Congratulations on your pregnancy! In the next few months, you’ll really need to take good care of yourself, both physically and mentally. After all, if mum is happy and healthy so will be the baby. You may not consider this at first, but the way you dress your baby bump also affects your mood and well-being. In that respect, it’s important to learn the best course of action clothing-wise as you’re expecting. The following tips can help you with that.
1. Don’t give up your style
If you’re really particular about your clothing style, you don’t have to say goodbye to it once the baby bump starts showing. This is especially true for the first months of pregnancy.
These days, there are plenty of maternity clothes choices, which means that you’ll definitely find something that matches your personal style as well. For instance, if you like to spend most of your time in jeans, you can easily get maternity jeans with an elastic waistband. If you like to look dressier, wrap-style dresses are perfect. Furthermore, don’t hesitate to wear your regular clothes for as long as they fit and feel comfortable. That way, you’ll also save some money for the baby essentials.
2. Embrace the form-fitting style
Once you get to your 6th or 7th month of pregnancy, your baby bump will get a lot bigger. But that doesn’t mean that you have to hide it. Of course, if you simply like the loose, flowy and breezy look, you do you. But if you find that baggy maternity clothes affect your confidence negatively, don’t be afraid to embrace the form-fitting cuts. Lycra is the ideal solution for moms-to-be, especially if you enjoy wearing form-fitting dresses. You’ll always look dressed up and put-together while the material will feel comfortable on your body and baby bump. Aside from dresses, longer shirts made of Lycra are also very comfy and stylish.
3. Tunics, cardigans, and leggings
If you want to look stylish and feel comfortable, matching different tunics with leggings is always a good move. After all, there’s a reason why this particular outfit style is so popular. All pregnant ladies can easily add their own personal touch to this combo that’s simply timeless.
If you fancy a more bohemian style, your tunics can be patterned and colorful. If you like a more classic approach to clothing, go with solid color tunics or simple patterns such as stripes. It would be best to go for leggings in one color though. Finally, if the weather is a bit cooler or if you just like layering, throw in a nice and flowy cardigan to the mix.
4. Comfortable underwear is a must
In order for your clothes to look good on your baby bump and for you to feel comfy and confident, you also need proper maternity underwear. This is especially important for the third trimester.
Maternity underwear is comfortable yet hugs the bump in all the right places. In the same fashion, comfortable maternity bras that offer proper support without painful straps or underwires are essential. That way, you won’t feel any discomfort and your clothes will sit nicely over your body.
5. Maxi skirts and dresses
Perfect for summer pregnancies, maxi dresses and skirts can look absolutely fabulous on your baby bump, especially if they’re cut just below the chest. First of all, maxi dresses and skirts are a very popular trend, which means that there are a ton of pattern choices available. In that respect, you can get comfort for the summer days without sacrificing your personal style. And if you like something a bit quirkier, asymmetrical hemlines may just be up your alley. Don’t hesitate to accessorize the way you usually like. Even though your baby bump is definitely the best accessory to have, jewelry, belts scarves and brooches can elevate your whole look quite effectively.
Remember, even if you’re frugal and trying to save more money for when the baby comes, you can still get a nice selection of maternity clothes at second-hand stores. Once you wash them, you can rock your clothing pieces however you see fit. Just like you probably would when you’re not pregnant, don’t hesitate to invest in quality pieces that are worth it and then build your wardrobe around those with more affordable items. Pay attention to the way clothes are made as well as the quality of the material. Sometimes, even the biggest discounts in already budget-friendly stores can get you some incredible deals.
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