Are maternity clothes a no-no?

I was browsing through the Daily Mail app the other day (yes, yes, I know) and I came across an article entitled ‘So much for maternity wear!’ which immediately caught my attention, for obvious reasons.  Anyway, it got me thinking are maternity clothes a no-no?

The article was about a ‘woman’ called Coco Austin.  I have no idea why she makes headlines but she’s 32 weeks pregnant and wearing clothes I wouldn’t dream of wearing when I’m not pregnant let alone that far along.

Source - Daily Mail 22/10/15

Source – Daily Mail 22/10/15

I don’t really care what she does or doesn’t wear, as the case may be, but I do wonder how she can be comfortable in those tight clothes.  I only have to position the waistband of my leggings in the wrong place and I’ll have guaranteed stomach pains all day! Am I just being a wimp?  I guess being ‘glamorous’ is her career.

I’ve been watching quite a few pregnant vloggers on You Tube recently and reading blogs by expectant ladies and it struck me how many people don’t seem too fussed on purchasing any maternity wear.  With this pregnancy, as with my other two, I couldn’t wait to wear my maternity jeans and I’m still chomping at the bit to get into my over the bump leggings. I’m 10 weeks pregnant this week and I’m still at the “has she eaten all the pies or is she pregnant” stage.  I find that any trousers that are too tight or sit in the wrong place give me really bad wind.  Sorry but its a pregnant ladies curse – if it’s not one end it’s the other! Likewise, all my underwired, padded bras really bloody hurt.  I let out an audible groan at the end of the day when I take it off as it’s just such a painful relief!  Anything too tight on my top half just makes me look like I’m smuggling tyres under my top so loose tunics or maternity tops with that extra bit of ruching or wider panel at the side are a God send.

I’ll be the first to say that I think the ranges of maternity wear are awful.  I went into Next the other day to be told they don’t even stock it in the shops any more so the only option you have there is to order online. My favourite place for maternity pieces has to be New Look and H&M. They’re affordable, staple pieces which will last the entire pregnancy. Our local Mothercare recently closed down (boo) but before it did I always thought their maternity wear was just a bit….old fashioned. Likewise, with some of the more high end brands such as Isabella Oliver the designs just aren’t for me. When oh when will Joules make Breton maternity jumpers and tunics?

Some people just suggest getting a size or two bigger, which I have done in Primark recently, but the fit just doesn’t seem right. It might be a bigger top but it’s bigger all over and really I just want a size 12 with extra length and a bit of room around the front.  I don’t need baggy arms or loads of material across the back.

I just wonder if I’m in the minority as I furiously wash and dry my maternity clothes to save me from my ‘civilian’ wear.  Will maternity wear become a thing of the past?

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  1. October 26, 2015 / 8:00 pm

    I actually don’t really mind the maternity wear, I live in leggings anyway so I just changed them to over the bump ones ha! Popping over from #maternitymondays

    • admin
      October 27, 2015 / 8:56 am

      I wasn’t really saying I didn’t like all maternity wear – there are some good basics but I find some of it just not my style. Yeh over the bump leggings are just a must have! x

  2. October 26, 2015 / 8:21 pm

    I’m with you. I loved (love) my maternity clothes. one particular pair of leggings, I may still wear, may even have them on as I type this 😉
    I still look in the Next sale and in Mothercare at Maternity clothes. It’s all about comfort with me-over the bump all the way.
    Big congratulations. I can’t wait to read all about your journey #MaternityMondays

    • admin
      October 27, 2015 / 8:57 am

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment 🙂 yes, I still have maternity clothes from previous pregnancies which I wear even when I’m not pregnant just because I like them so much. Maternity clothes seem so tricky to get hold of – I always think some of this clothing businesses are missing a trick.

  3. October 26, 2015 / 9:09 pm

    Oh no, I totally have to have maternity clothes – anything too tight makes me physically sick! I’ve been lucky my hubby’s cousin donated me all of hers recently, but I’m so much bigger this time around I will probably have to buy more at some point soon – if I bought ‘normal’ clothes, I think I’d have to go about 10 sizes up to get into them!

    • admin
      October 27, 2015 / 8:58 am

      I hear you! Lucky you getting some donated. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment 🙂 x

  4. becca farrelly
    October 26, 2015 / 9:37 pm

    Aww I love your bump pictures! with my daughter being my first (and only!) pregnancy I was quite small and got away with wearing ‘normal’ clothes for the most part. however, like you say, eventually your bump gets uncomfortable in tighter clothes so I found New Look great as they weren’t really expensive and I found they fit really well. Good luck with your pregnancy! 🙂


    • admin
      October 27, 2015 / 9:00 am

      Thank you Becca 🙂 I always look back at my bump pictures. I had a really neat bump with my daughter. I think this bumps going to be huge though! Yes, New Look have a decent selection and are reasonably priced. I don’t just wear maternity clothes when I’m pregnant I wear them for the months following too so I do think you get the wear from them as well. x

  5. Jenny
    November 3, 2015 / 1:03 pm

    I actually did ever buy maternity clothes only because I did want to spend the money on stuff I was getting rid of but in the end I stretched all my own clothes out and had to buy new stuff after having children now. So next time if there is a third I think I will invest in some maternity. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me I hope to see you again tomorrow for another round of #sharewithme

    • admin
      November 5, 2015 / 10:31 am

      Hi Jenny! Thanks for commenting 🙂 I think the right pieces are a great investment, I just wish maternity wear could be dragged into the 21st century a bit more! #sharewithme

  6. January 12, 2016 / 9:34 pm

    I couldn’t live without maternity wear and am in it most of the time now at 15 weeks. My normal clothes aren’t stretchy enough to last all the way through and if I am buying something new I want it to be flattering and comfortable. I hate the fact maternity stuff can be pretty boring, but I wouldn’t be without it!

  7. June 30, 2017 / 7:18 am

    I just saw this link on Twitter… I do agree and wish Joules did maternity too! This pregnancy I only wore one New Look tshirt from last time as I wasn’t fussed by the others so sold them. It was definitely all about H&M this time! I hated my normal clothes being short at the front so definitely recommend maternity – and especially maternity jeans they’re so much comfier than normal ones

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