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Pregnancy and breastfeeding sees your body go through many physiological changes. There are so many products on the market for pregnant women, babies and mum-life, it can be overwhelming to know what you actually need in your maternity wardrobe.
Clothing is something you can bet that you generally will need (unless you’re a naturist!) through your pregnancy journey and beyond, therefore I would consider it a pretty worthwhile investment. As your ‘regular’ clothing becomes too small, too impractical or just unnecessary you will see the need to add at least a few pieces to your collection. That being said, it can still be a jungle out there with how many different kinds of maternity wear are available and how to know what you will enjoy wearing the most.
Tips for building your maternity wardrobe:
Make the most of your ‘non-maternity’ clothing.
Don’t feel the need to rush out and buy a whole new maternity wardrobe. Use comfy, stretchy tops, dresses and pants that sit comfortably over and under your bump. If you can get away with wearing your regular clothing comfortably, you will increase the outfit options from your already-existing wardrobe.
Quality over Quantity.
Buying a top, or pants that are of a higher quality means they will stand the test of time. Once bub is here (as most parents know) your clothing tends to always end up covered in something. This leads to your fave threads doing overtime in the washing machine compared to how often you had to wash you clothing pre-kids. You want high quality clothing that will survive being washed (not to mention; spewed on, tugged at and covered in milk) more than average. If you are on a tighter budget, just check the care-label on garments; generally more natural fibres hold up better and stand the test of time. Look for cottons, bamboo, linen, viscose and modal
If your aim is to try and save your pennies; when shopping for maternity or breastfeeding clothing try and find pieces that you can style a minimum of 4 different ways. Often, a neutral colour palette is more versatile but you can definitely use creative license with pretty patterns and prints. This way you will get far more use out of the items you do buy, especially if you have invested in higher price-point clothing.
Be true to you.
Motherhood brings with it a raft of changes. Hormones, emotions, body shape and skin just to name a few. Many mums feel like they ‘lose themselves’ a bit after babies come along. The way you dress is a powerful form of self-expression, it is easy to feel like you’ve lost your identity when you find yourself wearing clothing you normally would loathe, just because it fits or serves a purpose. Don’t buy something just because it my be designed for breastfeeding, if you don’t love it or love the way you feel in it. There are many brands (us included!) creating some amazing maternity and breastfeeding wear and I can almost guarantee you that you could find something that you love whilst still finding it practical.