What Clothes Are Safe to Wear During Pregnancy?

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Finding comfortable clothing that fits and flatters during pregnancy can be a challenge. Depending upon your weight gain and how you carry, you may find that your regular clothing doesn’t fit well, binds or hurts early on in your pregnancy. The best maternity garments expand with or accommodate your growing belly, as well as breathe and fit comfortably.


Types

You have a choice: You can opt to either purchase maternity clothes or wear oversized non-maternity items during your pregnancy. Depending upon your lifestyle, you may be able to spend your pregnancy in soft and comfortable leggings and tunics, or you may need more professional garments, including skirts and slacks. Accessories, like scarves, necklaces and stylish shoes will help you feel more like yourself as your body changes.

Size

Many women can purchase maternity clothing in their usual clothing size. Maternity styles are typically cut to allow additional space in the bust and belly, as well as the length, to accommodate your growing midsection. If you opt for non-maternity styles during pregnancy, you may need a larger size for a comfortable fit. Depending upon your weight gain or water retention, a few larger garments kept handy for the final month of your pregnancy is something you’ll be thankful for having acquired.

Time Frame

During your first trimester, you may find your usual clothes are comfortable, particularly if you opt for dresses or elastic waistbands. Loop a ponytail holder through your buttonhole to extend waistbands slightly, if necessary. By your second trimester, you will likely need maternity clothing or larger sizes to be comfortable. During your third trimester, you need soft, comfortable garments that breathe as your internal thermostat shifts.

Considerations

You can safely choose either fitted or flowing clothes during pregnancy, as you desire. Opt for fabrics with stretch if you prefer fitted styles. Natural fibers, like cotton combined with lycra or spandex, provide breathability and style. Soft stretch knit waistbands allow pants and skirts to work during pregnancy and postpartum. Wearing tighter clothes will not harm you or your baby, but may be uncomfortable.

Warning

Pregnancy can make you clumsy as your joints loosen and your center of gravity shifts. Flat shoes may be a better choice than heels and are easier on sore and tired feet. Add a good quality insole to stylish flats for a comfortable and trendy look. If you find that you’re having difficulty adjusting to your growing body, be conscientious about long flowing skirts or wearing long scarves to prevent trips and falls.

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