You’re pregnant, congratulations! Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get down to the heart of the article: what to wear while pregnant. Not only are you eating for two, but you’re soon going to be dressing for two. If you don’t want to look like a circus tent, you’ve got to pay attention to how you’re dressing yourself. Strange things will soon start to happen to your pregnant body, but the way you dress doesn’t have to be one of them. Here are five tips to help you dress your growing body:
The Breakdown: What to Wear While Pregnant
On certain occasions, you’ll want to wear a fun, printed T-shirt. Whether you’re heading to the mall or cleaning the house, cotton tees are one of the most comfortable things you can put on your body. Cotton gets softer the more you wash it and the more often you wear it, making it the perfect maternity material. Instead of buying kitschy clothing from the store, design your own. Designing your own shirt will let your creativity shine through!
If your addiction to Spanx rivals your addiction to chocolate, you don’t have to give your undergarments up simply because you’ve gotten pregnant. Many expectant mothers worry that shapewear will harm their infant, but you don’t need to worry; shapewear isn’t tight enough to harm your growing fetus. The key to wearing your Spanx is all in the way you use them. Your shapewear should be used to smooth out your lumps and bumps, not to try and hide your belly. In fact, the undergarments simply aren’t strong enough to hide your baby belly. What Spanx can do, however, is smooth out your thighs, keep your muffin top under control and hide that unsightly back fat that has magically appeared.
If you don’t want to see your photo on a “People of Walmart” posting, don’t wear clothes that look like they were made for someone three times your size. While there’s nothing wrong with wearing sweats and a giant shirt in the house, there is something definitely wrong with being seen in public in the ensemble. Look for clothes that are shaped for pregnant women. These clothes will draw attention to your new assets without making you look frumpy.
Whatever you do, do the world a favor and avoid the temptation to wear a sports bra in public. While you may have noticed breasts suddenly appear on your chest where none have lived before, a sports bra will only serve to give you the well-known and much-hated uniboob look. Show off your new cleavage with a properly fitting bra. In fact, you may just want to start investing in maternity bras and save yourself the hassle, especially if you plan on nursing your baby.
When you’re in your second and third trimesters, you’ll notice that your feet aren’t your own. It’s not unusual for pregnant women’s feet to swell one whole size. While you may be tempted to stuff your sausages into a pair of fuzzy slippers: don’t. Ballet flats in the proper size can be extremely comfortable and stylish at the same time. Believe it or not, even a pair of unlaced Converse or combat boots can look stylish and funky with a variety of outfits. Try to keep in mind how long you’ll be on your feet during the day and wear an appropriate pair of shoes; that’s shoes, not slippers.
Just because your body is growing at exponential rates, you don’t have to dress like you’ve lost all sense of style. By wearing supportive undergarments, a form-fitting outfit and a great pair of shoes, you can be as stylish during your pregnancy as you were before it.
Karen Boyarsky is an avid blogger. You can follow her on Twitter @Boyarsky_kareni.