Everybody kept telling me that at some point during my pregnancy, I'd have to resort to pregnancy clothes. I'm almost 9 months pregnant and haven't bought a single maternity item! You don't have to, either.
Momlogic's Talitha: Besides the fact that they are super overpriced and not the sexiest looking, I wondered if I could make it through my pregnancy without buying any maternity clothing. I'm happy to report that I did. Here's how:
Months 1-3: In all honesty, most people will still fit into regular clothes at this point. No need to start wearing baggy clothing or running out to buy anything.
Months 3-5: Are you set on wearing jeans even though you're starting to pop out? Wear regular low-rise jeans one size up under your belly with a longer top. Once you grow out of those, just attach a rubber band and leave the jeans open. Then, when you're working back toward your pre-pregnancy shape after the baby comes, you'll be wearing these as a transition piece.
Months 5-7: It's all about dresses. If you've got good legs, wear short dresses -- long dresses will make you feel like a tent. Have an office job? Throw a blazer over any dress. You might even want to shorten certain dresses a little, since your legs are the only thing you'll be showing for a while. If you don't have great legs, wear knee-length, princess-cut dresses. These are flattering (and comfortable) for anyone.
Months 7-9: Please don't hide under baggy tops -- it will only make you look bigger. Your husband's T-shirt won't do anything but make your butt look big. Stick with A-line dresses, princess-cut dresses, or tights and extra-long (not wide) T-shirts. Pair with cute flats or flip-flops and be comfy and super cute.
The most common mistake pregnant women make is feeling like they have to hide their entire bodies. Show off what you still can -- your boobs, legs, arms! The best fabrics to wear are soft cottons and Lycra. Investing in maternity tops, pants, and oversized (and ugly) dresses will do nothing for your self-esteem! Just cause your belly's growing doesn't mean you have to feel like a tent.