Not every pregnancy is the same, but when mom notices her tummy is bloating within the first 10 weeks and she looks like she is 4 or 5 months, she may wonder if she is having twins or more. Not all early baby tummies mean a multiples pregnancy. There are very physical reasons why a pregnancy will show early one time and not another.
The Tummy Muscles
One of the most common reasons why the tummy grows more quickly is a lack of muscle tone in the abdomen. After having one or more babies, the muscle strength does not return to what it was when the first pregnancy occurs. There is also the age factor to take into consideration. The older the expectant mother, the less muscle tone she may have in the abdomen.
Progesterone - The Mother of Bloat
If the abdomen muscles are not strong enough, the bloating caused by progesterone will simply look larger than it would in other cases. The stronger the abdominal muscles are, the more apt they are to hold in that pregnancy bloat.
The Power of Timing
Many women have no idea that "showing" begins about the 12th or 13th week of pregnancy. At first, it will appear as just a tiny bump, but it will grow over time. If pants are a bit tighter around the 3rd month of pregnancy, mom can rest assured this is normal and she is not alone.
If the mother was overweight in a previous pregnancy and is not overweight with this pregnancy she will notice the changes in the belly much sooner. The pregnancy bump is just something she may not be familiar with as it was hidden during previous pregnancies.
Am I Having Multiples?
In all reality, the size of the belly does not reflect multiples until the second trimester. For the woman pregnant with twins, the changes in the body may appear more profound, but many of these changes are noticeable only to mom. Once the baby belly begins to show, however, the rate of growth will be faster with multiples than with a single pregnancy.
Plain, Old Fashioned Weight Gain
When a woman is told she is pregnant there is a bit of release that happens in regards to her diet and exercise regime. It could be because she is a bit scared about continuing exercise in the beginning of the pregnancy or that she feels she needs to eat more to feed baby. This could lead to regular, old fashioned weight gain. The tummy could be growing due to these life changes and not baby at all.
A growing belly is the proudest thing mom notices when she is pregnant. It signals to the world that there is a bundle of joy on the way. When mom starts showing early, the first thought is often multiple pregnancies. With such a small rate of multiples being born compared to singles, the chances of that happening are slim.