When you find out you’re pregnant it can be tempting to start researching the topic as much as possible. Yes, women have been having children for centuries and it’s a natural part of life. But if it’s your first child it can seem like the most novel idea on the planet.
Hours can be spent on the internet looking up information ranging from your baby’s growth stage to how to deal with symptoms like morning sickness and odd cravings. You might also find yourself drawn to your local bookstore, for hardcover dictionaries on how to be a great mom and slip into your new role with ease.
Somewhere along the way, between becoming an expert on children and managing all things related to pregnancy’s inevitable hormonal changes, you’ll probably notice your jeans start to become tight. Your bras become constrictive and suddenly there’s a gap between where your top is supposed to fall and what used to be your hips.
At this point it’s usually time to start shopping for maternity clothes. But, while some women are ready to go all out and splurge on an entirely new wardrobe, for others it simply doesn’t make sense to spend a huge amount on items we’ll wear for a whopping total of 6 months.
Some pieces in your closet can simply be replaced with inexpensive versions in larger sizes. You’ll also find a variety of contemporary normal clothing with maternity features, like tops and dresses with empire waistlines.
However, there are several essentials you won’t want to be caught without; the maternity clothes you’ll actually wear and that will give you the most value for your money.
Maternity jeans are one such item. Let’s face it- you’d be hard-pressed to find a pair of normal jeans with a soft comfortable waistline that you can tuck under your growing bump. Maternity jeans can be purchased in your normal size, so they’ll fit your figure correctly but stretch to accommodate your new curves.
It’s also very important to have a comfortable maternity bra. Your breasts can increase by over two cup sizes during pregnancy and the last sensation you’ll want to feel during this sensitive time is constriction around your chest. Maternity bras also help create the foundation for a beautiful outfit to show off your glow. Buy maternity bras that are also suitable for nursing and you’ll have made an investment that will last you well beyond pregnancy.
Neutral basics, whether bought specifically from a maternity clothing company or a simpler retailer, are also very useful. These include long camisoles to cover your bump in wearable colors like black and gray, in addition to things like leggings and longer tunics.
If you need maternity wear for a professional setting, you may be able to make do with maternity slacks paired with a stretchy neutral top and open jacket. However, if your work requires very formal wear you’ll want to make sure you actually go out (or online!) and buy several versatile maternity blouses.
Author’s Bio: Sonia Bieber is an accountant, a mother of two and avid fashionista. She is also a writer for Crave Maternity, a great place to find quality maternity jeans and other essential maternity wear.