In light of this, I present to you the Preggy Chronicles Volume 1: Hiding the Bump. Traditionally, the 1st trimester is shrouded in secrecy due to the risk of miscarriage. It's only after this period that you usually tell all your friends and coworkers. So what happens if you're like me and start developing a bump sooner than you're ready to tell?
Here are some tips that I've found helpful:
- Avoid stretchy knits! They show every little bump - even if it's just a big lunch. Wear wovens instead. They have a tendency to be a little more voluminous and will mask tummies.
- Tuck in and puff out blouses. The tucking allows you some shape definition and separates top from bottom. The volume of the puffing hides your bump.
- Blazers are your new best friend. Blazers (leave unbuttoned) help visually slim a flowy blouse while still hiding your bump in the side view.
- Wear front ruffles (from neck to tummy) or scarves. The added volume camouflages very nicely!
- Photo tips - shoulders forward and butt back. Whether you're a blogger or someone who is posing for a photo, I've found that if you lean forward a little bit while holding your rear back, you'll keep your tummy from sticking out. Note that this really only works in photos (and not from the side!). Otherwise people will wonder why your posture has morphed you into a duck :)
- Set up a system for side-sleeping. I am a back sleeper but baby gets the best blood flow if you sleep on your side (left is optimal but either is better than back or of course belly). I have tried ten million pillows and only one has met my needs - addresses ear pain, is firm, and is at the right height - Side Sleeper Pro (but buy it at Bed, Bath and Beyond stores for only $20).
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!