Pregnancy brings many changes to your body.Even before your bump becomes visible, you will find that buttons aren’t fastening as easily, and waistbands are getting a bit too snug. But don't go on a massive maternity shopping spree without following these simple tips for building a pregnancy wardrobe that won’t bust your budget.
Focus on basics.
Leggings, camis and t-shirts can grow and stretch with you throughout your pregnancy and will inevitably become staples of your maternity wardrobe. While it may be tempting to simply go up a size or two, true maternity clothes may be more flattering in the long run. They provide the extra fabric to expand where necessary without adding bulk all over. Stock up on neutral colors that you can mix and match through every trimester.
Don’t forget what you already own.
Cardigans, drawstring lounge pants, tunics and empire-waist dresses can help fill out your maternity closet for most of your pregnancy. Layering maternity basics under your regular clothes can stretch your wardrobe options for work and weekends.
Invest in high-quality maternity bras.
It’s tempting to skimp on bras since you may go through many sizes during and after your pregnancy – but don’t! Good pregnancy bras are made of fabrics that breathe and stretch while offering more support for your changing breasts. Get measured by a professional and find a couple of bras that feel comfortable since you may even want to sleep in them!
Accessorize to add style.
Jewelry can go a long way in styling a maternity look. Spice up your outfits with trendy, affordable pieces, like statement necklaces and bangles. Fun accessories can especially come in handy at the end of your pregnancy when shopping for new clothing becomes difficult.
Ditch the stilettos.
Unless you’re a reality TV star, it’s practically impossible – and completely impractical – to balance your growing bump atop four-inch heels on a daily basis. Opt for flats, low square-heeled boots or low wedges that provide cushioned support for your feet and body. Your legs and lower back will thank you at the end of the day. Your feet may also expand during pregnancy, so be sure to buy shoes with some give or try open-toed shoes to let your feet spread out.
Maternity clothes can be fashionable, fun and within budget – so enjoy this time and show off that bump!