From when I first found out that I was pregnant, I was and still am, in a bit of denial about my growing tummy.
My spacial awareness wasn’t great before I fell pregnant, and hasn’t improved since. I tend to find myself walking into things, not fitting through spaces, and accidentally knocking people and things with my belly.
Initially, when you first fall pregnant, you are given confirmation usually by a pregnancy test and your doctor. With the first trimester, when you’re not really showing, it feels surreal because you don’t yet have the baby bump yet. It’s great because you still fit into your normal clothes and don’t really have to go out of your way to find new clothes just yet.
The time eventually comes where you can’t fit into your jeans, tshirts, singlets, blouses, shorts and even sometimes SHOES ! I found this very frustrating and annoying. It was definitely the cause of some of my pregnancy related breakdowns. Even just last night, I had a bit of a cry because I couldn’t fit into any of my heels for an engagement party we were going to, and even some of my flats felt a bit snug.
I have found a lot of the maternity wear to be either really expensive, or really frumpy. I found that my personal style has to be put aside and I just have to wear what I feel comfortable in. A lot of ladies I have spoken to swear by ASOS and the Iconic for maternity wear.
For me I find it a bit annoying having to invest in clothes that I’m not 100% fond of and having to pay so much. I’m the type of person who likes to try things on, so here are some of the places and items that I have bought that have kept me comfortable.
The best part is, these are items that can be worn even when you’re not pregnancy!
Kookai has been my best friend through this pregnancy. Still being in the office can make it hard, but their stretchy material has made the office life a lot more comfortable !
Skirts; I own three of these. Black, Grey, Blush
Kookai has some super comfy t-shirts. Fitted is great if you want to show off your bump.
For more special occasions I bought this dress which is also fitted, but super comfortable. Its a bit of a basic dress, but can’t be made to look more formal with some accessories and a nice pair of shoes !
For more every day wear, I have loved some of the dresses that they have had in Cotton On. They are fitted and inexpensive, and just comfortable.
From their singlet dresses, tshirt dresses, midi dresses, these have been great to wear casually when you’re just lounging about, or even when you’re going out to socialise.
Susan’s also has some tank dresses which are super comfortable and you will still be able to wear them as a looser fit once your baby has arrived.
The best tip that I probably have that works for me is I did a clean out of my wardrobe. I sorted our my clothes that weren’t appropriate for the season, and just put them away in clear boxes.
Next I sorted through my remaining clothes and picked out the ones that were stretchy enough to grow with me, as well as loose fitted clothes. I put all of these clothes that I know will fit and have tried on, all into one box.
Each morning before going to work, I can pull out this box, and know whatever outfit I put together will fit me. It saves the stress of trying on four different things which can lead to a breakdown because “you have nothing to wear”.
Happy shopping !!!