rounded until it resembles a grape fruit. This is the time when the baby bump beings to form and pregnant showing takes place.
Around 16 weeks of pregnancy, the uterus will be stretched to meet the demands of the growing baby. This is the time when the bump is at full visibility tone. But there are other factors which may influence and this is the time when you can start purchasing for maternity clothes. Some pregnant women may have no signs of a baby bump till 20 weeks of pregnancy, and this is that time where the top of the uterus is at the level of belly button. There are other factors which influence whether you are pregnant or not as well
- Older women tend to show signs of pregnancy much earlier than the younger moms. This is as younger women are likely to have tight abdominal muscles
- The body size has a role to play as well. Compared to skinny women, heavier women show pregnancy at a much later stage. In the case of taller women, it is much later than this
- The deeper the pelvis, the latter it is going to show. If it is showing later than expected the chances are that you are having a retroverted uterus. This means that the uterus is more tilted towards the back than the front. About 15 % of women tend to have a uterus of this type and it will not have an effect on the size of your baby
- If you are carrying a small baby it will not show in comparison if you have a large baby in your womb. The amount of amniotic fluid that you are carrying around the sac of your baby does have an impact as well
- If you are having more than one baby in your stomach it will show much earlier.
If you feel that there is any form of concern with the size of your bump, then your midwife will arrange for an ultrasound scan to make sure that the correct due date is provided to you. In addition to this there are some other symptoms of pregnancy that you can look forward to as well.