When Will You Start to “Look” Pregnant?
Before we discuss the normal baby bump size, let’s first answer the question, when will I start showing?
Doctors say that most women will not show a bump before their 2nd trimester. In most cases, you can expect to look physically pregnant between your 12th and 16th week.
However, not all mothers will show at the same time, so you may develop a baby bump earlier or later than that time frame.
Does Baby Bump Size Indicate Baby Size?
If you have a bigger bump, you might have a bigger baby. Likewise, if you have a small bump, you may be carrying a small baby. In other words, the size of your baby may affect the size of your bump. However, it’s not the only – nor the main – contributing factor.
Experts emphasize that your bump size does not accurately represent the size and weight of your baby. This is because each woman carries differently. Furthermore, a lot of things can factor in when it comes to how big or small your bump develops.
What Factors Affect the Normal Baby Bump Size?
When a relative or someone you know comments on how you don’t seem to be “measuring up,” don’t panic. Remember that your baby bump size does not necessarily indicate the size – or the weight – of your baby because there are other factors to consider.
Some of the factors that may affect the size of the baby bump are:
Condition of Core Muscles
Moms who have tight core muscles due to regular abdominal exercises may have a small-looking baby bump. This is because tight abdominal muscles mean that the uterus or womb will grow closer to the core of the body.
On the other hand, abdominal muscles that have been “stretched” by previous pregnancies may result in a bigger bump.
Does bump size indicate baby size? Medical experts disagree. According to them, the mother’s build plays some role in whether or not the bump size will be bigger or smaller.
They explained that a taller woman may not show a bump as early as a shorter mom. Additionally, a shorter woman may grow wider because “the baby has less room to move up and down.”