Expecting a baby? Congratulations! Now, it’s time to think about what to wear throughout your pregnancy. Gone are the days of boxy dresses and baggy sweat pants being the hallmarks of maternity wear. Today’s pregnant women can choose from a wide range of stylish pieces designed to complement any body type and personality.
Here are 11 maternity must-haves to add to your wardrobe as you navigate this exciting journey of motherhood.
1. A Quality Bra
By the end of the first trimester, you will likely notice that your old bras are not fitting as well as they used to. It may seem like you need a new bra overnight. Buying a bra that will grow with your changing body throughout the pregnancy is a good investment of your maternity wardrobe dollar. Choosing a bra with optimal support should be your primary focus.
2. Pair of Denim Jeans
Just like with regular clothes, you want a pair of great fitting denim jeans in your wardrobe. Choosing a style that goes under the belly will allow you to grow with the jeans so that you do not constantly have to buy a bigger size. Today’s maternity jeans are available in a wide range of cuts and styles, allowing you to show off your fashion with your favorite piece of denim.
3. Dressy Black Pants
As with denim, every woman’s wardrobe needs a classic pair of black pants. You can choose the style and fit that best complements your body. The goal is to own a pair of pants that you can wear for dressy occasions or in professional situations in which you need to feel put together. A pair of black pants with an elastic waistband is a good choice for your entire pregnancy.
4. Basic T-shirts
There is going to come a time when comfort will be paramount to everything else when deciding what to wear for the day. Investing in some comfortable and basic t-shirts will pay off big dividends for your maternity style.
Wear these t-shirts on their own for a casual look or use them for layering in the fall and winter months. You can also layer the shirts on top of one another for an extra colorful look.
5. Belly Band
A belly band is an invaluable wardrobe essential during the first few months of pregnancy. When you are in that awkward in-between stage of not quite fitting into your normal pants but not ready for maternity wear, a belly band can help bridge that gap between stages. These super-wide elastic bands sit over the waistline of your normal pants. With the band, you can get away with not buttoning or zipping your pants over your growing baby. It will keep everything in place while holding your pants up. All you need is a top that goes over the band so that it is not visible.
If you are like most pregnant women, you will truly grow to appreciate the comfort and convenience of leggings in the coming months. Look for leggings that are supportive without being too restrictive.
You do not necessarily have to choose leggings that are made for pregnancy as long as they have plenty of stretch. Leggings can be used for working out or for everyday wear, making them an extremely versatile addition to your maternity wardrobe.
7. Cardigans and Sweaters
Cardigans are especially popular with pregnant women and for good reason. Unlike traditional shirts that squeeze around your belly, a loose-fitting cardigan will show off that adorable bump without constricting it. There is no reason to waste money on specific maternity cardigans when they do not button around your belly anyway. The same goes for that favorite baggy sweater in your closet.
8. Fitted Dress
As your bump grows, you are going to want to show it off to the world. Buying one fitted dress will allow you to accentuate the belly while still being comfortable.
Choose a neutral color such as black or gray, and then you can layer it with a cute denim jacket or a cozy cardigan. It is also a good idea to have a versatile piece. Choose one that you can dress up or down, depending on the occasion. This will give you maximum versatility without breaking the bank.
9. Comfortable Shoes
It may not seem like now, but there is going to come a time when your feet begin to swell and possibly become too big for your current shoes. Although you may not need to go out and buy all new shoes, consider having some shoes on hand that give you plenty of room to wiggle your toes. If you are lucky enough to be pregnant during the warmer months, think about having a pair of flip flops, sandals or slip-ons so you do not have to tie. During the winter, try a pair of slip-on boots to make your life easier.
10. Yoga Pants
You will likely be able to squeeze into your regular yoga pants well into the second trimester of your pregnancy. However, there will probably come a time when even these stretchy pants do not make you feel your best.
If you spend a lot of time in yoga pants, think about investing in a maternity pair. You will appreciate having these on hands for those first few post-partum weeks as well.
When it comes to maternity fashion, accessories are your best friend. Unlike other fashion items that are dependent on fit, your stomach’s size has no bearing on how well you can flaunt the latest accessory trends. This season in your life is the perfect time to experiment with different jewelry styles, scarves, purses, or accessories. Have fun with it!
Before you go and spend a fortune on a new wardrobe, take some time to conduct an inventory of what is currently in your wardrobe. You may be surprised that many of the items that you currently use can be modified to fit your expanding belly. And do not forget that you will need some transition clothes to wear after giving birth.