Post # 1
I’m kind of curious about this. I’m a bit heftier, and I’ve been watching my sister-in-law’s pregnancy as she progresses. She was slightly heavier than me and is now 22 weeks pregnant – honestly, if she hadn’t told us, I don’t think anyone could really tell that she’s pregnant. She looks like she’s gained weight, but that’s about it.
How far along did you get in ‘hiding’ your pregnancy – and from whom? How did you hide it? Were you normal weight or overweight before pregnancy? Why did you hide it?
Post # 3
I used to be overweight. In my second pregnancy, I didn’t even tell my ex -husband I was pregnant until I was 5 months along. It made the whole pregnancy go so much faster when people only knew for the last half.
I never had to wear maternity clothes until late- I used to joke that I was growing that baby in my butt!
Post # 4
I didn’t try and hide my pregnancy, but I easily could have. I didn’t start showing until 33 weeks and, before that, you couldn’t barely tell at all, especially if I was wearing looser clothing. I was overweight before becoming pregnant.
Post # 5
I’ve only hid my pregnancies until week 12 and after that I’ve pretty much done everything to try to show it off. But with the first one, I could easily have hid it until at least week 25. That’s when I had the first stranger speak up about me being pregnant.
With this pregnancy, it was easily hide-able until about week 15. But I’m at 25 weeks now and with a little work, I can hide it.
Post # 6
I could hide until maybe 3-4 months but i get so sick that people would think I was dying if i didn’t tell them I was pregnant.
Post # 7
@CookieCreamCakes: A friend of mine didn’t know she was pregnant until she was more than 8 months (I know, right?). she’s kind of heavy so, none noticed changes.
Post # 8
I made it to 18 weeks so almost! I was seriously running out of clothes that could even half-hide it though. I think I would have had to buy a muumuu to make it any further.
Post # 9
I hid it at work until 22 weeks. Nobody suspested it. I think it is harder to hide your actions being differnt (not going out for drinks, needing to take sick leave for appointments, feeling sick, etc) than the weight.
Post # 10
@julies1949: How come you didn’t tell your husband?
Post # 11
I have always been a chunkier girl (overweight, not obese)… and I remember that with my first pregnancy, I really wanted to keep it a bit of a secret due to my career (thought I’d annouce it somewhere around 16 to 18 weeks)… BUT in reality I barely got to week 12… I was having such a hard time wearing “regular” clothes to work.
It was a relief to have the cat out of the bag, and give up struggling on that front… I was very happy to get into more comfy maternity clothes (that were career appropriate… as I could never have just “made do” by wearing anything “stretchy” to the office for my Professional Career)
Hope this helps,
Post # 12
All those women on “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant” did… LOL 🙂
Post # 13
@Mars62312: Keep in mind he’s my EX husband for a reason.
Post # 14
@julies1949: Missed the “ex” part! That makes more sense, ha!
Post # 15
A classmate from high school had a baby in January, and didn’t officially announce it until late October. She didn’t really get a bump-bump until around then, it just looked like she had gained some weight. People were surprised to say the least!
Post # 16
My sister-in-law probably gets the impression that I’m staring at her like she’s a lab rat sometimes. It’s just interesting. I only caught a flashbulb of my other sister-in-law’s pregnancy (she lives far away – I saw her at about 7 months). My other SIL lives nearby, so I usually see her about every 2 weeks. Occasionally, she wears things to show it off, but when she’s wearing a standard t-shirt, you can’t tell.
It’s refreshing to hear the different perspectives on it (“It was so much smoother without others knowing until the second half,” “It was so much less stressful when the secret was out”).