The world of fashion can be confusing enough even when you are not pregnant, but maternity fashion is a whole new kind of confusing. These maternity fashion tips will help you to understand how to dress for your trimester, and how to find clothes that will be comfortable for you and that will help you to keep your baby safe.
Your body goes through a lot of changes during your pregnancy, and the clothes that you can wear while you are in the early stages of pregnancy will be very different to the ones that you can wear later in your pregnancy. You may need to buy a lot of clothes while you are pregnant, so that you can stay comfortable as your baby grows.
The First Trimester
During the first trimester the biggest challenge will be keeping the pregnancy under wraps. A lot of people will want to keep their pregnancy secret until they are in the second trimester, and this means wearing stretch jeans, soft knits, and a-line skirts and avoiding clingy clothing. However, finding clothes that are comfortable but not frumpy may be a challenge. Consider snugger fitting clothes with built-in shaping panels if you want to look svelte while waiting for the bump to appear.
The Second Trimester
By the second trimester you will probably have much bigger breasts and a bump that is starting to show. If this is the case then you are probably ready for traditional maternity wear. If you are growing rapidly then you may feel like you are blowing a huge budget on clothes. Consider using simple garments such as wrap dresses and clothes with stretchy waistbands because these will be more comfortable for you in the long term and they will also save you money compared to having to buy clothes in a new size every couple of weeks.
The Third Trimester
During your third trimester there is a chance that you will feel very large and uncomfortable, especially if you are carrying a big baby. You may find that buttons and zips are uncomfortable, and if you are very bloated then even elastic waistbands may irritate you. It is a good idea to invest in empire-waisted dresses and maternity leggings. Use comfortable, loose knitted fabrics to keep yourself feeling stylish while not irritating your waist, and add style by choosing a range of monochromatic, slimming colors.
During the final weeks of your pregnancy it is likely that you will be rather bored with your clothes but that you won’t want to waste money on buying new garments because you know that you will only be wearing them for a few weeks. Instead of spending a fortune on clothes that won’t last long, consider buying new shoes instead. Opt for flat, comfortable shoes that are easy to slip in and out of so that you can enjoy them while you are pregnant, but choose a design that flatters your legs and that you will enjoy once the baby is born too. That way, you get the best of both worlds when it comes to fashion and comfort.
Choosing Clothes for a Baby
Babies grow incredibly rapidly. In fact, you grow more in the first year of your life than you grow at any other time in your life, therefore, it is important to take care to ensure that the clothing you buy for your child fits them well. You will probably have to buy a lot of clothing during the first year of your child’s life. Ideally, you should replace their clothes every two or three months.
Sizing charts tend to assume that a child is 50-56cm tall when they are born and that they grow 6cm every three months during their first year of their life. An “average” sized newborn baby weighs 4.5kg, and by the time they are one year old their weight has most likely more than doubled to 10kg. These are of course just rules of thumb – some babies grow more quickly and others are later bloomers. The important thing is that you figure out what size of clothing fits your child and keep replacing it as they grow.