My top 10 Do's & Don'ts of maternity wear

When you think pregnancy, perhaps you think about the pregnancy glow, the cute little baby bump that looks like you have swallowed a pea or a soccer ball. People wish you nothing but happiness and show such gratitude and the #soblessed for you and your family.

All of this is incredibly heartwarming and endearing, but it doesn’t give you the reality of pregnancy. The real, honest truth about pregnancy.

Don’t get me wrong, it is an absolutely beautiful thing and one of the most incredible experiences to feel life growing inside your baby bump. But these changes in your body also comes with an uncomfortable little price tag for the most of us.

Yes, you know about food cravings and aversions, morning sickness, tiny bladder, weight yoyo and all of that stuff.

But did you know that morning sickness could last longer than 12 weeks? That you get incredibly painful cramps? That you cannot touch your feet and tie your shoes?

​Did they tell you just how much your boobs swell and you will have swollen ankles and swollen everything? Did anyone tell you that you may fart more?

So sorry to share this with you, but yes.

My personal best, the heartburn. I never had heartburn before I was pregnant.

Yes, #blessed I know.

But boy did I get it bad during pregnancy! I recall being on our way to a birthday lunch and there I was pacing up and down clutching my ribcage in utter disbelief of what burning sensation was inside my body. My husband tried to be encouraging and didn’t rush me at all seeing as we were already late for the lunch.

And there I was walking up and down talking all kinds of gibberish because of the pain (ok, profanities). I couldn’t believe that people experience this kind of pain ever! Even when they were not pregnant - no ways!

With all these changes in your body, it is important to get

yourself comfortable during your pregnancy. After all, you are getting ready for more than a 9 month journey.

Yes! More than 9 months.

Nope, your body doesn’t bounce back to a flat little stomach within 2 days. Sorry to break it to you.

So! Without further ado, here are my top 10 Do’s and Don’t when it comes to maternity wear.

One of the very few aspects you actually can control during pregnancy.

1. Don’t buy oversized items

Because guess what oversized items do for your body? Ultimately oversized means it isn’t meant to fit your frame.

They make you look bigger than you are. Bigger means bigger everywhere, not just where you want it to be bigger. Oversized items are not tucked and contoured in the right places, making you look bigger and frumpy than what you really are.

There really is no need to look like you fell out of the washing basket. Instead, raid your closet and see what you can use and pair with a couple of key items.

Your pregnancy is already making you feel bloated and perhaps a little self conscious, why should your clothes make you feel even bigger?

2. Don’t be afraid of snug, belly hugging items

When I say belly hugging, I mean items with stretch that will move with your expanding baby bump. Tops with ruching gives you a snug fit without it being tight on your belly and allows your baby bump to grow to its hearts content.

For some ladies, this might actually be the very best time to flaunt your curves and one of the only times you feel good showing off a big belly.

People already know you are pregnant, you may as well embrace the whole experience and show off that bump. So enjoy this time and make the most of it.

3. Do keep your standards high

You want the very best for your baby and your family. There will be plenty of times in your future where you find yourself no longer in the ladies section of your favourite clothes shop. Instead, naturally drifting to the baby and toddler section.

So don’t let yourself go prematurely.

Be on the hunt for good quality garments that will last all through your pregnancy. Tops, pants, dresses; it really makes no difference on the item. The simple truth is that it needs to be soft, quality maternity wear that will last more than one pregnancy, if that was your choice.

I also don’t mean that it needs to look like it was a second hand item when you only wore it vice times. Pregnancy wear that fits in with your current style and doesn’t compromise simply because you have a bump.

Style your current wardrobe with a couple of key additions of good quality.

You are SO worth it!

4. Do keep to natural fabrics

What is the big deal with natural fabrics? Natural fibre’s, such as 100% cotton, allows your body to breathe. When your body breathes, it means that you will have less sweat building up and of course then less odour.

Natural fibre’s allows your body to more accurately regulate temperature in both warm and cooler conditions.

So here’s the rule breaker….

Cotton doesn’t stretch a lot and this is a problem when you have an ever expanding bump and you need clothing that will fit.

So embrace a little synthetic. What I mean by this is allow for a good mix of the two fabrics.

Opt for items that is predominantly cotton with a little lycra or similar fabrics. We mostly use a 90% cotton 10% lycra . Most maternity wear brands use a larger % lycra.

Guess we all have standards, right?

5. Don’t wear flat shoes

You have an ever growing belly that is wearing you down and you telling me not to wear flat shoes?

Yes! Shoes with a little bit of height might actually be better for you than proper flat shoes. Your back actually needs a little lift to alleviate pressure on key places.