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#1 MotherMonkey

Posted 03 February 2013 - 03:19 PM

Hi everyone,
This is my second pregnancy &, in a nutshell, I am horrified by how big I am already!! *lol* Thank God it's ok to announce now as it seems blatantly obvious to me & I'm not sure that I could hide it anymore anyway (especially in this hot weather!).

Just wanting to know if anyone else is like this? I recognise that having only had my son 2 years ago my abdominal muscles & everything will have already been pushed out & remained floppy (blah blah blah), but it's almost embarassing that I'm only 3 months & look like I could easily be a month or so further on.

I'm doing my best to 'embrace the bump' & only send positive vibes etc., I do believe I must be very comfy for the little one in there!, but I am feeling very self-conscious sad.gif

God help me if I continue to grow at this rate!!

#2 MummaBirdy

Posted 03 February 2013 - 03:25 PM

I didn't show at all til about 18 weeks last time, but this time a man offered me his seat on the train when I was 11 weeks and hadn't made the announcement yet. I hadnt reslised how obvious my belly was already. Plus my boobs completely gave me away, they're double the size they were at this stage last time!

Edited by MummaBirdy, 03 February 2013 - 03:26 PM.


#3 Ritaroo

Posted 03 February 2013 - 03:50 PM

I'm 11 weeks but I suspect that my bump is more food baby than actual baby.

#4 namie

Posted 03 February 2013 - 03:57 PM

I showed earlier with DS2 and this time round I feel like I look 5 months pregnant at 12 weeks! I was hoping to hide it from work for a few more weeks yet, but I don't think it's going to be possible!

#5 brom85

Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:20 AM

Mothermonkey - Ive been saying the exact same thing.....Im a size 10-12 and still fitting into my jeans and everything but have a definate bump which I cant believe haha,

I think at least some of it is bloating but yeah was a bit shocked haha

#6 littlepip

Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:55 AM

I feel your pain!! I got very round all over staright away - the only thing that helped MS was eating so it was just a food baby at the start now I have a huge, very obvious, hard baby bump original.gif its well above my belly button now... but hey at least the baby is growing - I'm 14 weeks so I guess its about time!... I'm just looking forward to definately looking pregnant, not just that I've been eating too many doughnuts lol...

#7 Soontobegran

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:04 AM

QUOTE (littlepip @ 04/02/2013, 09:55 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I feel your pain!! I got very round all over staright away - the only thing that helped MS was eating so it was just a food baby at the start now I have a huge, very obvious, hard baby bump original.gif its well above my belly button now... but hey at least the baby is growing - I'm 14 weeks so I guess its about time!... I'm just looking forward to definately looking pregnant, not just that I've been eating too many doughnuts lol...


Sorry for butting in and for sure I don't belong here but I saw it in recent topics. OP if your uterus is well above your belly button at 14 weeks I'd be asking if there was another one in there too original.gif
At 14 weeks you should be about 2/3 fingers breadth just above your pubic bone. Have you had your scan?
Good luck  original.gif

#8 creepycookie

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:16 AM

I'm 11 weeks and feel like I look about 20 weeks lol granted there was still a bit of tummy left over from last time, but I'm sure I wasn't this big this early first time round. Luckily I was still wearing my maternity jeans anyway!

#9 MotherMonkey

Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:49 AM

Well I've compared the pics & it seems I am the same size now (just over 12 weeks) that I was at about 16 weeks the first time!! I know I'm torturing myself but good God!! *lol*

The baby on the scan is only little (the ultrasonographer even put my due date back a few days) & there is only one, so I really have nothing to blame... yes I've been ravenous & I don't suffer from morning sickness (for either of my pregnancies, so lucky!!) so everything I eat stays down..I guess my tummy was just pre-prepared??

Is it just the difference in hormones that make some women really puff up immediately whilst others can stay slender the entire duration of gestation? Hmm..think I'm off to google that one wink.gif

#10 emelsy

Posted 05 February 2013 - 08:25 AM

YEP. Another who is big already.


I havent put on any eight buy boy have I changed shape. I look similar to lady at work who is 2 months ahead.


I'm not telling work until I'm ready. They can just think I've gotten fatter til then.

#11 ellejays

Posted 05 February 2013 - 08:32 AM

Is there any easy way to figure out if it's a baby bump or bloating only?

I'm on my first pg and at 14 weeks am just no longer able to wear my normal jeans & work pants.  But I was very bloated early on as well, so I'm not sure whether it's human-bub or food-bub!

#12 TotesFeral

Posted 05 February 2013 - 08:34 AM

Just jumping in from recent topics.
I showed earlier with DS but found once I got into the 20weeks it started to even out and by the end of it I was pretty much the same size as I was with DD. If that makes sense!

#13 Soontobegran

Posted 05 February 2013 - 08:45 AM

QUOTE (ellejays @ 05/02/2013, 09:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Is there any easy way to figure out if it's a baby bump or bloating only?

I'm on my first pg and at 14 weeks am just no longer able to wear my normal jeans & work pants.  But I was very bloated early on as well, so I'm not sure whether it's human-bub or food-bub!

You can figure it out by lying down on a flat surface and feeling for the firm hardness of the top of the uterus. It is very often that it is not what you expect from the size of your belly but is a more accurate way of assessing the growth of the baby and not us:-( At 14 weeks you should be able to feel your uterus a couple of cms above your pubic bone. Start feeling at your belly button with your fingertips then work down. We will often look bigger because the uterus is pushing the bowel up higher so it gives the illusion of having a big baby but it will not feel like uterus when you lie down:-)

#14 MotherMonkey

Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:07 PM


So this is what I've found..must admit I've been craving salty foods which is unusual for me (usually just a sweet tooth) so there could be a bit of water retention going on too I spose... Will attempt to cut back (if possible) & drink more water.. & perhaps those yoghurts? I'll get back t you wink.gif





"Re: What can I do to get rid of bloating and indigestion?
Trust  us, we feel your pain. You can blame these not-so-fun pregnancy  symptoms largely on the hormones your body is producing (what else is  new?), specifically all the estrogen and progesterone. Your body’s  making more of both now to relax smooth muscle tissue. Unfortunately,  this causes your gastrointestinal tract to relax a little too much,  leading to side effects like bloating, indigestion, constipation,  stomachaches and, yes, all that horrific gas you’ve been having lately.But sadly, you can’t blame it all  on the hormones. Believe it or not you could actually be adding to your  own discomfort just by what you’re eating or what you wear.Here’s a  list of the most common causes of bloating and indigestion during  pregnancy.

See if you’re guilty of a few of them (or all of them!):
• Eating greasy, fatty, or highly seasoned foods
• Drinking too much caffeine -- chocolate, soda, coffee, or other drinks
• Eating big meals
• Eating too fast
• Lying down/not moving much after eating
• Wearing restricting clothing


Sound familiar? Try these tips to help cut back on the bloating:
• Eat several small meals throughout the day
• Pace yourself while eating and drink less during each meal
• Drink water throughout the day and avoid caffeinated drinks
•  Try to avoid lying down following a meal. But if you’re totally pooped,  at least prop up your upper body with some pillows when you lie down.
• Wear loose and comfy clothing


If you’re still suffering, talk to your doc immediately to see if maybe something else is to blame."



#15 LittleC

Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:30 PM

I'm a bit over 24 weeks with my second baby and looking at my belly now vs progress pics with my last pregnancy, my 24 week belly looks the equivelant to my 30 week belly!

#16 Amy 1976

Posted 05 February 2013 - 06:17 PM

I've looked pregnant since I conceived! I had IVF so I was all bloated from the drugs and then my tummy popped out really early. My mother in law guessed I was pregnant when I was about 4 weeks.

I'm now 10 weeks 5 days and there is no way I can fit into any of my jeans or trousers.

I've been wearing all my loose clothing to work so my clients don't notice as I don't want to discuss my pregnancy with anyone but family and friends at this point. Jackets are especially good for this.

Fortunately, my doc reckons I won't pop out too much more for a few months. The funny thing is that I haven't really put on any weight so at least part of the "bump" must be bloating. And don't worry, I've had a scan and its not twins!

#17 big blue sky

Posted 05 February 2013 - 08:48 PM

I feel the same! This is my third pregnancy, but first baby.  I guess my muscles have been stretched (1 st pregnancy mc at 13 weeks). I feel like I'm showing about a month further than I am which is only 13 weeks. I am glad I'm not the only one feeling big!

#18 emelsy

Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:08 PM

Lady at work who I barely know looks me up and down, says congratulations and gives me a hug. I couldn't believe it. I whispered in her ear that I hadn't told anyone yet and she let me go and apologised! I was mortified!
Needless to say I decided to tell my boss today!

#19 namie

Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:26 PM

Wait till people start touching your belly.

A couple of girls at work who I know but don't work with on a daily basis (different departments, different floors) used to pat my tummy every time they saw me, and one of my colleagues used to lunge at me with a gross 'Oooooh, coooochyyyy coooocchhhyyyyy coooo' said through 'cutesy' kissy lips  sick.gif

I managed to perfect the bended leg scratch whenever I saw her coming just so I could tuck my belly out of reach, lol!

And yet, one of my closest girlfriends, who I've known since we were 12 and lived with for a time when in our 20s, hesitantly asked for permission to touch! And so did my mum!

#20 Tarantara

Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:44 PM

I thought I'd posted this link here, anyway, its cool, it shows that any bump you have at the moment is, as mentioned by PP, most likely intestines.

(only works on computers, no good for i device thingies)

http://www.msichicago.org/whats-here/exhib...by/interactive/

It explains a lot about why you end up with heartburn and I urge you not to look at the bladder part :/

I'm too fat for a bump! I was convinced at 40 weeks I didn't have one, let alone at 11 lol



#21 MotherMonkey

Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:19 AM

That was great! Thanks for that Jillian_10 original.gif
I must admit after a few days of drinking plenty of water & trying hard to cut back on the salty foods I am feeling a lot more comfortable. Granted I am still bigger than I was first time round & very obviously pregnant even  this early stage (no amount of water will make THESE boobs shrink!) but the bloatedness has reduced somewhat...even if I'm the only one who can tell wink.gif

#22 FeralSqueakyBee

Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:40 AM

I'm pregnant with my first, almost 12 weeks along and have been showing since about 8 weeks. I've had really bad morning sickness and am losing weight elsewhere (thank goodness I started with some extra padding) so it's definitely not from overeating. Part of it could be bloating, since there's such an odd assortment of foods I can eat at any given time.

#23 BeInAwe

Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:35 AM

I am 13 weeks today with my first child and I notice that my stomach is rounder... I feel like I'm showing sometimes but then others I think I'm not really. Overall I think I just look fat!

I hear that you are meant to show earlier in subsequent pregnancies and I'm not sure how we tell what is baby, what is food, what is bloating... so I guess just try to embrace it as much as possible and hope for a smooth pregnancy original.gif

#24 MsFeral

Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:17 AM

I announced to work last week at 14 weeks and lucky I did, as this week would have been pretty awkward otherwise. My stomach is clearly bigger and its not easy to hide

#25 PinkCherryBlossom

Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:43 PM

I'm currently 14 weeks with Baby#3 and I am not showing as much as I thought I would being on my third pregnancy.  Still wearing normal clothes etc and haven't put on weight.

That being said, I'm also overweight this time around (wasn't with the first two), so maybe baby just has more space to grow into before I start popping out?




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