When Should I Start Wearing Maternity Clothes?

(September 11, 2012)

Numerous thoughts, doubts and questions will cross your mind as soon as you realize that you are pregnant. Apart from queries about your diet, daily activities and general lifestyle, you may find yourself fretting over your wardrobe quite a bit. Most pregnant women wonder when they should start wearing new maternity clothes, particularly first time moms-to-be feel extremely anxious about shopping for new maternity clothes.

It will probably be a few months, before your pregnancy becomes evident. Ideally, this should mean that you can continue using your existing wardrobe without any major changes, at least for the first 3 or 4 months. However, after a few weeks into your pregnancy, you may realize that your regular wardrobe is no longer suitable, as most of your clothes feel uncomfortable.

When should I start wearing maternity clothes?

There is no specific time when you should start wearing maternity clothes during pregnancy. It all depends on the types of clothes you choose to wear on a daily basis, as well as your baby's growth. A newsletter published by the South Dakota Department of Health states that first-time mothers usually start wearing maternity clothes when they enter the fourth month of pregnancy. However, this is not a hard and fast rule; you may want to add a few maternity essentials to your closet later on, or even earlier than that, if you feel the need to do so.

Maternity wear today includes a whole lot more than the simple dresses. You have various clothing options that can keep you and your baby comfortable during your pregnancy, such as maternity jeans, drawstring trousers, tunics, dresses, skirts, maternity sweaters and so on. You may need some of these a bit earlier than others.

In the first trimester, you will probably gain more weight around your breasts than your waistline. This is probably the best time for you to stop wearing bras with a metallic wire underneath. A thick shelf bra or a sports bra will probably keep you more comfortable during your pregnancy. Jeans and trousers, which are tight around the waist, should be avoided right from the first trimester.

In the second trimester, it may become hard for you to hide your pregnancy bump. This is probably when you may want to think about adding a few maternity dresses, drawstring trousers, maternity jeans or dungarees, to your closet. Such apparel can are quite practical for pregnant women and you can use them right till the end of your pregnancy.

Submitted by N on September 11, 2012 at 07:10

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