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Staying Stylish During Your Pregnancy

By Jeana Lee Tahnk

It's amazing how much maternity styles have changed over the past few years. When I was pregnant with my first, there weren't nearly as many fashionable choices as there are now. Luckily, I worked from home at the time, so my standard "uniform" of jeans, some type of maternity shirt and a sweatshirt (I'm cold all the time) were completely acceptable for sitting in front of a computer all day. I purchased a lot of basics including black pants, jeans, a few nice tops and a few solid-color long-sleeve shirts that could be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion.

The end of my first pregnancy was also during the fall/winter time frame, so it was easy to wear bigger, non-maternity sweaters I had and get bundled under vests and coats each day.

When I was pregnant with my third baby, things were a little more difficult. I was working in an office and, being the frugal person that I am, I really didn't want to go out and spend a lot of money on maternity clothes that I would only wear for a few months. I was lucky because I didn't have to go into the office every day and could recycle clothes, but I sympathize with women who have to wear different clothes every day.

Luckily, I held onto a lot of those basics, such as the black pants and solid-color shirts, and used jewelry to change the look. You'd be surprised at how much the right accessories can completely transform an outfit. Besides, all pregnant women should get a free pass to wear the same outfits more frequently than normal.

I found a nice pair of black pants or a black skirt can go a really long way in maternity wear and are definitely worth the purchase. Add a few basics and nice tops to the mix and, voila! instant maternity wardrobe. I also was able to find stretchy, non-maternity clothes that could fit snugly around my belly (in a cute, not inappropriate way), so that I could wear them again post-baby and increase the shelf life of the items.

There are so many options now for maternity wear, but with a few basics and a flair for accessorizing, you don't have to go out and get an entire new wardrobe. Save the money for a nice new outfit you'll get for yourself after the baby comes and will be able to wear for longer than two months.

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