dressing for two: shopping for maternity clothes

Just as you begin to 'show', you may find that you're struggling a little with your jeans zip, or your shirt buttons may be popping out a bit. Don't worry, having a bump doesn't mean kissing fashion goodbye for the next nine months. And trust me, you'll still look stunning! Embrace your new curves and hit the shops – you'll probably find there's more to choose from than you thought.

Pregnancy is a great excuse for a wardrobe refresh (as if you need one!), but you don't actually have to buy that many pieces if you don't want to. Just a few key items can create a stylish maternity capsule wardrobe that will see you through your pregnancy and beyond. Take along a shopping buddy who's nailed the yummy mummy-to-be look, and enjoy. After all, you deserve a treat!

office wins: maternity workwear

A maternity dress can be an ideal option for work. Stretchy or loose-fitting styles are comfy choices, and yes, it's possible to be comfortable and still look professional. You might want to swap your heels for some easy-to-wear flats, as your legs and feet may get tired more quickly than they used to. And if you're anything like me, you'll rejoice at any excuse to ditch the heels.

lounging in style: weekend maternity wear

On laid-back weekends, go for all-out comfort in a pair of maternity leggings. They’re perfect for teaming with longline tops for a casual look. The only thing to decide: floaty or bump-hugging styles? Be bashful or be bold and flaunt that beautiful bump!

expectant mum browsing for maternity clothes

working out: sporty staples

Keeping active during pregnancy is great for both you and baby, and experts recommend that you keep up your usual fitness routine as long as it's comfortable and safe. Yoga or Pilates are a popular pregnancy exercise choice. Once your bump makes an appearance, try some maternity yoga clothes and sports bras. Swimming is ideal as the water helps to support your body. Equally, if your cossie has seen better days, you could splash out (sorry) on a maternity swimsuit.

fabulous maternity occasion wear

Every woman needs that one outfit that makes them feel their most confident. This could be a gorgeous maternity party dress in a flattering fit. For more casual dos, try some maternity jeans with a stand-out top.

mixing it up: maternity accessories

Accessories are an important part of a maternity capsule wardrobe. You can really change the appearance of your outfit by using scarves, statement jewellery or shoes. It’s great fun buying new stylish maternity clothes, but at the same time, you may not want to splurge too much on a temporary wardrobe.

going bust: finding the right bra

Many mums-to-be find their breasts change shape and start to feel tender almost immediately, so a maternity bra is often the first pregnancy purchase. Don't be shy about asking for a fitting – you'll be amazed at the difference the right bra makes – and consult your fellow mums-to-be on what styles they find most comfortable.

expectant mum in maternity underwear

bump-friendly undies: bring out the big knickers!

Your usual knickers will fit for a while, but as your bump grows you’ll need pregnancy pants (I know, you can't wait!) that will fit your changing shape. There are under-bump briefs or over-bump briefs, which are really supportive as your tummy grows. If you wear tights, normal ones will quickly slip down under your bump. Invest in a pair or two of maternity tights that stretch right up and over your tummy.

time to relax: are you sleeping comfortably?

Finally, bedtime. Towards the end of your pregnancy, your pyjamas will probably be your favourite outfit! You may also feel comfier wearing a special sleep bra underneath for extra night-time support. The only thing missing after that is a good night's sleep and a luxurious lie-in or two. Best to stock up now before your little one arrives!


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