8 maternity shopping tips to help you through those 9 months and beyond.
It is essential to feel as comfortable as possible during pregnancy and so wearing suitable maternity clothes will definitely help you to achieve this.
You may be surprised how early into your pregnancy your body shape changes, but if you're unsure where to start, I've pulled together 8 maternity shopping tips:
1. Check your current wardrobe
You may be able to wear larger clothing sizes that are already have, or even stretchy tops and T-shirts that are longer fitting. However, there are some clothing items, such as a maternity bra that you will undoubtedly need.
2. Try a pregnancy belly band
Belly bands offer gentle support and act as a top extender to allow you to wear your regular clothes for longer during pregnancy.
3. Buy in-store to begin with
There are many maternity clothes available to purchase online, however buying in store has several advantages.
A) You can wear items immediately, which is important if your current clothes are uncomfortable.
B) Some stores offer expert fitting and advice for items, such as bras.
C) The optiob to try on different sizes and styles will also help you to determine what style suits you best, for example: whether you prefer pants that are worn under your bump or over your bump, or whether you prefer loose and flowing styles as opposed to tight-fitting.
4. Donít invest too much money in maternity clothes
Instead, look for practical, stylish and functional pieces to build your maternity wardrobe. Choose key pieces that are easy to mix and match and you can always change the look of your outfit by adding an accessory such as a scarf. Key pieces are important as maternity clothes may become transitional after your baby is born, while your body has not yet returned to its pre-pregnancy size and shape.
5. Look for maternity clothes that can also be used for nursing
To get longer wear and extra value out of your maternity clothes, look for tops, dresses and sleepwear with a ďnursing functionĒ so that you can continue to wear them after your baby is born if you are breastfeeding.
For these clothes, choose pieces with patterns rather than solid block colours to hide the inevitable baby drool, regurgitated milk and food stains that will end up on your clothes.
6. Buy second-hand
If you are on a tight budget, you may be able to find suitable second-hand maternity clothes at your local op shop, advertised on Gumtree or on a Facebook buy and sell page.
Most stores apart from the dedicated maternity stores donít seem to stock a huge range of maternity clothes, so be prepared to find only a few racks. Donít be shy in asking a shop assistant where they are located.
8. Try on your regular size first
Begin your shopping by trying on maternity clothes in your usual size as features such as pleats, ruches, elastic and extra panels will allow for your changing size and shape. Once you have determined which style and size of maternity clothes suit your best, you will be able to shop online with more confidence, which vastly expands the range and price points to choose from.
What did you look for when buying maternity clothes?
When my daughter started daycare, I spent a lot of time trying to find the right fit for her and our family. I did a lot of research and asked a lot of questions. Over and over again though, the answer to my question would come back the same, "she'll be fine."
I want hours upon hours of delicious sleep followed by hot cups of tea, reading my book and nothingness. But I'll have to get up now to comfort, feed, clean, dress, entertain, love, laugh, play, and repeat.