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  • Plus Size and Pregnant? Find Best Fitted Maternity Clothes in 5 Minutes

    Pregnancy should be the time of happiness and exciting anticipation, not the time to worry about what to wear or whether the clothes would fit. If you want to get rid of the stress of shopping, there are two things you can do: accept yourself as you are and embrace your new state of mind and shape of your body. Only then, will you be able to truly live in the moment and enjoy this magical transformation period.

    Plus size women often have hard times choosing regular clothes, so they fret choosing maternity clothes as well. There is a common misconception about maternity plus size clothes is bulky and adds more volume and curves, which is the opposite of what plus size women want.

    Most plus sized women have completely normal pregnancies, even though there is a statistical data and research that puts excessive weight into the same risk category as high blood pressure, smoking and drinking. This is not to say that you should continue your lifestyle without changes when you are pregnant. Adopt a new, healthier way of eating and do mild exercises regularly and, of course, consult with your doctor on the best way to approach your weight during pregnancy.

    Pregnancy is not the best time to go on a diet, but many pregnant women actually lose the weight without any dieting. Most of the times weight loss is caused by the morning sickness, that overall suppresses your appetite. Another reason why pregnant women lose weight is that they have some extra calories that get consumed by the growing body. So cutting your food intake is a definite no, but you can still expect to lose weight, which is a wonderful news.

    So how do you make the seamless transition to maternity clothing?

    1. Invest in good maternity wear

    Don’t go a size bigger with your regular clothing. The temptation to buy loose clothing is high but turns out plus size maternity wear is made to better accommodate woman's growing and changing body. Shoulder space and the rise of plus size maternity pants define how the clothing will fit and usually, these dimensions are way off in regular clothing. Maternity brands, on the other hand, pay particular attention to those metrics because they know how important they are for the right fitted pregnancy clothes.

    The range of maternity clothing offered these days cater to any style and taste. Whether you prefer online shopping or actually going to the store, there is no doubt you will find great maternity clothing. And most of the trendy plus size maternity brands offer a large selection of dresses, pants, shirts, and underwear of all the imaginable sizes, so don’t be afraid of not finding the right clothes.

    1. Repurpose your current wardrobe

    Some plus size women report not changing in size when they are pregnant. The difference is so subtle that you might not need to change the wardrobe at all. The general rule of thumb is to buy only what you need and don’t stock up on plus size pregnancy clothes in the first trimester - you never know how your body will change and whether you will need any maternity wear after all.

    There is one exception to this rule though - do purchase a couple of maternity bras and nursing underwear. They provide extra support and have easy openings that you can utilize after you give birth for feeding the baby.

    1. Find the best fit

    Finding the right maternity clothes for plus size women store is hard. You will make some mistakes along the way but once you found the perfect fit, stick to it. There is really nothing wrong with sticking to one brand and buying every piece of clothing from them.

    If you found a pair of maternity jeans that fit you well, most likely all the pants in the store will be a good match. Same goes for maternity underwear, shorts, maternity plus size dresses and workout clothes. Just like with a regular clothing store you might decide that one brand serves your needs perfectly and that will make shopping easier and less burdensome.

    1. Choose stretchy fabric and don’t be afraid of layers

    Your body is changing at a lightning speed and the first difference that you will notice will be your bump size and the cleavage. Waist can grow up to 15 inches during the pregnancy. So if you want to feel comfortable and save your family budget, go for knits or woven fabric as well as Lycra. Anything that envelops the body in all the right places is a great maternity fashion find.

    Layers is another taboo fashion trend for plus size women. However, if you find the right balance between layered clothing and fitted clothing your outfit can become a hit. Combine a T shirt, a shirt and a flowy cardigan and simple skinny jeans.

    1. Find the balance

    Because body proportions change during the pregnancy it can be hard to find the balance of accessories, clothing and shoe wear and highlight the most beautiful parts.

    Go for signature necklaces with maternity dresses and make sure your accessories are large enough to get noticed. Also be careful with prints. Plus size women should wear prints but favor large prints rather than a small print pattern to emphasize the figure. Patterns take attention away from the figure and highlight your feminine glow.

    1. Embrace your curves

    Most plus size women complain about their clothes being boxy and too flowy, adding an additional layer of volume. But you can use the clothing to create an illusion of a perfect shape. For example, V neck shirts can create a visual illusion of a longer neck. Find your unique style and embrace the dresses, because they come in all shapes and size and even plus size pregnant women can find something suitable in the assortment of maternity dresses offered these days.

    Clothing is probably the last thing that comes to mind of a pregnant plus size woman. The majority of plus size women are usually concerned about whether their weight hurts the baby.

    You can still stay within the healthy limits and experience no complications whatsoever, but just so you can track your stats - you are considered overweight if your pre pregnancy body mass index is between 25 and 30. If your BMI falls within that range you are advised to gain 6-10 kg, if your BMI is higher you should be careful not to gain more than 5-9 kg during pregnancy.

    The odds of having pregnancy complications when you are overweight are certainly high, but there are also numerous plus size women for whom pregnancy and giving birth were easy and worry free. So don’t be afraid of change, ask for the support you need from family and your doctor and enjoy these wonderful days of being the best version of yourself!


  • 5 Tips to Finding Cute and Inexpensive Maternity Clothes

    Dressing while pregnant is a challenge for many future moms. There is an understandable desire to look beautiful but also to stay healthy and comfortable. This leads to an internal conflict that is not easy to solve. Additionally, the family budget might be already too thin for you to enjoy the benefits of luxurious shopping. So how and where can you buy cute maternity clothes?

    First of all, the variety of clothes offered in stores these days is overwhelming. Brands of all sorts are becoming more and more sophisticated and inventive when it comes to maternity clothing fabrics and style to ensure maximum comfort and usability. Not only you can be sure to find the right item, but you might even get lost in the abundance of choice. Whether you make decisions easily or struggle with the choice, the likelihood of finding the best maternity clothes online is very high. From cheap retail chains to boutique designer stores - these days there is no shortage of fashionable maternity clothes.

    Secondly, the best advice that a pregnant woman can get is to listen to her body and do what makes her feel good. If you love sweatpants, make them the staple of your wardrobe and stop worrying about what people think. If you are into short body-con dresses - pregnancy is the perfect time to show off your curves. Cute means sexy for one woman, and girly for another. Stay true to yourself and embrace your pregnancy.

    Here are some tips to help you find the clothes that you’ll love and that won't break the bank: 

    1. When to buy?

    During the first trimester, you most likely won’t need to go shopping, because you’ll be able to wear your regular clothes. As soon as the second trimester hits, your little bump will start to show and you will require a larger wardrobe.

    Future moms have many problems and concerns so, more often than no,t they forget about buying appropriate clothing and run to the stores at the very last minute. Buy a couple of loose items before the need arises but don’t stock up on maternity clothes - you will be in a better position to make buying decisions as you witness how your body changes and grows.

    Every woman is different, but as soon as you feel that you don’t fit into regular clothes or even the few larger items - it is time for a shopping spree!

    1. What to look for?

    Almost every clothing brand offers inexpensive maternity clothes. You can also check specialty maternity stores that usually offer a better selection of styles and sizes. Some pregnancy items can also be bought in consignment stores.

    Think Lycra and cotton jersey as the material for affordable maternity wear. They stretch easily, are comfortable to wear and will last longer. Also, consider trying on everything you are looking to buy - you need to be sure your body will react positively to the fabric and shape of clothes.

    If you never tried layering before, pregnancy is the best time to start experimenting with layers. Your body temperature can go from hot to cold several times a day, so choose the outlook that will allow you to add or take off clothing when you feel like it.

    When shopping for clothes, don’t forget the underwear and shoe wear. You’ll probably need a few maternity and breastfeeding bras and some trendy nursing clothes too because your regular underwear is not made to support the growing breast tissue and the tight straps can irritate your skin. As far as the shoes, find the ones on a wide, stable but small heel and avoid high heels during the pregnancy.

    1. Shop mindfully

    The main rule of shopping is to look at the long term picture and only buy items that fit your regular style and wardrobe and can easily be worked into your wardrobe after pregnancy. Anything that is flowy and comfortable can pass for regular clothes after you give birth.  

    Don’t make a mistake of changing your style completely now that you are pregnant. Even if you take this time as a period of personal transformation, remember it is a short period and you will end up with inconsistent wardrobe after your pregnancy is over. Do complement your current wardrobe with a few staple maternity pieces, match the color palette and make sure the items go well with one another.

    1. Raid your closet

    While you can use your pregnancy as an excuse to go on a shopping spree if your goal is to save the family budget, raid your closet and see if you can find some old items that can be repurposed.

    Old jeans that can be transformed with a button extender and you might also find out that dresses that you considered ill fitted are now a perfect fit. Don’t underestimate your partners closet either - men’s button up shirts can be a great option for expectant mothers.

    1. Be confident  

    The secret to finding cute and affordable clothing is to appreciate the change and embrace what you have, meaning whatever you wear you can only steal admiring glances if you are confident.

    Don’t hide in the oversized clothes, instead, opt for well-fitted items that show off your growing bump. You have the parts of your body that are larger and you love it! Embrace your new look and buy clothes that add to your newly found feminine glow.

    Style and comfort can go together well. Buy a few accessories, such as bags and jewelry, and wear them with maternity dresses. You will see how easy it is to turn a simple dress into an iconic fashion item.

    1. Buy reversible clothing

    Reversible clothing is, basically, clothing that combines two items in one. It is an amazing way to create the look you want with fewer items. Reversible clothing doesn't take too much space in your wardrobe and can we put them on in less than a minute.

    Some reversible clothing can be worn inside out, others easily transform from one type of item to another, for example from a dress to a skirt, or from jeans to shorts.

    1. Look locally online

    Join local Facebook groups and socialize with other soon-to-be moms to find out what they buy and where. Clothes swaps happen regularly in these circles because a lot of the times women would want to give away clothes after pregnancy.

    Take it to the local online shops to find inexpensive clothing - that way you can also save money on shipping charges. Stylish maternity clothes are so easy to find, and the prices are usually very affordable.


    One day, after you give birth, you will look at your pregnancy wardrobe and be amazed at how comfortable maternity wear was and how graceful and elegant it made you look. Some women are able to repurpose their maternity wardrobe, but either way, the items they wore for 9 months become a sweet reminder of the feelings of anticipation and tenderness that were growing along with the bump. So pick a day on your calendar, set a budget, make a list and go shopping!


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