How to choose stretchable tops during pregnancy

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Written by Arjun KR

Arjun KR

Stretchable pregnancy tops during pregnancy

Pregnancy causes a woman to “grow”. She gains weight and grows in size to accommodate the baby growing inside her. As the baby grows, the to-be mom gets bigger – not just around the abdomen area but many other areas too. The baby doesn’t need clothes, but the mom-to-be does! It is wiser to invest in comfortable stretchable tops rather than buying new clothes every few weeks.

What Are Stretchable Tops?

As the name suggests, these are tops that can stretch. They are made of elasticated fabric that expands to accommodate the person wearing it. Though it is not a “one size fits all” it can stretch much more than your regular tops made out of cotton or other rigid materials.

How Can Stretchable Tops Help During Pregnancy?

When you are pregnant, it is not just your abdomen that grows. Your breasts, hips, why even your shoulders can gain weight when you are pregnant. It can be quite complicated to buy clothing. At one point, when you buy a top that can fit in your very pregnant belly, it may be loose around the neck or shoulders, making the top look very ill-fitting.

If you buy a stretchable top when pregnant, it can help you in the following ways.

  • Fit: Stretchable tops can fit much better than the non-stretchable varieties when you are pregnant. Pregnancy can cause your body to grow disproportionately, which may not suit the standard clothing sizes. This can make it difficult for you to get clothes that don’t look a size too big or a size too small. Stretchable tops will stretch to fit your body well and make you look perfectly dressed.
  • Fabric: Stretchable fabrics are generally softer and lighter. Pregnancy can make your skin very sensitive. Some fabric can feel very stifling or even itchy on your sensitive pregnant skin. Stretchable tops can be comfortable in this aspect.
  • Expense: Buying the perfect fitting clothes when you are pregnant can be tricky. As you keep growing, buying newer clothes can quickly become an expensive affair. When you can use a few stretchable tops for a few months or throughout your pregnancy, you can save a lot on pregnancy clothing.
  • Stylish: When you wear the perfect fitting clothes, you can look stylish and put together, instantly. Pregnancy glow along with perfectly fitting clothes can make you look and feel very attractive. Many women feel they have to compromise on style during pregnancy, due to the lack of well-fitting clothes. Stretchable tops can remove this worry for you.
  • Mix ‘n’ Match: Your jeans and other regular bottoms won’t fit as your pregnancy progresses. You may have to opt for maternity pants or bottoms wear. With a stretchable top, you can mix ”n” match with various bottoms and wear a different outfit every time you step out. these tops are versatile and can be paired with many bottoms.

Which Stretchable Top Is Right For You?

A stretchable top is right for you if:

  • It fits well now and has room to expand more.
  • Feels soft and light on your skin.
  • Makes you feel comfortable and confident.
  • Does not leave you feeling constrained.
  • Offers support to your pregnant belly and not discomfort.

How To Choose The Best Stretchable Tops For Pregnancy

When you intend to buy maternity clothes, you realise you have too many choices. A stretchable top can save you a lot of money and trouble if you follow these tips.

  1. Check the sizes. Each brand has a different size chart. Always ask for the size chart and only decide.
  2. Try out the top to check if the shoulder fits you well. Since the material can expand, don’t worry about how well it fits around the tummy
  3. Remember the weather conditions around you. You can use this top for a few more months and the weather is bound to change. If winter is soon approaching, you may want to invest in a full-sleeved or a thicker top. Similarly, if the weather is bound to get warm, you can invest in lighter tops with shorter sleeves.
  4. Choose based on the intended usage of the top. Do you plan to use it during your day, at night or when you step out? You can find both loungewear as well as fancy tops in stretchable fabric.
  5. Some materials can cause your pregnant skin to itch. Check the material to see how it feels on your skin.
  6. Some tops, though stretchable around the body, may not be flexible around the head hole. Check if you can pull it on without much trouble; you don’t want to be heaving and struggling when you are pregnant.

Benefits Of Stretchable Tops During Pregnancy

There are many maternity clothing options for a pregnant woman to choose from. While they can be very attractive and comfortable, stretchable tops have their own set of benefits. Some of the benefits you can enjoy by investing in stretchable tops are

  1. They can expand to accommodate all parts of your torso, despite only certain parts gaining weight
  2. When your top is too tight-fitting or rigid, it can cause issues with your blood circulation, which is not safe during pregnancy. Stretchable tops won’t have this issue.
  3. You need not compromise on the fit and wear loose/ill-fitting clothes just because you don’t fit into the regular sizes
  4. You don’t have to try out clothing to buy every few weeks (it can be quite difficult to stand in a store’s changing room and try out tops especially when you are pregnant).
  5. The fabric will stretch and not cause any marks on the skin.
  6. You can team them up with pants, skirts, or even shorts – stretchy tops will look nice with a variety of bottoms.
  7. They can hug your pregnant tummy, offer a little support, and also make that pregnant belly look attractive.
  8. You can look very stylish despite being pregnant, without having to spend too much money on clothing.
  9. Also, you would not need to buy a new top every time you grow by size.
  10. You can use these tops even after pregnancy. Nursing mothers need good fitting clothes to accommodate their changing bodies.
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