See? Overalls are BAD.Some pregnant women don't gain weight anywhere but their belly. IT IS SO NOT FAIR. But it happens. Some women (like me) grow in more ways than one when they are expecting. Their hips, butt, chest, face, and feet all grow to gargantuan size new and exciting proportions while their belly swells full of baby.
Heck, my foot size even went up by a whole number and I went from wide to extra wide (and stayed that way). When you're expecting, the last thing you want to do is give up your favorite jeans, but most of the time you don't have a choice. Or do you?
When I had my first child nearly 10 years ago (LE GASP!), there wasn't much to choose from when it came to maternity clothing. There was one store in the mall that sold it (Motherhood), and on our tiny budget, I couldn't afford to buy much but a few basics. Most people I knew borrowed maternity clothes that were still in great condition from their sisters and friends. The last day I was pregnant with that child (literally, the day I went into labor), I walked around Target and noticed something: THEY HAVE CUTE MATERNITY CLOTHES! Before then it was all frumpy and dumpy. Huge Peter Pan collars, ill fitting tent-dresses, and horizontal stripes.
NOTE TO PREGNANT WOMEN: DO NOT WEAR ILL-FITTING HORIZONTAL STRIPES!
In other words, about 10 years ago, the clothing manufacturers finally got the hint: We still want to look cute and fashionable when we're pregnant! Stop making crappy, ugly, saggy, clowny clothes!
Since then, pregnancy fashion has gone through cycles. I'm trying to ignore the current trend of leggings and I'm hoping my pregnancy friends do, too. Because, HELLO! EIGHTIES! Been there, done that! Some things remain the same, though. And I'm going to tell you what I learned after two pregnancies and watching all of my sisters and friends go through it, too. You, too, can look cute pregnant! Here's how:
Wanna know what's awesome sauce? Trendy stores now have maternity lines. Yes, there's Pea in the Pod, but most people aren't in that price range (I confess to buying a dress to my brother's wedding from there but it was on sale). I'm talking Gap, Old Navy, Target, and heck, even Ann Taylor LOFT has maternity clothing now! And we can't forget the controversial Forever 21 maternity line.
A good rule of thumb for buying clothes is to buy a size similar to what you wore pre-pregnancy. For example, I was a S/M before kids so I got a S/M during pregnancy and most of the time it fit. Sort of. At least, I wanted it to. Oh heck, just try it on. Don't go crazy buying, though. You won't wear these clothes long, probably not even the whole nine months. Which is why I'm all about the village passing the maternity clothes around, mmkay?
So, to recap. NO HORIZONTAL STRIPES. Cute, trendy clothes. Comfy shoes. Natural fibers.
You got me?
Image via Marj Hatzell