Pregnancy

How to Hide a Baby Bump

March 19, 2015
How to Hide A Baby Bump, until you're ready to share

A lot of pregnant women choose not to share their happy news right away.  But sometimes your changing body will start to talk long before your ready to.  While its true that you wont have an actual BABY bump, until at least mid way through your second trimester, common pregnancy symptoms like constipation, bloating and morning sickness that only abaits for nachos ( we’ve all been there) can all cause body changes that mimic a true pregnancy bump.

It gets even harder to hide if you’re a second (or more) time mom, because of what we mommas like to call The Boomerang Effect, which is your bodies way of reverting instantly to a four month pregnant state pretty much as soon as the stick dries.  There is hope though, with proper styling, and a few key pieces in your wardrobe, you can hide the bump until you’re ready to share you big news.

Color Blocking
This is especially effective using darker colors.  Pair a fitted tank with a cardigan or blazer in the same color.  Wear the blazer or cardigan open so its not grazing your belly.  The tone on tone effect will hide your bump.

Patterns are your friend
Loose fitting patterned tops are another great way to camouflage a burgeoning bump. Combine with leggings or dark jeans and flats for a great casual look

Cardigan + Scarf
This is one of the easiest and most flattering ways to hide a bump, pair a plain top with a cardigan and a bright fun scarf to draw the eye towards your face.  I pretty much live in this look in both the first and fourth trimesters.

Flowing Tunics
Tunics, especially wrap style, are everywhere and they are the perfect camouflage for that baby belly.  Look for styles with embroidery around the neck, to draw the eye up and away from your midsection.

Belts
Wearing a nice big belt around your natural waist is a great way to fake a little definition. Be careful with this trick though, early pregnancy bloat can sneak up on you in the early afternoon making the belt uncomfortable. You may raise rather suspicion if it disappears mid-day.

Do you have a tip to help hide the bump? Tell us about it in the comments below.

Great tips and tricks to help you hide your baby bump, until you're ready to share the news.

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