“My pregnancy was the most bearable experience I’ve ever been through!” said no woman ever (and especially not enthusiastically) unless it was purely sarcastic. Pregnancy is a beautiful thing to go through; it makes you appreciate your pre-pregnancy body and by the end of it, you have your most favorite creation with you for the rest of your life. That’s not to say it doesn’t comes with the worst aches and pains. Just ask my husband. I groan and grunt enough for him to know not to ask what’s wrong every time. Discomfort becomes greater the further along we get, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer through it. You can find some comfort through your clothes. With 7 style tips to make pregnancy comfortable, you’ll find that sweet, sweet sense of relief sooner than you think.
Break out the leggings
I’ll admit it: I was that girl that didn’t believe in wearing leggings. I thought they were lazy and not stylish. I swore to myself I would never be the type to wear leggings with anything even if the shirt was long enough to pull leggings off with. Then I got pregnant and couldn’t fit into anything. In addition to that, there was a period in time where I wasn’t ready for maternity jeans because it was all just bloat at first. That’s when I took the leap into leggings and I haven’t looked back since. There are various ways to make leggings look stylish, but if you’re anti-leggings, you just have to accept that they’re more for a casual look. Out of all my wardrobe options during pregnancy, leggings are the most comfortable because the bands don’t put any pressure on your back. On days where I want to just throw something on without any thought, leggings are the way to go.
Dress with less layers
I love layering. Layering brings dimension to outfits and can take something up a notch from casual to a bit more dressy without being overstated depending on the piece(s) you are laying with. Tragically, layering during pregnancy is a hot mess for me. I was always the type of girl to wear a sweater when it was 75 degrees out. Now just thinking about the thought makes me sweat. Lately, I’ve been keeping the layers to a minimum in terms of clothing and adding to my outfits with jewelry instead. It’s a win-win situation; I don’t sweat like a muffin in an oven, but there’s still some pizzazz to my outfit.
Get some slip on shoes
Lace-up shoes are on trend this spring. If you didn’t know that, check out my post on the 12 spring fashion trends you need to try! But let’s be real. They aren’t belly friendly. At this point, I am 26 weeks along and can’t bend down at all without being in pain from the pressure it puts on my belly and without feeling like I’m squishing the life out of my baby. Slip on shoes have saved me. As you know, they’re easy to slide into without having to bend over and most slip ons are comfortable. My favorites are either Toms or Sperrys because of the extra padding they offer in the sole. I’ve noticed much less back pain since trading my sandals for more padded shoes.
Buy a belly band
I know I don’t need to tell you that your belly isn’t going to stop growing any time soon. The bigger it grows, the more back pain you have from the weight gain. Having a belly band can help lift the belly to take the pressure off of your lower back. I didn’t believe it at first as I thought it was all hype, but there’s a reason why those who suffer from chronic back pain wear back braces and belly bands are kind of the same thing. It’s recommended that you don’t wear it for more than three hours to prevent over dependency. Still, it’s nice to have some sort of relief even if it’s not for an extended period of time.
Wear more dresses
I think this tip is pretty easy to understand. Dresses are easy to put on and the most comfortable option in terms of pieces to wear besides leggings. There are so many types of dresses from day time to maxis for those mamas that can’t bother to shave their legs to formal. This simple garment can be for any occasion depending on what you’re looking for. Plus with spring in the air and summer just around the corner, there’s no better time to wear dresses.
Find bras without underwire
Bras are an annoyance enough, but if you’re not one to let the tatas roam free, then bras without underwire are your best friend. Why? You don’t have the underwire digging at your underboob. I know you might be worried that a bra without underwire means no support to keep the girls up nice and high, but there are bras out there that provide the support. I’ve had the best luck with Body by Victoria bras from Victoria’s Secret, specifically their Wireless Bra and other wireless bras from Victoria’s Secret. They can be a bit pricey for a bra, but they provide the best support while being comfortable and last me longer than any other bra I’ve tried.
Invest in maternity jeans/shorts
If you simply aren’t a dress girl or a leggings girl, then it’s time to get yourself some maternity jeans or shorts. You can only do the hair tie trick for so long before it just doesn’t work any more. With your ever expanding belly, you need jeans and shorts that’ll grow with you. Maternity jeans and shorts can be expensive, but you have to be on the look out for sales. You can get maternity jeans and shorts with a full panel that covers your whole belly, a demi panel that is a smaller panel which doesn’t fully cover your bump, and a no panel which just has the elastic in the waistband and sits under your tummy. My favorite maternity jeans and shorts are from Destination Maternity, specifically from the Jessica Simpson line. The band isn’t thick and the pieces don’t ride down, plus they’re much less expensive than most brands. Cheaper maternity jeans/shorts options are out there, you just gotta look for them!
For all you pregnant mamas out there, how do you stay comfortable in your pregnancy?