Congratulations – you’re pregnant! You just got the best news of your life, yet despite being desperate to shout it from the rooftops, many couples choose to keep their wonderful news to themselves until after the first trimester.
If you do decide to postpone your pregnancy announcement, then this post is for you! We’ve assembled our top tips on how to hide a baby bump and disguising those tell-tale first trimester pregnancy symptoms at work, out with your friends and even from your nearest and dearest…
First Trimester Tips At Work
1) Choose a Partner in Crime
Covering your first trimester tracks at work can be exhausting, so we suggest letting someone at the office in on the secret. They can help you divert attention and throw colleagues off the scent. Your line manager is the perfect candidate, though really it could be anyone you trust to keep mum about your impending mummy-hood.
2) Maternity Workwear
The empire waist is a magic silhouette when it comes to maternity workwear. Empire dresses and tops offer a flattering high waist and glide easily over your curves. Choose one of our stylish empire maternity dresses, or wear a printed maternity blouse untucked over a comfy pair of black maternity trousers to hide your baby bump at the office.
3) Stock up your Snack Drawer
Make sure to have a good supply of plain crackers, ginger nuts and water to sip at your desk. Anything that will help in case you come over queasy at work.
First Trimester Tips for Evenings Out
4) Get Sneaky with your Drinks
If you’re not usually one to shy away from a second (or third, or fourth!) glass of wine, your friends may catch on if you suddenly abstain. Try to order when no one is listening and get a virgin version of your usual tipple – a soda & lime can easily be dressed up as a gin & tonic. Or if you’re out with your partner, order identical drinks and subtly switch glasses each time his starts to go down – if you’re careful, nobody will notice you’re not actually drinking. If all else fails, claim that you’re detoxing or on antibiotics, or better yet, offer to be the designated driver!
5) Draw Attention Up
Use your clothes and accessories to draw attention up towards your face and away from your budding bump. A gorgeous dress with a stylish scoop neckline could do the trick, or you could try rocking a pair of statement earrings or a short bright necklace.
First Trimester Tips for Family Gatherings
6) Balance your Bump
Family gatherings can be tricky – especially if your mum or mother-in-law are on high-alert grandbaby-watch! Wearing super-baggy clothes is sure to raise suspicion, so the trick at this stage is to balance out loose tops with more fitted bottoms. Our maternity leggings or skinny jeans would be perfect for pairing with oversized maternity jumpers for a relaxed weekend look.
7) Layer Up
To really disguise your new curves, layer up with a waterfall cardigan or a long draped scarf. They’re the perfect cover, and with the unseasonably chilly weather we’re having, no one would look twice!
8) Time for a Makeover
Been thinking about new highlights, or experimenting with some new makeup looks? Now is the perfect time to shake up your beauty routine, so that when someone spots something different about you, you can blame it on your new look. The confidence that comes with a brand new do provides the perfect cover for your radiant pregnancy glow.
Good luck keeping your wonderful secret mamas!