Now that I’m just over four months pregnant, I am finding myself drawing a blank when I look in my closet.  I’m pregnant enough where I’m showing, but not so much that it is blatantly obvious.  Sometimes I just look like I’ve put on a bit of extra weight and don’t know how to dress for it. How do others do it and look so cute?

 

Many times, it’s simply a comfort issue.  Regular clothes don’t fit me any more, but some of the maternity clothes I’ve inherited either don’t fit yet or are still shapeless on my small bump. The other week, I went away for three days and brought an entire wardrobe of options, not sure what I’d feel comfortable in.  I felt silly dragging a huge suitcase to the beach, but happy when I could dress comfortably while on vacation.

 

Thank goodness my everyday work wear is pretty simple: jeans and a tee shirt, repeat, repeat, repeat.  It’s when I need to try to look nice that I get stumped.  I’m loving my cute little bump and love to show it off when I can, so those now-shapeless maxi dresses that were already in my closet that I swore I’d live in for the summer just aren’t working for me right now.  What’s a Momma to do?

With my grandparents.  When did my boobs get this big??

With my grandparents. When did my boobs get this big??  photo credit genagolas

 

Here is what I’ve discovered so far:

¨     Those full-belly panel maternity pants are way more comfortable than the mid-belly panel pants.  Even when I felt it was a little too early for such a full pant, they smoothed and flattered my growing bump under almost any shirt.

¨     It’s hard to find nude-colored belly panels on pants or other bottoms.  Most times they seem to match the color of the pant.  Is it fashionable to have a dark belly panel show under a lighter colored shirt?  I don’t know.  Help!

¨     I need new underwear.  And bras.  Pronto.  I’ve been holding off, thinking that as soon as I buy some I’ll grow out of them, but this is getting serious, ladies.  Plumber’s butt is not flattering on anyone, ever.

¨     If you can, borrow from friends and family.  Maternity clothes are expensive!

 

Maternity pants with a "regular" shirt.  Cute baby bump, or too tight?  (Please excuse the tarp, we're painting!)

Maternity pants with a “regular” shirt. Cute baby bump, or too tight? (Please excuse the tarp, we’re painting!)                                 photo credit genagolas

 

Does anyone have some tried-and-true tips for a new Momma dressing her baby bump?  Please share!

 

 

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