I like to have lots of room in my space and the Voice often says she needs bigger clothes to make the space bigger. Here’s how she does it.
There’s a tricky stage in your pregnancy, about the second trimester, when you don’t fit into your everyday clothes and you’re not quite big enough for maternity clothes. If you’re anything like me you won’t want to buy a whole new wardrobe, that’s never going to me worn again. Don’t misunderstand me, I love shopping , but it’s nice to have things that will last you after your precious little bundle is born.
Eventually, you are going to have to bite the bullet and buy some maternity clothes. Especially in the last few months of your pregnancy but here are five ways I’ve bridged the gap.
1) Making my own maternity jeans, with an old pair of jeans.
A month or so ago I created a tutorial on the blog, which shows you how to make your own maternity jeans with and old pair of jeans and a bump band.
Click here to go to the tutorial.
2) Bump Bands
A great cheap way to cover up the fact that you have an elastic band holding the button of your jeans closed. They also work really well if you want to push the waistband of your clothes below your bump, but your top doesn’t quite bridge the gap.
You can get bump bands on line and in shops these days. I bought mine from New Look as they were only £9.99 for three. Bargain!
3) Bra Extenders
Your bra size can change as much as three times during your pregnancy and then it may change again once the baby is born.
Firstly, it’s important you make sure you have a good fitting bra, so do not use bra extenders instead of the correct size bra. They do come in handy when your cup size is staying the same but the width is increasing. In this way they are very useful for extending the life of your bras. I also recommend buying nursing bras, when you do buy more bras, as you can use them after the birth if you are breast feeding.
There are many types of bra extender available and if you click here, it will take you to a few on Amazon, but you can buy them from many places.
4) Smock Tops
These are great especially if you’re pregnant in the summer, like me. Airy, cool and not tight-fitting, they hang perfectly over a burgeoning bump. Here are some examples.
The great thing is you can wear them after as well.
5) Gypsy skirts
Pretty much the same principle as smock tops. Lots of material, light and airy with a draw string that will sit nicely on you waist or below your bump. In fact anything with a drawstring or elasticated waist works well. Nomads and Gringo do great ranges.
If you have any tips on how to extend your wardrobe, be sure to leave them in the comments box below.