Self-Care

TAKE THE TIME…..to understand how to dress your bump during pregnancy

I remember, when I first became pregnant, that one of my first worrying thoughts was; ‘what am I going to wear?’ Being a person that took pride in my clothing and how I looked, I was worried that I would end up with a bin bag as my only option. I was terrified that I wouldn’t be able to find anything to wear. How wrong I was!

When you’re pregnant, dressing can be a major fashion challenge even for the trendiest mom-to-be because your body is always changing, and you don’t know which clothes in your closet are going to fit from day to day. Suddenly, you’re dressing this body that seems totally foreign to you, and you have no idea what’s going to look good on it.

So, I am here to say…….please don’t be like me and panic. I’m going to try to give you a few helping tips.

DON’T MAKE YOUR OVERSIZED SWEATS YOUR GO-TO OUTFIT

When you’re pregnant, being comfortable is key. I see so many women wear their sweatpants everywhere, or even worse, their husband’s clothes, because they fit and they’re comfortable. I have to hold my hand up and say that I did borrow my husband’s t-shirts on many occasions and I do look back in horror now. There are so many other alternatives! Leggings, jeans, dresses. Jersey knits are great too.

DO WEAR PATTERNS AND STRIPES

Women worry that they can’t wear patterns or horizontal stripes anytime, especially when they’re pregnant. As long as you have an all-over print without a lot of negative space, or you have a simple stripe, they really flatter a pregnant woman’s body. Be brave and get some pattern worn. You will look amazing!

LAYERING DOESN’T MAKE YOU LOOK LARGER—IF DONE THE RIGHT WAY

Scoop, boat and V-neck tops are all a good choice for pregnant women, because they help frame your face. Camisoles are great for throwing over things. The only rule: watch your proportions. A long tunic with skinny jeans will help elongate you.

DO INVEST IN A GOOD PAIR OF JEANS

If you only splurge on one item, make it a pair of jeans that make you feel fantastic. There are many options out there and lots of shops selling them. Go around and try some styles on to find what you feel most comfortable in. Some styles are elasticated and sit over your bump, whilst others sit under. It’s all down to personal preference but, when you find the pair that fits well, you are sure to feel fantastic! Jeans can be dressed up and down, so you can wear them just about anywhere. The must-have purchase during pregnancy!

DON’T BE AFRAID OF COLOR

The instinct for pregnant women is to dress in dark colors, like navy or black, because they think it makes them look slimmer. But color actually really flatters your body, especially if you have ruching details around your stomach. It can also make you feel great because, depending on the colour you wear, it can affect your mood. Pick a colour to suit your mood and you will feel fantastic!

I really do hope that has been of some help to you. Being pregnant is such a blessing and your body is doing such an amazing thing, creating a new life. You deserve to look and feel great and don’t ever forget that. Show your bump off and be proud!

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