Shopping during pregnancy = boo.
I’m 18 weeks and starting to outgrow some of my pants. Well, maybe I should say “shun” since I could probably make it a few more weeks but I don’t want to be uncomfortable or risk accidentally mooning some poor soal with my expanding posterior by not buttoning them.
Recently my husband and I were out shopping at a department store. We split up to shop but I quickly realized that looking at clothing was pointless since I’d probably outgrow it shortly, so I ended up wandering around in accessories (since they always fit). Regardless, it made shopping a little bit depressing…and I’m someone who likes shopping (so I can only imagine how difficult it is for women who don’t like shopping).
My last pregnancy I spent a decent amount of time trying to find cute maternity clothes so I thought I’d share some of my finds in hopes of making shopping a little easier for those of you who have found yourselves recently rounder.
My “pregnancy must-haves”:
- A good pair of dark wash jeans (I personally prefer the “under belly” ones rather than ones with a panel)
- Black Yoga pants
- Long-line tank tops (Target has some nice ones)
- A LBD – Even though maternity clothes can be expensive, spend the money on this since you can wear it any time you have to dress up.
- Maxi and swing dresses – They’re never too short and the loose cut allows you to wear them all thru pregnancy.
Some of my favorites:
My favorite maternity jeans are Loved by Heidi Klum.
I own two pairs of these (Under Belly Super Stretch Slim Leg Maternity Jeans) and wore them even when I wasn’t pregnant because they’re really comfortable and a nice dark wash. They are around $30 and you can find them at Motherhood/Destination Maternity.
You can find leggings pretty much anywhere but Forever 21 usually has a big selection and Kohl’s also has a wide range of colors.
Since I’ve been pregnant in the winter these are a great way to stay warm and add a little bit of interest to an outfit (and also to make those tad-too-short dresses a little more appropriate).
One of my absolute favorite places to shop is Asos.com AND lucky for me they have a maternity section, plus free shipping and returns!
These are just some of my favorites.
Some casual options
And some dressier options – perfect for Christmas and New Years! I might have just ordered that lace one.
Don’t forget about accessories!
Since I end up wearing the same thing over and over, I like to add statement necklaces or fun shoes (if your feet can stand them) to change things up (plus they’ll last you past pregnancy).
Think Outside the Box!
Maternity clothes don’t necessarily have to be “maternity”. Shirts with “empire” waistlines or shifts & swing dresses can work as maternity tops.
Top row: ASOS “swing” dresses
Bottom Row: Old Navy “shift” & “maxi” dresses
Other Maternity Shopping:
Here are a few other good places – at a variety of price points.
While maternity shopping is much more limited there are options out there…they just take a little bit of digging.
Good luck and have fun!