Creative Ways To Hide Your Pregnancy

Before you're ready to tell the world your pregnant, here are some tips to keep your secret from co-workers and friends


Whether you pop right away or have a regular Thursday night pub night, women who want to keep their new pregnancies a secret often go to great lengths to keep the bump and the news under wraps.

Wearing bulky sweaters might seem like the obvious choice but for some it would be a telltale sign given their otherwise form fitting wardrobe. Turning down a drink or downsizing or eliminating your morning (and maybe mid-morning and early afternoon work coffee) might always raise some eyebrows.

Here are some creative ways to manage those first few months of pregnancy to keep your secret safe.

Layer: This will be more difficult in the summer months but putting a tank under a blouse under a sweater might add a little bit of extra bulk to cover the bulge. It won’t buy you a lot of time but even a few days can get you through to the time when you’re ready to reveal your news.

Scarves: Long scarves can come in very handy to hang down and cover the bump. They also help make an outfit more fashionable. A win win!

Own the bloat: Maybe not creative but no one should be staring at your belly anyway. Feel free to give them stink eye if they pay too much attention to it.

Hibernate: It sounds boring but the best way to not be busted for looking or acting differently is to avoid being around people who will immediately notice the change.  At work, your desk is your friend and hides a lot.

If you do decide to go out on the town...

Fake drink: Turning down that drink can make people wonder but nursing the same drink all night will just make people think you’re constantly refreshing it. Order clear drinks or virgin versions of your regular cocktail like a virgin Caesar. Soda water can easily be a vodka tonic. Throw a lemon in there and people won’t question it. 

Find a booze mule: Pass off drinks that are purchased for you to people in the know like your best friend or partner.

Be the designated driver: People who are DDs are given a free pass to not even touch a drink. And you’re needed at every party.

Make friends with the bartender: Sidle up to the bar and let the bartender know you’re not drinking and you’re trying to hide it. Tell him ‘vodka soda’ really means ‘soda soda’ for the balance of the evening.

And if all else fails, fib: It’s suspect if someone says “I can’t drink. I’m on antibiotics.” Though that one still will sometimes work, saying you’re hungover might be more effective, especially if you’re the kind of person who rarely refuses a drink.

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