Shopping for clothes is hard enough, getting the right size, the right length and the right fit can be difficult. However, shopping for a growing belly can be another beast. There are many things to consider like, the size of your belly and also the sudden weight gain. You may even feel that clothes which used to look good on you, suddenly don’t even if they, sort of, fit. During my first pregnancy, I really had no idea what to do. Now, I follow these tips that I’ve learned through the years.
1. Don’t buy maternity. A lot of women believe that they first have to head to the maternity section to find the right fit for clothing. However, many of the clothes I specifically bought for my pregnancy were not maternity clothes. This can easily be done by choosing slightly over-sized tops and breathable bottoms. The rule is to try it on and see if it offers enough room to accommodate for a full sized belly.
2. Avoid stiff material. As your body changes, you will find yourself getting more and more uncomfortable. You may still want to dress with some style however, it’s important to remember that comfort comes first. Avoid jeans, pants and tight skirts, even if they are maternity. Your skin will want to breathe in the upcoming months and uncomfortable clothes can add to the pain. Purchase soft cotton material clothing that allow for a lot of air flow and comfort.
3. When in doubt, buy elastic. Let’s face it, maternity clothing is difficult to find and I’ve even had trouble with the maternity wear that I’ve purchased in the past. So if you find yourself with a lack of supply, just buy elastic. Elastic waist pants and skirts can really accomodate a growing belly. However, in my experience, the large elastic bands that come with maternity bottoms are really uncomfortable and fall down, so avoid those, if you can.
4. Buy comfortable shoes. Believe me, this is probably the most important tip. Your body will put on more weight around areas such as your groin and your legs. So it’s important to support those. I walked and worked a lot during all of my pregnancies and the only way I could have done so is by wearing comfortable shoes. Also, during the later stages of pregnancy, you may not easily be able to bend down. So getting comfortable shoes you can just slip on is vital.
5. When really in doubt, wear dresses. You really can’t go wrong with a simple cotton dress. They are lightweight, allow air flow and are good for any occasion. Also, you don’t have to go to the maternity section to find a good fit. Simply buy a few sizes up to accomodate and you’re good to go. For my last pregnancy, I was usually a size medium in dresses but I purchased L and XL and they fit fine,