Discovering that you’re pregnant is an exciting event. However, you may wonder when that baby bump will begin to show, and just what it might look like.
Some expectant mothers, especially in their first pregnancy, expect their bump to magically appear one day, and then they’ll look like everyone else’s bumps that they have seen in the past. The truth is that every woman’s experience regarding how much she shows during her pregnancy stages is different. Watching the growth of your baby bump is very exciting, so relax and enjoy this aspect of the pregnancy process.
How Large is a 6 Weeks Pregnant Belly?
Your stomach will still look relatively normal during your first six weeks of pregnancy. Many factors are involved when it comes to when your bump will start to show. The length of time you’ll have to wait to see your baby bump depends on whether you have had children before.
Women who are pregnant for the first time have abdominal and stomach muscles that haven’t yet become familiar with the stretching process they will be going through. For this reason, most women who have first-time pregnancies often don’t show until they are about 12 weeks along.
If you have already had one or more children, your muscles are already prepared to relax much earlier in the process, so you may show your baby bump at an earlier time than 12 weeks.
Other factors affect when your baby bump will start showing, including your own body weight and the baby’s position. This will also affect the shape and size of your bump.
Here are some pictures of 6 weeks pregnant bellies, and you can tell from them that there just isn’t a lot to see yet.
6 weeks pregnant belly with first baby
6 weeks pregnant belly with second baby
6 weeks pregnant belly with twins
Will your Belly begin Showing Early in your first Trimester?
Each woman’s body is unique, and each body handles the pregnancy experience in a different way. Some women may begin to show earlier than you might expect, even if this is their first pregnancy. There are various reasons why this might happen.
- Less Muscle Tone
If your abdominal muscles are more defined, you probably won’t show a baby bump until later than the early part of the first trimester. If you have already given birth, as we mentioned, your abdominal muscles have been stretched before, so they accept the new shape more readily.
- Bloating and Constipation
It is quite common for pregnant women to experience bloating and constipation. You should be prepared for times when you will have gas build-ups throughout the duration of your pregnancy. In early pregnancy stages, this may be due to your digestive system being relaxed by your progesterone hormones. This allows your baby to receive as many nutrients as he can.
- Small Build
If you have a naturally small frame, your baby bump will become noticeable at an early stage, but mainly to people who know what you looked like before you became pregnant. Such baby bumps are sometimes hidden by clothing, and they are normal, as your smaller build is adjusting, to support your growing baby.
- Early Weight Gain & Overeating
During the early stages of pregnancy, you may overeat, reasoning that you’re eating for two, as they say. This can make your 6 weeks pregnant belly larger than it would otherwise be.
You do need to make sure that your unborn baby receives proper nutrition, but he doesn’t need as much food as you do. Most pregnancy nutrition plans do not incorporate excess eating in your early weeks.
- Wrong Dates
It can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint the exact date of conception, especially if yours is an untracked or unplanned pregnancy. If you begin showing a baby bump earlier than expected, you may want you have your physician check, to be sure you have the proper date of conception and due date in mind.
How Is your Baby Developing at 6 Weeks Pregnant?
At six weeks of age, your baby’s heart is developing into a structure that appears more like it will when he is born. It started out looking more like a little tube. If for some reason an ultrasound is done at six weeks, it may even detect a tiny, rapid heartbeat. At this stage, it beats nearly twice as quickly as yours.
Your baby has also started to develop a thin skin. Early stages of his arms and his legs have begun to bud. His organs, like the lungs, kidneys and liver, are located where they will be when he is born, even though they will be continuing to develop, as time passes.
Your baby’s nose and eyes will begin to show a bit on early ultrasounds, and you can see where his ears will be.
What about You?
You’ll notice many changes during pregnancy, both emotional and physical. By the time you are six weeks along, you will begin to experience some of the worst-anticipated experiences.
This period of pregnancy is the time when exhaustion and morning sickness begin to affect you more, and changes in hormones may cause your moods to be irregular.
You are still quite early in the process of pregnancy, so you need to eat healthy foods, to help your baby develop during this critical stage. Study and ask your physician if you have questions about the foods you should be avoiding while you’re pregnant, and what foods will provide maximum nutrition for your baby.
Exercise is helpful in this early stage as well. Spend some time outdoors to take in vitamin D, but don’t stay out long enough to become sunburned. Vitamin D is beneficial for your baby’s development.