Less than 12 weeks into my pregnancy my pants were snug and a little bump was beginning to form. It happens at different stages for every pregnant woman. Some women show early, like I did, and for some it takes longer. Regardless of when it happens be assured it will happen. You will realize that your regular clothes no longer fit and that my fellow mommas-to be- is a sad, sad, day.
But don’t despair, maternity fashion has come a LONG, LONG, way. So take being pregnant as an opportunity to flaunt your growing belly. It’s the one time in your life when a big tummy is socially acceptable so don’t be afraid to show it off. Unfortunately, showing off the bump and building a pregnancy wardrobe can be expensive but it doesn’t have to be. Here is what I did to manage the cost.
- Invest in denim – My initial splurge item was a pair of Citizen’s maternity jeans (I ordered mine from Amazon). I wore them throughout my pregnancy and felt stylish and chic every single time. Jeans are available at every price point from a range of stores but in my opinion if you invest in a good pair of jeans you will be happy through out your pregnancy.
- Get the basics (and get them at Target). Right after the maternity jeans, my next purchases were t-shirts and tank tops from the maternity section at Target. The t-shirts and tanks are soft and stretchy, perfect for your changing body. Oh, and they are very reasonably priced. I bought a white, black and grey tank and a black and white t-shirt. These five items paired with almost everything. Secret – I might keep wearing them after pregnancy they are that great.
- Leggings – My favorite pair of leggings are the Hue leggings at Nordstrom. They sell a maternity version but I just bought the regular version. While I saved my leggings for the third trimester they are wearable throughout as they are soft, comfy and give lots of room for your expanding belly.
- Maxi Dresses – Whomever invited the maxi dress had pregnant women in mind. They are comfortable and open which helps in the more uncomfortable stages of pregnancy. Remember, you don’t need a maternity maxi dress but you might need one a size larger than your normal size. Get a couple, you won’t regret it.
- Regular clothes in bigger sizes – I won’t be pregnant forever but I may be a bit larger than I want to be for more than just nine months. With that in mind I bought a few stylish pieces on sale at Nordstrom Rack one size bigger than my regular size and couldn’t be happier. I also bought a dress from the Women’s Plus section at Target and it was ADORABLE. These pieces will not only serve me during my pregnancy but should work in the months thereafter when I am trying to get back to my normal weight.
- Bra extenders – Most of the first and second trimester, I thought I needed new bras but then I discovered bra extenders at Target and my world changed. I just added these to my existing bras and voila they fit my growing chest perfectly. New nursing bras are needed before baby arrives but the advice I received was to wait until week 37 to purchase as your breasts will continue to grow until baby arrives and thereafter.
- And if you still need to splurge, like I did, find a maternity clothing boutique and indulge yourself. I found Mom’s The Word in Palo Alto, CA. They have adorable clothes and everything felt soft and fabulous on my skin. From there I purchased two body hugging maternity dresses and a couple of tops that will work during pregnancy and while I am breastfeeding. I also did a splurge on a maternity pencil skirt from Nordstrom that worked great when I needed business professional attire.
To sum it up some splurge items are not only okay but are very needed to make you feel fabulous (like denim and one or two body hugging style dresses) but focus on the basics (t-shirts, tanks, leggings) in wearable colors at reasonable prices. Try to buy regular clothes in a size larger so you can keep wearing them after pregnancy and don’t forget to go shopping in your own closet to find wearable pieces you can pair with your new tanks and tees.
Happy shopping mommas-to-be.