My pregnancy wardrobe varied so much between my first and second pregnancy.
I've been blessed with a pigeon pair and I was the perfect example of that old wives tale about carrying boys and girls differently. With my daughter, I was all booty and with my son, I was all belly so some of the things I had stowed away from my first pregnancy just didn't work with my new body shape.
I also had a VERY active toddler to chase after when I was pregnant the second time around so those gorgeous flowing, Camilla kaftans I promised my husband I would wear again just weren't practical.
And, after 15 months on maternity leave and only returning to work 2 days a week, I was needing bang for my buck.
Here is an example of five pieces that got me through pregnancy on a budget:
1. STRETCHY COTTON DRESSES - I dragged these out of my wardrobe pretty early on. They perfectly hugged my growing belly and the cotton elastane blend kept me nice and cool (yep I was pregnant through summer - twice!). The one pictured here is a steal from Supre at $35 and (sometimes even cheaper on sale) and it comes in a range of different colours. At this price, I didn't mind at all if they stretched out of shape as my belly grew.
2. ELASTIC WAISTED ANYTHING - I avoided these like sushi and soft cheese when I was pregnant first time round. Second time round, comfort was my main priority and these definitely were comfortable! The elastic waist allows you to wear these long after you've had your baby too! I found a great pair of shorts at Kmart but I also splurged and grabbed a pair of jeans similar to these from ASOS (pictured below).
3. KITTEN HEELS - Try as I may, my 6 inch heels just weren't practical as my pregnancy progressed and believe it or not there are times when Havi's, Cons or Nikes just aren't suitable. I let go of my prejudice of kitten heels & bought a pair of sensible nude ones - hey if they're good enough for Anna Wintour they would be good enough for me too! The ones pictured below were from Target for I think about $45.
4. WATERFALL VESTS - I popped these on over my dresses to jazz things up a little and they also made my stretch dresses a little more work appropriate.
Kimonos also work well over the top of basic midi dresses. This particular waterfall vest (below) is from Blossom & Glow- I love it and still wear it post pregnancy with either jeans or over dresses.
5. BRAS - I have lost count of the number of bras I have bought in my quest to find a comfortable maternity bra. I've tried ones with lace, feeding clips, underwire free as well as trying to squeeze myself back into regular bras with underwire, cross over backs, sports bras and even singlets with bra shelfs.
Whilst I will never tell my husband the true cost behind eventually finding these bras, I was happy to tell him I had found them from Cotton On Body and they were cheap, cheap cheap!!!
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