Everyone loves to get excited about bringing a new face into the family. But pregnancy also brings the most substantial changes to your body you’re ever likely to see.
According to the stats, 10% to 20% of women suffer from perinatal depression. It’s not just the hormones, either. Feeling self-conscious about how you look plays a significant role in how pregnancy goes for you.
Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t look fabulous. So let’s dive into how to spice things up when looking for maternity clothes.
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Don’t Go Big
Watching your belly grow can be disconcerting, especially if this is your first time. The natural instinct when watching this is to go big and baggy.
The truth is that opting for big, baggy clothes that float over the largest part of your body will only make you look bigger. Oversized shirts for pregnant ladies aren’t a good look. It demonstrates a lack of confidence, and you’re not fooling anyone.
You’re making yourself look larger than you are. Embrace your pregnancy by saying no to the clothes that are three sizes too big. Instead, choose some modest maternity dresses, and don’t be afraid to show off the outline of your belly. Be proud of your bump.
Check Out Your Wardrobe
Newbies to the world of pregnancy mistakenly believe they have to buy a new wardrobe when that’s not always the case. So rather than throwing away your existing closet, look at what can work with your new figure.
Here are some tips for pre-pregnancy clothes that can still look good after you receive the happy news:
- Do you have any tops that you thought were too long for you? They’re perfect pregnancy clothes that’ll fit right now.
- Keep anything made of Lycra or Spandex, as they’ll stretch to fit your new body.
- Choose bottoms with stretchy waistbands.
- Low-rise waist items like leggings, skirts, and yoga pants can still work during pregnancy.
- Got any vests, blazers, cardigans, or jackets? They’ll fit any size.
Try them on. Remember, your body will constantly change throughout your pregnancy. Some clothes will work for the first trimester but may not work for the third.
Spend Big on Maternity Jeans
Maternity jeans are notoriously tricky to find. They may fit well for an hour or two only to feel uncomfortable after a few hours. Others will sag too much. Some will look awkward in the front or behind.
Some women prefer under-belly jeans, and others prefer full-belly panel jeans. The right jeans are a matter of personal preference.
Great fitting maternity jeans will make you feel confident, strong, and beautiful. Unfortunately, quality maternity jeans cost. If you’re going to splurge on one item, this is the one.
Don’t be afraid to go to the store to try them on in person. Your body is hard to measure during pregnancy, and buying online is always a risk when you’re not quite sure what your new size is.
Invest in the Staples
Every girl needs a few staples that can be thrown on easily. Opt for some t-shirts and tank tops in different colors. If you’re enduring a cold winter while pregnant, you may even want a stretchy turtleneck sweater to keep you warm.
Choose a black knee-length maternity skirt if you’re into dresses. But, again, try not to make them too full or baggy to avoid looking bigger than you are.
Maternity staples don’t need to be expensive. Heading to Gap or Target will give you every staple you need on one trip.
Accessorize for Success
Accessories are always a girl’s best friend, which doesn’t change when it comes to pregnancy. Clever use of accessories can make you look like you spent hours on your outfit that morning.
Now is the ideal time to start if you’ve never been big into accessories. A simple necklace, a daring pair of flats, or a brightly colored neon handbag are all ways to be pregnant and fashionable simultaneously.
What’s more, accessories are much cheaper than purchasing an entire wardrobe. So it’s also a great way to save money.
Parents-to-be tend to get a little crazy. You’re excited and emotional, and you want to treat yourself. As a result, some women have spent hundreds of dollars on clothes that may last only a trimester or two.
It doesn’t make sense to break the bank on clothes you may never wear again after giving birth. Even if you get pregnant again, wearing these clothes may only happen for a few extra months. So consider your pregnancy clothes disposable.
Mothers who have already given birth to their little bundles of joy often sell their clothes on Craig’s List, eBay, or even take them to a thrift store. It’s an opportunity to access a more comprehensive selection of brands at a fraction of the price.
Shop around a little and save your money. Maternity clothes are rarely the targets for sales, so this is a great way to reduce your pregnancy spending.
What are You Going to Be Doing?
The final piece of advice is to consider your lifestyle. Pregnancy will likely slow you down, but it doesn’t mean you have to spend the next nine months sitting in a chair.
If you’re more active and sportier, opt for stretchy yoga pants and tops so you can still do a little exercise. On the other hand, women who spend most of their days sitting in the office may want to think more about stretchy skirts.
No two pregnancies are the same, like no two women are the same. Think about the practical side of your pregnancy. What activities will you likely be doing, and which clothing items best suit you?
Pregnancy doesn’t have to mean nine months of feeling frumpy and unattractive. Instead, take pride in your bump and the beginning of a new phase of your life.
Following these tips will empower you to look great, feel comfortable, and live your life to its fullest while you wait for the big day.
What pregnancy clothes have caught your eye?