Sartorial Expectations When You Are Expecting
Most mommies gain about 30 pounds during their pregnancy and are often, sartorially, at a loss. In the first couple of months, between weeks 8 and 16, clothes with elastic waists will suffice.
You will notice weight gain primarily around the hips, the waist, the thighs, and upper arms. While your bone structure will remain pretty much the same, the fat content of your body will increase dramatically. So your pregnancy dresses must also be able to cope with such weight gains.
In the first trimester, pants and skirts with flexible or elastic waists, or clothes without any form-fitting shape are ideal. Opt for loose and baggy tops which conceal your slightly protruding tummy. Always select fabrics that stretch because these are the clothes that will see you through most of your pregnancy.
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In the latter, half of the pregnancy you will be spoiled for choice. Almost all maternity clothes are made for this part of the pregnancy and you might almost feel human as you try on these clothes.
Whether you opt for designer, tailor-made, or off-the-shelf clothes, you will soon be spending a pretty penny on your wardrobe. Try to make sensible purchases, for example, pregnancy dresses with a tie-up on the back or the side, wrap around skirts with adjustable waists, and so on.
Such clothes will see you happily attired even after the baby is born. You can always mix and match and select combinations judiciously pre and post partum.