Everyone knows pregnancy is tough on a woman’s body and mind, but it can also be tough on her sense of style. Magazines on newsstands around the city showcase expectant celebrities impeccably dressed, whether walking the red carpet or running errands. Most pregnant women, however, don’t have a team of stylists and designers on speed dial and it can be overwhelming for first time moms trying to balance their changing bodies while staying fashionable.
Luckily, today, there are so many options for great maternity pieces. A Pea in the Pod offers pieces from top designers, including many who are mothers and are in tune with an expectant mother’s fashion needs. Women also have other, more affordable options for remaining chic during pregnancy.
Most women don’t start growing out of their current wardrobes until around week 14, longer if they employ tricks like looping an elastic band through the buttonhole of your pants or wearing looser fitting items from stores like Forever 21. Because of this, dropping thousands on tons of designer duds is probably a waste of money, especially considering many affordable stores like H&M, Zara, and Target carry stylish maternity wear.
There are, however, some items women will want to invest in. A good maternity coat, especially if you’ll be late in your pregnancy during the winter is a must-have for New Yorkers. A little black maternity dress that you love is also worth dropping some extra cash on. Birthday parties, date nights, and weddings can be frustrating to shop for last minute; yet, a beloved LBD can alleviate some of that stress.
No matter how thin or in shape a woman is, eventually the bump will show. Overall, women have found they have more confidence when they show off their bump. Opting for tighter fitting shirts and dresses can help ensure you look pregnant, as opposed to out of shape. Using belts over the baby bump can take less fitted pieces from frumpy to fashionable in an easy step. According to seasoned expectant New Yorkers, owning your bump can also help you score those coveted subway seats. It’s also important women stick to their personal sense of style; if you didn’t like maxi dresses or button ups before you were pregnant, you’re probably not going to like them while you’re pregnant either.
Consignment stores are another great style resource during pregnancy. Brooklyn is well known for great thrift shops and websites like thredUP have great selections of lightly warn, fashionable maternity wear. New mothers may also have some great pieces for their expectant friends to borrow, so it might be worth asking. Furthermore, women who plan to breastfeed can save a little money and space by opting for maternity pieces they can also nurse in.
Above all else, women should remember what an amazing feat their body is undertaking and dress for comfort first. If you’re not comfortable in your clothes, no matter how fabulous they are, you won’t feel confident and that will show in your face and attitude.