So now we’re into autumn and winter, By now, I need more maternity clothes but at least I’m only buying for one season. I invested in some maternity jeans. I did find the younger brands…Topshop, H&M just a bit too skinny for my older body. I tried on jeans from Mamas and Papas and Next but it was M&S that worked for me. Straight leg & a mid blue. Super comfy over my growing bump. And the overbump style added an extra layer of warmth. I found H&M were great for long sleeved vests and jumpers. I also already owned a couple of long sleeved tops that were cut loose enough to fit. My Ugg Chelsea boots had a lovely cushioned sole so helped me carry the extra weight.
Seven months pregnant:
Eight months pregnant:
At almost full term friends had an informal Christmas gathering:
And finally, heading into hospital for my section in a standard Phase Eight top in a loosely gathered style and my Barbour jacket with a scarf to help cover the gap for my bump. Luckily, we had a mild winter & I didn’t get too big so no need for a maternity coat.
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.