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When oh when will my belly come out??

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
I know this is silly... but I am dying to actually LOOK pregnant. I've been wearing these maternity pants for a few weeks now because my shape shifted a bit and my normal pants don't fit anymore, but I have to wear long shirts to cover the band thing, as I look like a total DORK.
I Just look like I'm a little pudgy in the tummy area compared to my pre-pg self - like i ate too much and havn't done any tummy exercises in a while. Its particularly prevalent in my gym clothes, i wear those "cheerleader" shorts and a tank top- and it really just looks like I could spend some time in an ab class. I keep thinking - next week, I will see a real belly...

I know its different for everyone.. And it takes longer for first timers...
post #2 of 25
Don't rush it. Before long you will be huge and saying will my belly ever stop growing I didn't show with dd until 7 1/2 months but in that last month and a half wow baby it was scarey how much my stomach grew.
post #3 of 25
Hi, kellykins! If I remember correctly, you and I have the same due date. I'm just now starting to pop out a little...I'm sure you won't be far behind!

This is #2 for me, and I think yours is #1, right? It's normal to take a little longer for your first. Especially if you're in shape, which I bet you are, if you're at the gym regularly. You've got some nice tight muscles that aren't ready to give up yet.

But I totally know how you feel. With #1 I COULD NOT WAIT to look pregnant. I sorta feel that way this time, too -- wanting a little visual payback for all the nausea hell I've been through.

Don't worry...coming soon to an abdomen near you...rapidly growing uterus!
post #4 of 25
People keep asking me, "Are you sure you're pregnant?" But when I am naked my belly is HUGE! My midwife was amazed. =)

I discovered today I really, REALLY cannot fit into my prepregnancy pants anymore. Bad choice. Ugh - I feel like a sausage.
post #5 of 25
I feel the same way. Every morning i wake up with a slightly pudgy belly. As i eat through out the day it gets bigger. I long for the day that it will stay and i can look pregnant other that when i am eating. I am glad that i am not alone, otherwise i feel like something is wrong with me!
post #6 of 25
I felt the same way with #1. I didn't really start to pop out until month 6 and didn't feel like I looked pregnant until well into my 7th month.

I know that the maternity pants with the big band have a place, but in the beginning I'd much rather have pants that sit under the belly--when you don't have a big belly I don't think that giant panel does anyone any fashion favors. :LOL

Soon enough that belly will be a force unto itself--for now enjoy the many things that you can still do (bend, see your toes, lay on your stomach)
post #7 of 25
Aminah, I think it's gravity doing its work throughout the day! =) I sure do feel more pregnant at the end of the day.
post #8 of 25
Originally Posted by nubianamy
Aminah, I think it's gravity doing its work throughout the day! =) I sure do feel more pregnant at the end of the day.

I think I look like I'm showing, but really, the majority of it is rearranged fat moving up higher. The bulge down low is really, really small. If I hadn't started with a little padding I probably wouldn't be showing at all.
post #9 of 25
yeah, i'm so glad you all wrote such informative info...i thought i was just really late or not normal. I'm glad to hear all of your stories, thanks for sharing. i'm at 4 1/2 months and have a tiny buldge in my belly and am still wearing all of my normal clothes, whewwwwwwww.
thanks everyone!!!!
post #10 of 25

well, that is link to my first pregnancy. as you can see, at 20 weeks, i barely had a tummy, no one knew i was pregnant. i started showing soon after.

this pregnancy, i have the tummy, but no weight gain, well had gained 5 lbs, but now am up only 2 after being sick for a week, and i am almost 20 weeks.
post #11 of 25
Thread Starter 
I spoke a week too soon I think!!!
All of a sudden, over the past few days, my tummy seems to have grown a good deal! I'm wearing a fairly fitted sweater to work today and a few people have mentioned it, actually! My boss hadn't seen me since last Wednesday and was like WOW! where'd that come from!!!
Cute, big ol mama belly, here it comes!
post #12 of 25
20 weeks must be the trick...I got asked twice today and before this no one even had a clue.
post #13 of 25
I actually had 2 people, both of whom know I'm pg, ask me if I'm LOSING weight! Um, no. I've definitely been gaining (14 pounds so far). And I even have a belly, even if it's still rather small. Weird, huh?
post #14 of 25
I'm about 18 weeks and I only notice a belly at night but by morning I look pretty normal again. Though I have a friend who sees me every couple of days and he tells me how much bigger I am every time... I remember I was definitely showing between 5 and 6 months with my first pregnancy, I figured I'd be showing by now with this one! A lady I know who is a week ahead of me already has an obvious belly. my back hurts from sticking my belly out so that people notice
post #15 of 25
Kellykins, that's exactly what I was thinking....everyone is asking me-are you sure you're 21 weeks pregnant?? I have chub-but it's not hard likle a real preg belly yet so when people ask that or say they never wou;d've guessed then i wonder......were they just thinking about how chubby i've gotten? haha I can feel the baby like crazy, esp when her daddy starts talking but I wanna have the tummy to prove it!!!!!! Plus I'm scared to buy small maternity clothes because with my luck i will pop out the very next day
post #16 of 25
I can't wait to start wearing my maternity clothes, but am still awaiting the arrival of the long-anticipated belly. I am hopeful, though, on hearing that kellykins is starting to show, since we are due-date buddies. Maybe my belly isn't far off now! (*fingers crossed*)

The wife of one of my massage clients is pregnant, with the same due date as me (and kellykins!) . . . but she is having TRIPLETS! Needless to say, the comparison between our two bellies is comical.
post #17 of 25
Thread Starter 
Birth junkie-I'll hopefully be taking pix this weekend, and hopefully getting a baby/preg blog going soon... Then maybe youll have a belly to REALLY compare to

post #18 of 25
Belly only barely popping @ 22 wks. today - & that's following a twin pg!
post #19 of 25
Still nothing, and I will be 19 weeks tomorrow. I can't believe I am almost halfway done with this pregnancy and STILL no sign of a belly! I went to bed last night hoping that I would be "popping" this morning; I have a pair of maternity jeans with a green&white striped panel around the belly, and a great orange maternity top that I thought would make the perfect outfit for Halloween. This morning . . . nothing.

Oh, well . . . I suppose I should be grateful for every day that I can still fit into my pre-pregnancy pants, considering that I will probably be sick of maternity clothes by the time I give birth. Still, I am really looking forward to finally LOOKING pregnant, after months of feeling pregnant and now even starting to feel baby movement.

(*sigh*) Good to start developing my patience now, I guess. I'll need it as a mama!
post #20 of 25

you will pop soon!! with my first it took awhile. did you see my pics? http://www.theaguilarfamily.com/pregnancypics/Chapter1/

have hope! one day you will look pregnant. i totally remember wanting to look preggos with abby. i even wore maternity clothes when i really didn't need them.
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