When you are pregnant your body shape changes enormously and most expecting mothers will find that they grow out of their clothes very quickly. Whilst the prospect of a shopping trip to buy new clothes can be exciting, many women need to be practical and make their money stretch as far as possible! Whatever your budget, buying clothes to suit your new figure can be a daunting task and you might not know where to start! Talkmum blogger Cath decided that a couple of basic items so she could mix and match tops and create different looks for any occasion was the forward. Here she talks us through her must-have maternity wear essentials:
Black trousers – Perfect for work with a blouse or with a tunic top for evenings.
Jeans – if you buy a darker pair they are so versatile. They can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.
Wrap round dress – these are brilliant as they are so comfy and because they have lots of material in them they can be worn throughout the pregnancy. If you buy a plain colour you can add a stretchy vest top underneath to have a different look. They are also perfect for breastfeeding!
Flat shoes or sandals – I live in high heels but found my legs became tired as my pregnancy progressed. I was pregnant over summer so I bought a pair of flat black sandals that looked good with either jeans or trousers.
White shirt – I wore mine for work and added bright jewellery and teamed it with jeans or leggings at weekends.
Black Leggings – these can be worn with a tunic top and sandals in summer or a chunky jumper and boots in winter.
Tunic top – these are great as they usually have a tie to fasten at the back and like the wrap dress have “growing room”. Again they can be worn with black trousers, jeans or leggings.
A long cardigan – perfect with jeans or leggings.
Stretchy camisole vests in bright colours – they can be worn under the wrap dress or layer a couple of contrasting colours and wear with jeans.
A good fitting bra – it is very important to have a good fitting bra and you should have regular fittings as your pregnancy progresses.
There are lots of high street stores selling maternity clothes these days - from the major supermarket chains right up to high-end and designer and retailers so whatever your budget you will be spoilt for choice!
I also treated myself to some colourful chunky necklaces and bracelets which helped to brighten up outfits.
Have I missed anything out? What are your maternity essentials and where are the best places to shop?