Do you remember the time when I was pregnant? I sure do - and quite fondly in fact. I miss rubbing my baby bump, I miss how big and hard it became, I miss the big kicks I felt, the glow my skin sported, how thick my hair was and of course, the amazing feeling of having the miracle of life growing right inside me.
What do I not miss about being pregnant? My swollen feet and how I couldn't even reach them, having to pee all the time and also how dressing up became such a nightmare when I could no longer fit into my clothes. Oh gosh, I remember how unattractive I felt and how long it took for me to figure out my maternity style. But once I found my groove, I regained confidence with my changing body and even managed to look somewhat stylish! The lovely people at Maternity Sale asked me to share some of my maternity style tips with you today. Read on if you're interested...
Embrace the bump. For a little while, I insisted on squeezing myself into my regular clothes even when they had (clearly) become too tight. Not only was it very uncomfortable, I soon realised it only made me look chunky, as opposed to pregnant. That's when I decided to embrace my pregnancy and got myself some maternity clothes.
Dual function maternity clothes. To get more wear out of maternity wear, opt for styles that are nursing friendly. These include button down tops, wraparound styles, loose v necks or maternity tanks with straps that can be unclipped for breastfeeding. I have a couple of soft cotton nursing singlets in charcoal gray as well as black and white stripes from Maternity Sale that I've gotten so much wear out of since I was expecting that I'm still wearing now.
Accessorise. Instead of spending a fortune on a heap of new maternity clothes, I went for basic items like plain black dresses and solid colour tops and use accessories to create different looks. It's amazing how many looks you can create with a simple change in scarf, coat, jewellery and other accessories.
Choose natural breathable fabrics. Pregnant women tend to feel hot and sweat more which can be pretty uncomfortable. Choosing maternity wear in natural fabrics which will help in absorbing moisture and regulating body temperature.
Get one special occasion outfit. You only need one - for those occasions that calls for a dressier look than usual. Mine was a knee length black dress with long lace sleeves that I ended up wearing it to a friend's engagement party, a couple of fine dining experiences and also my baby shower.