How to find non-maternity clothes that fit the bump

So, you got pregnant, needed some maternity clothes to cover the bump, and found yourself surrounded by stripes and ruching.

Now, I love a stripe or two, so I’m not mad about the fact that anyone who creates anything for a pregnant woman to wear, seems to be obsessed with stripes. But, I don’t want to literally live in stripes…

At around 5 or 6 months pregnant, I felt like I was in a bit of a rut with my wardrobe.

Trying to make a few things that I had already work, and building outfits around my many plain, striped tops.

Then, I had a v v successful shopping trip to New Look and Topshop…and came home a very happy girl with several outfits that made me feel good.

Just try it on!

That’s my first tip.

Try anything and everything, that you think might just work. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t, but you might just surprise yourself!

Yes, I took things into the changing rooms that were an absolute no no in reality, but it’s definitely worth a try.

Look for pieces with length

That’s what it’s all about when it comes to covering the bump.

The last thing you want is a t-shirt that keeps riding up all day, baring your back, and the worst…generally feeling uncomfortable.

If something looks like a longer fit, with space to grow, it’s definitely worth a try.

One of my favourite purchases since being pregnant have been these Topshop tees. OMG just found this link for you and discovered they do it in a dusky pink. I NEED.

Layer items

Ok, so you may want to consider that there is a small human heating you to the temperature of the sun most of the time (it’s currently mid-November and I haven’t even entertained the thought of having the heating…my poor husband, lol), but layering can be a great way to make your maternity clothes a bit more “you”.

Yes, you might have a plain black (ruched) t-shirt on, but you could chuck a coloured knit on top. Or if it’s the summer, a light jacket that doesn’t need to be done up.

As long as it doesn’t make you look twice as large as you already feel.

Find good maternity jeans, trousers, skirts…

Whether jeans are your thing, comfy trousers, or you’re sticking to your midi skirts, it’s so important to find good fitting bottom halves.

I’ve found that I can make various things work on top, as long as I’ve got a decent pair of maternity jeans on.

My fave store has been H&M, and I’m a fan of “over the bump”, but each to their own as I know lots of people prefer an “under the bump” waistband.

The day I purchased a couple of pairs from H&M, I walked out of the store feeling like a new woman. Yes, I did go back into the changing rooms and put them on before I left, lol.

It makes all the difference not to be pulling at your waistband constantly, and trying to make normal jeans work for you. Just to feel comfortable.

Definitely give H&M a go, and do a bit of shopping around to find out what works for you, because as much as I find them so comfortable, I know others who really haven’t got on with maternity jeans.

It’s all about finding the right pair!

Stock up on leisure maternity clothes and pyjamas

I got so fed up with waking up in the morning and my pyjamas had ridden up over the bump, and my bottoms were basically cutting off my circulation.

It was time for some proper maternity pyjamas.

Except, I didn’t actually find any I loved. So, it was back to H&M to pick up another pair of their leggings, and into Primark to stock up on Men’s XXL t-shirts.

Hello perfect nightwear! The t-shirts are literally £1.80 a pop, and you will not regret it.

I also have a pair of H&M maternity jogging bottoms which I basically live in at home.

What’s your top tip when it comes to maternity clothes?

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Now excuse me whilst I run to Topshop to pick up my third oversized tee in that dreamy blush pink…

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