Your pregnancy is to be enjoyed and celebrated and therefore there is no reason why you should not be looking at adding some active pregnancy wear to your wardrobe. In other words, you are absolutely entitled to continue with your moderate exercise that you were used to before you became pregnant. One word of caution though is that you should always give an ear to what your body says and never try to push it far. If you have doubts, the best way is to speak to your obstetrician or midwife to confirm the best type of exercises and the time you spend on them during your pregnancy. This way, you will be playing it safe for you and your baby.
Many women today, are happy showing off the growing bump and embrace it, rather than try to hide it. Choosing active pregnancy wear is thus more a matter of focusing on comfort while not sacrificing on your lifestyle needs. For most women, the first trimester passes off without much concern on what to wear or with minor fixes to available clothes. However, things start changing rapidly once you step into the second trimester and all the pretty dreams associated with pregnancy start becoming real. Flowing dresses, silky and loose tops with embellished sandals going with them become essential. Moving on to the third trimester, comfort takes precedence over everything else, and styles become less of a concern.
Go shopping for active pregnancy wear
When you have made up your mind to enjoy a comfortable and yet stylish pregnancy wardrobe, the best that you can do is to start scouting early in the first trimester itself unless you are bogged down by morning sickness and associated challenges.
You can start with some active leggings for prenatal yoga or the loose shirt and boots for a weekend stroll. Once this is taken care of, the next item to focus on is sleepwear or nightwear. If you have moved into the second trimester or closer to that, you will realise that adequate and quality sleep is more like a battleground and it can get even more challenging as the days roll on. Focusing on nightwear (cotton fabric is healthier compared to synthetic fabric all through your pregnancy and postnatal days) that is comfortable while being gorgeous too is the way to go. Also remember that you are shopping for something that can last you for a year or more so that you save the hassle of going shopping in the last trimester or post-delivery, both of which can be physically demanding.
Clothes to move around places, go partying, or stroll on the beach
You know only too well that pregnancy does not demand your huddling in the corner of your home until the baby arrives. Mobility is not only great but also essential to keep you and your baby in good health. Nice looking and yet comfortable outfitting, therefore, becomes a necessity rather than a luxury during this phase. Jumpsuits are reckoned as your best option since they can grow with the bump and can also be worn throughout your pregnancy.
If you are keen on shopping for jeans, then ensure that they are the figure-hugging style with a great feel. It will let you use loose tops and yet look polished. Remember that the jeans you buy can be used beyond your pregnancy and post-natal period.
These tops are strictly speaking not among maternity wear but fabulous as an investment to cater to the early days of pregnancy. They mesh well with nearly everything and loose enough for the growing bump, looking good at all times. Just make sure that you buy one size higher than usual to add comfort.
Now we come to the most important item in your pregnancy-related shopping list. Every pregnant woman will need two or more maternity bras to make it comfortable for you through the pregnancy and postnatal days.
Why maternity bras?
If you had the impression that you can do with your regular bras, you should consider the following:
Your breasts will experience tenderness and hypersensitivity beginning the second trimester and several weeks after the baby is delivered and you continue breastfeeding. You will also need to factor in growth and enlargement of the breasts. Similarly, the nipples will tend to protrude while the areolas will grow larger. However, these changes may vary from one individual to the other, but the underwire bras which most women tend to use before pregnancy is best put aside for future use.
Choosing your maternity bras
When you go shopping for your maternity bras, you are better off being an informed customer. Focus on deep band beneath the cup and wide straps for the shoulders for excellent support and adjustable closure. For instance, back fastening bras offer greater flexibility.
Addressing sensitivity and tenderness
As your body gets ready for lactation, hormonal action lends your breasts sensitive and tender. As you approach the end of the second trimester, the milk ducts usually start growing and get filled with milk. A regular bra can be pretty uncomfortable for you during this period. One thing that you cannot ignore is getting your maternity bras professionally fitted. It is a lot more sense to spend a few more dollars on getting a professional fitting than suffer potential discomfort later.
Maternity bras for the postnatal period
Remember that the maternity bras you buy now will serve you at the time that you breastfeed your baby. Therefore, you can pick up cup specific bras after you have weaned your child from breastfeeding or about eight weeks after the baby is delivered so that fluctuation in your breast size can stabilise. However, till then a seamless bra is considered your best choice since it keeps pace with all the changes your body undergoes during pregnancy and beyond. Your breasts getting compressed or restricted or compressed during the lactation phase can have undesirable consequences too.