9 ways to be comfortable and still be stylish while pregnant

Pregnancy is definitely a time when a new—or altered, at the very least—wardrobe is in order. Some women find that they feel nothing but frumpy for the full 40 weeks, starting out bloated in the first trimester and feeling gigantic as their due date nears. The sad thing? Most women don’t realize just how beautiful they are when they are pregnant. Here’s how to dress to not only survive your pregnancy but to be comfortable and feel stylish at the same time.

1. Don’t shy away from fitted clothes. Some women (and clothing designers) think pregnancy = wearing baggy mumus the entire time. These can actually make you look bigger and just feel like a huge blob. Fitted tops and dresses accentuate your bump and show off your pregnant curves—which are gorgeous, so highlight them!

2. Invest in new undergarments. As your belly expands, so does your bust line. New bras may be in order to keep you and the girls comfortable, as well as your back. New underwear may also be needed. Don’t try to stick with what you have if it hurts!

3. Make sure you’re comfortable. No matter how you choose to dress—brand new maternity clothes or making what you have work—just make sure you are comfy. Trying to squeeze into a pair of pants that leaves you unable to sit or breathe by the end of the day (or a meal) just because you have only a few weeks left in your pregnancy and you don’t want to spend the money can make your day miserable. Be realistic: your body is changing, and you may be suffering from lots of pregnancy-related side effects. The last thing you need is clothes that make them worse.

4. Compression socks can be your new best friend. With leg swelling super common (especially at the end of pregnancy), compression socks can help keep it in check and keep the foot pain away. Luckily, lots of cute varieties exist out there so you aren’t just wearing your grandmother’s socks.

5. Have a few statement pieces. It’s normal to not want to break the bank for clothes you’ll wear for less than a year (unless you plan to save them for next time!), but a few statement pieces that might be more expensive might be worth it. Think a nice pair of jeans, one really awesome top, and a nice dress that can be used at work and for going out.

6. Be sensible with your shoes. Some pregnant women notice that their fit seem to “grow” in pregnancy and go up a half size or more. This is from your arch relaxing as well as possible swelling. If this is you, buy some new shoes, and don’t try to squeeze in to what you have.

7. Hit up consignment shops and your friends’ closets. You don’t have to spend a ton to look cute when pregnant. Consignment stores can be a goldmine since so many women want to get rid of their entire maternity wardrobe as soon as possible. Also, your friends may be very willing to share what they have. Don’t be afraid to ask—it can save you lots of money!

8. Consider clothes that will function for nursing, too. Maternity clothes that allow easy access for breastfeeding (think button down tops or those made specifically to be compatible with nursing) can last you even longer and be a good investment.

9. Have something to wear on your “bad” days. It’s OK to not want to highlight your bump every day. For those bad days, make sure you’ve got at least one good pair of sweats and a loose T-shirt so you can be as comfy as possible when you want to be.

About Dr. Jennifer Lincoln, Medical Director, Pregnancy

Dr. Jennifer Lincoln is a board-certified generalist obstetrician/gynecologist and attending physician in Portland, Oregon. She primarily works on labor and delivery and has recently been certified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.


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