Congratulations on your pregnancy. For some women, shopping for maternity clothing begins the minute they’ve had a positive pregnancy test. For others, it’s a matter of not wanting to, or more to the point not needing to.
Do you need maternity clothes in the first trimester and early days of your pregnancy?
No, not really.
Whilst all women will experience very different body changes, if this is your first baby there is a good chance you’ll be able to make do with your regular wardrobe.
Looking for ways to hide your pregnancy?
If you are wanting to hide your pregnancy, there are plenty of clothing and outfit ideas that will certainly help. The key is to avoid wearing anything that is too tight or clingy – a-line skirts, empire-waisted tops and wrap shirts work wonders.
Need extra room around the waist?
We’ve pulled together some of the most common fashion tips for when your pants and skirts start to get a little tight. Extending the life of your favorite pair of jeans with a rubber band, hair elastic or a belly band is a trick all pregnant women use!
Maternity clothes make you look fat?
If you go shopping on day one for maternity clothing you may find that it actually makes you look a lot larger than you are; more on the fat and frumpy side. Why does maternity clothing make you look fat? The reason is because most maternity clothes have too much fabric for your barely there bump.
Have you considered renting maternity clothing?
Yes! You can rent maternity clothes. Ask any woman and you’ll hear how their body changed almost overnight, in various ways and outfits that they thought they would wear during their pregnancy rarely got much use. Renting clothing to wear during your pregnancy is actually a clever idea. It allows you to refresh your wardrobe fast and without breaking the budget.
When you do start looking for clothing to wear during the first, second and third trimester, consider your finances, look for clothing that will be versatile and able to be worn postpartum and most importantly get the correct size maternity clothing! If this is your second or third (or even fourth!) pregnancy, you’ll find that your bump starts to show much earlier so wearing maternity clothing in your first trimester will be more of a necessity.