02 Aug How I Got Through 2 Pregnancies Without Buying Maternity Clothes
If you’ve read one of my earlier posts, you’d know that I managed to get through my pregnancies without having to buy maternity clothes. And it’s not because my belly was so small that I didn’t even have to; I just didn’t want to. Why? First, they’re expensive; and second (at least for me), there’s not much variety.
Instead of spending money on something I know I won’t be able to use after I deliver, I stuck to what I already have (sweater dresses, empire cut tops/dresses, loose tops/dresses, etc.) as much as I could. I maximized wearing jeans by using hair elastics (I did the same with shorts if I needed to wear one). Find the complete step-by-step guide here.
And then, I invested on leggings when I couldn’t wear jeans anymore. I paired them with sweaters (I was in my first to first half of second trimester during fall/winter); but if you’re in this phase during summer, you can always pair your leggings with long tops like tunics or dress shirts.
Or if you have some of those mini dresses, you can use them as tops too and wear them with shorts or leggings.
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What I really love about leggings other than they’re available in different prints, colors, and textures which makes them fun to wear, is the fact that they’re very stretchy and you can just easily roll them down when your belly gets bigger to give you room to breath. How fun are these floral leggings, fuchsia leggings, and camo leggings. Shop my favorite pair of leggings below.
And then I got a bunch of dresses for summer (I was in my mid-second to third trimester in spring/summer). I started with shorter dresses then switched to maxi dresses as my belly grew bigger. You might want to stay away from dresses that fall way above your knees because you won’t be able to use them as much during the latter part of your pregnancy (I’m not sure if wearing them with shorts of leggings will be as comfortable during this time). Luckily, I was still able to use some of my knee-length dresses during my last trimester.
As my belly outgrew the shorter dresses that I have, I started wearing maxi dresses. You have to stick to empire cut dresses or those that don’t have fixed waistline for this to work, and dresses that are made of strecthable fabrics. I found that maxi dresses are so comfortable to wear as your belly is growing to the biggest and heaviest it could ever be because they allow you to move without any restrictions and let the air through especially during summer.
I also bought some tube maxi dresses and used them as skirt paired with a tee.
You will absolutely look fabulous in these surplice maxi dress, ruffle wrap front maxi dress, floral wrap maxi dress, asymmetric hem maxi dress, and boho me tie-dye maxi dress. Shop my favorite maxi dresses that you can wear towards the latter part of your pregnancy below.
Two pregnancies and almost 11 months later, I still enjoy using all of the things I bought back then. How awesome, right?
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Did you find these tips helpful? Did you wear maternity clothes during your pregnancy too? How did you like it? What other tricks have you done to keep yourself from buying maternity clothes? Let me know in the comments. You know I always love to hear from you.