We are in the home stretch of my pregnancy, only a few more weeks to go! Putting together this blog post was like a walk down memory lane from the last 8 months. My maternity style consisted of a mix of thrifted finds and new pieces from trendy maternity lines from popular retailers.
Dressing for pregnancy was definitely more of a challenge than I expected. I'm not gonna lie, I definitely had days were I just felt so uncomfortable and all I wanted to wear was leggings and an oversized sweatshirt. But with some creativity and trial and error I found some staple pieces that I wore over and over again. Fair warning, this is not a cutesy style roundup. It's the real nitty and gritty facts about my experiences. I hope that you will find my story informative and relatable because let's be real, pregnancy isn't always a walk in the park.
Top 10 Maternity Wardrobe Staples
1. Denim Jacket - I gained a lot of weight in my arms during my pregnancy and I didn't like how they looked exposed. Throwing a denim jacket over pretty much any outfit was an easy way to tie the outfit together and give me more coverage. It's also great because you probably already have one and you can continue to use it long after your pregnancy ends.
2. Maternity Rompers - These are both a blessing and a curse. I have a really hard time with any pressure on my belly, it would give me an uncomfortable cramping feeling. Maternity rompers are great because they don't have a waist band, but the downside is you have to pretty much strip every time you use the restroom (which is a lot!).
3. Maternity Leggings - One piece of advise many moms gave me was that I could wear my regular leggings with a stretchy waistband well into my pregnancy. Well everyone's body is different and unfortunately I had to ditch my non-maternity leggings after about 8 weeks because I wouldn't stand the waistband pressure on my belly. I do highly recommend investing in maternity leggings that have the full belly band. These have saved my life on several occasions when I was so uncomfortable and I couldn't bring myself to wear anything else. Spanx has a great selection of quality maternity leggings and non-chaffing shorts.
4. Comfortable Shoes - While my feet didn't actually begin to swell until the last month, I did have a general "achy" feeling in my feet for most of my pregnancy. I found that I wore my most comfortable shoes over and over again, particularly ones with arch support and no heel. Save the sexy shoes for your hot mama outfits!
5. Maternity Gowns - I highly suggest investing in a maternity photoshoot to document the moment. Pregnancy comes and goes in a flash and I know your little one will want to see photos when they grow up. Nowadays they make all kinds of "maternal goddess" gowns in many styles. From frilly lace to minimal elegance, there's a maternity gown out there for everyone. See my full maternity photos planning guide, including a maternity gown shopping guide.
6. Full Bodied Underwear - If your body is anything like mine, you can kiss your sexy panties goodbye for the next 9 months. My hips and butt grew significantly and my big bump made it difficult to even keep my underwear in place. The more body hugging fabric the better, and stick to natural fibers like cotton. You'll thank me later! Shop these favorite maternity intimates.
7. Fitted Maternity Shift Dresses - These maternity dresses are great versatile pieces because they can be worn as is or layered with other pieces. I wore mine under jackets, cardigans and tops. If you're in the mood to show off your bump in this dress, be prepared for a lot of friendly comments and questions from strangers. People love pregnant women!
8. Flowy Maxi Dresses - This style of dress is a fun one to shop for because it doesn't have to necessarily be made for maternity and you can wear it for many years to come. The comfortable style will make a great postpartum outfit when you're not quite ready to fit into your pre-pregancy clothes.
9. Maternity Jeans - A pair of well-fitting maternity jeans is a tricky thing to find and it's a bit of a process. Many women will tell you to get the elastic band or the button clip so you can continue to wear your non-maternity jeans. This did not work for me, at 6 weeks I was already extremely bloated and my regular jeans were way too uncomfortable. For the first half of my pregnancy I bought maternity jeans that had a 3 inch stretchy waistband. Eventually my belly got too big and it made the band flip down which made them difficult to keep them up on my hips. I found that the jeans with the inserted elastic side panels were the cutest but they never stayed in place and I was constantly pulling them up. I then graduated to a full belly band which worked well. I had to size up two sizes in jeans to allow for all the extra weight I was putting on.
10. Maternity Tank Tops - In the beginning of my pregnancy I thought I could get away with wearing my longer tanks but I quickly learned that was a rookie mistake. They were constantly riding up over my belly and before I knew it my whole stomach was exposed. It's not a cute look, trust me! The best maternity tanks are long and fitted with think fabric. You want ones with the side ruching so they stay in place and provide belly support.
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