If the thought of clothes shopping when you’re pregnant fills you with horror, don’t worry; It’s not all sailor collars, pussy bows and floral prints!
There was a time when all you had was a choice between baggy dungarees or chintzy smocks. Now, thanks to a spate of ‘celeb’ mums and manufacturers realising that pregnant women still love fashion and have money to spend – looking stylish with your bump is easily achievable.
Most women start to ‘show’ from 12 to 13 weeks onwards, so this is when you’ll probably want to start shopping for a few essentials. The chances are, you’ll have some basics in your wardrobe that will still be wearable during pregnancy.
If you’re happy to show your bump off, then stretchy vest tops and fitted tees will be fine for the first few months. Team them with under the bump jeans or a pair of drawstring khakis for a casual look. Or wear fashionable pant kameez or long skirts with kurta tops.
However, unless they are very stretchy, you may have to go up a size or two as your pregnancy progresses to accommodate what will almost certainly be an impressive increase in your bust size.
If you work in an environment where you need to look smart, there are a number of companies that specialise in business maternity clothes. However, most maternity wear companies sell a range of smart ‘basics’ that can be mixed and matched. For example, a black jersey wrap-over dress is great for most occasions. It can be worn on its own for a sophisticated look or over jeans when you want to be more casual.
Almost everything available on the high street is now replicated in maternity wear so you don’t have to change your style.
Despite what you may think, sexy maternity underwear does exist! So there is no reason why you shouldn’t make the most of your new curves.
For a start, your boobs will get bigger during pregnancy so a well fitting and comfortable bra is a must. You should get this properly fitted as it’s important that your breasts have good support and your back is protected from any extra strain.
Soft cup bras rather than underwired ones are best during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Cotton or microfible underwear will allow your skin to breathe which will help prevent itching.
Choose bikini-style pants as they will sit comfortably under your bump. You may also want to buy a few pairs of maternity tights to give your legs a bit of extra support.
Although stilettos may be beckoning, be warned; they are not good for you during pregnancy! There’s no denying that they are the obvious foxy choice for footwear, but you won’t feel particularly foxy if you end up with a dodgy back!
This doesn’t mean surgical sandals and sensible lace ups are the only option; a small heel is actually better for your back than a flat sole, so think kitten heels, low wedges and pumps.
And don’t forget, if you have to be sensible in style, you can always be a little more adventurous with colour and textiles.