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.
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?