At 16 weeks pregnant, I’m not really big enough to look pregnant, but I don’t really fit into most of my pants and skirts. At about 10 weeks, I realized that my normal work skirts and my jeans were both uncomfortable by the end of the day, so I started looking at maternity wear. Right now, I’m wearing a mix of maternity wear and regular clothing that fits my body right now. Here are some of my favorite pieces:
- Bras: The first thing I noticed when I got pregnant is that, almost immediately, my boobs got bigger. I went from a scant 34C to either a generous C or maybe D. At the same time, in the first trimester, they were sore pretty much all the time, and I knew they were not going to tolerate being squished into my normal bras. Luckily, my mother-in-law has always gotten me something called a Coobie Bra for Christmas each year. It’s a cute, soft bralette-style bra, but with cup inserts so it gives a little more shape. I looked at the Coobie website and found out that they have a wider-strapped version, called the Coobie Comfort Bra, that comes in S-M-L sizing, instead of traditional band-cup sizing, so it’s a bit more forgiving. I could wear the same size for my original breast size as my new, larger size. So I got two of those and have pretty much been wearing them exclusively.
- Roll-waist black maxi skirt: I seriously live in this thing on the weekend. It has so much cat hair on it that I tend not to wear it when I’m going out with people unless it’s freshly washed. I’ve actually had this skirt for years and it’s getting a bit threadbare. I got it from Target, but it doesn’t look like they have anything similar right now, so I’ll probably get something like this to replace it.
- Yoga pants: When I think of yoga pants, I don’t think of leggings. I think of flare-leg black pants with a waistband that can be rolled down or worn high. The pants I have now are the Athleta High Rise Chaturanga Pant and I’m pretty much wearing them if I’ve been in the house for more than five minutes, unless I’m already wearing the skirt I mentioned before. I change into them every evening after work and tend to wear them on lounge-around-the-house days.
- Maternity jeans: I’ve always kind of hated jeans. I’m just not a fan of the feeling of the waistband, plus the style for jeans these days is tighter than I like. I started wearing maternity jeans practically as soon as I got them at 10 weeks and haven’t looked back. I have the Motherhood Maternity Secret Fit Straight Leg Jeans and they’re pretty comfortable, for jeans. As the weather warms up, I’ll probably switch to skirts, dresses, and linen pants, though, as I generally boycott jeans in the summer.
- Dresses: While a lot of my dresses have defined waists and/or are made of materials without a lot of give, I do have two styles that I’ve been loving. The first is an A-line dress style from Land’s End that I’m pretty sure has been discontinued, but is great for work. For weekends, I like Uniqlo Bra-Top dresses.
- Maternity pencil skirt: I got a black maternity pencil skirt from Motherhood when I was around 10 weeks and it was probably my smartest purchase yet. It’s professional, but it doesn’t get pinchy after a day of sitting. I wear it at least half the time at work, paired with a flowy tunic blouse and an open-front cardigan.
- Flowy tunic blouses and open-front cardigans: The blouses mentioned above are ones I got off Amazon, here, and because my office is perpetually freezing, year-round, I bring one of these to work to keep warm.
- Workout gear: I’m lucky in that I’m not big enough to need new workout clothes yet, but I have to make a special shout-out to the Athleta Salutation Tights, as they’re my favorite bottoms for barre and yoga.
These are the pieces I’ve been relying on to get me through this phase. I can still wear most of my t-shirts and blouses right now, though I’m sure that will start changing quickly soon. I’m definitely wearing more maternity clothing that many people at this point, but I work in an office and can’t just rely on my lounge clothes all the time, and I find that when I try to stretch a lot of my non-maternity clothing, I end up uncomfortable by the end of the day. In the end, I’ve decided it was worth it to pay for a few early maternity items for the sake of comfort, but I’m still pleasantly surprised by how much of my regular wardrobe is flexible, given my love of fit-and-flare silhouettes.
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