Growing a human requires a wardrobe switch and given my obsession for shopping, I’ve wanted to do a maternity-focused clothing post for months. Tomorrow marks 33 weeks so I figured this post needed to be written before I become a permanent fixture on the couch after 7 p.m.
I clung onto my regular pants until the ghetto rubber band trick literally exploded on me one day in the kitchen of my office. I was about 16 or 17 weeks in at that point. The belly band drove me nuts so I gave in and went for the full gusto of maternity pants with the giant panel. For me, the under belly style just isn’t comfortable.
Since I am lucky enough to be able to wear jeans to work most days, I splurged on designer skinny jeans for my daily uniform of jeans with boots during the colder months (it snowed well into May in Denver this year!). A Pea in the Pod is not cheap but the designer jean options are truly chic and helped me come to terms with the belly expansion. I love the AG and 7 for All Mankind options. Again, these aren’t cheap and if I could not wear them 5+ days a week I would have stuck with GAP and Old Navy styles only. The splurge will also motivate me to fit back into them if we have a Sprout #2 some day!
Enough about jeans, lets move on to every pregnant woman’s go-to fave…legging.
A Pea in the Pod has several styles to choose from, but I am terrified of leggings that are too thin and show my butt if I bend over. No one wants to see that, especially now. Another splurge, but the Secret Fit Belly Jersey Knit Maternity Leggings from the store are fabulous. I have gotten more than my money’s worth since about 15 weeks. A close second were the maternity leggings from Boden USA (though they are not available right now so they must be a seasonal offer). At about $30 they are much more affordable, hold their shape and provide plenty of coverage. I am a big fan.
Target tanks have also been a godsend. The Mossimo brand are my favorite and once my pre-pregnancy styles got too short to wear alone I simply went up a size. They have a ton of stretch and in the store come in a wide variety of plain and printed styles. I wear them under sheer-ish tops for extra coverage and solo with a cardigan and chunky necklace for work or weekend.
- Run, don’t walk, to H&M if you have a store near you. The MAMA maternity line is very small but adorable. I scored several tunics there plus a black cotton dress that I wore weekly until summer arrived. Unfortunately the website maternity section is sorely lacking
- Try going up a size in GAP or GAP Outlet workout clothes for the last trimester. I really didn’t want to buy anything new but having only two pairs of pre-pregnancy workout pants that can be slung low enough to work creates so much laundry when you’re working out 4+ days a week still
- If you do like to wear shorts I highly recommend ordering a pair from Destination Maternity. For about $29 you can get a pair that is flattering and comfortable, even if you just opt to wear them around the house
- Buy tunics. Early on I didn’t like the length of most tunics as I felt – since I am short – like I was being swallowed whole by my outfit. But now I wish I had a few more because they are so forgiving, especially on the days where you can’t get over what’s happening on your front side (and backside, and side-side)
To close, I’ll leave you with a few of my faves as captured by awkward “selfie” iPhone pics… So strange to look back at what I thought was a big bump. Damn, if I only knew then what I am living/carrying around now.