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    When Do You Start Showing in Pregnancy?

    Updated 22 November 2021 |
    Published 16 September 2019
    Fact Checked
    Irina Ilyich
    Reviewed by Irina Ilyich, Flo lead medical advisor, Lithuania
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    When do pregnant women start showing? First, it’s a matter of perception. The person who is pregnant may feel like they’re showing long before others notice. There are also a number of factors that influence when the baby bump becomes more noticeable, such as age, weight, and whether the person has been pregnant before.

    When do you start showing when pregnant?

    Showing means something different to everyone. Since every person is different, there’s no set time when someone who’s pregnant starts to show. 

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    For first-time parents, a baby bump can start showing between 12 and 16 weeks. But others may start showing sooner if it’s not their first baby. Learning more about the first trimester of pregnancy can explain what’s happening in the early stages of pregnancy that may or may not be affecting the baby bump.

    So, when will you show?

    When do you start showing in pregnancy? For first-time pregnancies, the baby bump may appear during the second trimester, at 12–16 weeks. Those with a narrow body frame and little fat tend to show sooner. For people who are curvy or heavier, the baby bump may be more pronounced late in the second trimester or in the third trimester.

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    Factors that can affect when the baby bump shows

    There are several factors that impact when a pregnancy becomes visible to the world. They include weight, age, and the number of babies being carried.

    The number of pregnancies

    For those who’ve been pregnant before, their baby belly can pop in the first trimester. Pregnancy tends to leave behind relaxed stomach muscles. People who have already had a child often show in either the first or early second trimester.

     

    Weight

    Size also plays a role in when the pregnancy becomes noticeable. When does pregnancy show if there’s extra weight around the tummy? The belly may not get much bigger in the first or ear However, as the pregnancy progresses, the bump will become more apparent.

    Each person has a unique torso length and carries weight a little differently. This also affects how the pregnant belly looks. Those with more body weight in general or specifically around the midsection may notice that their belly has a B shape rather than the standard D shape. This is not a cause for concern. The B-belly is common for plus-size pregnancies. Many times, later in the pregnancy, the belly will assume the more common D shape. If you are worried about how you’re carrying the baby, ask your health care provider if there’s any cause for concern.

    People of every body type and size become pregnant, so it makes sense there’s not just one belly shape for everyone. If you’re researching images of pregnancy or standing in front