Gone are the days when maternity wear meant wearing a pinafore – or your partner’s shirt!
Today’s maternity clothing is as stylish and fashionable as normal clothing and pregnant women are no longer trying to hide or disguise their pregnancy, choosing instead to wear clothes that closely fit their new shape. By investing in a few quality items, you can ensure that your clothes will fit you all the way through your pregnancy.
When you need to start wearing maternity clothes will vary from woman to woman, but you’ll probably find that, by about the third or fourth month of your pregnancy, you’ll want to wear the comfiest and most flattering maternity clothes that you can find.
Use this period of your life to embrace your new silhouette and show off your belly! Don’t worry about hiding your new shape with billowing T-shirts and jumpers. Create a fuss-free maternity wardrobe that has clean lines, good-quality fabrics classic pieces. Together, this will create an understated and undeniably stylish dress code.
When it comes to pregnancy, linen and cotton are king. During your pregnancy, particularly if you’re pregnant during the summer, you may suffer from the heat associated with increased blood flow, so cooling fabrics are essential. Lycra’s also great for both stretch and fit, while microfibers will allow air to circulate. Avoid fabrics that could potentially irritate your skin, such as polyester and acrylic.
If you’ve got it…
For many women, pregnancy is the first time that they’ve had a cleavage worth showing off, so make the most of your new curves with necklines that flatter your décolletage.
Don’t waist your money!
Make sure the waistbands of the clothes you buy have plenty of room for expansion. You don’t want to waste money by buying clothes and then outgrowing them within the month! Look for front or side panels of stretchy fabric that will allow your bump to swell. Don’t buy clothing such as leggings and jeans that aren’t designed for pregnancy, as you’ll need the support around your waist.
The undercover story
Your bra size can change up to four times during pregnancy, so make sure that you always have a good, fitted bra. With the rapid changes that your body is experiencing, you need to make sure that you’re measured so that you feel comfortable. Don’t wear underwear that cuts into your skin, such as underwired bras, as these can interfere with developing milk ducts.
Some top tips:
- A-line shifts, empire waist dresses and tops, and pencil skirts with baggy blouses are great for dressy occasions.
- For a more casual look, try a pair of slim-leg trousers paired with a fitted T-shirt or loose top. This will throw the emphasis onto your bump.
- Layers are a great idea when you’re pregnant as you can just peel clothes off as and when you need to.
- For cooler days, wear a T-shirt under a jumper and then top off the outfit with a long cardigan.