Getting dressed while you’re pregnant can be complicated. A lot of the style tips that you followed pre-pregnancy will no longer work. Your body will go through many changes in every trimester. There is a whole new set of things you'll need to consider if you want to look your best. While you may feel overwhelmed, there are several tips and tricks that can help you look and feel beautiful throughout your pregnancy. Your journey is all about embracing the power of creating a new child within you. Highlighting your baby bump will make you feel more empowered and in control. The rules of styling your baby bump differ based on how many weeks you are into your pregnancy.
Styling your bump in the first trimester
During your first trimester, your baby bump is probably not that visible. It is usually just a small bulge that resembles a food baby. This is why most of the tips during this trimester are focused on making sure that you don't appear bloated.
Get maternity jeans and jeggings: One of the first things you'll notice is that it becomes a bit harder to get into your favourite pair of jeans. Look for comfortable jeggings or maternity jeans that allow for the small baby bump, but also flatter your body shape.
Wear oversized and loose clothes: Oversized tees and shirts will be your best bet during the first trimester. Go for flowy and loose dresses or jumpsuits that have busy patterns and make you feel comfortable. Do not go overboard with maternity stuff during this time because you'll do great with just a size up on your clothes.
Styling your bump in the second trimester
The second trimester is not only usually nausea-free but also the best for maternity fashion. Your baby bump is a little more visible, and now you can highlight it any way you want.
Buy those maternity tops: The ruched sides on maternity tees and tops are perfect for highlighting your bump for an everyday look. They give your waist a nice silhouette and are extremely comfortable when wearing for longer periods.
Style tops over dresses: Whether you're buying maternity dresses or using regular flowy ones, wearing a knotted top over your bump will take your pregnancy fashion game much further. It creates the illusion of an empire waist, which is great for any pregnancy. During the warmer months, you can ditch the tops completely and instead tie a belt or ribbon right above your bump to create the perfect look.
Styling your bump in the third trimester
Everything becomes a lot trickier during the third trimester. The baby keeps growing every week, and a lot of your clothes will not work anymore. Styling your baby bump during the last trimester is more about comfort than just fashion.
Use maternity jeggings: Baby weight is different for everyone, but a lot of the time, you are packing more weight onto your upper thighs. Maternity jeans and pants no longer feel as comfortable, which is why you need to get the best, stretchable maternity jeggings that you can find. You can throw them on under any top and spend the whole day in them. If you're going through sciatic pain, try jeggings that have wider waistbands at the top for support.
- Invest in maxi dresses: Slightly oversized maxi dresses can help you bring up your pregnancy style a few notches. Don’t bother with the tight and skin-fitting things. You'll find yourself needing more flowy dresses that you can put on and run errands in. Don't forget to create the faux empire waist with a belt for a more flattering look.