First Trimester Fashion Tips: How to Hide a Baby Bump

Congratulations – you’re pregnant! You just got the best news of your life, but you may not be ready to shout it from the rooftops just yet…

We’ve assembled our top tips on how to hide a baby bump at work, out with friends and even from your nearest and dearest before you’re ready to share the news.

First Trimester Tips At Work

Workwear options to hide a baby bump

1) 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 figure. Choose one of our stylish empire maternity dresses, or wear a loose fitting blouse, untucked over a comfy pair of black maternity trousers to hide your baby bump at the office.

2) Choose a Partner in Crime

Empire waist maternity dress to hide a baby bump

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 from tell-tale hospital appointments and inevitable pregnancy symptoms.

Your work bestie is the perfect candidate, though really it could be anyone you trust to keep mum about your impending mummy-hood.

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

maternity occasion wear to hide a baby bump

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 at a Christmas party, 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 lemonade 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!

Maternity dress to hide the baby bump

5) Draw Attention Up

With party season practically upon us, this will be a crucial skill. Use your clothes and accessories to draw attention up towards your face and away from your budding bump. A gorgeous dress with a lot of detail at the top 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

hide a baby bump at 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 this Christmas! 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

Layer up to hide a baby bump

To really disguise your new curves, layer up with a long draped scarf or shawl. One of our Luxury Maternity & Nursing Shawls would be the perfect cover, and with this season’s chilly weather, 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!

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