Maternity clothing isn’t something I’ve splashed too much cash on, and given that the majority of my pregnancy is being spent in the autumn/winter, I’ve been able to stick with a lot of my old “normal” clothes up until this point.
I write this as I’m approaching 30 weeks of pregnancy (which in itself is absolutely insane) and the realisation that I might not strictly be able to continue like this is becoming apparent the bigger my belly gets.
Early on in the summer when the main challenge was bloating, I was able to stick with shorts, skirts and trousers that had stretchy waistbands, and wear pretty much the same T-shirts I usually would. There was a gradual change in the size of my belly but I’d say my belly “popped”, as the expression goes, at around 18 weeks when we were just about to head off for our Baby Moon in Gran Canaria for 10 days.
For the first trimester, I could get away with wearing pretty much anything that didn’t involve denim on the bottom – I cannot tell you how much I have missed throwing on a pair of jeans, but cannot bring myself to invest in a pair of maternity jeans because I just can’t find a pair I like (and the ones I’ve been able to find have usually got a god awful waistband that doesn’t match the colour of the denim very well).
I decided to invest in a couple of pieces of maternity clothing for our trip away and have got to say, the days of maternity clothing being god awful appear to be over.
I didn’t want to spend a fortune on anything that was brand new (because my love for secondhand fashion hadn’t left when a baby started growing inside of me) so picked up a couple of bits from my fashion girlies on Vinted.
When I got home, the bump was bumping and I was sticking with stretchy dresses for when I headed out to work, and just my usual staple outfit for autumn/winter of leggings and jumpers for home.
I have to hold my hands up and admit defeat on my crusade against fast fashion though – before we went away I did head into Primark and bought myself a selection of staple vest tops, a pair of cycling shorts and a stretchy knitted dress (in my usual size because I fully intend on keeping it all until it’s threadbare) – but the vast majority of my clothes are still secondhand, and I can confirm that the baby is also going to be kitted out in secondhand wherever possible – so I’m going to save a post on that for when they’ve arrived!
As we approach week 30, I’m sat here in some old pyjamas on my bed and planning out what I’ll be wearing next. The stretchy trousers/leggings I have are getting beyond a point where I can continue to wear them comfortably and I’m running out of time to re-wash dresses/pyjamas in time to wear them again for my next outing, so it’s likely that I’m going to be heading back to Primark for another haul of pyjamas and knitted dresses (of course in my usual size so they can be worn to death).
Let me know in the comments what you wore during your pregnancy and if you struggled with what to wear over your expanding body!