Every woman has a unique pregnancy so the decision to wear, or not to wear maternity clothes is a personal choice. Some women decide to wait until their regular clothing no longer fits and some look for ways to mix and match to not only keep costs down but also remain comfortable. If your normal clothes fit and are comfortable then there is no reason to stop wearing it.
What stage in you pregnancy you decide to wear maternity clothes will be based on your individual needs and clothing style preferences. You get to decide when the time comes. There are no rules, but there are some things to consider to help you prepare ahead to acquire new clothes.
Maternity belt or belly band
One of the most popular items pregnant women opt for, regardless of whether they have a maternity wardrobe or not, is a maternity belt. These items come in a range of designs and can not only support your belly and provide a range of benefits but allow your pants to give you just that little bit of extra room when you need it most.
Here are some tips worth knowing
- Maternity jeans – You don’t need to rush out any buy a pair of maternity jeans. Here are 5 clever ways to extend the life of you most comfy pants
- Second hand – Don’t discount the opportunities that second hand or preloved maternity clothing can give. You’ll save money and you may even find items are are near or brand new!
- Weight gain or bloating – Some women put on a large amount of weight during their pregnancy and also find that they are bloated so it may be more necessary to wear larger size items or more loosely fitting tops earlier than later.
- Different body shapes and sizes – Because of the differences in body shapes, pre-pregnancy weight, and pre-pregnancy clothes styles, some women may not begin to feel uncomfortable in their clothes until after 16 weeks. Bellies come in all sizes and shapes in pregnancy as they do before.
- Second + pregnancies – Women who are pregnant for the second time find the need for maternity clothes is greater and typically required much earlier on. Maternity tops and dresses are designed to give you support, show off your bump and might make you feel great about the way you look.
Maternity clothing size guide
If you are looking to buy maternity clothes, it is important to get the right sizes. Too tight and you’ll end up with a whole range of problems. Too big and you’re bump will be hidden. Here’s our guide to knowing what size maternity clothes to get.
Whether you choose yo upgrade your wardrobe in the first trimester, second trimester, third trimester or never at all, maternity clothes are an option, not a necessity. Except for a maternity bra that is!
Don’t forget too that postpartum, after your baby is born, there are plenty of alternative
breastfeeding clothes you can wear – you don’t always need to buy something special. You may already have some items that will be just what you need.