Magazine article Working Mother

Can You Really Hide the First Trimester?

Magazine article Working Mother

Can You Really Hide the First Trimester?

Article excerpt

The first few months of pregnancy are tough. this is partly because you suffer in silence, afraid to leak the news before the 12-week mark. it's even tougher when you work in an office every day, trying to keep your status a secret from people who see you daily and always know when something is different about you. new haircut? they notice. Late night out? yep, they want the details as soon as they spot your glassy red eyes and your ponytail.

I'd suffered a few miscarriages, so my husband and i decided to keep our recent pregnancy to ourselves as long as possible. this proved difficult. i settled in at my desk one monday morning, smugly thinking i was achieving secrecy quite well-until a friend, who happens to be our hr manager, came by and asked what i did to my hand. it so happened i'd spent the first hour of my morning at the doctor's having blood drawn to test my pregnancy hormones. So i fudged. "Just a few tests," i mumbled, and swiftly tried to hide the telltale band-aid by slipping my hand under my desk.

A few days later, in a desperate effort to cope with morning sickness, i tried wearing those nausea wristbands designed for motion sickness to settle my lurching stomach. to hide the bands, i covered them with large cuffbracelets. the same friend came into my office and asked, loudly, if i was wearing nausea bands. "umm, yes, an experiment to keep my bracelets from sliding down my arm," i responded, knowing how lame it sounded. you see, the bracelets had slid down my arm, leaving the nausea bands completely exposed.

That evening my mom, who had borrowed my car, was waiting outside work to pick me up. …

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