Becoming pregnant can be one of the most exciting things to happen to a woman. So, of course, you want to tell the world, right? Not necessarily. If you're like many expectant moms, even though you want to share the big news, you also want to wait until after the first trimester when the risk of miscarriage decreases greatly. But while you're waiting, your belly is still expanding. And toward the end of your first trimester, it can be hard to disguise the bump (especially if it's not your first baby). Read on for a list of clever ways to hide your bump until you're ready to show it off.

Elastic waistbands

To stay in your pre-pregnancy jeans, pants, skirts and shorts for as long as possible, invest in an elastic waistband like the Bellaband. Put one of these simple bands over unbuttoned jeans, loose maternity wear and, eventually, use it to hold up anything that won't stay up around your hips. It will give your bump a little breathing room before you share your big news.

Scarves, scarves, scarves

Unless you're in the early stages of your pregnancy in the winter and can hide your bump under loose sweater and sweatshirts, you'll have to get a lot more creative. A fun (and fashionable) trick when disguising your belly is to wear a scarf around your neck that knots where your cleavage is. This will not only hide your ever-expanding chest, but the scarf will hang down over your ever-expanding bump.

All black

Women know that wearing all black is slimming. So don't forget this tip when disguising your swollen belly. Dressing in one dark color will draw the eye away from your bump. Pair your outfit with a long scarf to help hide your belly even more.

A-line and empire waist

A-line or empire waist tops or dresses will definitely take the focus away from your bump, not to mention that wearing loose-fitting clothing will give your belly a break. Just be sure to pick trendy looks so it's not obvious that you're trying to hide something. Also, layering over these pieces can help you to disguise your bump even more. Try wearing an unbuttoned jacket or cardigan over your dress or top.

Tell white lies

If your clothing still gives you away before you're ready to tell and someone is bold enough to ask if you're expecting, don't feel pressure to reveal the truth. Telling a little white lie or two isn't going to hurt anyone. Plus, your friends and family will forgive you once they learn the good news.

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