Dressing for Two: How to Buy Maternity Clothing

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The first time you can’t buckle your jeans is a momentous occasion: It means you’re ready to start shopping for maternity clothing! Most women’s bodies begin changing rapidly during the second trimester of pregnancy, which means you may be able to start shopping as early as three months in. If this is your first foray into the world of maternity clothes it may seem a bit overwhelming at first. Don’t worry, though. Read on for a few practical tips for navigating maternity clothing with ease:

Buy basics first

There are a number of wardrobe staples that every woman needs: a good pair of jeans, a couple of T-shirts, a comfy sweater, etc. Think about what you normally wear on a daily basis – whether that’s in the office or around the house – and come up with a list of basics you’ll miss when you can’t fit into them anymore. That list is a good place to start when shopping for maternity clothes. Look for items that can be mixed and matched so you can wear them in a variety of ways and get the most use out of them.

Stock up on stretch

“Stretchy fabrics are a pregnant lady’s best friend.”

Stretchy fabrics are a pregnant lady’s best friend. They’re forgiving. They’re comfortable. They’re even flattering. But the best part? You’ll be able to continue wearing them for several weeks as your belly grows. Look for dresses and shirts made of stretchy materials, and pick up a couple pairs of pants and skirts with stretchy waists to get the most bang for your buck.

Opt for wide waistbands

You wouldn’t wear constricting pants to a big holiday dinner would you? If you did, you’d likely feel the waistband digging into your skin by the end of the night – not the most comfortable feeling. When you’re pregnant, look for pants with stretchy wide waistbands, rather than thin or structured ones.

Keep things roomy

Of course, buying clothing that’s too tight won’t be comfortable as your belly grows. However, when you’re pregnant, you may want to think ahead a little bit and buy garments that are just slightly roomier than the fit you’d normally go for. Remember that your bump will likely grow drastically each week during the second trimester, so it’s a good idea to pick out clothing that you’ll be able to grow into a bit.


Go for hand-me-downs

If at all possible, it’s always a good idea to seek out used maternity clothing from friends or family members. You can even see if a co-worker would be willing to bring in a few basics for you. Buying a whole new wardrobe isn’t realistic for many women, so borrowing or buying items secondhand is a much more frugal option.

Every woman carries a pregnancy differently – pay attention to the way your body is changing when you’re shopping for maternity clothes. Clothes that fit other women during the 24th week of pregnancy may be way too big for you or vice versa. The most important thing: Shop for pieces you love and feel great in.