The issue of maternity wear is something most pregnant mommas have to deal with. Some deal with it sooner, while others start to think about it later, but it’s something of a rite of passage, unless you are very comfortable with tying wrapper!
By the way, has anyone noticed that there is a wide array of maternity clothing available to pregnant women? And they are almost always drop dead gorgeous. They can have you buying a whole wardrobe of clothes that won’t fit months down the line, all in the name of staying funky while pregnant, if you’re not careful.
For this article, four mommas share their thoughts on whether you should splurge on that maternity wardrobe, or take a rain check and just make do with the basics.
I was determined to be very stylish while pregnant. I have loved fashion all my life anyways, so I thought I would just continue in my beautiful ways, even though I would be rocking a distended tummy.
In my first trimester, I pretty much wore my normal clothes, because I was as flat as a board, even though I was eating like a horse.
And then, one morning, I woke up, cleaned up and got set to wear the outfit I had put out the day before. Lo and behold, I looked pregnant, and not in any way stylish. I looked like I had blown up overnight. I was still wondering how I was going to salvage the situation, when my fully dressed husband came back into the room to tell me to hurry up.
One look at me and he said, “I see…but what happened nau?”. I saw exactly what he was seeing, and wondered what was happening too. I put together another outfit, but it was less than flattering. At the end of the work day, I hit the shops to look for more fitting clothes, and bought so much ehen…my husband was irritated and he never gets like that.
Needless to say, I look good while pregnant, but I have overdone it, and now, I have a wardrobe full of clothes I won’t need in a few months’ time. Meanwhile, I’m enjoying it, but would I buy so many clothes again? Perhaps not. I will just stick with the basics; leggings, jeans with elastic bands, loose tops and stretchy gowns. That’s still a lot, abi? I told you I like fashion.
From the moment I found out that I was pregnant, my mom kept hammering into my head that I didn’t need so many clothes, amongst other things she had to share. She went into her wardrobe and brought out so many of her boubous for me. This was just two months into the pregnancy.
Knowing that she can be dramatic, I accepted the boubous and continued to wear my pre-pregnancy clothes. But my bump surfaced early, so I started wearing the boubous at home at least, and my husband wasn’t amused at all.
He started to call me, “old mama”. I laughed it off at first, but when it became his typical greeting, I knew I needed to switch things off and I started with the boubous. I had my tailor trim them, so they didn’t swamp me, but showed off some of my pregnant silhouette.
I bought a few things, and that was how I survived the months that followed. I thank God though, that I didn’t have a 9 to 5, otherwise it wouldn’t have been an easy one.
It was after the baby arrived that I started to spruce up my style.
Maternity wardrobe is nice, but not exactly an essential thing, at least, as far as I’m concerned.
I haven’t bought any new clothes. I was plus size when I got pregnant, and I’m having a plus size pregnancy, as I just filled out more.
Besides, I really found it off-putting to go shopping for clothes or have my tailor make something for me. Let’s just say, I’m afraid of what my new measurements would be, so I’m still squeezing myself into my pre-pregnancy clothes, and hoping I really won’t need a new set of clothes.
Now, more than ever, I’m so considering weight loss after baby is here. Meanwhile, I have still got four more months to go. Please pray for me.
No maternity clothes for me thus far, and I hope I won’t need it.
I wanted to splurge on a maternity wardrobe, but thus far, my old clothes still fit well. But then, I haven’t always been a fan of tight-fitting clothes, so I’ve still got plenty of room. And I didn’t gain so much weight, except for my bump, which seems to have a mind of its own.
But I do know that if this bump continues to grow at this rate, I may have to find other ways to cover up. For now, my loose tops and maternity pants/jeans (yes, I got those early on, as zippers and buttons made my life hell) are doing the trick.
If I’m going to splurge though, it would be on gowns I will be able to wear later on. No use having clothes I can’t wear for too long.
From these women’s experiences, it’s obvious maternity wardrobe is up for discussion but not necessarily a must.
If you can do without, please do, if you can’t, mama indulge yourself.
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