One of the many changes that you run into during pregnancy is clothing and maternity clothes. And if you’re like me, you refuse to give into the dressing the bump in extended sizes. I’m not going to lie, I have been against buying maternity clothes because I couldn’t find something cute, I didn’t want to accept my stomach was popping out, and I didn’t want to spend money on something that is only temporary.
I dragged my feet and continued to pull them until my mom picked up the first set of maternity clothes to give me as a gift. It was then that I realized that they weren’t so bad.
Want to know the positive of this realization? I could breathe again.
Super silly, I know but I was just so against the idea of buying something when I barely had a belly. But, my body was telling me otherwise. My jeans quit on me before I reached twenty weeks. My dresses started to look shorter as my belly started to steal fabric. Things began to feel tight, and I would squirm as I tried to make myself comfortable. Pregnancy is no walk in the park. It’s not as easy as the movies make it seem, but it’s worth it in the end. The weight that I’m gaining scares me, but it’ll go away at some point. The body changes have me all over the place, but I’ll be back to normal in some instance, one day. This is my first pregnancy, and I want to enjoy it as much as I can without pouting about the experiences or body transformation.
I was holding on to my size four body rather than allowing my growing body to do its thing. I mean, it was doing its job whether I accepted it or not but I needed to accept it for my sanity. It’s only nine months, right? A pregnant girl wants to feel cute, guys. That’s all I want. I want and need to feel cute especially with all these changes and kicks in the ribs + bladder.
Recently, I received some garments from PinkBlush that I have fallen in love with. Their clothes don’t make me feel frumpy or look like I lack style. I feel like my style is still up to par with how I usually dress even if I am sporting a baby bump these days. Very grateful for the pieces I was sent that are comfortable and stylish – all the things I want to be.
Here are my style tips for pregnancy.
Don’t settle on living in regular sizes — wear clothes that will fit.
This was my idea of how I was going to survive the pregnancy. It’s a bad idea. Your leggings can’t handle the belly, and I say that in a nice way. I say that as a person who realized what maternity leggings are amazing. And, as a person who has fallen in love with maternity leggings. Also, I say this as a person who has maternity tops and dresses – you want to embrace this time and wear things that proudly show off the life you’re growing.
Settle on clothes that fit and work with your body. It’s okay to wear your old clothes for a while but don’t let your original closet be your current wardrobe palette. Right now, your closet is full of “old” clothes as you can’t wear them right now. Don’t force them on your body. Pack them away and enjoy the stretchiness that is maternity clothes. Everything has a stretch to it or side ruching, and that is probably the best news a girl can get.
Find the maternity brand that’s equivalent to your style.
Not going to lie to you, maternity clothes are stylish. They might not have been back in the day, but they reflect the trends of today. I’ve been scoping out PinkBlush and their store for some time now. Their maternity style aligns perfectly with my style. There are brands out there that are willing to give you stylish maternity clothes. You have to creep on Instagram and use the internet to your advantage to find these places. My denim dress is from PinkBlush, and I’m able to style it in multiple ways for different seasons – with a cardigan, booties, a belt, etc. PinkBlush has tons of fashion pieces which is making the style part of pregnancy easy. I don’t have to fuss about clothes because I can order something I like and expect a high-quality outfit.
Be comfortable while being cute.
All I could think about when it came to pregnancy was how I was going to blow up. We face body issues as the changes start to occur. I think it’s important to style yourself in clothes that you are comfortable in and feel cute in. I can’t tell you how many times I tried to make my regular clothes work and had to adjust myself throughout the day. I’d wear my jeans and think nothing of it until I sat down and felt like my stomach was suffocating. I’d wear my tie dresses and tie them a bit too tight, and it felt like I was splitting my stomach in half. You have to avoid being uncomfortable and do this thing. And, maternity jeans are heaven sent. Plus, they’re stylish so you can find your perfect distressed pair and sport a supportive belly band. Maxi dresses are the way to go, trust and believe me. I have been living in maxi dresses all Spring and Summer because I can wrap my body in them and they stretch so I can breathe!
Cardigans are your best friend.
I say this as someone who has a lot of cardigans and likes to throw on her maternity leggings. You can make any basic and comfortable outfit look cute by throwing on a cardigan or kimono. Don’t psych yourself out by thinking that you can’t dress up a simple outfit. Throw on one of these and let it hang off your shoulders while upgrading your look. Another positive, you can pair a cardigan or kimono with a basic knit dress and call it a day. This will help you stay stylish as your bump starts to shift in growth and the one thing you can count on is your cardigans because they don’t close — the best thing ever when you can leave it open and let your body loose.
Relax and let your belly grow.
Just accept it. Your body is going to change, and that is okay. Earlier, I was fussing over myself in the bathroom because I thought I looked huge. A wild thought process was going on. I forgot at that moment that my body and belly are growing as a child is growing within me. Don’t wreck your body with clothes that no longer fit (and don’t stretch clothes that you want to wear after you snapback)! Let the belly and baby grow and let the clothes keep you happy and stylish. Don’t you get sad over your body when your body shows what you’re going through. It’s a time to celebrate life and comfortable outfits.
Dressing the bump is not hard. In fact, we should embrace the bump and make sure that our body is comfortable. It can be a hard challenge or a fun challenge – I’m making sure my bump challenge is fun and relaxing. Especially with there being other parts of pregnancy that can be stressful. The maternity clothes part should be fun. Always work with the bump rather than against it. You can do so much when it comes to maternity style and the current trends. There are so many bloggers out there that have killed it in their maternity style because they knew their audience was looking for a great look. You have to embody that mindset. Rock your favorite style and rock the bump.
Look, I’m just out here trying to look good but also feel good. I think we should all have that as our goal. Support the bump by genuinely feeling good. You probably look good, but you doubt the look. If Kim and Khloe can be out here with trendy looks and swollen feet, you can be out there doing what you want to do, too. Dress the way you want but with bump comfort on the mind. You don’t have to go as far as the swollen feet — I know I’m not. I’m not going with designer either, but I am going with what looks good on me and what makes me feel good.
How are you styling your bump? Who are some trendy people that you’ve seen rock pregnancy? Share below so I can steal all of their tips.
If you want to read my announcement and a quick overview of how pregnancy has been, check it out here!