I’ve been lucky, my bump has been small enough that I’ve managed to wear most of my normal non-maternity clothes right into my third trimester. It’s only now in the final 3 weeks that I’m struggling, but at this point the only thing comfortable is my husband’s PJ bottoms and that holey sweater that I’ve had for years. Why is it so difficult to be chic when heavily pregnant?
At the start, I was thinking “How can I still keep my wardrobe below 35 items?” Well, I couldn’t. I wasn’t going to get rid of my non-maternity clothes because I’m not going to be pregnant forever.
I don’t have a work uniform, so that meant I had to buy things suitable for work and out of work.
1. Little Black Dress
Can’t get wrong with the classic LBD. I got this one from HappyMama that also doubles as a nursing dress.
At work, I’d wear it with a cardigan and ballet flats. To make it casual I pair it with an open plaid shirt, tights and ankle boots or a cropped sweatshirt and trainers. I’ve also worn a t-shirt on top and tied it up above the bump to crop it, if I don’t want to go sleeveless that day.
2. Black Leggings
I got a pair of soft Jersey ones from Amazon for less than a tenner. Seriously, these have been a godsend in my third trimester.
At work I wore them with my non-maternity longline, flowy blouses and a pair of flats or ankle. To be fair you can wear leggings with any top or sweater (that covers the arse and camel toe… Let’s not sacrifice class for comfort!)
I opted for a pair of over the bump (great support when I had pelvic pain) skinnies in blue denim.
This is probably the most expensive item I’ve bought for my maternity wardrobe, probably because I had to specifically hunt down Petite size. ASOS seems to be the only place you can buy Petite Maternity wear.
4. 2 Plain T-Shirts
One in black and one in white. I got these in the sale at H&M. Pretty versatile wardrobe items.
5. Knitted Dress
My hubby got this for me from JoJo Maman Bebe. Their clothes are a bit expensive and I find you have to go down a size, regardless of how big your bump is.
I’ve been pregnant throughout Autumn and Winter. So, this has been nice for when we’ve gone out or had dates on those super cold days.
6. Long-Sleeved Dress
I got one in charcoal grey in a thick Jersey material, again from HappyMama to wear at work. I style this with printed scarves and/or accessories.
7. Going-Out/Party Top
I got a black lace party top from New Look. Being pregnant over winter meant lots of Christmas parties, my birthday and baby showers – so, I felt I needed at least one glitzy item.
8. Black Trousers
I went for under the bump, and probably didn’t need to get these but they’ve been really comfy.
Needed a bigger size since the back end of the first trimester! Expensive and frumpy, but so comfortable. Your back will thank you.
Things I got but didn’t need:
1. Maternity PJ Bottom’s
As I mentioned, I’ve been wearing Hubby’s as they’re much more comfortable than the maternity ones I bought. It might be because my bump has been small, but despite ordering my normal size they have been too loose. I have been wearing them when Hubby’s are in the wash though.
2. Christmas T-Shirt
One of those novelty ones that say ‘Bumps First Christmas’. Wore it twice. Novelty wore off. Waste of money.
3. Maternity Tights
I got them from Mothercare. Despite going UP a size, they were snug and ripped after one wear. So, I bought normal L-XL ones from Primark for a fraction of the price, and they’ve fit like a dream and lasted!
Conclusion: Maternity clothes are ugly. Haha. Accessories and layering up make all the difference!