Getting dressed during the first trimester of pregnancy is tricky. If it’s your first pregnancy, it’ll probably be easy to hide the bump. It gets tougher with each pregnancy! Somehow, with second and subsequent pregnancies, those tummy muscles just aren’t as tight and so the belly pops much sooner. If you’ve decided not to share the news of your pregnancy until the magical 12 week milestone, you’ll probably want to conceal the belly until then.
Hiding my growing (twin) preggo belly in my fourth pregnancy was a mission. I think I pulled it off! Thankfully I manage to wear my normal pants for the first trimester. While it’s tempting to invest in a bunch of new clothes, shop your wardrobe first. You’ll be surprised to find you probably have lots of clothes that will be perfect for hiding the bump in the first trimester!
Here’s what to wear to hide the bump in the first trimester
Loose, floaty tops
Soft, floaty blouses are absolutely having a moment. They are perfect for skimming over that belly, or what might just look like you’ve had a big lunch. While you might not wear them for the entirety of your pregnancy, they are great for the post-baby body and often breastfeeding too!
- Blossom and Glow Josie Pleated Blouse.
- Country Road Smock.
- Bohemian Traders Lace Trim Blouse.
- Dotti Peaceful Lace Trim Blouse. You can see me wearing this blouse here.
Wrap or drape front tops
All the folds or ruffles at the front of these tops help to disguise a little bump. A huge bonus is these will be ideal for breastfeeding down the track.
The great thing about swing tops is that they are fitted through the bust and then swing away from the belly. Perfect for drawing attention away from your belly!
Most dresses, especially if they aren’t fitted, are ideal for hiding the bump. They don’t grab or cling around the waist. These general styles are great options.
1. A slouchy, tee-shirt dress like this one from Blossom and Glow.
2. Swing style, loose fitting dress, Bohemian Traders have many options!
3. A shirt dress, which will also provide excellent breastfeeding access. This one is from Target, but really, they are everywhere!
4. A shift dress, with room to grow. I’m wearing a dress from Expect in Style that I’ll be able to wear throughout my pregnancy.
Other essentials to hide the bump
If your first trimester is in the cooler months, a scarf will go a long way to distracting the eye up away from the baby bump. If you follow Life on Wallace on Instagram you’ll know I am a huge fan of scarves.
Another staple of my first trimester wardrobe was waterfall, or drapey, cardigans. They help to camouflage a little belly, especially from side on.
I have to say, I’m relieved the first trimester of this pregnancy is over! I’m starting to feel brighter and I’m not paranoid about people noticing I’m pregnant.
What are your tips for dressing in the first trimester? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks!
Lining up with Kylie for #IBOT