I briefly mentioned this in yesterday’s post about first trimester work wear, but getting dressed during my first trimester has been a bit of a chore. Almost a week or two after I found out I was pregnant, I immediately starting seeing changes in my body. While I was excited about the pregnancy, I was also frustrated with what to do with my expanding curves. Luckily these five necessities helped me get by.
First Trimester Fashion Necessities
1. A larger, supportive bra. Oh.My.Gosh. Do you feel like you went through puberty all over again over night?! I noticed that my bust had increased, but I was really shocked to find I’d gone up two cup sizes. During my first trimester, I purchased a few inexpensive options from Target in a larger size but later invested in Bravado Seamless Nursing Bras. I wish I had just bought the Bravados from the start. They are super-comfortable (no underwire!), and I’m still wearing them six months postpartum! They are so, so worth the investment, and since they have an elastic band, they allow for wiggle room if you fluctuate a cup size before and after baby.
2. Belly Band/Waistband Extender. Pants were the first thing to go, so initially turned to a Bellaband to extend the life of my pant collection. Ultimately, I ended up loving the Maeband even better though! It is more of a band-style waistband extender that attaches to your pants waistband. Since it loops through the belt buckles, it makes your pants feel so much more secure. And you don’t have to worry about the bump from unbuttoned pants!
3. Layering tanks. Along with that new bra collection, layering tanks are the perfect way to keep your growing bust under wraps. Cross-neck tops and dresses were pretty much a non-option without a little extra coverage! To extend the life of wear, grab these nursing ones to use after baby comes! I lived in them with my fav stretchy pants in the early postpartum days! They also made my hospital bag list!
4. Dresses. When a little extra belly bloat (or bump!) finds its way to your midsection and even leggings feel constricting, dresses are the only way to go. I relied on them especially in those early days before I was ready to announce my pregnancy! Think: empire waist styles, wrap dresses, and shirt dresses.
5. Transitional tops. Blouse-y tops will of course be your friend. I also purchased a few popovers (half button down, half pullover top) that I was able to wear well into my second trimester. (These options are PERFECT: chambray popover, plaid popover!) You’ll grab them again postpartum! Button-downs are a must for nursing mamas!
Are you ready to shop for maternity clothes? You have to check out my series on building a cohesive maternity wardrobe!