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When Do You Start Showing In Pregnancy? Here’re The Month-by-Month Pregnant Belly Pictures

When Do You Start Showing In Pregnancy? Here’re The Month-by-Month Pregnant Belly Pictures

Month One

month one pregnant belly front and side

    Congratulations you are pregnant! However, chances are you might not even know it yet. The first two weeks consist of ovulation, which means there is no baby yet. It isn’t until the third week where conception takes place. Hello sperm, meet egg. Once fertilized, the egg will then divide and divide into what will appear as a ball of cells called a blastocyst. The blastocyst begins its journey from your fallopian tubes down to your uterus, it’s new home for the next nine months. By the end of month one, the blastocyst will begin implanting itself to the uterine lining and become an embryo. Your little ball of cells will then divide into two parts – one half being your future baby boy or girl and the other half will become the placenta – your baby’s lifeline during its time in the uterus.

    Baby vs. Belly Shape and Size

    Your baby is no bigger than the size of a poppyseed, about 2 mm long. Your belly won’t have visibly changed, showing no signs of a baby…yet.

    Month Two

    month two pregnant belly front and side view

      If you didn’t know you were pregnant last month, then you’ll definitely know it this month. The telltale symptoms of pregnancy are starting to creep up: nausea, fatigue, constant peeing and food aversions and cravings. The first circulatory system to develop in your baby is the heart and this month it takes shape. Some other big contenders in the making are: kidneys, liver and lungs. Your baby is also starting to grow some human like features complete with little arms and legs.

      Baby vs. Belly Shape and Size

      Your baby has graduated from the size of a poppyseed to the size of a raspberry, about 1/2 an inch. To you, you might start to see and feel a little difference in your mid section. It might feel slightly firmer than usual, however outsiders are still unable to notice anything going on.

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      Month Three

      month three pregnant belly

        This marks the end of your first trimester and pregnancy symptoms are most likely still going strong. Every woman and pregnancy is different so whatever symptoms you may be feeling may not be the same as others or even your previous pregnancies. Along with the ending of the first trimester comes the next stage in your baby’s development from embryo to fetus. Those little arms and legs will begin to make movements however it’ll be at least another month before you actually feel them. Don’t be too disappointed because during this month you should be able to finally hear your baby’s heartbeat on a Doppler device. Also equally exciting is your baby is developing its sex organs and is soon going to be a he or a she. Again, it’s too early to find out the sex though.

        Baby vs. Belly Shape and Size

        Your baby has more than doubled in size and by the end of month three should be about 2.5-3 inches long, the size of a peach. Making room for that baby in the uterus your waist may start to thicken. You may notice your pants starting to feel a bit more snug and, even though it may be slight, a tiny bump starting to form at the bottom.

        Month Four

        month four pregnant belly

          The beginning of the second trimester also welcomes a nice break from all the horrible pregnancy feels you may have been experiencing in the first trimester. If you’re lucky you might start feeling less queasy, have more energy and feeling a little more like yourself again….only pregnant. This is also when fetuses start to grow at different rates, an early sign of their very individual traits. Your baby is starting to grow some hair! For some, possibly on its head but also some body hair will be sprouting called lanugo. Lanugo is like a downy fur coating which helps keep your baby warm. Your baby is also moving alot more now, being able to wiggle its little fingers and toes but also he or she can breathe, suck and swallow now too. Baby’s muscles are getting stronger and you might even feel a few kicks during this month too.

          Baby vs. Belly Shape and Size

          Your baby is about the size of your palm now measuring in at approximately 5 inches long by the end of the month. Your belly continues to grow and become more pronounced. This is usually around the time where some women decide to start spreading the news as it starts to become harder to hide the belly. If this is not the case you might be wondering “When do you start showing in pregnancy?”. Remember every woman and every baby is different, for some the belly starts showing early but others it might not start popping out into a little later down the road.

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          Month Five
          five months pregnant belly

            As you probably already know (and feel) baby is growing and developing at a rapid speed. He is also learning a whole bunch of new skills such as yawning and hiccuping (which you might even be able to feel as well). Your baby is also coming into his own because he now has his own set of unique finger and toe prints. Also your baby’s sense are starting to develop, and just in time because the amniotic fluid is changing day to day depending on what you eat. Start them early with healthy food habits.

            Baby vs. Belly Shape and Size

            The baby is about 7 inches long now and approximately the size of a large banana. He’s also weighing in over a whole entire 1 lb now! This is the month where you start to show much more noticeably. You might even find that strangers are starting to comment on your pregnant status. Bellies vary, some sit very low, some high and some right in the middle. An old wives’ tale states that the way your belly sits is directly linked to the sex of your child, but that is nothing but an old wives’ tale.

            Month Six

            month six pregnant belly

              Up until this point your baby has been mostly skinny for the most part, but that’s about to change because fat will start to develop this month. The all important lungs are almost fully developed and along with it the ability to breathe. Baby’s nostrils will begin to open up and he can now practice breathing and hiccuping as well (you’ll feel and maybe even see lots of those). Your baby will start looking a lot more like he will when he’s born as his face is almost fully formed and his eyes begin to open. With heightened senses come more awareness of a world outside of the womb. If you shine a bright light at your belly or even make a loud noise, you might startle your baby!

              Baby vs. Belly Shape and Size

              This month your baby will have almost doubled its length and weight since last month coming in at approximately 15 inches long and around 2 lbs. This is apparent in your belly as it rounds out more and becomes more pronounced. Your uterus is about the size of a basketball now and folks might even accuse you of smuggling one under your shirt.

              Month Seven

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              month seven pregnant belly

                Welcome to the third and final trimester. Your little one is mastering some skills in the womb such as blinking, coughing and even dreaming because REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is starting. Matching your baby’s new repertoire of skills comes the massive development of his brain. Things are getting cramped in there so you’ll be feeling your baby move more and more.

                Baby vs. Belly Shape and Size

                Your baby’s growth is starting to slow down as it gets closer to the delivery date. Your baby is weighing in at approximately 3 lbs and measuring 18 inches long. Remember this varies from baby to baby especially now because your baby is getting closer to his actual length and weight at time of birth.

                Month Eight

                eight months pregnant belly

                  Your baby is mastering the skills (swallowing, breathing, kicking and sucking) needed for when he makes his big debut. His skin is no longer see through and is opaque. Your baby is building up antibodies and developing his immune system. He is also getting into position settling into an optimal heads down and bottoms up position. This makes it much easier for mama when it comes to delivery. Some babies don’t ever get into this position though which causes problems when it comes time for birth. Although space is getting limited, baby is still very active and those cute little kicks and jabs are starting to feel more and more uncomfortable.

                  Baby vs. Belly Shape and Size

                  Baby’s weight is growing steadily at an average of 1/2 lb per week while growth is starting to taper off. On average your baby may be coming in at around 20 inches long and 5 1/5 lbs. Your belly is generally the same shape as last month but it may be popping out a bit more now.

                  Month Nine

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                  nine months pregnant belly

                    So close yet so far! This will probably be the longest month as you somewhat patiently wait for the arrival of your baby. The good news is that at 37 weeks your baby is considered full term. Although this is the case, your baby hasn’t stopped growing at that point. Fat continues to accumulate, your baby practices his breathing and sucking, his systems (circulatory and musculoskeletal) are getting ready for the outside world, he’s shedding his lanugo and his skin is turning white. Yes, white because skin pigmentation doesn’t occur until shorty after birth. Also as impatient as you are so is baby as he starts getting fidgety you might notice he is starting to flip from side to side. As he starts to get into birthing position you might start to feel like it’s getting harder to breathe and even walk! Hang in there sister!

                    Baby vs. Belly Shape and Size

                    Baby’s weight and size is going to vary at this point now that he’s ready to come out into the world. Full term babies can weigh anywhere from 6-10 lbs and measure approximately 19 to 22 inches. Of course there are smaller and bigger babies than that that are born perfectly healthy as well. Your belly is at its largest and curviest as it holds onto that baby tight.

                    Remember every woman is different and every pregnancy is different. Your month to month may look different than mine and my next pregnancy might even look different than this last one did too.

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                    Published on April 9, 2021

                    50 Single Mom Quotes On Staying Strong And Loving

                    50 Single Mom Quotes On Staying Strong And Loving

                    Being a mom is not easy. Being a single mom is even more challenging. Having children means you are on the job 24/7. Even while you are sleeping, you are still ready to wake at the slightest peep because that is what moms do.

                    Moms, especially single moms, need more people cheering them on. Your love and care matter to your kids. You are their superhero. I think single moms are superheroes, too.

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                    The quotes below are words of encouragement for all of the single moms out there. Keep up the great work! Your hard work will pay off. Someday, they will be grown up and living on their own. Your job will never truly be done as a mom, but you can pat yourself on the back today and every day for doing mom duty day in and day out.

                    Here are 50 single mom quotes to encourage all the single moms out there.

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                    1. “Being raised by a single mother, I learned to appreciate and value independent women.”—Kenny Conley
                    2. “As a single mum you’ll discover inner strengths and capabilities you never knew you had.”—Emma-Louise Smith
                    3. “One thing I know for sure – this motherhood thing is not for sissies.”—Jennifer Nettles
                    4. “Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.”—Gail Tsukiyama
                    5. “And one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong, and full of fire and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.”—Mark Anthony
                    6. “She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t take them along.”—Margaret Culkin Banning
                    7. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”—Alice Walker
                    8. “Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.”—Anne Frank
                    9. “Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.”—Jennifer Lopez
                    10. “You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.”—Melissa Etheridge
                    11. “Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.”—Ricki Lake
                    12. “You don’t take a class; you’re thrown into motherhood and learn from experience.”—Jennie Finch
                    13. “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”—Oprah Winfrey
                    14. “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”—Charlotte Brontë
                    15. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”—Nora Ephron
                    16. “When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.”—Diane Von Furstenberg
                    17. “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”—Margaret Thatcher
                    18. “Women have discovered that they cannot rely on men’s chivalry to give them justice.”—Helen Keller
                    19. “Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.”—Sharon Jaynes
                    20. “Success, they taught me, is built on the foundation of courage, hard work, and individual responsibility. Despite what some would have us believe, success is not built on resentment and fears.”—Susana Martinez
                    21. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”—Maya Angelou
                    22. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”—Ayn Rand
                    23. “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”—Rudyard Kipling
                    24. “The women whom I love and admire for their strength and grace did not get that way because stuff worked out. They got that way because stuff went wrong, and they handled it. They handled it in a thousand different ways on a thousand different days, but they handled it. Those women are my superheroes.”—Elizabeth Gilbert
                    25. “There will be so many times you feel like you failed. But in the eyes, ears, and mind of your child, you are a SUPER MOM.”—Stephanie Precourt
                    26. “Motherhood is the ultimate call to sacrifice.”—Wangechi Mutu
                    27. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”—Maya Angelou
                    28. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”—Princess Diana
                    29. “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.”—Jill Churchill
                    30. “There’s no doubt that motherhood is the best thing in my life. It’s all that really matters.”—Courtney Cox
                    31. “I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.”—Mitch Albom
                    32. “I have found being a mother has made me emotionally raw in many situations. Your heart is beating outside your body when you have a baby.”—Kate Beckinsale
                    33. “Single moms, you are a doctor, a teacher, a nurse, a maid, a cook, a referee, a heroine, a provider, a defender, a protector, a true Superwoman. Wear your cape proudly.”—Mandy Hale
                    34. “I’m not really single. I mean, I am, but I have a son. Being a single mother is different from being a single woman.”—Kate Hudson
                    35. “Being a single parent is twice the work, twice the stress, and twice the tears but also twice the hugs, twice the love, and twice the pride.”—Unknown
                    36. “For me, motherhood is learning about the strengths I didn’t know I had, and dealing with the fears I didn’t know existed.”—Halle Berry
                    37. “A single mom tries when things are hard. She never gives up. She believes in her family, even when things are tough. She knows that above all things… a mother’s love is more than enough.”—Denice Williams
                    38. “You do the best you can. Some days you feel really good about yourself and some days you don’t.”—Katie Holmes
                    39. “I would say to any single parent currently feeling the weight of stereotype or stigmatization that I am prouder of my years as a single mother than of any other part of my life.”JK Rowling
                    40. “Just because I am a single mother doesn’t mean I cannot be a success.”—Yvonne Kaloki
                    41. “I didn’t plan on being a single mom, but you have to deal with the cards you are dealt the best way you can.”—Tichina Arnold
                    42. “Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.”—Garrison Keillor
                    43. “A single mom tries when things are hard. She never gives up. She believes in her family, even when things are tough. She knows that above all things, a mother’s love is more than enough.”—Deniece Williams
                    44. “Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.”—Meryl Streep
                    45. “Having kids—the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings—is the biggest job anyone can embark on.”—Maria Shriver
                    46. “Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.”—Cheryl Lacey Donovan
                    47. “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”—Agatha Christie
                    48. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”—Princess Diana
                    49. “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”—W.R. Wallace
                    50. “Being a mother is the greatest blessing and the hardest challenge in all of life.”—Dr. Magdalena Battles

                    Final Thoughts

                    Single moms are remarkable women. They are to be respected and honored for all that they do. If you know a single mom, then share this article with them. Tell them “you are doing a great job as a single mom.” They need our encouragement and support.

                    They may be parenting alone, but it is good to let them know that there are people in their life who care for them. We can all be there for the single moms out there. Even if it is just to say, “keep up the great work, you are an amazing woman!”

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                    If you are a single mom, keep up the good work! You are amazing, and your kids are lucky to have you!

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