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Old 11-07-2005, 03:41 PM   #1
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How long will it take for my belly to show?

Hey yall, I am currently13wks3 days along and it seems like I have no belly yet whatsoever. I was online looking at pictures of other womens bellies that are exactly as far along as I am and they all are definately showing. This is my 3rd pregnancy but I did loose both of them real early on so I really don't know. I thought for a moment i was getting some sort of a pooch but it ended up being just bloat I think, cause there is nothing now. Hehe. When did everyone's bellies start showing? is this normal? I would love to hear stories.

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Old 11-07-2005, 04:40 PM   #2
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Re: How long will it take for my belly to show?

I would say it really depends on your body frame. I think that someone that is really skinny will start to show much sooner than someone who is heavier. With my last pregnancy, I started showing around 12 weeks, and I only gained 2 lbs, and the baby was 8lb, 14oz,

Old 11-07-2005, 06:06 PM   #3
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Re: How long will it take for my belly to show?

It does depend on your frame, height, and weight. I am currently 18 weeks and I would say just this past week or two I have noticed that I stick out a little more than looking like I ate too much for dinner. It isn't quite to where people can visibly tell, but if I have another growth spurt, at that time it will be very possible I might begin to be noticable to others.

Old 11-08-2005, 07:57 AM   #4
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It's so funny that you posted this because last week I was getting compliments on how I wasn't showing at all ( I am carrying twins and am 14 weeks and 3 days). I promise, it a matter of 3 days I GREW! I mean from below my chest to under my belly. I didn't believe that it could happen all of a sudden but it did!

As long as everything is progressing normally I wouldn't worry. With my DS I didn't show until around 22 weeks along. I was still wearing my regular clothes!

Old 11-08-2005, 08:06 AM   #5
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Like the pp said, it really does depend on each person and your frame and whatnot. I have to disagree though about relaly skinny people showing sooner. I had always heard that really skinny girls don't show as soon. I never undersottd this until I got pg because you would think that they would show sooner since they were so small to begin with. If you are really skinny, then adding on 5 inches just makes you more average. But if you are already more average, than adding on 5 inches is really going to stick out more. And it is true that often heavier women take longer to show though.

For me, I was 5 1/2 inches larger than pre-pregnancy from about 11 weeks to 18 weeks and didn't really look pregnant, unless you knew what I looked like before. I just only looked pretty average, no longer really skinny and sometimes looked like I was bloated and should be sucking in my stomach. lol (which I wouldn't) I just had a growth spurt last week of an inch so now when I put on my maternity shirts come of them are actually fitting (as long as I tie them real tight in the back) and I look pregnant - but not very big yet still. I am 19 1/2 weeks right now.

It'll happen! I promise! I couldn't wait to show and still can't wait to show even more! When I was 11-18 weeks I really didn't grow at all, the upper part of my belly just filled out to match the lower part that had already been sticking out a little. This time period seemed to last forever as I was so anxious to start showing! I have heard that around 19-20wks a lot of women really start having those growth spurts. That is seeming ot be true in my case as well.

Good luck!

Old 11-08-2005, 08:15 AM   #6
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I am almost 20 weeks now and I seriously believe that my belly has grown overnight. I noticed it at 18 weeks but from that point until now it just popped out. I went from nobody being able to tell I am pregnant to it being obvious. My hubby was away on business and he came home to a shock!

Old 11-08-2005, 08:57 AM   #7
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You're only 13.3 wks and are worried about not having a tummy yet!? I don't know what pics you were looking at but most people don't start showing, especially with their first, until closer to 18 or 20 wks. With my first I was fairly thin to start off with and was starting to show a little pouch around 15 or 16 wks. This however, was not noticeable to anyone else but myself and my dh. I didn't even tell anyone at my work until I was in my 22nd wk and was able to hide it no problem. I gained 68lbs and had a 9lb 6oz baby!
Your tummy will come...don't worry. And by the end of it you will not be able to wait to wear a belt again!!

Old 11-08-2005, 09:13 AM   #8
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yOU will know when you look pregnant to others - (well especially to men) because they will CLEARLY move out of your way and go out of their way to hold doors for you!! This just happened to me today - and I am 25 weeks! so mid way thru my 6th month is when I started to show and not look like I needed to lose weight! LOL!!

So cute.... two different men moved out of my way and held the door for me today. The difference that i noticed was that they did these things WAY before I needed it (they had to hold the door and "wait" for me to get there)! etc. not like normal hold the door for you... stuff. That was nice!

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Old 11-08-2005, 09:18 AM   #9
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People will also clearly look at your belly as you walk past them. This just started happening to me yesterday as I have just started transitioning into some of my maternity shirts. Its kind of wierd at first to see people's eyes go from your face to your belly. lol But I guess we have to get used to it! lol

Old 11-08-2005, 10:55 AM   #10
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I sure hope it's soon for me! I'm 16 weeks today. I was about 185lbs (5'7") before I got pg, and I'm not really into maternity pants yet. Most of them are just HUGE on me. Other people think I look pregnant - I just think I look fat. I already had quite the poochy belly, and it's not grown enough to look really obviously pg yet.

Old 11-08-2005, 12:42 PM   #11
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I'm 21 weeks and start showing around 19 weeks. I feel like I'm growing more and more each day. Just went out and bought more materinty pants and shirts bc I can no longer fit in my normal jeans. Don't really fill in shirts yet, also bc I'm carrying so low. I had a lady tell me the other day I was lucky I didn't look pregnant, kinda hurt my feels bc I thought she was saying I just looked fat lol, but I realized my husband and mother notice and yes, I've had ppl go from face to tummy when in public. You'll start showing in a few more weeks. Don't always believe what you see on the internet, all women are different!

Old 11-08-2005, 12:53 PM   #12
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Re: How long will it take for my belly to show?

With my first pregnancy which I m/c at 10 weeks I never got a belly. This time I started showing right away. I would say that by about 12 or 13 weeks I started to slowly ease into maternity clothes, however, it was frustrating b/c at that time it seemed to me that I felt too fat for my normal clothes but not fat/pregnant enough for the maternity clothes. Now I am 15 weeks and will be starting my 16th week on Thurs. and I am more noticably round.

Old 11-08-2005, 01:45 PM   #13
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Re: How long will it take for my belly to show?

i started to show around 5 mths.

Old 11-08-2005, 02:20 PM   #14
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I am 18 weeks right now and the way I look changes from day to day. One day I will look pregnant, the next I won't. It's because of your bowels bloating or something. I've also noticed I look like I've gained weight. Most of my clothes don't fit, yet I weigh the same amount I did before I got pregnant. SO I guessI really don't know. Pregnancy is a funny tricky thing.

Old 11-08-2005, 02:52 PM   #15
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Re: How long will it take for my belly to show?

PGTA5 it was nice to read your post as I too am carrying twins,(5th pregnancy) however I am just 8 wks 5 days along. Just some quick questions for you, are they your first?? and if not, do you find that your tummy is a little more tender than with your previous pg's??? do you get morning sickness? and if so is it still lingering? I heard that with twins, things are a bit different..I just don't remember feeling as uncomfortable this early into it than with the other pgs. Other than that (and with a couple problems I've recently had) I am okay, just inquistive.

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