The first few days of pregnancy would be total euphoria. Overnight, we become an empowered, life-bearing force of nature. With a self-satisfied smile firmly on face and pert boobs fixed nicely in bra, we face the world each morning afresh.For weeks our joy stays, as we admire a clear skin, flat stomach and narrow hips in mirror. Staying in youthful figure and expecting a baby to boot? What luck!
But as days turns into weeks and weeks into months, euphoria slightly devolves into panic. The growing embryo inside us is no longer our smug tiny secret. It spills over the cups of our favourite bra, peeked out from the gaps in our button-down shirt, and slid across the flattened pleats of our Issey Miyake skirt. Suddenly we face our beloved closet each morning in terror: water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.
Our morning ritual of styling and smartening, once a matter of proud accomplishment, becomes a riot of stomping, tears, and strewn clothing. With no love lost for the challenge of maternity dressing, we are forced to formulate a list of sartorial standards to guide us through the next few months.
Here are some awesome tips to maintain a well dressed figure throughout the pregnancy in your work place.
* Try this: Loop a rubber band through the buttonhole and then tie it around the button. This will provide that crucial extra inch or two of breathing room. There is a handy accessory known as the belly band, a stretchy band that holds your pants up so you can leave them unzipped. If your job calls for more official business looks, it is recommended to keep five key pieces in similar fabrics and complimentary shades: pants, a skirt, a jacket, a dress, and a tunic top.
Usually, your primary trip to the intimates department, like a multitude of pregnancy firsts, results in tears, disgust, and ultimately, denial. You may have to change as many as 3 bra sizes till your baby arrives. Cool, you can very well place an online order to try in the comfort of your own room. Along with folic acid maintenance and regular exercise, finding the right bra is the best thing you can do for your baby: The increased confidence and discomfort relief will do wonders for your mood. Added bonus: They will decrease the likelihood of stretch marks later on.
*Pregnancy jeans are hot in denim
Even if you abhor ruched seams and empire waists, allow yourself to explore maternity leg wear. Available in a buffet of washes and fits, you should be able to approximate your favourite pair of non-maternity jeans. A slim-fit style will accelerate your untouched thighs and the elastic inserts mean comfort from breakfast through dinner. Coming around to this concept will be nothing next to letting it go.
*V-neck sweaters are for goody men and pregnant chicks
While a high neck draws attention up, up and into your bosom, a simple v-neck creates the illusion of a flatter bosom. Pair your V-neck with a long-sleeve tee or chucky dickey for added interest, but those more daring might opt to go bare up there. Gift yourself with a new detailed necklace to finish the look.
* Everyone can benefit from another pair of inches
Save the sensible flats for late pregnancy and trips to the walk. A lower pair of classic heels is the best investment you can make in your pregnancy wardrobe. The added length will reduce your increasing width and an elegant shoe will dress up your new maternity jeans for work and play.
Size up a half size to include your growing tootsies. After your baby comes, store them away for next time or thank them very much and pay it forward to the next lucky lady.
*More is less
The more fabric, the less flattering; where pregnancy is concerned. Unlike tight T shirts and other tops, a loose garment hides your baby-tummy, relaxing you from this temporary disfiguration.
*Shake what your baby gives you
The shrinking wardrobe aside, pregnancy gives us a newfound appreciation for our womanly curves. At three to four months, it’s a thin line between a big meal and a small foetus. But as your belly begins to grow, embrace your novel shape. Choose form-fitting shades in dark colours that hug your curves and show off your shoulders or legs. Make your pregnancy work for you and sit back, bask in the glow, woman.