May 13th, 2010 by Adriana Noton
When women find out they’re having a baby, one of the first things they want to do is proudly display it in maternity clothing. However, maternity clothes can be expensive. Here are 10 ways to dress when you find out you are pregnant that will help you save money without being uncomfortable in this important time.
The first tip is to avoid rushing out right away and buying your entire maternity wardrobe. Some clothes will end up being too big and then will be too small later on. Try to make the clothes you have now last as long as possible. Consider a belly band that can be bought at a maternity store and allows you to keep wearing your same pair of jeans for quite some time. A second tip is to consider buying transitional clothes in plus sizes, that will be comfortable and often just as fashionable as maternity clothing.
A third tip for dressing during pregnancy is to shop thrifty, from a second hand store. You can find really good clothing that is in great shape and even looks expensive, at a fraction of the cost. Because maternity clothes are often only necessary for the last trimester of pregnancy, a fourth tip might mean that you borrow clothes from friends. Friends often get pregnant around the same time and they won’t be using theirs once their own child is born. Ask family and friends for what they have left over.
A fifth tip for pregnancy dressing is to keep the silhouette of the pregnant body in mind when choosing clothes. Look for A-line cuts that are narrow at the top and flared at the bottom. Empire waists that ride over the belly just beneath the breasts are perfect. A sixth tip means looking into Dad’s wardrobe to see what he has that might fit you just as well. A button up shirt left undone with a T-shirt beneath will look great. Button it up and put it over leggings with some bangles and a choker and rolled up sleeves to look classy.
Layers are the seventh tip to think of when dressing for maternity. Layers break up the solid look of a pregnant shape and can be taken off if moms start to get overheated. The thing to watch out for though with the layered look is sloppiness. A layered look can be very classy if done correctly.
For the eighth tip, consider showing a bit of skin during pregnancy. Some women continue to have great legs and arms through out their trimesters, and some are very proud of their new cleavage. However, don’t try to squish your way into your old clothing, which could be painful and very uncomfortable as your body swells.
For the ninth tip, choose maternity wear that you will feel comfortable wearing after the baby is born. Nursing bras also double as great maternity full support bras. And once the baby is born, you won’t have the energy to go shopping for new clothes. Maternity clothing that can double as ‘after baby’ clothing can make the weeks if not months of recovery from birth more comfortable.
A tenth and very important tip to remember as the 10 ways to dress when you find out you are pregnant is respecting what is happening to your body. A chemical called relaxin, for instance, is spreading your joints so that your pelvis will allow the baby through. One of the results is that your feet spread too. So don’t choose maternity as a time to start wearing high heels or platform shoes. Whatever you choose to wear during your pregnancy, most importantly feel comfortable and beautiful. It’s a blessed event!
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