It’s a special time in your life and you want to look your best. When you are buying maternity clothes it is vital they are comfortable.
Each pregnancy is different and each person is different. There’s a number of buzz words out there about ‘maternity essentials’ but this can vary between each pregnant mom.
Someone may tell you to buy 2 pairs of maternity leggings and stretchy maternity jeans because they lived in them but this may or may not suit you.
Whilst you want to look and feel great during your pregnancy, here are some tips that are important when buying maternity clothes and to ensure they last throughout your pregnancy and beyond.
1.What season is it (currently and when you’re due)?
Yes, that’s a very cute babydoll cheesecloth maternity dress and would look great on someone who is 8 and a half months pregnant, but will you be at maximum pregnancy term in the peak of summer or will it be mid autumn?
You may find a perfect winter all season jacket also but you may also be better to steal your husband’s for 6 weeks instead of forking out. Also, would you be more likely to be using a jacket as such, or maybe stay indoors whilst there’s a blizzard.
HOT TIP: Have a think about how big you are going to be and what the temp is likely to be. This will help determine when to buy maternity clothes.
2. What’s your personal style?
Think of your usual style and your favorite pieces in your wardrobe. Try to repurchase these but in a maternity version.
You’ll be more comfortable than attempting to step out in athletic wear if you’re not used to wearing it in public.
How you buy your everyday clothes will be similar to how to buy maternity clothing. There are brands out there that have taken the guesswork out of this equation.
Do you like to wear things tighter? Short? Looser? Drapey?
Don’t go for a clingy maternity tank if you’ve never worn Lycra before. If you don’t like wearing dresses then don’t start now. The same goes for tops, sleeves, V-neck, jeans etc.
HOT TIP: Work out a few key pieces and accessorize around these. Remember that you are only pregnant for 9 months and only showing for about 4-5…. Choose pieces that can double as nursing clothing to save you $$$ in the future.
3. What are you going to be doing? What’s the function?
If you are going to continue to work in an office right up until your due date, you might not need 4 pairs of pregnancy jeans. Work out what you will be doing for the next 10-11 months and purchase accordingly.
HOT TIP: Remember that it will take some time to get back to your pre-baby weight so be ready to keep wearing some of your pregnancy clothing after you have your baby.
HOT TIP 2: Will you be wearing that top after you’ve had your baby? Do you plan to breastfeed?
4. What sort of pregnancy underwear?
This is where it gets a little bit tricky but we’ve taken the guesswork out to help you stay supported and comfortable.
0-3 months pregnant: Choose a soft, stretchy and supportive non-wired bra for this stage as your breasts can increase up to 3 cups sizes and can be rather painful.
3-8 months pregnant: Any well designed nursing bra will be fine for you at this stage from flexible wires to soft cup bras with 6 hooks and eyes for greater support and extension as not much growth occurs but your ribcage will be expanding.
8-9 months pregnant: Your ribcage will be at its widest so if you are buying a bra, buy the band size smaller (and cup size bigger) as you ribcage will dramatically reduce after you’ve had your baby.
Bonus information:Your breast size at this stage will most likely be your nursing cup size in stage 5.
HOT TIP: Practice one handed unlatching your bra cup for feeding when you are pregnant.
0-4 weeks post pregnancy / breastfeeding: Your breast will be at their maximum size, weight and tenderness due to the milk production required. Your seamless bra will also come in handy here from your first 3 months of pregnancy.
5. Assess your body, breasts, belly and weight
If you are one of the 10% of women that only gets a belly and this pops straight out in front of you, then you will not have many size jumps when purchasing for your pregnancy.
All women experience some weight gain, which can vary.
It’s best to try garments on before you buy them and sometimes this is not just with a pillow on your belly. Not only is your belly growing but your hip bones are expanding to accommodate your belly, your organs are being pushed towards your spine, your boobs are getting bigger and are tender, your ribcage is unlocking and to top it all off your feet are swelling and your ankles are pulsing under the added pressure.
HOT TIP: Try to only buy items as they are required, as you may be disappointed and this can also become a costly exercise. Not only may they not fit you in size but also they may not suit you and your belly either.
6. What sort of shoes?
If you always wear stilettos, now is the time to go for some flats. Try to wear only leather or natural fibers, as these will grow better with your swelling feet.
HOT TIP: Add some comfy gel inner soles to your usual shoes and exchange the laces for elastics instead.
Basically have some fun and wear what suits you, your size, your style and is comfortable.