Dressing the bump the first trimester doesn't seem like it should be a hard thing but it can be! There's attempting to hide your growing bump from coworkers (until you're ready to share!), fitting into your pants that get tighter as the day goes on and not looking like you just ate a really large burrito. Although everyone's bodies are different, here are a few tips and tricks I learned in my first trimester.
Tip 1. You don't need to buy any maternity clothes yet!
I stopped into one maternity shop and walked all the way to the back of the store. There I realized I was completely overwhelmed and had no idea where to start. Another pregnant mama looked at me and said "do NOT start wearing maternity until absolutely necessary!". I promptly went home and figured out how to make my clothes work.
Tip 2. Utilize the rubber band/hair tie trick!
I started using this about 12 weeks in on some of my favorite jeans that just weren't comfortable anymore. I started putting it on my jeans in the morning when I didn't necessarily need it and unbuttoning my pants and using the hair tie halfway through the day when my pants started getting tight. I figured this out after being in public too many times with my pants unbuttoned hoping nobody would notice!
(find my jeans here)
Tip 3. Buy a Belly Band.
I waited a bit too long to buy one of these. :) This will help you be able to wear your non-maternity jeans longer and not have to worry about them falling down!
Tip 4. Shop your closet!
Go through your closet and look for these 4 essentials to stay stylish and keep your bump under wraps until you're ready to share the good news. I've linked to a few of my favorite shops that all have ethically made clothing (all non-maternity) that have great options for the first trimester.
Essential 1: Flowy tops
In the morning your stomach may not look any different than usual but by the end of the workday your bump is likely to start showing. A flowy top will easily hide the bump so you don't get unwanted questions.
Essential 2: Long cardigans (for cooler months)
Cardigans that fall below your waist are perfect for your changing body. Pair with a loose tank top and nobody will have any idea what you're hiding!
Essential 3: Scarves
I was a huge scarf fan even before I got pregnant but I'm an even bigger fan now! Scarves are perfect for covering my belly when I look like I ate a huge burrito or when I want to be certain nobody can tell I'm having a baby.
Loose shift dresses are perfect for the first trimester! Wear them as is or add leggings and a cardigan or vest during the colder months.