Maternity clothing you feel comfortable in can make for a much better pregnancy. Learn about the essentials you’ll need to look and feel your best!
It’s certainly exciting to have a baby, but many moms also get excited about pregnancy fashion. After all, as your body changes, there are a few essentials you may not be able to do without! Whether you buy your own or borrow from a friend, comfort can make for an easier pregnancy. It’s just important to keep it simple, so you don’t go over the baby budget! Be sure to share your maternity clothing tips with other moms-to-be on your favorite family app.
Every woman’s body is different, so it’s hard to determine exactly when you’ll have to start wearing maternity clothes. While many women begin to feel the need around twenty weeks, it all depends on your height, body type, and whether this is your first, second, or even fifth pregnancy. You tend to show sooner if you've been pregnant before. It's really all up to you.
If you’re feeling bloated throughout the day and prefer the comfort of spandex, your body might be ready. And, if your bump is peeking out or you’re unable to button up your button-downs, these are surefire signs. Keep in mind that it can be a good idea to hold off on a maternity clothing allowance in your first trimester. It will be hard to foretell the changes ahead, so it’s good to wait a little longer.
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In addition to undergarments, it's important to have a few key pieces of maternity clothing for your pregnancy, and potentially even after that.
While you might have the temptation to splurge on maternity clothes, it's even better when you can find affordable, stylish options. If you want to make your own pieces work, look in your closet for skirts with elastic waistbands, oversized sweaters, and maxi dresses. Empire waist dresses also make especially good options- and can also be great to wear later while breastfeeding.
There are plenty of fabrics and styles that may give you the room you need! You may even want to consider doing a clothing swap or seeing if a recently pregnant friend might have some clothes that would work for you.
If you do need to buy, you can find cheap maternity clothing at locales like H&M, Target, Motherhood Maternity, and Old Navy. Several consignment stores feature maternity clothes, so look into those. Another option if you want a bit more flexibility is to simply buy oversized clothes in a size larger than usual. That way, you can wear them with your postpartum body if you don't bounce back right away.
Keeping your maternity purchases simple with a few great basics you can mix and match will help you stay within your budget. But be sure you have at least one special maternity top or dress that makes you feel especially gorgeous, even if it's a bit of a splurge! When the rest of your body is changing and growing, it's important to make sure you have some great pieces that make you feel great about your body.
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There’s often so much to do before the baby comes that it’s easy to forget about maternity clothes. Whether you decide to invest or not, the right pieces can be affordable and dress you in style. Do you have any tips for maternity clothing hacks? Share them with other expectant mothers in our comments. With nine months of pregnancy to get through, there’s no sense not having a few pieces you’ll love!