Sunday, September 22, 2013

Pregnancy: Maternity Staples

I've been meaning to do a post like this for quite some time.  I feel like most women go a little overboard when it comes to purchasing maternity clothing.  In my first trimester I bought three maternity dresses and at 25 weeks I've bought little else.  The reality is that most of my dresses still fit, and if you dress smart, you don't need to spend much for just a few months of wardrobe.  Here are a few of my maternity staples and all of them are for a woman on a budget!

Bodycon dresses:

Tight dresses was never a staple in my closet until after I was pregnant.  When your body changes so much you have a hard time feeling like yourself.  I realized that accentuating my new pregnant body actually made me feel much better than trying to hide my bump in drapes and layers.  This dress from ASOS is perfect for fall and it comes in many different lengths and colors.

Cute flat shoes:

As much as I love heels (and I really, really, do) I've pretty much retired them all.  Not only do your feet get swollen, but having to shove them into a narrow pump hurts them about ten times more than it used to.  That doesn't mean you have to break out the horribly ugly flip flops and Uggs though.  Ruche has a wonderful selection of cute and comfortable flats.  I picked these ones because I love the ankle strap and the price (30 bucks!).

Maternity jeans:

I'll admit, I don't wear jeans or even pants on a regular basis.  Or ever.  But my style has changed with my growing belly and I'm actually looking into a great pair of maternity jeans.  Since I'm due in January I figured one pair wouldn't set me back too much.  These jeans from ASOS are my pick because they sit low on the waist and they're a great "skinny" cut.

Belly band:

To those ladies who don't want to invest in maternity jeans and can still fit into their regular ones, a belly band is the perfect solution.  It allows you to keep your jeans unbuttoned and unzipped without exposing any unwanted areas.  I bought this exact belly band from Target, but I use it at work.  I had to up a size on my scrub bottoms but they're still much too large on my waist.  I put the belly band over my scrub pants and they fit perfectly!  Plus, it offers some support which is great when I'm standing all day.

Maternity tights:

I'm a huge tights person but I realize that all my tights won't be fitting me comfortably once I'm in the later stages of pregnancy.  These pregnancy tights from Old Navy are wonderful because they have an extra stretchy waistband and tummy area for that growing belly.

Every item that I've mentioned here is under fifty dollars and perfect small additions to your already fabulous pre pregnancy wardrobe.  You can still look gorgeous and feel comfortable as a pregnant woman on a budget!  Have any maternity staples that I haven't shared?  I'd love to know :)




  1. Great advice that I'll have to remember down the road....

  2. Great advice. I'm trying hard not to spend much on my pregancy wardrobe. So far I've bought a pair of blue maternity jeans, a pair of blavk maternity jeans, two maternity t shirts, a pair of smart black trousers, 2 pairs of tights, 2 half price maternity dresses from asos and a reduced maternity party dress from new look. The rest if the time I've made do with my current wardrobe and a handful of regular sized swing and smock dresses that were really cheap in the asos sale. I don't mind spending on them because I can wear them long after the birth. I hope I won't really need much else as long as I can find a couple of jumpers that still fit. X

  3. Great post, for new moms out there :D

  4. Great advice for all the baby mamma's to be! I love that you've been able to make your wardrobe work while adding in a few more pieces, so wonderful!!

  5. Those shoes are so cute! I can't relate to maternity needs since I've never been pregnant, but I know these are all great choices!

    Kate from Clear the Way

  6. They're all very good purchases. And if I may offer my own piece of advice, buy a cheap nursing bra well before the due date. You'll be wanting one pretty quickly after bubby comes and you probably won't be wanting to nip to your local department store within days of giving birth. Don't spend much though because you never really know what changes are going to go on there once you start nursing! I had to go up 1-2 cup sizes while breast feeding so just buy something cheap and stretchy until you've worked out what your body is going to be doing. Even if you don't plan to breast feed, your boobs will thank you for the comfort lol.
    Good to see a post from you! :)

  7. Having never been pregnant this was really interesting for me to learn about, I think some ladies truly know how to use maternity style to their advantage.

  8. you're so right I went crazy and bought too many things since I gained all my weight in the first 4 months but I haven't bought anything else since I've hit my 5 month jut because I only have a few more months to go and dont want to waste money on clothes that I wont be wearing for a while if not ever lol. so yeah this is such a smart post and the black dress is perfect for holidays you can accessorize it with different color necklaces and shoes and be party ready and comfy!

  9. Agreed!! I had a little more trouble making the belly band work for me, but a lot of moms swear by them for sure! And I have a friend who is now using it for post baby as well until her regular pants fit again!

  10. Such a great post! I'll definitely keep your tips in mind when I'm pregnant- which hopefully won't be for at least 5 years, haha!

    Xo, Hannah


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