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Staying Stylish During Your Pregnancy

By Jeana Lee Tahnk

It's amazing how much maternity styles have changed over the pastfew years. When I was pregnant with my first, there weren't nearly asmany fashionable choices as there are now. Luckily, I worked from homeat the time, so my standard "uniform" of jeans, some type of maternityshirt and a sweatshirt (I'm cold all the time) were completelyacceptable for sitting in front of a computer all day. I purchased a lotof basics including black pants, jeans, a few nice tops and a fewsolid-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 timeframe, so it was easy to wear bigger, non-maternity sweaters I had andget bundled under vests and coats each day.

When I was pregnant with my third baby, things were a little moredifficult. I was working in an office and, being the frugal person that Iam, I really didn't want to go out and spend a lot of money onmaternity clothes that I would only wear for a few months. I was luckybecause I didn't have to go into the office every day and could recycleclothes, but I sympathize with women who have to wear different clothesevery day.

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

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

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



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