Pregnancy Week by Week

Get a window on what’s happening in your pregnancy, week by week. From week four to week 42, your baby is experiencing a miraculous transformation from a clump of cells to a fully formed (and totally cute) newborn. Just imagine, as early as five weeks, your baby is already starting to form major organs (heart, stomach, liver, and kidneys) and systems (digestive, circulatory, nervous). By eight weeks, your raspberry-sized womb-mate is moving her arms and legs. At the beginning of your second trimester (week 14), your wee one is sucking his thumb. By week 28, the first week of the third trimester, baby (now as big as an eggplant) is prepping for breathing, developing his eyesight and packing on pounds in anticipation of life outside the womb. Each week is a new miracle. Less miraculous is how a mom-to-be may feel. Pregnancy Week-by-Week charts your baby’s development but also lets mom know what she might be feeling during each week of her pregnancy. Pregnancy week by Week includes everything mom needs to know to feel a sense of control over her pregnancy. Each week offers a complete guide to what you might feel, your must-do’s, your nice-to do’s, and answers and advice on everything pregnancy-related. Plus each week’s guide offers tips on maintaining a healthy and comfortable pregnancy from strategies on coping with pregnancy symptoms (morning sickness anyone?) to ideas for healthy eating, and pointers on talking to your OB. Let us guide you along your pregnancy, week by week.

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When will my belly begin to show?

I still don't look pregnant yet, when am I going to?


I still don't look pregnant yet, when am I going to?

The Bump Expert

When do you start showing during your first pregnancy?

It really depends on you. Your fetus is pretty tiny in the first two months, so other people won't be able to see much -- if any -- change in your belly. If this is your first pregnancy, it often shows later than women who've already been through it once.

By about 12 weeks, when the top of the uterus has grown up and out of the pelvic cavity, you'll probably be able to feel it just above the pubic bone. This significant change usually signals the beginnings of your visible baby bump... meaning, time to start the maternity clothes shopping! (Or at least pick up a Bella Band.)

Plus, more from The Bump:

How much does the uterus grow during pregnancy?

When will I start wearing maternity clothes?

The Truth About Pregnancy Weight Gain

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: When will my belly begin to show?

It was obvious to my friends that I was pregnant at 5 weeks! Before I took a pregnancy test, they were asking tons of questions. (Awkward!) Everyone's different. I'm almost ten weeks now and I look like I'm in my second trimester!

Tayasaurus |

Q&A: When will my belly begin to show?

This is my 1st and I felt huge as soon as I found out I was expecting. Although I may be the only one who noticed, I have been buying bigger shirts for work and sweaters to hide my extra fatty belly! Its not so much a cute baby bump right now it just kind of looks like i've gained weight, even though I've actually lost a couple pounds. Everyone is different, and hormones do different things to different people.

sappysaturn |

Q&A: When will my belly begin to show?

Week 9 and still no bump.....just noticeably bigger boobs!

memes717 |

Q&A: When will my belly begin to show?

Week 9 and a few days for me, and I have lost 12 pounds but I still have to get bigger pants and my boobs have gone up half a cup size already. This is my second child, first one being a surrogate so this should be... fun? xD

DemonSeedling90 |

When will my belly begin to show?

I am now at week 9, but I feel like I've had a little bump since week 7. My bra size has gone up two cup sizes already and I am already having to wear empire waisted shirts because it's the only thing comfortable. I am a plus size girl, so that and the bloating is probably contributing also.

Bmswang |

When will my belly begin to show?

I'm 23weeks pregnant with my 3rd boy. My bump has only been noticeable for about 2 weeks!! I was much bigger with my 1st and 2nd pregnancies.

Kirsty82 |

When will my belly begin to show?

I am at week 9 and have noticed a little bigger tummy, feels like my tummy is starting to stretch, definitely bigger boobs but I've also lost a few pounds..

kaylajean02 |

When will my belly begin to show?

I am 11 weeks, my pants are tighter and I have gained about 2 cup sizes. I have a bloated belly, I can't wait for it to turn into a bump

kassiaw2000 |

When will my belly begin to show?

I'm almost 17 weeks and I'm just now starting to show (but barely) I can still hide it if I hold my abs in tight. This is my first baby and I've gained about 6 lbs so far. I can't wait for my belly to really "pop"! |

When will my belly begin to show?

I'm 7 weeks, 2 days and it's already hard to hide my growing bean at work. I work in womens clothing so we're always looking at each other and what we're wearing. I've been wearing looser tops since week 5 and it's getting to the point that it's not working anymore. My tummy is mostly poufy, but my weight is just shifting, haven't gained a pound yet. Hoping I can hide it a bit longer. (fingers crossed!)

KarinbugR |

When will my belly begin to show?

I'm 19 weeks and when I tell someone I'm pregnant they always ask, oh did you just find out? I think I can see a bump but if you didnt know me before, I certainly don't look pregnant! I'm only 5'1" was 99 pounds before and am at 110 now, but most of the weight is in my breasts, so swollen and tender!

Lisa2145 |

When will my belly begin to show?

I could have swore I was 9 weeks, but I can feel my uterus already and it's starting to push my tummy out, so we might have to get an ultrasound to see if I'm off on my calculations, or if I really am this big this soon! (this is my 4th pregnancy and none of them were close to that quick before!)

mrsvanderleek |

When will my belly begin to show?

I am 7 weeks, 4 days and can already notice my belly popping a little. This is my second child/pregnancy so I expected to show a *little* sooner, but not THIS much sooner! I didn't start showing with my daughter till six MONTHS!

amandahughes0322 |

When will my belly begin to show?

This is our second and I noticed that my belly has been swollen for several weeks. Maybe it's just all the cramping and bloating from being constipated but my clothes have been very snug and I'm only 9 weeks. With my first I also didn't show until 6 months! However, last week I noticed my belly button is already starting to pop out. |

When will my belly begin to show?

Im on my 9 weeks now but still no bump and i dont gained any weight. By the way its my first pregnancy. Anybody experiencing same?

ejesophia |


I'm 9 weeks today and this is my first pregancy and I'm showing kinda werid :)

Rand12 |

When will my belly begin to show?

While my belly hasn't grown much, my boobs totally gave me away! I sing in my church choir and we wear these (not super flattering) robes. So a few weeks ago, I zipped up the robe and one of my choirmates just looked at me and smiled. It was so tight across the chest the seams were gonna pop! I couldn't believe it! That Thursday at choir practice, she came up to me and whispered "There is no way you are NOT pregnant! You could barely get your robe over the girls on Sunday!" I just slyly took out my 6wk U/S (I had had some spotting so they wanted to be sure everything was ok)...and she pulled out hers! I couldn't believe it...preggo buddy! Now, a few weeks later, and we BOTH need new robes! I am a bigger girl to begin with, but always had a proportional chest (I wear a size 16 and 40C). Now, at 10 weeks, the belly is still looking like it always has (though I do sometimes pooch out my tummy on purpose because I love the way a little baby bump looks!), but the chest is out of control! I haven't gotten refitted (I figured I would wait a bit to see how big they get!), but I need new bras already! So there you go...even if your belly doesn't give you away, your top half might!

laurenmdrn16 |

When will my belly begin to show?

So glad to have this website!! ha i am having my third child and I am 8 weeks and 2 days and i am already showing some.. my boobs are HUGE and sore! It does not seem like they got this big this fast with my other children. I have not been eating any more than i usually do ( not that i am noticing). :)

dgarvin10 |

When will my belly begin to show?

i started to notice my belly getting bigger at 8 weeks and its also getting really hard already. i used a stethoscope and got really strong heart beats at week 7 which is pretty cool because i think im having twins, (which is most likely the reason for my rapid growth) but my aunt said that i shouldnt be getting so big so fast and something might be wrong with me... :(

ashesperez |

When will my belly begin to show?

I am 9 weeks and I cant sit to long with my pants button I feel like the bottom of the stomach is bloated this is my first pregnancy

ashleyb40 |

When will my belly begin to show?

I am almost 9 weeks and I have some serious bloating that looks like I am showing but it's still soft and in yoga pants it smashes down. Cannot wait for a hard, no way to hide it belly!

SBZapp |

When will my belly begin to show?

I'm 9 weeks and I look pregnant because of all the bloating. My clothes don't fit, but this doesn't excite me because my belly is just flab. I seem to have lost some weight in my thighs and arms as this child is sucking all my resources away, but that belly flab is bigger than ever. Hopefully it hardens up soon. Side note: I'm overweight and I think that makes you poof out a lot earlier because fat likes to bloat.

mrsericawarren |

When will my belly begin to show?

im 9 weeks today! yay! a few of my pants dont fit and it looks like a lil bump. but ive lost weight too. i thought we are supposed to gain weight?

stryker9000 |

When will my belly begin to show?

I've lost 12 lbs due to lack of appetite and "all day sickness". Whoever titled it morning sickness was a liar :) I stopped by my moms to show her our 9 week ultrasound photo and a recording of the little wranglers heartbeat. She said I was showing already...I think it was just the pants I had on because when I look at myself au natural I can't really notice a change....yet!

ww418 |

When will my belly begin to show?

I'm almost 10 weeks with my first and I moved to maternity clothes over the weekend. From about 6 weeks on I've had trouble buttoning up my pants and at 9 weeks I couldn't even zip them up. I figured it was better to be comfortable. However, the only thing I'm "showing" right now is what I call my "gas baby". A lovely product of constipation and gas... hahaha. People who know I'm expecting like to say "oh look at your little bump"... I laugh and say, that's my "gas baby".

jennish11 |

When will my belly begin to show?

I am at 9 weeks with our first, and I have started to notice a slightly bigger belly. I have been eating a lot less due to nausea but haven't lost or gained any weight. I think the belly is due to bloating mostly, hoping to start showing in the next few weeks =) I also think it has a lot to do with what you wear, some dresses make you look pregnant even if you aren't!

gramp1092 |

When will my belly begin to show?

I will be 10 weeks on Monday 12-16-13- still no bump!! just very bloated and fat looking....its that akward stage when people know I'm pregnant but I just look like a ate a box of twinkies instead...I really want the hard baby bump to form ! I think they are so darn cute:)

bonniebee93 |

When will my belly begin to show?

I'm 9 weeks and today was the first day I couldn't zip up my jeans. Glad I got a belly band the other day. I also had to get a new bra because they keep growing too.

francri |

When will my belly begin to show?

my 1st kid i gained 40 lbs, and the nurses thought i was joking when i told them how far i was when i had her!! but my boobs didnt get bigger till the end (went from 36 dd to 38 g!!) this one i am about 8/9 weeks, find out in 2 days and i can already tell i am showing!! all day sickness and gaining weight!

leeanna89 |

When will my belly begin to show?

This is my first pregnancy and we haven't told everyone yet. I am 9 weeks today. I feel like I'm growing a little, but we aren't ready to tell everyone so I keep trying to wear looser and bigger clothes! Quite a task for a growing belly! :) New bras are definitely on my shopping list!

MSS32714 |


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