As your tummy grows during pregnancy, you’ll undoubtedly find that you can no longer fit into many of your pre-pregnancy clothes. But, don’t stress! And above all, don’t go spending a fortune on a whole new wardrobe.
As an alternative, you might invest in a few maternity essentials to get you fashionably through your pregnancy in comfort. Here are five adaptable pieces that should be in every pregnant woman’s wardrobe:
- A Maxi Skirt
A maxi skirt is super-comfortable, and also makes you appear put-together. A maternity maxi skirt such as this one from NOM Maternity has a stretch waist, so it’ll fit you from the start of your pregnancy all the way through to the end weeks. The waistband can be pulled up over your belly for support, or folded down underneath.
- Tank top
A maternity tank top in a classic color like black is a pregnancy fashion must-have! Invest in a higher-quality tank top that will grow with your expanding waistline, instead of a cheap cotton tank. Many maternity clothing lines carry ruched tank tops, which have pleating along each side to show off your growing belly. Maternity tank tops are extra-long, in order to cover your belly all 40 weeks.
- Basic black dress
Black is very figure-flattering and a black dress can take you from the office to a wedding to a night out on the town. Choose a maternity dress that has wide side pleating, which will flatter your growing bump from start to finish.
Another maternity wardrobe must-have are maternity leggings. Most will have a band that can be pulled up high over your growing belly for support and comfort, or folded underneath for more breathability. They’re so comfortable; you won’t want to stop wearing these pants once baby is in your arms!
- Belly band
To get the most wear time out of your pre-pregnancy jeans and pants, a belly band is a must-have item. A belly band is a small, stretchy tube of fabric is designed to hold up unbuttoned waistbands of your pre-pregnancy pants and jeans. The band has a strip along the bottom edge to provide extra hold at the hip and an extra-long, seamless construction for comfort underneath any top. It’s a great piece to help smooth everything out!