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.
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!
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!
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.