I understand that each pregnancy is different, even with the same woman! There can be big differences between all of our pregnancies. That’s certainly been the case for me and one of the biggest differences I’ve noticed this time around is when my pregnant began to take shape. I am about 15 weeks now and for the longest time, my abdomen only looked like I had scarfed down a lot of burritos. I was showing, but it looked like all bloat. This stage is lasted longer this time than it did with any other pregnancy.
That bloat I’m talking about started early in my previous pregnancies, but it always seemed to go away by 8 or 9 weeks. At that point, I just looked like I had put on a little extra weight, but nothing too serious. I really noticed my belly pop around 16 or 17 weeks.
This time around, the bloat was a little out of this world. By 8 weeks, I looked like I did when I was 5 months pregnant with my other children. I know that since this is not my first time, my uterus and abdominal muscles are a little more lax. But I was shocked and really kind of embarrassed about how round I was already. I tried to hide it because I didn’t want people to ask me how far along I was so I could say, “Only 8 weeks,” and watch the shock on their face.
Yesterday was finally the first day where I felt more pregnant than bloated. I think that feeling has finally subsided and the roundness that I see is really what should be there. It came out of nowhere overnight, as it always seems to. It was the first time where I wasn’t worried about being asked if I was pregnant (though I believe that I should not really ever be asked) and I think I have to go shopping for some maternity clothes soon. With the pregnancy really starting to show, my shirts are too short for comfort.
:: When did your pregnancy really start to show? ::
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