So. I'm pregnant. 26 weeks today. I felt great through my first trimester, but I still didn't feel comfortable with anyone knowing about it right away. For health reasons and just because I felt like it was very personal. I just wasn't ready to share it yet. I think it's OK to share the news whenever you are ready, but this post is for anyone else who felt the way I did (I didn't share with the general public until about 20 weeks). Here is what I learned about hiding the bump in the first half of pregnancy:
Wear what is comfortable. The is the most important thing. Even though I didn't have bump at all around 6 weeks, I found that a few of my elastic waist skirts hurt after a day of wear. Not worth it, even if you try to convince yourself you have to wear it because you won't be able to later (am I the only person that thinks like that?).
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Tuck in your shirt. This probably sounds a little counter-intuitive, but I swear this is the reason I was able to hide the bump for so long. I wore skirts that were a little loose to begin with (so they were comfortable around my waist) and tucked in a looser shirt. Even though my stomach was sticking out more than normal, it was tough to tell because of the two lines of fabric together and the loose shirt over the top.
Layer over tight clothing. Early on, I really wanted to wear things that I knew I would not be able to wear later because of the slim fit (I'll miss you, clothes!). I was able to get away with wearing a few tighter items by layering jackets and vests over them. I could definitely tell that my stomach was sticking out a little, but with the layers it was tough to notice.
Wear loose dresses. Not only are loose dresses comfortable (yay!) but they are great at hiding a bump without screaming "I'm hiding something." I felt like really loose shirts kind of made it seem obvious (unless I tucked them in), but a loose dress just implies that you like comfort. A shift shape is great, but if you wear anything with a cinched area (like the two outfits on the right) make sure they elastic hits below a traditional empire waist (right below your breasts). Empire waist dresses/tops make you look pregnant (even if you are not!).
A few other tips:
- Scarves/big accessories are a great way to distract the eye from your belly.
- Pattern wearing patterns is a great way to keep the eye moving. I have found that people notice my bump a lot more often when I am wearing solid colors.
- Wear all black. Black really is slimming. I wore a black top and black pants to work multiple times in early pregnancy because it was easy and really disguises the baby bump.
Disclosure: I am tall (5'10") so I am fully aware that it might be easier for me to hide my bump than it would be for someone shorter or with a different body type. However, I actually googled "how to hide a baby bump" at one point and didn't find much so I wanted to add my two-cents to the world wide web :)
Anyone else have some tips they would be willing to share?