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.

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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  • Reply Claudia Brooks August 7, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Why on earth would you want to try and hide something so precious and beautiful. Pretending not to be pregnant. So many women will never experience the joy of carrying a baby let alone be able to proudly show off a baby bump.
    Besides which most of us dont show until well into the second trimester.

    • Reply August 14, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      For me, it was always because my babies made themselves known long before I was ready to show the world! I had a noticeable baby bump by 11 weeks with each of my pregnancies, but with a history of miscarriage, I never wanted to share my news until closer to 20 weeks.

    • Reply Lc September 28, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      Some women have had a hard time conceiving, had miscarriages later in pregnancies etc… these are all reasons that one might want to hide their bump until they are ready to share their news. Don’t be so quick to judge!

  • Reply Siri November 8, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    I agree with Housewifehaven’s comment above. Most women who have a history of miscarriage or those who have tried for so many years before getting pregnant would not like people to know right away that they are pregnant. They would like their pregnancy to reach about 5 to 6 months old before letting people know. I really don’t mind it if people hide their pregnancy. Pregnancy is a long journey and you never know what May happen along the way.

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