When I first got pregnant, obviously a lot went through my mind — like, the standard stuff about raising a child that doesn't become a serial killer and if the nursery theme was going to be Pinterest-worthy. But as the first few weeks went on, I kept looking at my closet in dismay, wanting to wear nothing and finding nothing cute in the crappy selection of maternity options that existed around me. I asked a few fashion-forward friends about maternity clothing, and the first question was always, "Well, do you want to look cute?" because honestly, many of the maternity clothing options out there are, well, matronly.
However, I'm 36 weeks now and after my initial concerns about wearing clothes that fit, and after I got a few staple pieces like maternity jeans and leggings — well, I really shouldn't have worried so much because I spent most of my pregnancy in regular ol' people clothes. Obviously, it really depends on your style, but once I figured out that jersey knit was my new best friend and that mini dresses weren't going to work unless I wanted to wear pants underneath, the options opened up to me. I found a lot of pieces that helped me through my pregnancy but that I will honestly still wear afterwards!
I will also preface this all by saying that I'm not a ~small~ pregnant person. Pre-pregnancy, I was a size 10-12 with a 36D cup. Though I'm not in the plus-size range (though I do look over there on occasion), I am definitely at the end of the size ranges in stores, and pregnancy brought me to the brink. I got by on a lot of trial and error through Amazon shopping and reading really heavily on reviews. Also, I learned to look at labels for what fabric things were made of, to make sure they were stretchy (polyester and I are good friends now, sadly). Also — even though I'm a short person (5'4"), I had to look for longer lengths on dresses in the summer months (in the fall, leggings and maternity pantyhose got me through), as that bump will steal those last few inches from you without batting an eye.
I am by no means a fashion blogger, but I thought the blogosphere was sorely lacking on this subject when I was trying desperately not to buy an entirely new wardrobe of maternity clothing, so I thought I'd share my wisdom. Feel free to share your own tips, tricks and favorite pieces of clothing that saved your pregnancy in the comments!