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'What can I wear' is the cry of women everywhere. But it becomes a real cry from the heart when you are pregnant. Whether you prefer the latest fashions or are a little more conservative buying maternity clothes can be a real headache.

Although you are pregnant for nine months you will really only need to wear different clothes for around five of them. But this can take you from the cold of February to the heat of June and the last thing you want to do is to have to buy a new wardrobe for those last few weeks.

During that time you will be going to a number of different places eg the office, the home, the beach, the party all of which require different clothes. Unless you are the sort that buys a complete new wardrobe every season, a certain amount of planning is required.

The Basics

One of the first changes you will notice in your body is that your breasts get larger and a new bra may be needed. The breasts themselves become heavier and unless you want stretch marks, they will need the support of a properly fitting bra. You may be able to save money by buying a bra for breast feeding at this point but it is likely that you will change shape again when your milk comes in and you might need a different size again. Do put your natural shyness on hold and seek the advice of a properly trained fitter.

You may feel more comfortable with some support at night and there are soft sleeping bras available.

Although you can buy special maternity pants and tights, you may find that you can manage with ordinary ones - perhaps buying a size larger than normal. If you are heavily pregnant during the summer months, then you may feel comfortable enough with the tops of your pants and tights going underneath your bump, but in the cold of winter you can get quite a draught up your skirt.

Shoes are another basic. You may find that your feet get a little larger and during the last few months, a slight puffiness is quite common. Comfort is everything as your feet will also bear the brunt of all that increased weight. Bear in mind as well that your sense of balance will be upset with that weight concentrated at the front. Low heeled shoes are the order of the day.

Every day wear - At home, appearances do not matter so much. If money is tight, you can get away with some short cuts. A piece of elastic can hold up a pair of trousers, leaving the zip to gape. It can be covered by a large baggy jumper. The same can be applied to skirts but watch out for the hem rising at the front and looking peculiar.

In the office - At work, we probably can't get away with such casualness. In the last few years, it has been more acceptable to flaunt your bump but, towards the end when you are feeling like a beached whale, you may prefer not to look like one! Black is always slimming. Choose clothes that have plenty of bump space so they will last until the very end of your pregancy. Avoid clothes that pull across your bust as you will need to wear maternity clothes for a few weeks after the birth and with feeding, you are likely to increase in bust size again.

With a bump in front, you are more prone to getting your clothes dirty and since you are likely to have fewer of them, you may need to get them cleaned quickly. If getting them to the cleaners isn't a chore and you can bear the cost, then dry cleaning is usually quick. Otherwise choose things that can go through the washing machine and tumble drier.

Clothes that can team up with other clothes to give a different look are a wise choice. For example a plain dress would be smart enough for the office. Team it instead with a silky overblouse and you have something to wear out in the evening.

Whatever your tastes in clothes you can still have the look you want.


You’ll find that your skin will change while you’re pregnant and recent years have seen an explosion in products designed to help. Whether it’s simply a moisturiser or something to help stretch marks there’s plenty of opportunity to treat yourself!

Sleeping can often be difficult and an ordinary pillow is often not the answer. A support cushion of which there are several on the market can help support your bump and give you a better night’s sleep.

Finally, travel. An ordinary seat belt cuts across your abdomen. If you are unfortunate to have an accident, you will not have the protection you need. A Bump Belt holds the seat belt in a better, safer position for a pregnant woman.

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