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What to wear when you’re pregnant … it’s the burning question on every mama’s mind. Because being pregnant doesn’t have to mean sidelining your sense of style.
In creating and nurturing new life, we go through an incredible transformation – not just in the way we look, but how we feel, too. Becoming a mother is a full mind, body and soul experience, and it’s one to be celebrated.
Every single stretch mark and curve is a badge of honour that we should wear with pride. And this celebration of our goddess bodies transcends through to our threads – as we learn to love and embrace our baby bumps and lady lumps.
Because from the moment those two lines appear on the pregnancy test, everything changes. But our sense of style doesn’t have to. Yeah, you might not fit into your fav jeans for a while, but that doesn’t mean you need to throw all caution to the wind and rock a mu’umu’u for nine months (unless you want to, of course!)
The golden rule when it comes to knowing what to wear when you’re pregnant – and postpartum – is that fashion and function can go hand in hand. So here it is, your very own Bump & Glow Guide.
1. The foundations matter
Before diving into the art of dressing your bump, it’s essential to get the basics right. Invest in good quality, comfy underwear. Seamless maternity bras provide support without compromising on style, and as your ribcage expands, adjustable straps will be your best friend. Opt for breathable materials like cotton for maximum comfort.
2. Embrace the stretch
Let’s talk fabrics. Jersey, elastane, and other stretchable materials will not only accommodate your growing bump but will also mould around your curves. Pair a body-con maternity dress with a stylish jacket or open shirt, and you’re ready for anything from a casual brunch with your mama to an evening out with your gal pals.
3. Accessories are your BFFs
Even on days when you’re sporting a basic tee and leggings (the unofficial mum uniform), accessories can totes elevate your look. Personalised necklaces, stacked rings, and oversized sunglasses add the perfect finishing touches. And remember, a roomy tote bag isn’t just a fashion statement, it’s practical for carrying all those mama essentials … IYKYK.
4. Layer it up
Layering is the secret weapon in every preggie mama’s fashion arsenal. Sexy shirts, long-line cardigans and soft kimono-style wraps are perfect for adding another level to your look, plus they provide the versatility to adapt to fluctuating temperatures (thanks hormones).
5. Put your best foot forward
While stilettos might not be the best choice during this period, it doesn’t mean you need to compromise on style. Espadrilles, cute ankle boots, and ballet flats offer the right mix of comfort and style. If you’re feeling bold, a block heel can give you that little lift you crave.
6. Waist not, want not
Just because your waistline is expanding doesn’t mean you can’t define it. Play with maxi skirts or trousers that sit comfortably under your bump. Wrap dresses or tops that can be tied above the bump can also work wonders, accentuating your beautiful silhouette.
7. Feeding-friendly fashion
Once you’ve had your babe, being able to whip a titty out at all times pretty much becomes your superpower. So while nursing might be top of mind, it doesn’t mean your fashion game needs to slide. Look for nursing tops and dresses that offer easy access without compromising on style.
8. Embrace the change
Lastly, but most importantly, be kind to yourself. Your body is undergoing an incredible transformation, and it’s essential to remember that fashion is about expressing yourself and feeling confident in your skin. So, whether you’re lounging at home or stepping out for a date night, wear what makes you feel amazing. Celebrate your journey, your changing curves, and the beautiful life you’re nurturing.
Because whether you’re still waiting for your little bundle of joy to arrive or you’re already holding them in your arms, this is your time to shine. You’ve got the glow, you deserve the wardrobe to match. Fashion is all about having fun, so play around, experiment, and most of all, enjoy this chapter of your life with confidence.