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Being pregnant meant a whole new wardrobe for me – I wasn’t one of the women who slowly grow a bump by 12 weeks I looked like a lot of women do around the 7 month mark and by full term I was asked regularly how many babies I was having and when I replied 1 I was then told what a HUGE baby I would have so getting a wardrobe that would work for me and be comfortable was essential. So here’s my 10 must haves for your maternity wardrobe.
- Over the bump maternity jeans – now with J I wore under the bump jeans they were comfortable at the time, but when I fell pregnant with T they were just uncomfortable. I had had a c-section with J so I think the problem was they irritated the area of the scar – then I discovered over the bump jeans… oh the comfort and in the middle of the winter the warmth from them. The band is elasticated and even at 37 weeks when the bump was measuring 42 weeks and I was 53 inches around the band still fitted.
- Leggings – now if my jeans were comfortable the leggings were even more so – if only I hadn’t stretched them so far I would still be wearing them suitable for under dresses, tunic tops, keeping your legs warm under skirts and just being comfortable around the house.
- Maternity PJ’s – with J I was under the misconception that I would be fine buying bigger size pj’s and just making do in them, well when I fell pregnant with T one of the few maternity clothes I brought were maternity PJ’s they were so comfortable and more importantly once I had T and was still in hospital I was able to wear them comfortably and feed her as they had buttons to allow me to nurse easily.
- Dress – Life doesn’t stop because you are pregnant there will still be moments where even as a SAHM you need to dress up a little. I got a lovely wrap around dress that I wore for special occasions when I was pregnant and would love to find the same colour for now I’m not pregnant they were so comfortable.
- Vests/Tank Tops – I never knew whether I was going to be hot hot hot or freezing when pregnant (well apart from in June, July and August when pregnant with J when it was unbearable) so layering was essential and it started with a vest or tank top that covered my bump and would look good on it’s own but also provided a great layer underneath anything else that I wore.
- Tunic tops – I loved the long line of tunic tops, now I would never show off my bump – yes I got stretch marks and it as big – so tunic tops were perfect there are so many different styles and colours that it was fun choosing which to go in my pregnancy wardrobe
- Blouses – for work when I was pregnant with J I had to dress smart so blouses were perfect with some maternity work trousers and a vest underneath I felt comfortable and still looked the role that I had in front of the classes.
- Maternity work trousers – being pregnant with J I was at work and needed trousers for work (I didn’t like wearing skirts for my work as a teacher) as it was summer I had linen trousers with an over the bump band that were really comfortable and supported my bump well.
- Maternity Bra – yep it’s a must have seriously you need to be measured and then get a good quality maternity/nursing bra it will save your breasts in the long run.
- Bump support – Another 2 nd pregnancy discovery for me and how I wish I had had it with J. My bump needed support and buying a bump support or bump band was a life saver especially when I was pushing J around in the buggy.