Choosing what to wear during your second trimester can be tricky. Your body will change a lot throughout these weeks and so will your wardrobe! Weeks 14 – 19 I was hardly showing at all. I looked a bit bloated and like I’d been enjoying a few too many pizzas, but I didn’t look pregnant. So my jeans were tight, my size 8/10 tops were crushing my boobs (I now have boobs – go me!) and quite frankly nothing looked nice on me. I made the colossal mistake of going to H&M to try and find some clothes that didn’t make me feel like a swollen potato, only to leave feeling 10 x worse about myself. I love H&M – they’re one of my favourite stores, but they’re not the best when it comes to sizing. I usually wear a size 8/10 and I’ve struggled to fit into a size 14 there before now and I’m talking pre-pregnancy! After my massive FAIL of a shopping trip, I decided to order some stuff online (although I wasn’t feeling very optimistic about it).
When my parcel arrived from Boohoo I don’t think I even opening it straight away, which is weird for me – I’m usually tearing that bag open like an angry vulture the minute it arrives! When I finally did unpack the stuff I’d ordered I was so surprised at how much I liked it all! I ordered a size up in everything and although I definitely needed to size up in the denim dress as it’s fitted, the floaty dresses I could have even got away with ordering my normal size! I finally found some outfits that I didn’t feel gross in – hallelujah! And what made it even better is that Boohoo is so reasonably priced, in fact all these items are now in the sale!
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I’m 23 weeks now and as I mentioned in my previous post, I can no longer squeeze into my pre-pregnancy jeans without almost losing a button to somebody’s eye. So last week, I purchased my first ‘proper’ maternity clothes – eek! Ok so I’m going to apologise for laying in to H&M sizes right now (even though they suck), because when I went searching for maternity jeans they came through for their girl – “heyyyy *inserts sassy woman emoji*”. I went in looking for a jumper and if you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen the jumper I purchased.
The writing says “Get off my back” and it’s supposed to be worn well, on the back funnily enough! However I prefer the writing on the front so I just look like a weirdo but, hey! Anyway, its cute and comfy and that’s a pregnant girls perfect combo! So while I was in there, I came across the maternity section which I don’t believe they have in all stores. I tried on two pairs of maternity jeans (again you might have seen this on my Instagram stories – I got pretty excited) and they fitted so perfectly I had to get both! Both pairs have the special maternity band which covers and supports the bump and both pairs are really good quality. Maternity clothes are not the cheapest, so Its important to make sure you’re spending your money wisely and I honestly can’t recommend these jeans enough – Ive linked both pairs below incase you’re looking for a good pair!
Below Ive listed a few tips when it comes to dressing during your second trimester:
- Size up ~ Even if you haven’t gained much weight, your waist line will soon begin to thicken and your bump will continue to grow, so over the next few weeks you’ll be thankful for that extra bit of material.
- Where what you feel comfortable in ~ At the end of the day, its your body and you’re the one who gets to decide whether you want to cover up your little (or large) bump or flaunt it. I know some people like to wear fitted dresses and tops the minute they find out their pregnant and I know others who rather wait until there is a prominent baby bump. Realistically it wont be long before you wont be able to cover it so enjoy having the option while it lasts!
- Invest in good maternity clothes ~ As I said before, maternity clothes aren’t cheap, so make sure you’re spending your hard earned cash on clothes you really like and will get the wear out of.
- Invest in a good pair of maternity pyjamas ~ I know I said I haven’t bought any maternity wear until recently but I might have forgotten about this purchase (baby brain – sorry!). My maternity pyjamas are from ASOS and they are one of the best purchases Ive made. Maternity pyjamas all day every day – pregnant or not!
- Don’t buy anything too expensive ~ This might be obvious, but unless you’re Beyonce I wouldn’t advise spending a fortune on pregnancy clothing, chances are you wont want to wear it again after you’ve given birth..Then again I think ill hold on to my maternity pyjamas for those snacky movie nights!
I hope you found this post useful, let me know if you have any tips for dressing during pregnancy!