Some women say their stomachs get firmer nearer the end of their first trimester, but most commonly stomachs start hardening at any point between 18 and 28 weeks.
Why Does My Tummy Start to Get Harder?
Your stomach gets harder because your uterus is pushing, as the baby gets bigger. Usually new mums start to show by about 12 weeks, when the uterus has grown up and out of the pelvic cavity. Sometimes with women having their first child, the baby shows a bit later.
Taking Care of Yourself During Pregnancy
When your stomach starts to grow and the skin hardens, it is a good idea to moisturise to prevent long-term stretch marks. Early pregnancy can be exciting, but it is also an incredibly scary time for new mums. Physically, your body experiences a lot of changes; you can get morning sickness, extreme tiredness and obviously not being able to eat certain things can be irritating.
Old wives’ tales say that if your bump is high and wide like a watermelon then you are probably having a girl. Whereas if it is shaped like a football you will be having a boy. Some people swear by this rule, but there is no scientific proof to suggest it is an accurate way of checking the sex of your child.
The third trimester of pregnancy starts around week 26, lasting up to week 40. Pregnant women will begin preparing for labour, and buying new clothes for their baby.