Post # 1
I’m at week 11, and I’m hoping to avoid announcing at work for another 3 wks or so… but I’m getting thicker around my mid-section and I’m starting to have a tough time disguising it. I’m starting to get belly stares.
So far, I’ve learned to stay away from empire waist/flowy things. I’ve also learned that scarves that drape across the belly, or structured jackets and shift style dresses work best (really surprised by the last one). I’ve also learned it’s less obvious if I’m sitting, so if I can remain sitting behind my desk, I do. Do any of you had any other tricks or tips that helped you keep your pregnancy a secret at work until you were ready to announce?
Post # 3
what about cardigans? I am not in this situation nor have I ever been pregnant but I think layers are a great way to disguise midsection bulk. What about belting empire waist dresses in order to draw focus up and allow the flowy bit to cover your bump.
Post # 4
Sweaters Sweaters Sweaters I hid a pregnacy for 6 months nothing tight fitting and most people wont ask just in case your gaining weight
Post # 5
I wore things that distracted from my tummy, but once I told everyone at 12wks, they put the clues together of how many times I went to the restroom, rather than how I looked.LOL
Post # 6
I agree that layers seem to be best. When I wear a shirt and a cardigan or jacket, you can tell I’m thicker through the middle, but you can’t see a clear defined “bump”.
Also, I went ahead and invested in maternity work pants (from Kohls) very early on. The full panel belly helped “smooth” things out so it wasn’t obvious that my pants weren’t fitting.
Post # 7
Yep, layers. I hid mine for almost 5 months with shift dresses, cardigans, scarves, and loose fitting camis with cardigans. Also, ruffles are in right now, so check Banana and JCrew for those silky ruffly loose fitting tanks. Also, waist belts COULD help if you still have a defied enough waist, but put the belt over the cami/dress but under the cardigan
Post # 8
I wore a lot of sweaters and longer jackets that would flare out so you couldn’t tell from the side (although those might not be a good option going into spring).
Loose fitting tanks with cardigans are good too. Plus anything with a print is going to distract from a bump (because a shadow won’t be as obvious).
Post # 9
i would echo cardigans and loose fitting tank tops. for me, they did the trick until i was ready to share.
Post # 10
My advice would be to stick with your normal wardrobe as long as you can, however you can (using rubber hands to button your pants, etc.) It makes it less obvious. Now that I’m in maternity clothes, it’s like I have a whole new wardrobe and a lot of the girls in the office have noticed and complimented my outfits. I stuck it out in my regular clothes until I announced and no one caught on!
Post # 11
I definitely agree with you on the structured jackets. I also tried carrying a folder or notebook in front of me while I was walking whenever it didn’t seem too awkward. I’m in the same boat now since I am applying for jobs, but I am almost 23 weeks.
Post # 12
There are some pretty good ideas here– thanks for the suggestions! I’ve been so frustrated figuring out what to wear every morning. (My mornings look like this: I try an outfit. Darling Husband laughs when I put on a top that makes my bump look huge. I pout. Then try on something else. Repeat until something sort of works. Then pile on cardigans, jackets, scarves, etc.). I’ll be trying all the ideas out! Thanks!
Post # 13
I also wore jewlery and used accessories (like you said with scarfs) to distract!