To tell or not to tell? That is the question for every pregnant woman. Many women decide to keep their pregnancy private for at least the first trimester, whether it’s due to concerns about miscarriage or complications at work.
And that makes the first trimester of pregnancy a little awkward, as you walk the line between wanting to shout your news from the rooftops to wondering when the right time is to share your bundle-of-joy-to-be with your family, friends, and of course, Facebook. If you’re still not quite ready to share your news, here’s how:
1. Understand your bump. In the first trimester, hormones can cause bloating and relax your stomach muscles, which can account for that pre-bump that looks like you’ve put on a couple of pounds. It can be frustrating in those first few weeks, when you aren’t feeling necessarily pregnant but just plump, but you need to keep in mind that your body is simply adjusting to the pregnancy. Every pregnancy is different — some women tend to gain more during the first trimester and not as much in the second; other women experience the opposite.
2. Avoid form-fitting clothing. When you’re not ready to highlight your belly — or what feels more like bloat — avoid your tighter prepregnancy clothes. “Stick with clothes that drapey or deconstructed,” advises Amy Tara Koch, a style expert and author of Bump It Up: Transform Your Pregnancy Into the Ultimate Style Statement.“Think flowy or slouchy.” Koch suggests choosing a top with side-ruching, or playing it safe with tunics or something Empire-waisted, which she calls “the magic silhouette” for pregnancy.
3. Balance is the key. “The trick is, if you wear something blousey on the top, wear something more fitted on the bottom,” Koch says. “If you don’t, and you wear something big on the top and the bottom, you’ll look ten pounds heavier.” Bottoms like leggings, black tights, and skinny jeans are perfect options to keep your outfit proportional.
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