Your baby certainly has plenty of gear. Now it’s your turn. Shower yourself with Mom-approved stuff that will make those first few postpartum weeks fly by.
You don’t have to get a whole new wardrobe during your pregnancy—just expand the one you have. Literally!
Keep it snug. "Don't be afraid to show off your baby bump in tops that are getting tight on you," says Susan Lazar, a maternity designer whose Egg Maternity and Egg Baby lines are sold in stores around the country. "Fitted clothes that highlight the silhouette are better than loose clothes—you look more sleek."
Love your leggings. "You can get away with a lot in a good pair of black leggings and a large sweater on top," says Lisa Steckler, a mom of three in Needham, Massachusetts. "They’re the most chic, and comfy, pregnancy pants." Pull on cute boots and you’re good to go.
Belt it out. "It looks chic to take a large t-shirt, cinch it above your bump with a belt, and wear an open cardigan over it," says Alexandra Suzanne Greenawalt, a New York City stylist who works on photo shoots for magazines like Elle and In Style. "You can basically belt anything that opens in the front, like a button-down shirt worn over a tank, for a more refined look."
Go for a belly band. This inexpensive, wide piece of elastic extends the life of your regular jeans and pants. As your stomach grows, you leave the button of your bottoms open and just slide the band over them to keep them in place. Way better than safety pins.
Think jackets. "For the office, I wear my large-size or maternity shirts layered under my usual jackets and cardigans," says Alice Chan, an expectant mom in Washington, D.C. "Of course, I can’t button them, but I look more professional than if I just wore the shirts by themselves."
Go sporty. Your bump isn’t the only thing that gets bigger during pregnancy. Give your growing (and growing) breasts extra support by wearing a sports bras instead of regular bras. Only you will know!
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