Oct 5, 2015

Maternity Wardrobe Essentials

Pajamas- Being comfortable during pregnancy gets harder as it progresses. To help you stay semi comfortable, a soft light fabric with a stretchy elastic band that grows with you, and a collar that makes you feel like a regal momma-to-be is a must. I found that being in sweats all day cuts productivity out of my day. I felt like a blob. I looked like a blob. Sweats just made me a friggin' blob. So, retire those sweats, and replace them with a cute pair of matching top and bottom PJ's.

Leggings- Pregnant or not leggings are a must in any wardrobe, but during pregnancy this essential allows for numerous outfit options, while also providing you with a soft and comfy pair of bottoms. They also bounce from season to season (minus summer) rather seamlessly.

The Pants Tip-Pants that have a higher waistband, especially those found in maternity pants, help eliminate the visibility of rolls and or muffin top.

Jeans- Having one or two pairs of maternity jeans is another must for a pregnancy wardrobe. With all of the options there are in maternity clothing you should pick up two different styles. Maybe one slim fit jean and one ripped/distressed jean, or skinny dark jean and one ripped black pair. Having two different pairs with a unique look allows you to create more outfits with just two pair.

The Dress Tip- Finding the right dress type for you during pregnancy depends on what you are comfortable with. I feel most comfortable in a tighter dress paired with a long cardigan. The tighter dress emphasizes my petite frame and growing bump, while the cardigan hides widening hips. Some women, on the other hand prefer shift dresses, or things that offer a flowier fit. Regardless of your body type, be sure and pick up one dress you can wear for things like church, a nice dinner date, or even a quick throw on and go outfit. The last one is my favorite use of a dress during pregnancy.

Be sure and find tops you can use during nursing and postpartum. Things like button ups, or with a looser collar will be your bff (breastfeeding friend). Trying to squeeze back into your old tops might be a little overwhelming at first, with your lady lumps doubling in size, and your tum a little rounder and fuller from the remaining "stuff". My hips like to stay wide for the first few weeks, so tops that are flowly at the bottom are perfect for hiding those bad boys.

If you are looking for inspiration on how to style your bump, HATCH Collection has some ah-mazing outfit ideas. Their products are also made to fit all stages of womanhood. From pre-pregnancy to postpartum they've got you covered. Literally.

Anyways… my main focus when buying maternity clothes is to make sure I can use them after baby is born. The reality is I don't leave the hospital back at my pre-pregnancy weight. Sure, I might be a little self conscious of my postpartum bod, but especially during those first few months of my baby's life I just don't give a flying frog what I look like. I want that baby in my arms at all times, getting all the cuddles and love I can. My body kinda gets put on hold, while it recovers, and I love on my little jewel.

Don't be too hard on yourself. Love that baby, and also don't forget to love you too. Until then, rock that bump mommas!

sponsored by HATCH collection.

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