(Closed) Hiding pregnancy at work through clothes.. help!

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2889 posts
Sugar bee

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
4653 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
3587 posts
Sugar bee

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
538 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
2207 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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
2866 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

i would echo cardigans and loose fitting tank tops. for me, they did the trick until i was ready to share.

Post # 10
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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 # 13
5153 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I also wore jewlery and used accessories (like you said with scarfs) to distract!

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