Over the years, maternity clothes have gotten more fashionable. Women no longer need to sacrifice style to accommodate their growing baby bumps. However, I still see pregnant women committing some of the biggest maternity wear faux pas. Before you head out in your husband’s button-down shirt and a rubber band holding your pants up, take the time to look in the mirror and think about these maternity clothes dos and don’ts.
Don’t use a rubber band or a safety pin where others can see it.
A rubber band to hold up pants before you are quite ready for maternity pants is a great idea-however, I’ve seen many a woman try to pull off this trick while wearing a shirt that is simply too short. If you are using some soft of device to help your clothes fit, make sure no one else can see it.
Do embrace your growing belly, but don’t forget it exists.
Gone are the days when women felt the need to hide their growing bellies in pregnancy. It isn’t necessary to cover up completely, and most pregnant women embrace more form fitting clothes. The key here is form fitting-not ill fitting. There’s a difference.
Do get comfortable.
You certainly don’t need to be dressed up every day when you’re pregnant-especially if you don’t work outside the home. There are some cute and comfortable maternity clothes out there-buy them and wear them! If comfort includes your husband’s clothes, stick to wearing them around the house, though, instead of out and about.
Don’t wear every hand-me-down you receive.
It seems silly to spend a substantial amount of money on clothes that have a short lifespan. But don’t build your entire maternity wardrobe out of hand-me-downs. Women get rid of some clothes for a reason. Be selective about the maternity clothes hand-me-downs that you take from friends and family, or at the very least, that you choose to wear out in public.
Do shop in stores before you shop online.
Though a lot of maternity clothes claim to be sized to fit your typical size (ie, if you wear a small shirt normally, you should be able to buy a small maternity shirt), all women put on weight differently in pregnancy. While online shopping for maternity clothes can save you both time and money, make at least one trip to a maternity clothing store. Try on shirts, pants, and bras to find what size really does work best with your new body. Then shop online for maternity clothes to your heart’s content.
Do invest in a maternity bathing suit.
Please. That’s all I’m saying.