When to buy maternity clothes
Of course, your most obvious physical change in the second trimester is that increased expansion of your uterus—meaning the baby is growing, and you’re expanding in size to accommodate it. Up until now, you probably haven’t had to put on maternity clothes, perhaps only loosening your belt a little. This is the time to break out the new clothes. As you gain weight during this trimester, it will all seem to go to your fast-disappearing, former waistline, now slightly resembling a beach ball.
Comfort is the watchword in pregnancy.Try to stay one step ahead of your growing size by buying clothes that are slightly too big so that you will always have something comfortable to wear.
Apart from the fact that you won’t see your feet for a while, and that, for a couple of months, you’ll know how it feels to be a beached whale – you’ll need to re-think your wardrobe.
I’m no fashion guru, but I do understand how pregnancy and a desire to look good can sometimes seem mutually exclusive. Maternity clothing has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years and there are lots of lovely, stylish brands around. Trouble is, they can be pricey and, since you only need them for a couple of months at a time, not very cost effective. So you might have to be a bit creative – especially if you need to look good for work. Here are a few tips:
- When to start wearing maternity clothes, Look in the racks of maternity clothes for ideas and make a note of the way they allow for expansion with elasticated inserts and velcro strips, for example.You can use the same techniques to adapt your existing wardrobe.
- Front hems on maternity dresses tend to be 2.5cm (1 in) longer than usual, so if you make your own or buy a non maternity dress, check you have the extra fabric in the hem.
- See if there is anything in your partner’s wardrobe that you might borrow, for example, a sweater or a shirt.
- Replace elastic in a waistband with a drawstring.
- Loose-fitting jackets (see Best sell maternity jackets reviews), shawls, fleeces and A-line coats are the best cover-ups.
- Choose natural fabrics such as cotton, wool or silk, which are much more comfortable than synthetics, particularly in hot weather. (see summer maternity dresses reviews)
- Wear layers for comfort – along, shirt over a T-shirt, for example – so that if you get too hot you can easily remove the top layer. (see Best sell dresses for pregnant women reviews)
- Big prints and wide stripes tend to make you look larger, whereas plain colours are more subtle.
- Stretch fabrics are comfortable but avoid clingy materials. (see chiffon maternity dress reviews)
- For a special occasion or if you need to look smart for work, try drop-waisted dresses or suits with long-line jackets.( see maternity dresses for special occasions reviews)
- On the beach wear a sarong or just a large T-shirt. Maternity swimwear is now both comfortable and stylish (see maternity swimsuits reviews).
- A layered skirt with an elasticated or drawstring waistline can be worn under the armpits as a sundress (see sundress maternity reviews), then pulled down and worn with a pretty top to make a versatile summer outfit.
- when to buy maternity clothes, To cut the cost when buying a special outfit, visit shops that specialize in nearly new maternity clothes.