It was around this stage I bought some bump bands. Just a couple of cheap ones from Debenhams and they got loads of use. If you don’t know what they are, they are stretchy bits of material that you put round your waist that cover any gaps if your tops ride up and also allow you to unbutton your trousers. Brilliant for getting more use out of your normal clothes. I also bought some of those popular printed trousers from Monsoon which handily had a stretchy waist band. I’m still wearing them. I also borrowed a pair of Mike’s jeans for a while – just rolled up the legs. And jackets and long cardi’s were great for cooler days.
Four months pregnant (yay for stretchy vests)
Five months pregnant
By now I’ve invested in some H&M maternity vests and t-shirts which were great value. I also bought some black maternity leggings from M&S when they had 20% off. Think they cost around £7 & they got worn loads.
I didn’t know where to start when dressing my growing bump. I was really conscious of being around 20 years older than the average pregnant Mum so I was hardly the average customer for maternity clothes. I also didn’t want to spend a fortune on clothes that wouldn’t have a long lifespan. I considered buying from Ebay but decided against in the end. I figured most women would buy as few clothes as possible and wear them to death. So here’s how I managed in the end.
Early Days – first trimester
I didn’t have a lot of confidence in my pregnancy in the early days so didn’t really want to shout from the rooftops and we told very few people. My early weeks were in the summer so I decided to just buy some loose tops and trousers that I would be able to wear the following summer as well. I also found some of my existing vest tops were very stretchy. So no maternity wear at this stage.
Two months pregnant:
Three months pregnant:
Loose jackets and long cardi’s were also very useful and I wore flats throughout.