Here’s a little hand holding for transitionioning into a maternity wardrobe or a post-holiday-of -cookie-eating wardrobe.
**This article is NOT titled “How to Build a Red Carpet Ready Maternity Wardrobe.” This is just how to gracefully take your current wardrobe into one for pregnancy. I’m 18 weeks along and this has been working for me! Eventually, I’m going to need real maternity tops!
You NEED this. As soon as the button of your pre-pregnancy pants won’t close, pull this handy tool over it. A mom-friend of mine suggested to keep it around for later in pregnancy for belly support with the low-banded maternity pants. I hear it’s good for post-pregnancy to use with your old pants again too. I picked up a Be Maternity Beband at Target.
A really good pair of black leggings is key. My friend Kelly said jeans just didn’t work for her during pregnancy and leggings were her friend. I pair them with a little cotton mini I had from before. Wear them with flats, tall boots or booties. These can be good for a “dressier” look if you need it but don’t have the right dress to wear. Every maternity store or department will carry some of these.
Target jeans? Liz Lange jeans Yes. I did that. Even when I had no money in grad school, I would buy designer jeans from my favorite consignment store at a fifth of the original price. I’ve gone into mom-land. These are super comfortable. I actually bought these waaay before I needed them. They were too big…then when I needed to start wearing them, they fit. Drat! It’s ok, you’ve GOT to be comfortable! I washed them in hot water and dried on high before taking them in to get hemmed for $10.
I chose Gap Alway Skinny Jeans. These are a little fancier than the Target jeans but the prices are still reasonable. I always want a pair of straight leg/boot leg and a pair of skinny jeans. Skinny jeans are perfect for feeling more stylish and put-together.
Long Tank Tops
These will extend the life of your pre-pregnancy shirts. I put these under everything and I’ve hardly bought any maternity shirts…yet. I’m 4.5 months along. Long Tank Tops.
Your breasts are growing. I was in total denial of it even as I confined my now C cups into the padded B bras I had. When I finally broke down and tried on a bigger bra at Target, I literally made a vocal sound of relief in the dressing room. I bought a couple of Simply Perfect by Warners Bras from Target. It is SUPER comfortable and padded enough to keep any headlight action at bay.
Any other suggestions?
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