The Baby List Update: #9 Maternity Clothes

Happy Monday!

I fear I have to go back on a promise I made to you so long ago. I said I wouldn’t be turning this into a pregnancy blog….but this week I have a feeling we’ll be a little heavier on the baby content than in previous weeks. I apologize to my not-interested-in-baby-talk readers! I have a lot of list items to update you on. Yay for progress!

To kick off the week, I thought I’d start with something a bit light-hearted….fashion! Way back when I made the list, and I imagined myself being a tiny pregnant woman, I added #9 to the Baby List: Buy as few Maternity Clothes as Possible. Well, despite not being tiny….oy, this baby is huge…I can say this was achieved!

Truthfully, Bump It Up saved me. This book taught me some of the basics and I applied them to every stage of pregnancy. Instead of dropping hundreds on maternity clothes, I followed some of their simple guidelines and made a few of my own:

1. Don’t be afraid to borrow from a friend! As I said before, I was so fortunate to receive piles of super-cute maternity clothes from my sister and girlfriends, so I had an advantage on this goal. Of course, only use the stuff that’s still in good shape, in style, fits your body properly, and – most importantly – you feel great in.

2. Invest in a few, simple pieces – This advice is straight out of Bump It Up. Don’t worry about getting several pairs of jeans or multiple dresses for events. Buy only a few items that are basic and can be worn over and over: one quality pair of jeans that fit you well, a long pregnancy tank, leggings, etc. With a few basics, you’ll be able to create a lot of looks with the additional advice below.

3. Use pre-pregnancy pieces with the above-mentioned staples. (Also from Bump It Up). Wear your structured blazers, flowy cardigans, knee-high boots, maxi-skirts, etc. from your pre-bump days over the basics to create endless looks. For example, there’s no reason to drop a lot of cash a pregnancy cardigan. Wear one you already own over your long pregnancy tank and belt it just under your ginormous rack.

4. Accessorize! (From Bump It Up) From what I hear, wearing jewelry around a baby is near impossible, so take advantage of this time to wear your favorite baubles. You’ll be able to change the basic jeans and pregnancy tank into countless outfits by switching out jackets, scarves, necklaces, handbags, and shoes. And ladies, don’t toss out your high heels right away. I wouldn’t torture yourself, but wearing heels can make you look slimmer, more polished, and gives you more footwear options.

5. Embrace your bump. Don’t try to hide your baby under baggy shirts or sloppy clothes. During the first trimester, wearing baggy clothes will help keep your new weight gain a secret until you’re ready to announce your news, but that’s the only time to hide! I’m not suggesting you wear belly exposing clothes or anything that’s too tight, but let that glorious bump be seen by belting baggy shirts, wearing slimming pants, etc.

In the end, I borrowed quite a few maternity clothes, was given some as gifts, and only purchased a handful of pieces. I quickly found that I wasn’t impressed with Motherhood Maternity or A Pea in Pod, but did find a couple of sites that offered cute maternity clothes at a reasonable price.

And of course, Old Navy and Target have some inexpensive and trendy options, too.

Hope you all have a great week! I’m excited to share tomorrow’s Baby List Update with you……#1: Complete the Nursery!

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