What to Look for in Maternity Clothes

Maternity clothes are an important part of your pregnancy. You will need them for six to seven months. Maternity clothes are not just what you wear but also assist in how you feel so you want to be assured that they are stylish and comfortable.

The Bra
One of the most important pieces of maternity clothing will be your maternity bra. Don't be hesitant to invest in a good bra. Your breasts will swell during pregnancy in preparation for breast-feeding. Some women go up as much as three cup sizes. Your main focuses on the bra should be a comfortable fit and breast support. Proper support for your breasts is imperative during this time or they will hurt and can cause you to have back pain. It would be helpful to have someone qualified from any lingerie department to assist you in finding the correct bra size for maximum support.

Mix and Match
The good news is you are no longer restricted to overalls and large collared shirts. The bad news is maternity clothes do tend to be expensive. However, choose the right combinations and it will be well within your budget.

Being able to choose from maternity clothing that is stretchable but has style is always nice. Although, not everyone can go out and buy a whole new wardrobe, consider solid colors and buying new items that match what you wear normally. You'll be able to wear some of your pre-pregnancy clothes as well as shoes and accessories.

Accessories can help you get the most variety out of your wardrobe as well. Try scarves, jewelry, handbags and shoes. This gives you the ability to mix and match, creating more outfits. Don't forget to throw in those jeans. You may find the ones you like to be a bit pricey, but the better they fit the more you’ll wear them.

Reveal It
You may notice that many maternity clothing companies are featuring outfits that enhance being pregnant instead of hiding it. Just because you're carrying doesn't mean that you can't be sexy. So accentuate your new curves.

It can be anything from a sleeveless shirt to a short dress or a low-cut top. Looking good means feeling good -- a real help with self-esteem. If your budget doesn't allow for the clothes that catch your eye, invest in just one outfit that makes you feel special. Even if it's a little summer dress it can make you look and feel like a million dollars. Don’t forget to wear it as much as possible, celebrate while you can.

Do's and Don'ts

Don't wear restrictive clothing such as tight belts or stockings with elastic bands.
Do wear maternity support pantyhose or stockings.

You don't want anything restrictive around your midsection but you do want to keep the blood flowing, which is the reason for support stockings. Pull them on before getting out of bed in the morning and before blood has a chance to pool in your legs to help minimize the risk of varicose veins.

Don't strut around in stilettos. It's just not the right timing plus that wouldn't be a pretty fall.
Do wear flats or shoes with wide chunky heels. Slip-on's will also be a very helpful as your feet become harder to reach.

Don't wear a long sleeve sweater with nothing underneath during cold weather.
Do layer your clothing. Your metabolic rate increases by about 20 percent when you're pregnant. Even if everyone else is shivering, you might be complaining about the heat. With a layered look, you can peel clothes off as needed.

Have Fun!

Shopping for maternity clothes shouldn't be something you're avoiding. Before you know it you will be showing with nothing to wear. Instead, have fun with it. Attractive clothes are one of your tools for feeling sexy.

Savannah Hernandez and Tabatha Jones, founders of Mommy Appelseed Maternity Clothing, grew up together and have remained close friends ever since. They came up with the idea of starting an online maternity clothes boutique while discussing their decisions to expand our families. Remembering the dull maternity fashions during their first pregnancies compelled them to open an maternity clothes boutique that offered comfortable, sexy maternity clothes without sacrificing style.

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