A Complete Guide To Follow Pregnancy Belly Growth. How long it has to grow, why it becomes tough, how to understand if you are expecting a boy or a girl and everything you need to know
Pregnancy, the belly
There belly is the protagonist of every pregnancy. It changes over the course of nine months by transforming the woman’s body to best accommodate the baby. It grows together with that sense of motherhood that develops in all women during gestation.
In addition to being a symbol of motherhood par excellence, to make every woman wonderful, to carry the little one within herself until the moment of birth, the belly is the one that allows the future mother to understand. how a pregnancy is progressing, which sometimes sends signals, which at other times can tire, make the woman feel weak.
Today we dedicate a guide to the belly, in all its beauty and in all its complexity.
Pregnancy is a unique time in every woman’s life. Even for those who have multiple pregnancies over the course of their life, each one is unique, stands out and is remembered by mothers for different reasons. During the nine months the woman changes with her baby and gets used to living with a belly that grows more each month. He caresses her, feels her baby move. Sometimes that same belly hardens and forces her to stop, not to get too tired, just like an alarm bell.
Let’s get to know better “the baby bump”, as it is commonly called, how it changes, how much it grows, what signals it sends to the woman.
The belly grows gradually and manifests the growth of the uterus. The latter, in fact, increases its volume over the months, to make room for the growing baby, for the placenta that must give it nourishment and for the amniotic fluid, whose function is to protect the baby.
For the first 3-4 months, the belly remains small enough, and then gradually grows in order to get the rest of the body accustomed to this physical change of the woman (especially the muscles and the spine).
In the first month, for example, the mother does not even know that she is pregnant, the belly is not visible, but the woman may begin to feel a feeling of swelling and weight in the lower part of the belly.
But let’s see better how the belly changes in the 9 months of pregnancy.
When you start to see the baby bump
As anticipated, in the first month of pregnancy the woman remains physically identical. Little changes in the second month: the belly continues not to be seen, it has not grown and it has not changed its volume at all, this is because the uterus is still far below the pubic bone and therefore it is impossible to see anything. To begin to see the growth of the tummy must therefore wait for the third month of pregnancy.
Belly at 3 months of pregnancy
The third month of pregnancy it is among the most delicate and important. And, in this month, a woman is less focused on belly growth and a lot more on fetal health. It is well known, in fact, that the excess of the third month puts the baby “out of danger” from abortions and genetic malformations that, otherwise, the advanced tests to which all women are subjected in pregnancy (nuchal translucency and bitest in primis) would have already highlighted.
And right at the end of the third month, between 10 and 12 weeks of gestation, we can say, the uterus has grown enough to come out of the pelvic cavity (from the bony pelvis) and sprout above the pubic bone. What does it mean? That a tummy may begin to appear, still very small, imperceptible by those who do not know that you are pregnant, but that future mothers will notice immediately.
Belly at 4 months
The belly begins to be more visible, developing forward over the course of the fourth month. The body gradually begins to change. Right in the fourth month, some women may notice the appearance of a darker vertical line that starts from the navel and goes all the way down to the pubis. It is the so-called linea alba, an absolutely physiological event in pregnancy caused by hormones and hyperpigmentation (i.e. excessive color) of the skin of pregnant women. He will keep the woman company until the end of the pregnancy.
Table with pregnant belly measurement
How Much Should Your Belly Grow Each Month? We know well that each woman is unique and that each female body is different, but what matters is not so much the volume of the belly, but the growth of the fetus. At each checkup, in fact, the gynecologist initially and the midwife in the last stages measure with an ultrasound or with the so-called “Leopold’s maneuver” (bringing the hands close to the belly to understand the distance the height reached from the uterus with respect to the pelvis).
Roughly, growth is expected to be 1 centimeter per week. In the …