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#1 Spring Chickadee

Posted 03 April 2012 - 11:58 AM

Last night I thought I would start my 'before picturesí of my bump so every 2 weeks I can take a new one to track the growth. Iím about 9 weeks weeks now.

When I was 10+kgs heavier I had a protruding belly often being mistaken for a pregnant belly.  When I lost that weight it flattened a fair bit, it wasnít completely tonned but it certainly didnít look pregnant. Iím only 1.5kgs above a normal BMI.    

Since falling pregnant this time around Iíve lost a few Kilos unintentionally, my measurements have gotten smaller around my underbust and butt but larger around my belly. I have been feeling quite bloated and my belly has protruded more and more over the past few weeks. it initially wasnít looking like an actually Ďbumpí, more just flabby and soft. It also had a bit of a muffin top so you could clearly see where my underwear usually stops. But now Itís firm and nice and round. ATM the difference between my underbust and belly is 17cms and I'm seeing an increase in the measurement just above my underwear line the most each week (where all the growth should actually be).

But as for the whole bump, this has got to be all bloating this early right?

I *Think* I can feel the uterus towards to bottom of the bump which is firm and round. When should I expect a real bump rather than all bloating?




#2 chocolatecrackle

Posted 03 April 2012 - 12:07 PM

I was bigger at 7 weeks from bloating than I was at 13 weeks! I didn't have a real bump until quite late, but I was definitely thickening through the middle by about 13 weeks.

I did notice that I was much, much more bloated during the pregnancy after my m/c. I was bigger second time around from 5-9 weeks than I was at 12 weeks the first time, and then the bloating eased before the real bump started.

Congratulations on your pregnancy.

#3 TotesFeral

Posted 03 April 2012 - 12:16 PM

I definitely had bloating for ages when I was pregnant with DD.
My actual bump didn't start showing until around 20 weeks.

Right now I'm not sure if I'm bloated or if its just the excess weight left over from DD  laughing2.gif

#4 BlueEyedBeauties

Posted 03 April 2012 - 12:48 PM

I had a BUMP at 8 weeks with my DD.. no mistaking it and it certainly wasnt bloating...

but she was my second pregnancy so the tummy is always looser etc...Everyone is different... I have a friend that is 22 weeks and her tummy is smaller than what yours is now...

#5 Spring Chickadee

Posted 03 April 2012 - 01:21 PM

Thanks Ladies, I guess we'll see if it just keeps getting bigger or gets smaller first.

This is my 4th pregnancy but the previous one's miscarried earlier so I'm not sure if that makes a difference.

#6 PurpleChicken

Posted 03 April 2012 - 04:15 PM

I had a bump due to bloating from about 8 weeks, but it's now turned into an actual baby bump at 12.5 weeks.  I think it popped out a bit overnight almost!

My belly now is the same as it was with DD at 17 weeks.

#7 Soontobegran

Posted 03 April 2012 - 05:14 PM

Bump at 9 weeks is from organs being misplaced upwards to accommodate growing uterus. With subsequent babies our muscle tone isn't usually as good so therefore unlike with first pregnancy they have more 'give' in them and you pop earlier.
Unless you are 12 weeks+ or having multiples your uterus is still quite a way down behind the pelvic bone and not able to be felt abdominally.
If you can feel your uterus SC then I'd be checking dates etc original.gif
It's a very cute bump even if it isn't baby yet...good luck.

#8 Spring Chickadee

Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:16 PM

QUOTE
Unless you are 12 weeks+ or having multiples your uterus is still quite a way down behind the pelvic bone and not able to be felt abdominally.
If you can feel your uterus SC then I'd be checking dates etc original.gif
It's a very cute bump even if it isn't baby yet...good luck.


Maybe It's not my uterus then! it feels firm and round about where my underwear line is. This area is also starting to protrude slightly. I just assumed it was my uterus but then I thought your uterus stayed behind your pelvic bone until you 'pop'.

#9 Soontobegran

Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:32 PM

QUOTE (Spring Chickadee @ 03/04/2012, 07:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Maybe It's not my uterus then! it feels firm and round about where my underwear line is. This area is also starting to protrude slightly. I just assumed it was my uterus but then I thought your uterus stayed behind your pelvic bone until you 'pop'.


Sometimes you can feel the firm outline of your bladder if it is a bit full too.
If you want to find out if it is uterus then have a pee and lie down and the bump will usually disappear in the first trimester.
People usually do 'pop' earlier with subsequent babies, not always from bloating but just from organ displacement so it is 'really' caused by the baby in an indirect way original.gif

I have seen women having subsequent babies who have quite a little pot belly at 6 weeks original.gif I love seeing a photographic account of the belly as it grows during the pregnancy.





#10 Peggy Olson

Posted 03 April 2012 - 08:11 PM

I have had a bump since 9 weeks too (now almost 11). It's okay if I wear loose clothes but if I wear something a little tighter, it definitely looks like I have something going on. I'm sure people at work have noticed that I am somewhat rounder. I've only put on a small amount of weight, but the bloating makes me look like I've stacked on at least 5 kilos.

#11 Soontobegran

Posted 04 April 2012 - 12:37 AM

At 8 weeks your uterus is about the size of a large orange and 'shouldn't' be palpable abdominally.
It is still a pelvic organ.
If I palpated someone at 8 weeks and found I could feel a fundus I'd be sending them off for an ultrasound.
It could be the top of you bladder...or maybe there is more than one in there original.gif
Having said that we don't all have exactly the same sized uterus but calculating the size via palpation was always an important part of assessing the gestation in pre Ultrasound day so there are some pretty standard landmarks.

#12 KristyMum-

Posted 04 April 2012 - 12:47 AM

well whatever it's called (bloating, baby belly, whatever) I am more than happy to have it (when I'm pregnant, that is lol).

and yes, that early.  Whatever it's called if I don't fit my normal pants then I'm in maternity ones.
here's 7 and 11 weeks with the 7 week one actually being fuller if you watch it all the way to the pubic bone ie where the pants are, and 13 weeks

Edited by KristyMum-, 04 April 2012 - 12:49 AM.


#13 Guest_Buy Me A Pony !_*

Posted 04 April 2012 - 07:28 AM

I have huge numbers of uterine fibroids and with no pregnancy my uterus apparently measures at about 12 weeks despite having a flat abdominal area. I've been measured at 20 weeks from 6 weeks+ but didn't start to show a belly until 9 weeks and it may have looked similar to yours OP but with greater definition at the hips. The number of clueless women who've told me it's not possible to have a belly at my gestation is ridiculous. I've even been told by nurses and doctors that it's "just not possible" to appear to be 20 weeks+ at first trimester and that I am mistaken - even with my explanation of a bulky uterus and my diagnosis.  laughing2.gif Being told I was miscarrying despite not knowing I was pregnant with and A&E nurse insisting it was 20+ weeks was a bit of a worry.

pp's pics (above) look more like bad posture to me than bump but it's amazing the way my own posture has changed through this pregnancy and not for the better. I've started trying to be conscious of it to try to correct it as it's a bit of a concern for me.

#14 *mylittleprince*

Posted 04 April 2012 - 07:42 AM

You have a lovely bump Spring Chickadee. I love baby bumps and we should be proud of them. In my first pregnancy I was the second to be pregnant amongst my friends and was always told how huge I was and hated it! I'm having a baby people, it is growing!

I'm 10 weeks pregnant with twins and have a small baby bump. My usual clothes are lose fitting so can get away with it but if I wear any winter tops (which are more slim fitting) you can definately see it. My jeans and skirt are also getting tighter so I'll think I'll get to 12 weeks max and then have to wear maternity clothes.

GOod luck with your pregnancy.

#15 Charlotte84

Posted 04 April 2012 - 03:59 PM

Hey OP I def couldn't hide it with DD4 I started to show very early. I think at 9 weeks there was a def bump you could see.  Like another PP I have some issues and durning some months I can look like I am 12 weeks pregnant without trying.

#16 Soontobegran

Posted 04 April 2012 - 05:59 PM

QUOTE (*howls* @ 04/04/2012, 12:47 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks STBG.  It's probably just bladder then.  My 2yo DD says it's just one, so I'm going with that. original.gif

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QUOTE (Buy Me A Pony ! @ 04/04/2012, 07:28 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have huge numbers of uterine fibroids and with no pregnancy my uterus apparently measures at about 12 weeks despite having a flat abdominal area. I've been measured at 20 weeks from 6 weeks+ but didn't start to show a belly until 9 weeks and it may have looked similar to yours OP but with greater definition at the hips. The number of clueless women who've told me it's not possible to have a belly at my gestation is ridiculous. I've even been told by nurses and doctors that it's "just not possible" to appear to be 20 weeks+ at first trimester and that I am mistaken - even with my explanation of a bulky uterus and my diagnosis.  laughing2.gif Being told I was miscarrying despite not knowing I was pregnant with and A&E nurse insisting it was 20+ weeks was a bit of a worry.

pp's pics (above) look more like bad posture to me than bump but it's amazing the way my own posture has changed through this pregnancy and not for the better. I've started trying to be conscious of it to try to correct it as it's a bit of a concern for me.


Fibroids sure do make a huge difference to uterine size. They often making it really hard to estimate the gestation and palpate the baby later in the pregnancy.
Stupid people for not taking any notice of you.

#17 KristyMum-

Posted 07 April 2012 - 03:26 PM

I've always quite liked the arch in my back lol and I've just gone and looked now (out of curiosity) and it's pretty much the same (ditto wedding pics and you're definately NOT trying to poke out a belly then lol).  I wonder if too many backflips and backwalkovers as a kid made a difference..?  Generally (when I'm not slouching), my posture's pretty good.  oh and I tried it then and if I attempt (I tried it then) to 'overarch' or poke my (non-pregnant atm) gut out, I get that 'crease' in the skin.

Geez Buy Me a Pony! even after you told them, they still didn't get it... that is a bit of a worry.

OP best wishes for a wonderful pregnancy and birth original.gif




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