You still may not look pregnant, though some women, especially those who’ve been pregnant before, say they feel a little thicker around the middle. Emotionally, you may still feel like you’re on a roller coaster ride, thrilled about the baby one minute and terrified about becoming a parent the next. Cut yourself some slack. Almost all expectant parents worry about how a new baby will change their lives, but the vast majority later say that becoming a parent was one of the best things they’ve ever done.
You may be feeling extra gassy or bloated now, too. That’s primarily because during pregnancy you have much higher levels of progesterone, which relaxes smooth muscle tissue throughout your body, including your gastrointestinal tract. This slows your digestion, which can cause more gas, bloating, burping, flatulence, and generally miserable sensations in your gut – especially after a big meal.