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Congratulations on your pregnancy! These nine months (and the months that follow!) will be rather eventful for you. While you go through a lot of changes – emotionally, mentally, and physically – what is very explicit and apparent to the world outside is your physical change. And One of the many things mom-to-be will be thinking of will be how to dress smart and how to buy appropriate maternity wear.
Let’s admit it – we have all seen celebrities flaunting their baby bumps wearing stylish yet comfortable-looking clothes. And we have always wondered how they pull it off. If you are pregnant and in the late second or third trimester, you would already be spotting a baby belly with fat accumulation all over the body and increased bust sizes. You would generally be feeling “huge and uncomfortable” in your regular clothing not “stylish and smart”.
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Maternity clothes are a bit expensive, so even if you do not want to spend money on buying these (as after pregnancy, most of them are of no use) there are other options for you. You may borrow clothes from your relatives or friends who have already gone through the pregnancy phase.
These days, even leasing used maternity clothes seems to be a good way to save money for many expecting mothers. Wearing plus size during the maternity period is just about fine, but if you want to look fashionable and attractive, you must go for specially-designed maternity clothes.
Maternity wear can be purchased in the same size that you normally use, as it has more space not only to fit your growing belly but also the boobs. Wearing fit clothes makes one feel great and confident. One more area that needs attention to feel great is innerwear. As your pregnancy graduates, your cup size will also increase.
Select a bra for yourself which is a little loose so that it can be worn during breastfeeding also (if you are planning for it). Go for bras that are made for nursing and are comfortable while breastfeeding in public. Underwears below the belly button are really comfortable during pregnancy for many women, but you may look for your own sexy, stylish and comfortable innerwear.
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So we put together the following 8 tips to help you dress smart and practical during your pregnancy.
Agreed, oversized clothes are damn comfortable as you seem to be expanding on all sides. But do they make you look smart? No. Pregnant women tend to don themselves in XXL tee shirts and loose track pants. This not only makes them look bigger than they are, but it also looks quite boring, dull, and unfashionable.
You can, in reality, use your own clothing till your second trimester. After this, you can invest in some tees and leggings made from jersey knitwear that can stretch. Wearing something that fits you well rather than just cover you like a tent would make you more comfortable, and hence look smarter
Bust sizes increase during pregnancy. That’s a given fact. If you try to use your older inner-wear on your currently bigger-sized bust, it will result in bulges on the sides, front and back. Moreover, it will guarantee to spoil your figure whatever style of clothing you pick.
So, invest in a few bras that fit you. You can also be economical and buy the nursing kinds or front open ones, as you can reuse them once the baby comes. Click here to read about maternity bras
There is nothing like a good pair of jeans to make you feel confident and smart. As you proceed to your 5th or 6th month of pregnancy, you will find it increasingly difficult to button up your old jeans. Go ahead and buy a pair of maternity jeans.
They come with very comfortable belly support which you can wear throughout your pregnancy and for a while afterward while you wait for your baby belly to shrink. Maternity jeans are not overrated because you can wear them repeatedly with tunics, long tops, Kurtis, etc.
There are so many ‘’mother and child’ shops and online portals around. There are also brands available online that cater to only would-be mommies. The advantage of buying a few of these clothing is that it not only fits you great during your pregnancy, but you can also reuse them with minor alterations later on.
Buy 1-2 pair of leggings that has belly support. You can wear them practically with anything! Buy 2-3 smart Kurtis. When you pick maternity Kurtis, chose front open ones so that you can use them during your nursing days as well.
And finally, buy some empire and baby doll tops (google them now so you will know what we are talking about). They help frame your face better and flatter your bust line, giving your upper body a good and comfortable look
If you do not want too much attention on your bulges, then pick solid neutral colors. Bold and statement patterns on your clothes will attract more attention to your belly (nothing wrong with that though if you want to get experimental).
Pastel shades look great on pregnant women. But to ensure that you look stylish and lively at the solid patterns, accentuate your look with some stylish piece of jewelry that will again attract people’s attention to your face and neck
Do not go around searching for the gown a certain celebrity wore during her pregnancy days. Wear something that is comfortable for you, suits your body type, and more importantly, works well for the weather in the place of your residence. Forget about the tips here – if you feel better in your husband’s big shirt, then so be it. Your comfort matters most, not other people’s view of your clothing
As your tummy grows bigger, the front bottom portion of your top (hemline) keeps rising upwards. To avoid looking awkward and to avoid pulling down the hemline time and again, it is better to go for longer tops. These will comfortably cover your belly and some part of your thigh.
Finally, flaunt that baby bump. Once the world knows you are pregnant, there is no need to wear loose-fitting tops that hide your baby bump. We urge you to wear properly fitting clothes that fit your belly area as well as other parts of your body so that you are smart, confident, and trendy. Try tunics, dresses in animal prints, ankle-length flirty skirts, or bold color Kurtis with maternity leggings.
No heels during pregnancy! Avoid wearing footwear high heels during pregnancy as it may be harmful to you and the baby. The market is full of flat, sleek, trendy, colorful flip-flops and other kinds of comfortable footwear. Instead of going for a rounded one choose a slightly pointy-toed one so as to make the legs look slim.
Denim maternity jeans and trousers with stretchy fabric and comfortable waistbands are also a good choice. If you are working and struggling with what to wear to the office during this period, try out low-slung skirts with casual tops or shirts and seal the look with a jacket.
Wrap dresses also work wonders for your pregnant looks. Cardigans with one button and jackets also make up for a smart dress. Accessorize your dress and you are looking sexy as ever!
Go ahead, celebrate your new shape and flaunt that bump! Here is wishing you a happy, safe, and smart-looking pregnancy!
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During the first three months of pregnancy, most women feel comfortable in their regular wardrobe. By the 20th week of their pregnancies, most women start wearing maternity clothing or at least garments that fit more loosely.
You probably won’t need to change to maternity clothes in the 8th week of pregnancy if this is your first. However, you will need to switch to maternity clothes early on in your second and any following pregnancies. The second time around, you might need maternity clothing between weeks 8 and 12 of your pregnancy.
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