10 Pregnancy Wardrobe Must-Haves

Many would definitely like to have a new wardrobe during pregnancy. But not everyone can afford to ditch all pre-pregnancy clothes and replace them at once with clothes that will perfectly fit their growing baby bumps. There is no need to panic. You can still keep your pre-pregnancy clothes. Just make sure that you have these pregnancy apparel must-haves. Shop smart and keep these pregnancy apparels to have the best maternity for pregnancy.

Maternity Leggings

Have a pair or more of these trendy  Maternity leggings and you can have more to mix and match in your closet. Opt for dark colored and stretchy leggings. You will look smaller even with a baby bump. They come in different styles and sizes. Some even come with a cradle-like design on the upper portion of the leggings. This could provide the much-needed support that your baby belly and lower back deserve.

Tunic

An oversize top like a tunic can be paired with other garments. It can flatter or conceal what you need to highlight or hide. They often come with slimming features, a deep v-neck, and other interesting details. You can wear it on top of a pair of skinny jeans or a stretchy legging. Once you have given birth, you can still wear a tunic as it can be a lot more comfortable to wear if you need to nurse your baby or while you are still working to have your pre-pregnancy period back.

Maxi Dress

Maxi Dress

This supersize dress is not only a hit to expectant mothers. Even single ladies love to walk around in this flowing long dress that accentuates the collarbone, shoulders, as well as décolletage. You will find them quite comfortable to wear. You can even wear it over a loose shirt if you are not used to showing off more skin.

Long Tank Top

A long tank top will fit perfectly most women (either pregnant or not). That means you can wear one even long after you have given birth. So, if you want to keep one longer, make sure to buy a good quality long tank top. You can wear it on over or under another top and pair with leggings or jeans. One of these sexy-looking tops will enhance your figure and your look. One cut longer will provide better cover for your rear and your tummy, so if you want to feel a lot comfortable, choose one that will just be the right fit and one made from a good-quality material like stretchy microfiber blends.

Unstructured Cardigan

A classic cardigan will never go out of style. When you are expecting. however, you may need the flexibility that an unstructured cardigan provides. There’s fussy thin-material that can reveal what you really want to conceal. It doesn’t have many buttons that might get in the way or any other detail that will create more of an inconvenience rather than a flattering fit. It does have a toggle near the neckline or just one button that allows you to either loosely close the cardigan at the front part. This offers a comfortable elegance that can be worn even after your pregnancy is over.

A classic shift dress

This apparel creates a youthful look and a soft and gentle charm that can make days feel light and stress-free. Its slight body-skimming feature makes it easy to flaunt part of your body without even trying. As it’s designed to be a slight A-line, you have more room for your growing baby belly. One with a spaghetti or scoop neck will provide you a more relaxed feel when wearing one of these.

A Scarf

This is perhaps one of the most versatile of pieces of accessories you can have. The possibilities of wearing one are just limitless. You can enhance the look of a rather monochromatic and drab. Once your baby is ready for nursing, you can also use this scarf as a nursing cover. You can also stretch it over an outfit that looks drab and old to create a new and interesting look.

The scarf has other uses than an accessory to your outfit. You can turn it to a makeshift stroller cover while enjoying some time out with your baby out in the house or use it as a blanky to sit on and rest after a walk around the park.

The wrap around dress

You can always a comfortable day in a wrap around dress. Adjust the fit by securing the ends on your waist with its ties. These are usually located near the bustline and can easily conceal your growing baby bump. It’s a classic wear you can have before, during, and even after pregnancy.

Fold-over yoga pants

A pair of black boot-cut yoga pants is another necessity for your pregnancy wardrobe. You can wear them any wear and feel great going about doing exercises or dining out friends. It is usually designed with a wide fold-over waistband. You can either fold it down under your belly or wrap it up over the bump. This nice pair of pants will be quite handy especially if you have a c-section delivery.

Stretchable skinny jeans

This curve-hugging pants will definitely look good on you, even with that baby bump. As it is made with an elastic material, it will be softer on the skin, unlike regular jeans. Match it up with flats, heels, or even a knee-high boots for that elegant and sophisticated mommy look.

Conclusion

Dressing up even while you are heavy with your baby is not that difficult when you have these must-haves in your wardrobe. You can easily go about your day and still find wearing any of these quite comfy as they allow  you the freedom to move about with ease. More importantly, you can use them at any stage of your pregnancy, and even after you have given birth to your baby. That’s a smart investment that you can enjoy for some time.

How To Choose The Right Nursing Bra

After going through a number of available brands and styles, you may realize that finding the best bra for pregnancy may not be easy after all. There are so many things that you have to consider. Added to this is the fact that your breast may grow bigger than it does during pre-pregnancy. Finding the right fit during the first trimester may not fit right a few months later. Finding the right bra may not be the only challenge that you have to face. Wearing one may also make you feel sore. At times you may even just give up the thought of finding the right brassiere, instead settle for not wearing any at all.

Some would opt for a bigger sized bra instead. However, most primary health providers recommend wearing a nursing bra instead. As your pregnancy progresses, your cup size will change. That is especially true during the last trimester and after giving birth. Also, once you start nursing your newborn, your breasts will become larger as your breasts will supply the milk that your newborn requires. As your baby adjusts to a regular feeding routine, your breast size will start to normalize as well. For this reason, nursing bras are designed to accommodate the changing band and cup sizes throughout pregnancy and nursing periods.

What differentiates nursing bras from a regular brassiere?

Nursing bras are constructed to be comfortable and provide easy access during lactation. Their functionality does not override style and appearance, however. Women of today opt for brassieres and other undergarments that provide the same appeal as those of the bras that they were during pre-pregnancy and manufacturers understand that.

Like regular bras, nursing bras are designed to have closures or hooks at the back. Nursing bras, however, have four hooks instead of three to alter the band size. The hooks are also designed to be two-deep (sewn at the top and at the bottom) for added support and a more comfortable fit for the growing breasts. Most of these nursing bras are cut to be wider than regular bras so they can provide adequate support to milk-filled breasts.

The major difference between these two is in the cup design. Most nursing bras have clasps at the top of the fabric of the cup. This can be folded down when it is time to feed the newborn baby. Other nursing bras to have snaps in between the breasts. This allows the fabric flap to be folded toward the armpit and make it easier for the baby to access the mother’s breast. Whatever design that you may find available, make sure that you opt for one that will make it easier for you to unhook or undo the clasps when it is time to feed your hungry baby.

What bra material will provide the most comfort when worn?

Like many other garments, cotton is the most favored material when it comes to comfort. Cotton dries quicker than others, hence makes it easier for any spilled milk to dry faster. This allows the nipples to stay dry when feeding.

How do find the right fitting nursing bra?

Wearing a nursing bra that is just too small for the breasts, the bra will add pressure on the breasts and strain the tissues under the skin. This may cause the milk ducts to get plugged. It is important that you know the right measurements before you look for the right nursing bra to buy.

To find your bra measurement, wear a non-padded, well-fitting bra. Then, wrap the measuring tape tightly around your rib cage under the bustline. The measurement that you will get will be your band size. To find your correct cup size, place the measuring tape around the fullest part of the breast. Then, subtract the second measurement from the first measurement (band size). The resulting measurement will determine your cup size. For instance, you got a 36 band size and the second measurement is a 39. Your bra size then would be 36C.

Should you consider buying a brassiere with underwire?

There are several brassiere styles that come with underwires. Wearing underwire bra can also cause pressure to the breast tissue and lead to the clogging of the milk ducts. Though they are safe in general, there are some cheap underwire bras that can be made with metal sheets. These could be quite irritating to the skin. They can also pose a problem for women with highly sensitive skin.

What is the proper way of washing undergarments like a nursing bra?

You can extend the life of your brassiere and ensure that it does not lose its elasticity and shape. Gently wash your brassiere and other undergarments with mild detergent and water. Allow it to air dry overnight. You can also wash your undergarments after taking a shower to save time. Remember not to put your brassiere in the dryer, however.

When looking for the right bra, consider the comfort that it provides when you try it on. If you see that the bra is quite loose, you know that your breasts won’t be supported properly. If on the other hand the bra is too tight, you will feel too uncomfortable. Remember that you will be using your bra as you feed your baby, so make sure that it won’t just be comfortable when worn but also when you are feeding your newborn.

There are so many options available online and on brick and mortar stalls so there really is not a reason for you to be in a hurry. Take note of all considerations (comfort, quality of materials used, the style, and what other users say about the product). Don’t just pick a bra that others say looks good on them. It is best to compare reviews on different sites (if you consider buying online) and buy from a store that offers product exchange and refund.

Conclusion

Remember that though you won’t be using the bra longer than your normal undergarment, you and your baby’s comfort is at stake, so you need to be careful when looking for the best nursing bra to buy.