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Maternity Gear

Every woman has been there so don’t worry you’re not alone. Often during early pregnancy women experience bloating which can make your clothes feel a little tight even though you aren’t showing yet. Also, women who have been pregnant before will often experience a much earlier “popping” of their belly. No matter what the cause it can make you feel quite uncomfortable throughout the day. Early pregnancy can be uncomfortable enough without adding to the grief!

It may not feel like it is quite time for maternity clothes but you definitely need something more comfortable than squishing into your regular clothes. So what can you do? Here are a few suggestions on how you can handle this early bulging in your middle.

  • Purchase clothing a size larger than you normally wear. Some woman will tell you this is a great idea since you’ll probably need the larger clothes after the baby arrives any way.
  • Purchase “Belly Band“, which allows you to where your regular jeans throughout your pregnancy (basically covering up the fact your have your pants undone!!).
  • Buy some maternity clothes, but go for the ones with the expandable waist (many maternity clothes have these now). That way the clothes will grow with you.
  • Wear your most comfortable and stretchiest clothing.
  • Wear your husbands clothes (not my cup of tea, but may work for some of you).

The key is to be comfortable without having to expand your wardrobe unnecessarily. I found the expandable maternity pants were the best purchase I made. I was able to wear them all throughout my pregnancy and they were comfortable no matter what. They can also be useful immediately following your delivery if you don’t walk out of the hospital small enough to fit into your old clothes!


I received the book, Body, Soul and Baby, by Dr. Tracy W. Gaudet to read and review a few months ago. The premise of the book is to highlight the integrated medicine approach to preconception, pregnancy and postpartum. The author, Dr. Gaudet is the director of integrative medicine at Duke University and a practicing obstetrician.

Integrative medicine is an approach to medicine that combines the traditional medical approach with more holistic medicine including massage, chiropractic, talk therapy and nutrition. It is a form of medicine that is on the rise as people look for something different to heal what ails them.

This book was very well written. The author does a great job of introducing the reader to integrative medicine and what impact it has on preconception, pregnancy and postpartum. As a doctor who actually practices obstetrics she uses her knowledge of the field and personal experiences to share the various aspects of integrative medicine. One thing I particularly enjoyed about the book was the way the author included actual patient stories throughout the book. Within each chapter and subchapter she includes a patient story to show how integrative medicine has worked in her practice and what impact it has had on her patients. I found this to be very effective in giving the reader a better understanding of this unique approach.

The key to the body, soul and baby approach outlined in this book is what the author calls the centers of wellness which encompass your mind, nutrition, movement, spirit, and sensation centers. The author explains these centers of wellness and how to ensure you are recognizing them at each stage of your pregnancy.

Unlike most pregnancy books there are not a lot of dry medical terms and abstract descriptions. This book is about a very holistic approach to pregnancy, if you are not into that kind of thing this may not be the book for you. However, if you are interested in a different approach to your pregnancy than is typical, or if you are interested in what options are out there and how to best approach your pregnancy differently than I would highly recommend this book.

Final word, definitely a good book and a good addition to your collection of pregnancy books.

Buying a bunch of new maternity clothing during your pregnancy can get expensive, especially when you consider there is a very finite time that the clothing will be useful. Added to the expense is the fact that not only do you need regular, casual clothing but you also need some work appropriate clothing. If you are lucky enough to work in an environment where casual works than you are fine with just the casual stuff (usually the more affordable part of the maternity wardrobe). However, if you find yourself in a job where you must dress in business attire there is certainly an added cost to your maternity wardrobe.

So how can you dress for work without having to spend a fortune? The best idea is to buy a couple of pairs of pants, a skirt, and maybe a dress. Then buy shirts and sweaters that will go with all of the bottoms. You can mix and match to create different styles. You may even find that you can get away with wearing some of your more casual pants if paired with a dressy shirt, or visa versa, pair a more casual shirt with dress pants or a skirt.

Another great way to dress up an outfit to make it more work appropriate, or to change it up a bit if a getting sick of wearing the same thing, are nice accessories like a necklace or pair of earrings. You can often pick up really nice costume jewelry from places like Target or Walmart for a really great price. It is very common to get sick of the few maternity outfits you have, especially as you approach the end of your pregnancy, so dressing it up with some new pieces of inexpensive jewelry may just be the change you need.

Be sure to look for bargains so your money will stretch further. And look for pieces that will change seasons with you. You don’t want to have to buy maternity gear for the summer and then have to buy another set for fall. Look for pieces that are more versatile and can be worn in multiple seasons.

What tricks did you come up with to make your maternity wardrobe more suitable for work? How did you make changes so you didn’t get bored of wearing the same old things over and over again?

Several months ago I wrote an article about maternity fashion, and how thanks to the celebrity baby boom the selection of fashionable maternity wear was ever increasing. Well, there is good news for those of us planning a pregnancy in 2007 when it comes to maternity fashion. The trend of pretty, flattering, and trendy maternity fashion is continuing, if not getting even better. Over the last few years we have seen a rise in the availability of beautiful clothing for pregnant women. So what can we expect in 2007?

The trends in maternity fashion for 2007 are very similar to the trends in regular fashion. Here are a few things you can expect to see on the store shelves of maternity stores this year.

  • Very feminine and flirty materials. Light, flowy fabrics that will help make you look and feel very feminine.
  • Island patterns for the spring and summer, including fabrics with lots of color and floral patterns.
  • Bohemian style clothing, long flowing dresses, longer shirts made of light fabrics with intricate details.
  • Availability of quality business wear continues to improve, especially at cheaper retailers like Old Navy, Gap and Target.
  • More options in the type of fit, particularly when it comes to pants.
  • More options in style, you can dress according to your age group and style type much more easily.
  • Increased availability of harder to find items like active wear, intimate wear, bathing suits and dressy clothing.

It is finally fun to shop for maternity clothing. It will be interesting to see where maternity fashion heads next.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but there seems to have been a bit of a baby boom going on in Hollywood over the last few years. Every time you turn around another beautiful and fashionable celebrity is announcing that they are expecting. What does this have to do with us regular folks? Well, a lot when it comes to what we wear during our own pregnancies. Suddenly maternity wear has become maternity fashion. Maternity clothing has become cool, fashionable, and dare I saw even a little sexy.

Gone are the days of hiding your growing belly behind a tent like shirt complete with “cute” patterns and little bows. It used to be that our options were very limited when it came to maternity wear. Apparently designers of maternity wear seemed to think that a woman lost all sense of style and desire to look pretty as soon as her belly out grew her regular clothing. Fortunately today things are very different.

Thanks to the influence of celebrity moms and a demand by the rest of us for our maternity wear to be fashionable and pretty. Designers have created maternity fashion that is just that, fashion. Today you can find maternity wear that is comfortable, beautiful, and trendy.

There are now so many options when it comes to maternity clothing. You can still, of course, find maternity clothing at department stores like JCPenney, and Target. But it doesn’t stop there. Retailers like The Gap and Old Navy now offer a maternity clothing line along with retailers like Mimi Maternity and Motherhood Maternity who carry maternity wear exclusively. The options are endless.

I am comforted in knowing I can still wear my beloved khakis and perfect T’s, care of the Gap, when I’m pregnant.