My 6 Pregnancy Wardrobe Essentials
I can't believe my pregnancy is almost over - already! I am
entering the final stretch of my last pregnancy, and it has been quite
an interesting ride. This pregnancy has not only been different in how I
feel, but the way my bump is growing. How I am showing has been quite
different this time around, as well. It wasn't something I had expected
since I had grown and dressed 3 full-term bellies before, and this
change in shape has meant I have had to look at my maternity closet a
little differently as well.
So, how am I carrying differently? It's strange that I am, like I
said, because I have carried both a boy and two girls and old wives'
tales say that the gender of the baby determines how you show. Not in my
case - not this time. It took a lot longer for my pregnancy to show
this time around. I have a feeling it's because there was a lot more
time between my last full-term pregnancy and this one compared to the
last times around. I didn't start showing until about 22 weeks compared
to 16 weeks previously, and my bump is a lot more round - like a
basketball - this time, too.
These changes have brought with it some great perks and some
challenges along the way. One of the challenges being that I am unable
to rely on the maternity wardrobe I stocked up on for my last three
children - I had to start my wardrobe all over again. My pants from last
time around were too big and would just fall right off my hips without a
belly to hold them in, and because of the super-round shape of my
belly, the shirts I owned all caused the bottom part of my stomach to
hang out, which isn't a cute look for me.
One of the perks is getting to shop all over again, and the biggest
bonus has been that I have been able to wear the same wardrobe from
early first trimester into late third trimester. With my high bump, I
have also been lucky to be able to use some of my non-maternity wardrobe
staples, which has saved me money, and I am still comfortable with a
I don't have to dress up for an office, so my wardrobe essentials may
look a little different than what you need for office wear, but if
you're a stay-at-home parent, work-from-home parent, or are able to wear
casual clothing to work, your closet may look similar to mine. So, what
has been in my pregnancy wardrobe this time around?
A Support Tank: Not only is a support tank good for
any back pain caused by your larger breasts and bigger belly, but a
support tank works to hold up your pants when you need to wear them
unbuttoned and keeps your lower belly covered in case a shirt gets a
little too small.
My choice for this pregnancy: Maternity Underbust High-Performance Belly Support Tank by BLANQI, $68 - a bit spendy, but if you wear it regularly, you'll get your money's worth.
Comfortable Nursing Bra: My breasts are sizeable
under normal circumstances and, during pregnancy, they can get a little
unpredictable. I like to have a bra that grows with me and will give me
and my back the support I need without causing any pain. It may seem a
little strange to wear a nursing bra already, but I find they are
usually the best to take me from maternity to postpartum and with the
price-point, it feels as if I'm getting my money's worth. It can be
difficult to find bras that support a larger bust during pregnancy
without wires, so they can be comfortably worn at anytime - day or night
- but they do exist!
My choice for this pregnancy: ECLIPSE Nursing Bra by HotMilk Lingerie, $57.95
Maxi Dresses: One of the best things about maxi
dresses is, not only are they crazy comfortable, but they are a
forgiving shape, so you don't need to spend extra money on a maternity
version. They are perfect for the summer heat and can be dressed up for
fall weather or any occasion.
My choice for this pregnancy: Women's Cross-Front Maxi Sweater Dresses (in petite) by Old Navy, $46.96
Solid Maternity Tops and Tees: Those great t-shirts
that look great dressed up with accessories or perfectly paired with a
great pair of jeans can be a useful staple in your wardrobe - they have
been in mine. They're usually not too expensive, so you can always get a
larger size if your belly grows. If not, just be sure to wear your
support tank underneath, and you're all set.
My choice for this pregnancy: Short-Sleeve V-Neck Basic Tee by Liz Lange for Target, $9.99
Light Sweaters: I am not a fan of having my arms
exposed - just something that makes me feel a little self-conscious -
but I don't want to sweat in the summer weather or freeze in the fall
cold, so a light sweater is the perfect wardrobe edition for me. The
great thing about a light cardigan is that you typically don't need to
get a maternity style, and you can check in your current wardrobe for
what you're looking for. I just happened to find a maternity style one
that I believe will work just fine in the postpartum period, and it's
served me quite well, so far, in this pregnancy.
My choice for this pregnancy: Long-Sleeve, Open-Front Cardigan by Motherhood Maternity, $39.98
Non-maternity or maternity jeans: I have been so
lucky in this pregnancy to get away with wearing non-maternity pants. I
have never had this before, so if you're not able to button your
non-maternity jeans comfortably, investing in a comfortable pair of
maternity jeans is a great staple in your maternity wardrobe. If you're
carrying high like I am, and you can get away with wearing regular pants
(unbuttoned may work using your support tank to hold them up), it's a
great way to make use of your current clothes, and you're less likely to
grow tired of one pair of pants.
My choice for this pregnancy: The Rockstar Demi-Boot Jeans by Old Navy, $34.94
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