How to Dress During Your 2nd Trimester

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Moms-to-be often find that the second trimester of pregnancy is when the prospect of parenthood becomes most real to them. After all, that’s when the majority of parents choose to start sharing the exciting news and narrowing their list of baby names. If you’re an expecting mother, this is also the time of pregnancy when your body will start undergoing rapid growth, which means you should start thinking about maternity clothes (if you haven’t already). Second-trimester baby bumps are a lot of fun to dress up and show off, so here are a few tips for what to wear during this time:

Embrace stretchy fabrics

If there’s one thing you should keep in mind while dressing a second-trimester belly, it’s that stretchy fabrics are your best friend. There are a few reasons for this: First, stretchy fabrics are fitted yet comfortable, which means you’ll look and feel great. Second, these materials grow with your bump, so you can continue to wear the same clothing, even as your belly gets dramatically bigger. You’ll save a lot of money this way.

Opt for empire waists

As your body starts to change, you may find yourself missing your pre-pregnancy defined waistline and smaller size. It’s important to remember that this is temporary, but also keep in mind that you can show off your body in other ways now. Use empire waists to highlight your bump and breasts, while drawing attention to the thin area underneath your bust.

Add a belt

Like empire waists, belts can help you define your figure as well. Use thinner belts wrapped above your belly to make a loose top or dress a bit more structured.

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Invest in some camisoles

As any woman who’s been pregnant can tell you, some of the most important basics you can buy while you’re pregnant are long camisoles that will cover your entire belly no matter how big it is. Invest in a few of these in different neutral colors that you can wear underneath tops, cardigans or blazers at work or over the weekend. Having the kind of total coverage that long camisoles provide will likely make you a lot more comfortable.


Find some support

Most women notice considerable changes in the size of their breasts, sometimes as soon as five or six weeks into pregnancy. As your body gets ready for breastfeeding (even if you’re not planning on nursing), your breasts will start to get fuller, larger and more sensitive. For your comfort, it’s a good idea to invest in some quality supportive bras in the right size during your second trimester.

Be yourself

Most of all, when you’re dressing your baby bump as it begins to grow, just make sure you’re being yourself. Every woman’s maternity style is different, so if you’d rather wear loose tops than fitted ones, it’s completely up to you. No matter what, you’ll look amazing during this exciting time in your life. Have fun with it, and focus on your comfort first.