Bump or Bagel? Showing Earlier During Your Second Pregnancy

My favorite part of pregnancy is the bump. In the middle of the pregnancy insomnia, acid indigestion, aches and pains, and food aversions, the bump lets you know that you have a little buddy right there with you every day.

During my first pregnancy, I was super excited for my bump. I have a picture at 12 weeks pregnant – my third wedding anniversary – after a big meal at an Italian restaurant.

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“My bump at 12 weeks!” I proudly proclaimed. I will admit that I walked around quite often touching my “bump” lovingly, and was quite offended when someone suggested I was arching my back in my picture. It wasn’t until about 35 weeks later that I realized what having a baby bump really meant.

As my second pregnancy rolled along, I started noticing tightness in my tshirt and skirts at a much earlier date than before. Of course, now I know just how big my belly will get, and this was nothing compared to 40-weeks-4-days-belly of three years ago. But, it was something.  I took this picture after a delicious bagel breakfast.

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A bigger part of me was just relieved that I didn’t have to avoid the stares of coworkers who were wondering just how many bagels I had for breakfast.  Bump or bagel? 

“Bump or bagel? It’s a mystery. I’m 12 weeks.” The comparison was small, but noticeable. That was a belly, no doubt about it. Part of me was a little disheartened because I wasn’t ready to give up my cute clothes just yet. A bigger part of me was just relieved that I didn’t have to avoid the stares of coworkers who were wondering just how many bagels I had for breakfast.  Bump or bagel? Bump for sure.

 Here are a few ways new mamas can embrace (and reconcile) bigger first-and-second trimester bellies:

  • Extend the life of your pre-pregnancy clothes by investing in a great maternity bellyband. These soft and seamless Lycra bands are worn over unbuttoned jeans or skirts and look like an extension of a camisole or tank top. Maternity bands come in a variety of colors and in different price ranges, and are a great addition to a maternity wardrobe.
  • Pick up some leggings. Luckily, leggings are a huge part of maternity fashion these days, and with fall on the way, they can be paired with cardigans, boots, and tunics to help you look stylish and feel comfortable. They’re like yoga pants, but you can feel OK going out to dinner in them.
  • Change your thinking about your bigger belly and enjoy “looking” pregnant earlier.Your body is saying, “Girl, we got this!” and growing your little miracle. Enjoy the ride.
  • Have that extra bagel. At least now, you can blame it on the baby.

Did you start showing sooner during your second pregnancy? 

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Bump or Bagel? Showing Earlier During Your Second Pregnancy

Amanda is a social media manager for a health care organization by day, a blogger and freelance writer by night, and a celebrity news junkie all the time! She's also mom to an amazing 2 year-old boy and wife to a great guy who indulges all her celebrity gossip (and sometimes tries to scoop her!) Amanda loves coffee, fashion, nail polish, cats, and Tim Gunn (not always in that order.) For more celebrity gossip, fashion, beauty and DIY, visit Amanda's blog, It's Blogworthy. ... More

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5 comments

  1. Stephanie says:

    I didn’t start showing until 20 weeks with my first daughter. With this pregnancy, I was showing around 14 weeks..and it’s another girl! 🙂

  2. Dianah says:

    I was really big the first time around right away- I think i wanted the bump to prove i was actually pregnant! This time around I am at 16 weeks and i just look like i ate a Chipolte burrito! I have zero problems waiting for the bump to be more comfortable, but i have been in between clothes for a while and that is kind of a pain.

  3. Kristi says:

    With my first pregnancy I only gained 15 pounds and at 9 months pregnant people thought I was in my first trimester. This time around I look like I’m in my second trimester but only on my first. Love my belly band from ” The Belly button body” I’ll be able to wear my pants through most of my pregnancy with this band and is cute! 🙂

  4. kaitlin says:

    I am having the opposite problem!! My second time around (now 20 weeks with a healthy baby girl) I am still barely showing!!! Instead I am walking around with my 11 month old daughter and just look like I haven’t lost the baby weight from her. I can’t wait until I get that pregnant belly look (happened around 7 months with 1st)… until then, baggy clothes it is, thank goodness the weather is getting cooler!

  5. nichole says:

    whats with the crazy attack of spammers recently? ANYWAYS…… i loved showing earlier to a large extent this time around, because ive always had a very much not flat belly, and i hated with my first pergnancy, that to me, i looked fat until i hit 5 months or so, instead of pregnant. but this time around, at 3 months i definetly looked pregnant, my belly was a little too round to be just fat… tho i guess it could have been too lol…….. but it was discuraging because of my shirts not fitting well, my pants still fit, only because they were all a bit too big and i was using a belt to hold them up to begin with… but the belt did need to go lol

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