Last modified: July 11, 2019
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Look your best while expecting your bundle of joy with the 5 articles of clothing that every pregnant woman needs.
Pregnancy and fashion do not always go together. After all, in a time when your body is going through so many changes, it can be hard to invest your hard earned money on clothes that you will likely only wear for less than a year.
Yet while your body is doing so much good work, many women feel lousy. Acne, nausea, weight gain and mood swings can leave an expecting mother feeling less than glamorous. Yet feeling good during pregnancy is so important, especially as you draw closer and closer to the big day. So here is our list of the five must-haves for pregnancy clothing.
Tender breasts are often one of the first signs of pregnancy. That makes sense considering the many changes your breasts go through from conception to birth from hormonal changes. You can expect to see:
- Darkening of the nipple/areola
- More prominent veins on the breasts (due to increased blood flow)
- Nipple sensitivity/breast tenderness
- You may leak collostrum (your baby’s first milk which is slightly yellow in color)
- Nipples may stick out more and aereolas may increase in size
With these changes it is important to find a good bra to support your growing breasts and keep you comfortable.
Look for a bra with the following features:
- Wide band beneath cups
- Good support
- Wide shoulder straps
- Adjustable back closure
Slip on Shoes/Boots
Pregnancy is a time to embrace flats. Your center of gravity is rapidly changing making you more susceptible to lose your balance. Combine that and the fact that you cannot see your feet and you have a recipe for potential disaster.
As pregnancy progresses most women find it harder and harder to bend over. Having a shoe or boot that can easily slip on can make getting out the door so much easier in that last trimester.
Choosing flats in a neutral color will make them easy to wear over and over again. Expecting in the winter? Bogs boots are not only great in cold weather, but also have handy little handles to pull on easily.
Maternity jeans may seem like a no brainer, but investing in a good pair of jeans that flatter your body is important. Maternity jeans are an option that can easily be dressed up or down. They are comfortable enough to wear lounging around the house but can also be dressed up for a night on the town.
Maternity jeans are also a really flattering option to wear postpartum. They suck in the mommy tummy without screaming ‘pregnancy wear’.
Long tank tops
Pregnancy can be hot. No matter what season or where you reside, chances are that at some point in pregnancy you will be HOT. Long layering tank tops are a cool option while still looking stylish.
Long tank tops are also a flattering option postpartum. They can be worn under a jacket for work or on their own for a casual look. Many are available that offer easy access for nursing after the birth.
Empire Waist Dress
One of the common complaints about buying maternity wear is that it can be very expensive and the clothes are only worn for a short period.
An Empire waist dress is a flattering option that can be worn during pregnancy and postpartum. They are also a style that is readily available in mainstream fashion, so you are not paying a premium for ‘maternity’ wear.
Check in With Us
No matter what your pregnancy style, it is important to check in with your mental well being during these 40 weeks. While most women are aware of the possibility of postpartum depression, depression during pregnancy is still not well known.
If you have any concerns about your mental well being during pregnancy, speak to your healthcare professional or connect with us 24 hours a day.
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Disclaimer: This article provides general information and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or medical condition. If you require specific advice, please consult one of our medical professionals through the app. However, in case of an emergency, please call 911.