Every woman’s pregnancy is different so there is no hard and fast rule for when your stomach will get harder during pregnancy.
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.
If you think you are pregnant, but getting negative results, the only way you can check for sure is to get a blood test at the doctors. I had 3 negative blood tests for 2 months and didn't get a positive one until I was over 9 weeks along. Everyone is different, but the doctor will tell you for sure.
Depends a lot on the individual, plus on whether it's their first pregnancy or not.
In a first pregnancy, most women find they start to get a noticeable "bump" (more like a bulge, really) from about 15-17 weeks. It's more like a water balloon than a hard bump. And it stays like that for most of the pregnancy.
The only times it becomes really hard is when it's in a "practice" contraction. Also called a Braxton-Hicks contraction. These are "warm-ups" to the big event of squeezing the baby out, eventually. They make the uterus very tense.
In a second or later pregnancy, most women notice a definite pouch much sooner, by 12-13 weeks pregnant, or maybe even by 8-10 weeks. The bump is different from bloating, which is another common - and nasty - symptom of early pregnancy.
Moreover, it depends what size and shape you are to start with. Very plump or tall women may not look noticeably different to friends until they reach the 5th month or later. Thinner women might start noticing an orange-sized uterus by the time they reach 10 weeks in a first pregnancy.
Ok, this is my second pregnancy. Everyone shows at different points, no woman is the same. I'm 10 weeks and I have a pouch showing. I didn't show with my first until I was 5 months along, and I'm a small woman!
If you are having signs of pregnancy, then just take a test: Whether you know or not won't make a difference on whether you are pregnant or not. Find out soon and get prenatal care, take your vitamins and be smart - there might be a little person in there!
For the girl whose man wants nothing to do with the baby, well he's an idiot but you can do it. The reason why women have babies and not men is because we are stronger then they are.
My mom did it at 15 by herself in the '80s so anyone else can too! A child is a blessing, not everyone gets this opportunity - enjoy it ladies.
I'm only eight weeks along this week, it is my first pregnancy and I'm already starting to show. I'm not sure if it is bloat, or because I'm pretty small (only a size 4), or because there could be more than one child (runs in the family).
My development all along has been pretty quick, my bra size has gone up from a 32B to a 34D already and I can't fit in to most of my clothes.
I noticed my stomach was getting bigger, and I was frequently going to the toilet a lot. So I went to the doctors for a test and I am pregnant - 4 weeks along, and I feel fat and bloated.
Well I took two tests and both were negative, but I missed my period this month, so I think I am pregnant. I am only three to four weeks, but my stomach is getting bigger and harder. I just think it depends on the person and their body type, because my weight was 105lbs and now its 120lbs.
I'm in my first pregnancy, I'm coming up to my 17th week and definitely have started to notice the difference. When I was about 5 weeks along I thought I could feel it (maybe like some on here), but it was just bloating. My bump is very strange.
You'll be able to tell because you can feel more then one little bump. For example, I know my baby is lying with its head on the left because the lump is always larger there. I also felt a kick on the right side (very exciting!). I'm also quite young and have a small figure if this helps.
I am 5 weeks pregnant and it is my first pregnancy. I don't have a hard stomach and it is not showing.
I am eight weeks and three days pregnant and already showing. I'm a very thin young lady so its is possible. But it may be from gas and constipation.
If my stomach sticks out at the bottom could I be pregnant?
This differs in various cases. But in my opinion it starts in 3rd month.
I'm only 11 weeks along today, and I've already gained 5 pounds and am showing. My husband noticed it as well. None of my pants or bras fit, and I was concave (my stomach went farther back & my ribs poked out) until I became pregnant because of my metabolism.
One reason why many women don't start gaining weight until later, or start showing until later is the morning sickness. I've had no morning sickness and actually started to have regular bowel movements when I became pregnant so it's definitely not bloating. Like it's been said, it varies from woman to woman. This is my first (as a side note).
I am ten weeks along and I started showing a couple of weeks ago. Most of my clothes are now tight fitting, and my bra size has moved 1 size up.
Well I'm 17 weeks, and I've already started to show. My tummy is getting harder so I guess it depends on what build you are. But I'm not sure because I'm only 17 and pregnant, but yes I'm already showing and is hard a littler especially when I go sleep.
I'm only 7-8 weeks and I'm starting to show.
I'm 10 weeks pregnant with my second. I haven't noticed a bulge, but my clothes are fitting tighter and when I hold in my tummy, I can see something a little lower that I can't pull in.
I'm four weeks pregnant and my belly is hard, even when I breathe in I can still see the swelling.
I am 9 weeks pregnant today with my first pregnancy and I have been able to see a slight difference in my stomach for about 2 weeks now. It is not hard yet, but it is definitely getting a little bigger.
Most these answers are wrong okay? Everyone's differently built so you will show, but when the time comes. Most likely it'll be after 15-20 weeks, not all this three month crap. I'm three months along and I haven't been showing yet.