It’s difficult to feel fashion-forward when you’ve got a bun in the oven. When your back is aching, the heartburn is rising in your chest and all you want to do is lie in a hot bath for a few days, fashion is probably the last thing on your list of priorities. Silly as it may seem, dressing yourself well can make you feel more like yourself again, and will help you to maintain your confidence all the way up to 40 weeks.
Seek Out Maternity Wear
Some moms-to-be opt to wear their normal clothing for as long as possible during their pregnancy, and then buy a few new things in a larger size once their bump has expanded far enough. Although this strategy can certainly be budget-friendly and straightforward, it probably won’t leave you with a very flattering maternity wardrobe. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t scout around non-maternity stores for fashionable pieces that fit comfortably over your bump and look great, too- it’s always worth a try!
Maternity clothes are specially designed to flatter and make the best of pregnant bodies- they show off your bump while emphasizing your newfound cleavage, and are made with the necessary stretch to keep you comfortable through the third trimester. Normal clothes in a bigger size will often leave you looking larger than you are
If you are on a tight budget, there are ways to find maternity clothes that won’t break the bank. Buying fashionable maternity clothing new from retailers can be very pricy, so we recommend shopping around before you invest. Websites like eBay, Gumtree and Freecycle often have second-hand maternity clothes available from other moms at a discounted price. You can also ask around amongst family and friends who have also been pregnant- they’re likely to have old maternity clothes that they’re happy to lend you for a few months.
Pregnancy is the one time that you can really get away with showing off your curves without feeling overly body conscious. Make the most of your bump with slim fitting, tighter fabrics that hug your figure and enhance the areas you’re proud of. Your legs will automatically look slimmer next to your growing bump, so wear stretchy skinny jeans, leggings and tight fitting trousers to balance out your body.
When you’re tired and pregnant, throwing together a cute ensemble can feel like a lot of effort. On those days when you really don’t have the energy, focus on accessories instead. Wear your favorite necklace, some pretty bangles and your best handbag and let your accessories show off your personal style for the time being.
Buy The Necessities
You don’t need to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe when you’re pregnant. You will only really need a few items- invest in these maternity items and you’ll look stylish and chic throughout your pregnancy: