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Fashion During Your Pregnancy

Reviewed by James Brann, M.D.

Feeling Good About Being Pregnant

Pregnant women deserve to look just as good as their non-pregnant counterparts. You can look and feel great during your first, second and through your third trimester.

There is no reason to walk around wearing sweatpants when various fashionable and often inexpensive maternity wear exists. There are also some tips and tricks you can use to minimize the expense often associated with buying maternity fashions.


First Trimester Fashion

The first step toward looking great during pregnancy is feeling good about the changes occurring in your body. Some women grimace at the idea of gaining weight, though they are overly excited about having a baby. Remember that a pregnant woman is the most beautiful woman on earth. The better you feel about yourself the more likely you are to look and feel great, even in a pair of your husband’s old sweatpants and a dirty t-shirt. Fortunately, you can get by with a few well selected pieces that will keep you feeling fashionable and hip throughout your pregnancy.

During your first trimester of pregnancy you can probably stick with most of the items already hanging in your closet. This is especially the case if this is your first pregnancy. Most women don’t start showing until sometime in the early second trimester. Most women find during the later half of their first trimester their pants begin to feel a little snug. The rubber band trick works well for keeping pants and jeans comfy until you really need to move into maternity clothes. Simply loop a rubber band through the button and top loop of your pants to provide you a little extra fastening room.

Second Trimester and Beyond

Once you hit your fourth or fifth moth you’ll start expanding and looking for maternity wear to accommodate your growing figure. Fortunately you can find fashionable and chick maternity wear without breaking your bank. One of the easiest solutions is buying a 4-piece kit that provides you with some basic maternity essentials you can mix and match through your pregnancy. You should look for the following pieces:

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  • Stretch pant that accommodates your growing belly

  • Slim skirt with belly panel

  • Dress

  • 3/4 sleeve top

Aside from these essentials there are other items you may want to include in a basic maternity wardrobe. While your personality, budget and personal preferences will ultimately decide the style of clothing you prefer, there are a few items you can buy as separates that will last you your entire pregnancy. Some women consider the following items must haves during their pregnancy.

  • 1. Tunic length sweater – This will help keep you warm on chilly days and will adjust to accommodate your belly as it grows.

  • 2. Stretch Pants – Stretch pants are a must have during pregnancy. If you get a khaki or black pair you can be sure they’ll go with anything at any time of the year.

  • 3. T-shirt – Or two for that matter. You can buy one or two tees that go with and under just about anything.

  • 4. Button Down Shirt – You can dress this up and accessorize for work or other more formal functions.

  • 5. Undergarments – There is maternity underwear you can buy, though most women find they can get away with a larger size bikini version of their normal underwear. You may decide midway into your pregnancy however to buy a well fitting maternity bra. Be sure if you do you buy one that will accommodate your increasing breast size as your pregnancy continues.

  • 6. Tank Top – Every pregnant woman should have a tank top they can wear throughout their pregnancy. You’ll find as your pregnancy continues you tend to feel hotter and hotter. You may be surprised to find yourself lounging on the couch in a tank top in the dead of winter.

  • 7. Jeans – Every pregnant woman should have a pair of jeans that fits them well. You don’t have to resign yourself to a panel pair of ugly jeans. There are plenty of hip styles that fit under the belly during early pregnancy, and those with flattering panels or full stretch capability for later in pregnancy. Look for jeans with built in stretch in order to maximize your comfort throughout your pregnancy.

Accessorizing During Pregnancy

You can get buy with a skirt, dress, pair of slacks and couple of blouses even if you work in corporate American during your pregnancy. The key to freshening your outfit is accessories. The more accessories you have the better. You can accessorize your outfits from day to day to keep them looking and feeling fresh. That way the fiftieth time you show up to work in your slim fit pregnancy skirt, you don’t feel like a fashion flunky. Flowers, bright scarves, chunky jewelry, pins… find anything and everything you can use to accentuate your features and liven up your maternity wear.

While having a huge maternity wardrobe may be convenient, most women find it is really unnecessary during pregnancy. Stick to a few basic yet classic pieces and you’ll find you look and feel great from months one to nine.

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