Maternity Clothes

Stylish maternity swimwear, bras and pants for every size

Some moms-to-be dread the thought of entering a maternity department, and others look forward to a new wardrobe that celebrates their pregnant form. Whatever camp you're in, there's a very good chance that you'll need to collect at least some basic maternity clothes to get you through your pregnancy, and it pays to choose your pieces wisely. After all, few things are more exasperating than spending money on items that you don't like, don't feel comfortable in and don't want to wear. Take some tips for maternity shopping before you hit the stores, and you'll be sure to return with a great new collection of clothes.

Building a Maternity Wardrobe

The most common mistake you can make is buying too much, too soon. While it can be tempting to indulge in the novelty of maternity wear or splurge on sales, remember that your body will change a lot over your pregnancy. Think about it: your uterus will expand up to 500 times its original size by the end of your third trimester, which means a vast difference in your waistline over the course of your nine months. If you try to predict how much you'll grow while you're still in your first trimester, you'll wind up with a pile of poor-fitting clothes.

Begin your maternity wardrobe with a solid foundation. Maternity bras are the most obvious place to start -- your chest will be the first area of your body to change! Get a soft and supportive bra to cradle your increasingly tender and swollen breasts, and while you're at it, consider trading in your constricting underwear for more comfortable styles. After you've made your way through the undergarment department, scout out a good pair of maternity jeans. Many moms report living in their maternity jeans for the greater part of their pregnancy, since they provide all the comfort of regular jeans with the right fit for a pregnant body. In fact, many styles have wide elastic waistbands to grow with your belly.

Plus Size Maternity Clothes

There's no reason for any woman to sacrifice style once they're pregnant, and more brands are realizing that pregnant bodies range in size and shape. You'll find a huge assortment of plus size pieces out there, from maternity swimwear to formal wear, so there's a very good chance that you'll be able to find something that's as fashionable as it is comfortable. Of course, it can be difficult to accentuate your best features when you're sporting a baby bump, especially if your growing body is making you feel frumpy and heavy.

If you're feeling down about your new shape, you're not alone. When it comes to plus size maternity clothing, take a cue from other voluptuous moms-to-be and avoid ruffles, bows and wild prints. A maternity dress in a solid color or subtle print can be the most minimizing and comfortable, especially if it has an empire waistline that lets the fabric flow nicely over your body. On the other hand, there's no need to try and hide your beautiful form, so explore different fabrics and cuts until you find the right style for your personality and comfort level. Check out specialized online boutiques, which seem to be leading the way for plus size maternity clothing retailers.

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