If you’re a new mum or mum-to-be, you may be torn between dressing stylishly or completely throwing in the fashion towel in the name of comfort.
Whether you plan to relax at home or spend most of your time running errands around town while on maternity leave, there’s a pregnancy outfit in which to look and feel great for any occasion.
Here are the top five fashion tips for new mums.
Kick it Without the Cankle Pain
What goes up, usually comes down. According to recommendations, pregnant mums-to-be should gain an average of 25-35 pounds by the end of the third trimester. Although swelling often occurs due to hormone changes, the extra weight you carry during pregnancy can cause shooting pain down to your ankles, feet or heels.
To be able to stand comfortably all day without looking worn out at work, pick out a nice pair of flats and slide in some cushioned arch support. If your job allows it — let’s face it; you’re likely already working from home, anyway — you may be able to get away with wearing a big pair of comfy slippers.
Go Long or Go Home
A common complaint of new mums is that their once-pregnant belly makes them look like a bloated penguin when they wear certain work attire. This is particularly the case with tight shirts whose buttons look like they’re about to burst at the seams or their pre-pregnancy blouse rides up when they bend in any direction.
If you want to feel fashionable while out with friends or stay work-appropriate, choose a maternity top with straight hip stitching, which naturally drapes down past your hips. Casual maternity T-shirts also stretch further down your hips than normal and stay snuggly in place while you’re moving around.
Buy Form-Friendly Undergarments
While some women may understandably not feel attractive during their pregnancy, there are plenty of others who love to show off their full, feminine figure. To add a little flair to your maternity clothing, consider buying a new bodysuit to draw a seductive stare from your significant other and which will fit perfectly around your baby bump all day long. Indeed, these ultra-stretchable, breathable and form-fitting undergarments are the perfect addition to any active mum’s attire and worth the investment.
Keep it Loose at the Hips
One of the worst feelings in the world while pregnant is trying to sit in an upright position in trousers that are too rigid to accommodate your bulge. If your trousers aren’t digging into your stomach, then you’re probably rocking back and forth in your seat, just so you can stand up. Thankfully, you can easily find a pair of jeans that are tailor-made for pregnant women and which feature an elastic top for added comfort. Conversely, you can also pick out formal maternity trousers with a stretchy waist-band perfect for the office or an evening out with your loved ones.
Beat the Heat with Layers
It’s true that your body temperature fluctuates a lot while pregnant or nursing, and most women struggle with choosing what to wear. Where you would usually slip on a full-body jacket to keep warm during the winter, a pregnant woman worries whether they’ll be able to take their coat off in a jiffy to feed their baby. Instead of overdressing during your pregnancy, opt instead for layers. A button-up coat can keep the chills at bay, while a sleek nursing T-shirt will keep your skin comfortable underneath. If you get too hot, you can always keep open some of the buttons.
Proudly Show Off Your Maternity Glow
Are you afraid you won’t feel or look your best in clothes just because you’re pregnant? Motherhood is a beautiful gift that you’ll treasure for a lifetime, and you’ll only experience the pregnancy part for nine months. With that in mind, why not make the most of this special time by wearing outfits that speak wonders about the miracle of life and the excitement of a new addition to your family?