Lets talk maternity clothes!
I am not one bit a fan of maternity clothes. Personally, I see them as overpriced for the amount of wear you get out of them. When I was pregnant with Charlie I bought some button up shirts two sizes up from normal and I have worn them; pregnant, breastfeeding, non-pregnant and pregnant again. Also two pairs of Target maternity shorts that got worn every day of the week!
Lately it has started to bother me (more then usual) at how maternity clothing is advertised (note: not all brands). They have this lovely young model with no lumps, no bumps, no boobs in a clingy, fitted-type dress. Now I don’t know about you, but this is definitely not my body type in general, let alone pregnant! This advertising makes me want to buy maternity clothing even less.
Recently I read an article on Mamamia about a model who had modelled maternity clothing with a fake bump… then while actually pregnant was unable to get work modelling maternity clothes. How on earth is this the way our world works? Teaching the younger generation that they need to look a particular way even while pregnant…
As this model pointed out a lot of companies use models for their maternity range that are not actually pregnant, giving ladies false expectation of how the garment will fit their ever changing body. Check out the article at https://www.mamamia.com.au/pregnant-models needless to say I was shocked and horrified that this is the case.
When my mother was pregnant with my siblings it was still in fashion to have those oversized dresses that hid everything. That would be so comfortable! Now you can only find these dresses in the pages of my sewing patterns.
Now don’t get me wrong, there are some fantastic brands out there that put in the extra effort to ensure you know what you are getting as well as some small brands that the owner has actually been pregnant themselves.
Personally I generally try to avoid anything that is over the top expensive or that I can not justify paying for (either; that it will only have one use or not be used for too long). I found some great items instead of buying maternity clothes.. The first are pant extenders that you can get most department and baby stores. I have worn my pant extenders so much that they have stretched. The other item that I use regularly over the top of my pant extenders is a belly band just to cover that my pants no longer fit.
The only other item I swear by and wish I had purchased my first time around are these tights from Baby Luno. Maternity Leggings – Cadenshae 3/4 Pregnancy & Postpartum these tights are so supportive and comfortable… you read right, something is both COMFORTABLE and SUPPORTIVE. They are a little bit more expensive than I would normally like to spend on something I shouldn’t wear for years however I probably will wear them for years. If you are someone that is hoping to have a large family (definitely not me) you would definitely get value for money from these tights.
Do not be fooled by the advertising you do not need maternity clothes! You do not need to pay the increased prices on “Maternity Clothing”. You do not need to still be as thin as you were as a teenager while your pregnant! You do not need that sort of negativity in your life!
You do need to be comfortable!