How I Avoid Shopping For Maternity Wear #MummyMondays

When I was pregnant with Elliott I think the only pieces of maternity wear I bought was a pair of lounge/yoga pants that had a band that went up around my belly and the same, but in a knee length skirt.  All the other clothes I had were regular clothes that were cut in a way that accommodated my growing belly.

The great thing I found about being able to wear regular clothes when pregnant is that I could easily wear them for a while after I had Elliott, they did not go to waste once my belly disappeared. Actually, a couple of dresses I wore a good couple of years after having Elliott.

As I write this, I’m 18 weeks into my pregnancy and I’m definitely not planning on going down the maternity wear road even though my tummy has grown a lot quicker than last time.

Here are some of the regular clothes I wore last time I was pregnant in 2011. They were all either really nice and stretchy and stretched up and down, the green swirl dress was nice and flowy and the striped dress was perfect with a pair of leggings.  I wore all of them again after having Elliott.

How to avoid buying maternity wear

My tips for staying in a regular wardrobe while pregnant

Belts are your friend

I’m a big fan of buying dresses, long shirts and tunics that have a bit of room in them, even when I’m not pregnant. What I do with these is add a belt to accentuate my waist. The great thing with these is that you can continue to wear a belt as your belly expands and stop when it gets too big.

Maxi dresses are your friend

Out of all of my items of clothing, I think dresses are the number one item and I certainly do have a number of maxis. I always tend to buy maxi dresses made with a stretchy material or that are cut in a way that allows for a growing tummy.

Leggings are your friend

Now, I’m not talking about wearing leggings as pants because that’s a big NO-NO. What I do mean is that as your regular dresses or shirt dresses get a little short, all you have to do is wear a pair of leggings underneath. This is especially great as the cooler weather comes along. This is where a belt becomes useful too.

Belly bands are you friend

I had a belly band with Elliott and it was awesome. There was no way I was going to go out and buy new jeans! No one will even know that under your belly band your jeans are unbuttoned and unzipped!

The right fabric is your friend

There’s no use in buying clothes are non-stretch cotton or chiffon with a lining that doesn’t stretch, you’ll just rip holes in it. You need to buy clothes that have a lot of stretch in them.

The right cut of clothing is your friend

Although you might buy a maxi dress that is made of a lovely stretchy material, if it’s a firm fitting cut, you could be left feeling quite uncomfortable later on in your pregnancy. I try to opt for freely flowing tops and dresses that aren’t too clingy and that can be belted where needed.

Now, the only problem with my theory around buying regular clothing when pregnant is when it comes to active wear. Activewear, specifically pants, don’t work well with my tummy and there’s simply no way I can get around it. It’s the most annoying and uncomfortable feeling having the waistband roll down under my belly.

So how do I combat this? I wear snazzy pants like these Nectar Yoga Pants from Rumi Yoga Wear, made from 70% recycle plastic yet they feel so nice!

Rumi Yoga Wear Yoga Pants

My tummy still has a bit of growing to do, but the best thing about these Nectar Maternity Leggings is that I don’t have to deal with the whole rolling down of the waistband because these pants are designed to expand as baby grows. At the moment, I normally roll the waistband down to reveal a lovely blue-green colour. I didn’t want to show a photo of my big arse, but in the back of the leggings, the waistband has a crossover back in a V detail to offer support for the lower back. Perfect for me because I had huge lower back issues in my third trimester with Elliott.

Isn’t the pattern awesome?  Yep, now I have these pants, I will wear my active wear shopping, school drop off, you name it!

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So there you have it, my tips for avoiding shopping for maternity wear. It’s a huge money saver too, it’s better to get as much wear out of clothing as possible than wear it for a few months.

What are your tips for dressing during pregnancy? Do you wear regular clothes or a bit of both? 

Disclaimer: The Nectar Maternity Leggings from Rumi Yoga Wear were gifted, I did not receive any monetary compensation.


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  1. February 22, 2016 / 6:51 am

    With my last pregnancy I stayed quite compact (none of my pregnancies were as big as my first!).
    I wore my own clothing for the first 24 weeks, then went on a shopping spree in maternity wear. I quite love maternity wear these days and I am happy to shell-out on it to make me look and feel great when pregnant. There were some of my regular clothes I wore right through but I was so sad to find them destroyed by the end of nine months through over-use!
    Hope you are feeling well! X

    • February 22, 2016 / 3:10 pm

      Oh I would love to go on a shopping spree for proper maternity wear but just don’t have the budget to which is why I try to stick to regular clothes. Hopefully I can get through my whole pregnancy in them!

  2. February 22, 2016 / 7:20 am

    I will never have this issue again – lol. I remember my last pregnancy, I had perfected the ‘normal’ clothes. I loved being able to show off my belly too.

    • February 22, 2016 / 3:13 pm

      I definitely love showing off the belly now that I’m at a stage where I look pregnant and not just like a woman with a big gut!

  3. February 22, 2016 / 8:56 am

    I couldn’t avoid maternity wear, I think I outgrew my clothes by 11 weeks with Sophie!

    • February 22, 2016 / 3:14 pm

      Oh, don’t’ get me wrong, I went out and bought clothes as some of my clothes didn’t fit once I got to a certain stage, but I just bought different styles that allowed for my tummy and some bigger sizes instead of the traditional maternity clothes.

  4. February 22, 2016 / 9:29 am

    Great tips. Nothing for me to link up so far. I’m still finding my feet in the new house and playing catch up with study which means blogging hasn’t exactly been a huge priority. Hopefully that changes soon.

  5. February 22, 2016 / 9:51 am

    All of those outfits look great. I think I mostly wore the tunic with leggings type of arrangement when I was expecting. Except for the first time when I wore regular clothes because I didn’t know I was pregnant until I was 26 weeks… (Looong story…) Yes, I was one of ‘those’ weird women. Great tips.

    • February 22, 2016 / 3:20 pm

      Thank you. I’m a big fan of the tunic and leggings, I think that’s what I’ll be wearing when it gets cooler. Haha…26 weeks!Incredible. 🙂

  6. February 22, 2016 / 10:11 am

    With my eldest I was MASSIVE!!! My gynaecologist had a wicked sense of humour and would run he’s finger over a stretch mark and say hang on just reading the map to avoid mountains lol, funny man. I was a petite size 10 and went to a stretched 22 by the time he was born. I lived in baby doll dresses and bike shorts for as long as I possible could, All my pregnancies I was massive..

    • February 22, 2016 / 3:21 pm

      Wow, you did get big!!!At least your gyno had a great sense of humor, I bet it’s something you will always remember!

  7. February 22, 2016 / 10:25 am

    Great post. I also tried to wear most of my own clothes for as long as possible. So much better for the budget! After that I bought a few regular pieces of clothing, like loose fitting tshirts, that I could continue to wear afterwards … actually I’m wearing one of those tops today! I did succumb and buy a pair of maternity jeans and one really nice maternity top (which I loved so much I wish I could wear it now!). If you do need maternity wear, eBay is a great place to check. I bought a couple of really nice dresses quite cheaply as I knew I would be attending a wedding and other functions later in my pregnancy and didn’t have much else to wear for these occasions.

    • February 22, 2016 / 3:22 pm

      I agree on the budget point. I just find it’s easier and cheaper to stick with regular clothing that I can continue to wear. But I’m not saying I’ll avoid maternity wear altogether, if there’s something I like and I can afford it, I’ll definitely buy it. Haven’t looked on eBay, will keep that in mind.

  8. February 23, 2016 / 6:00 am

    I mixed a few maternity pieces with my regular clothes – I found I could continue to wear most tops and dresses when teamed with maternity jeans or leggings.