My biggest fear when it came to ever being pregnant was about my body changing & how I’d cope with it. Turns out it’s been a lot easier than I expected & I’ve loved it. However this isn’t a post about body confidence in pregnancy but about dressing said body whilst my bump is ever growing. I dreaded purchasing maternity wear because I just thought I’d be a waste but thankfully I’ve found a bunch of non maternity items in my already overflowing wardrobe.
Just going to put it out there that my weight gain has been on the lower end. I have literally gained weight around my bump, boobs & bum rather than all over. It has made dressing in my usual style a lot easier but even though I have been lucky I still can’t fit into my beloved jeans so I’ve had to make changes.
These pictures were taken at 6 months so please bare that in mind. I have slightly ballooned since but tbh I’m living in the same routine of non maternity I discovered at the beginning of my journey!
5 Non Maternity Must Haves
Stretchy midi skirts & dresses. I can’t tell you how much of a blessing this midi skirt has been. I bought it back last winter from Nasty Gal & I wasn’t too sure how I’d style it. Well then I became pregnant & slowly could not fit into my work trousers or any pair of jeans I own so hello stretchy skirt. It’s a godsend! I wore it to work for a good while & then incorporated into my daily wear. Turns out I got more wear out of this one item then any other in my haul! I also recommend a plain midi dress that you can layer on top of because it creates a really nice study base for outfits. Plus it’s amazing for showing of the bump. Honestly a simple midi is the most versatile piece you’ll have in your non maternity wardrobe.
Jumpsuits & playsuits. If you’re willing to perfect the shimmy required to get into a jump or playsuit & are happy to go nude in a bathroom then these are a great option. Primark has been a lifesaver because their sizes are odd so I have literally had to size up from a 8 to a 10 to accommodate the bump. During the colder weather I layered long sleeves & jumpers underneath whilst now I opt for a breezier fabric. I would say button up jumpsuits aren’t so forgiving but if you opt for a zipped design or a dungaree strap tie its much easier on the bump.
Your boyfriend’s wardrobe. Okay this is a bit of an assumption but it applies to myself & probably a few of my fellow pregnant ladies. I do apologise in advance if you have opted to go it alone but please skip this one! Luckily my boyfriend has a fair few pieces in his wardrobe that are rather flattering on me (not like I picked them or….). Plus we all know I do love an oversized comfy look. During the winter I pretty much lived in his jumpers with stretchy leggings & now I’ll sometimes opt for ones of his tees over mine. What yours is mine right?
A good comfy bra. I know you’ve been told a million times you’re going to need to invest in a sturdy nursing bra but trust me a simple sports bra has done me wonders during pregnancy. I am so lazy when it comes to buying bras. Since my boob op I have bought a handful of Primark bralets, one strapless wired & a bunch of Calvin Klein’s. I just hate spending money on uncomfortable things. During my pregnancy I have lived in my Calvin sports bra & I think they’ll be my forever go to. I really should be sponsored by them at this point!
Culottes & elastic trousers. When my life jeans were no longer viable I had to turn to the stretchier items in my wardrobe. Turns out I have been very good at building my trouser collection. I love culottes anyhow so I am thankful they still fit. Granted they need to be styled a little different now they require a lot more stretching but comfort is key. Chucking a vest top or cami on with a stretchy pair of trousers creates such a simple non maternity outfit. Plus sometimes you just don’t want to wear a skirt or a dress & want that more manoeuvrable piece of clothing. It’s a lot easier to waddle around in trousers than a skirt for sure.
So as you can see it turns out I was way more prepared for pregnancy than I knew. Well at least when it came to dressing the bump. I am pleased to say I’ve kept my personal style whilst changing up my go to items to accommodate my new size. Worrying about having to spend money on maternity wear when you’re already spending tonnes on baby prep is inevitable. Hopefully this post eases that worry even just a little.
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