26 April

I am in my 5th month of pregnancy - But my tummy is still small

I am always asked this question from my viewers - Mam - I am in my 5th month of pregnancy, but, I don’t look pregnant. I don’t have a bump to flaunt yet… Relax! Every pregnant woman is different, some gain weight easily, while others begin to suddenly look big, from the end of 5th month. As long as the ultrasound is normal and your baby is growing normally - You are just fine.

Don’t get nervous if your friend or a stranger does not seem to notice that you are pregnant yet.

Some women, especially the ones who are into sports or are generally fit, tend to have tight and toned muscles which may hold the baby tight and snug and it may take some time for the belly to push itself up.

If you are tall and have a long abdomen, your baby has a lot of space to grow and the uterus may tend to push itself upwards then outward and thus your tummy may look smaller

Previous pregnancies may have made the abdominal muscles laxer and as such in subsequent pregnancy the tummy may look bigger, sooner than the first one.

But, if you are not gaining weight and if the growth of the baby is also either stagnating or faltering, then please contact your doctor immediately.

Women, especially those who had morning sickness and fatigue in the first trimester tend to not gain much weight in the first three months, but from the fourth month onwards when nausea and vomiting seem to ease, women tend to have a better appetite and begin to gain weight.

Every pregnancy is unique, so don’t compare with others. Body changes and adapts differently to different people.


Last modified on Thursday, 02 August 2018 14:03
Dr Padma

Dr Padma is a Family care physician and is the Founder and CEO of MedHealthTV.


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