Q&A: Cute Maternity Clothes?

I’m having a hard time zipping up my jeans, but I’m scared of maternity clothes. How can I find clothes that are comfortable, fit my growing body and still look good?
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ByThe Bump Editors
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Mar 2017
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These are great days for pregnant women. Those bulging bellies are increasingly seen as beautiful and natural, not something to be hidden. Go for clothes that celebrate your curves, rather than masses of draping fabric to veil your tummy. Empire waists are great for showing off shoulders and growing breasts while giving baby room to grow. V-necks look good on almost everyone, and bring attention to the face. Open collars will accentuate your collarbone and make your neck look long and graceful. Clingy clothes also look cleaner and neater,and will make it clear that you’re pregnant, not just extraordinarily large.And, don’t forget the basic rules — dark clothes are slimming, look good on everyone, and match with anything.

Thanks to crazy hormones,pregnant women tend to get kind of hot. (You’ve noticed?) Stay cool in breathable fabrics like cotton, viscose and matte jersey. Dress in layers so you can strip (appropriately) as the day goes on and your temperature rises. Also stay away from any scratchy fabrics — pregnant bellies are already itchy enough.

Most maternity clothes come in small, medium and large. The sizing is basically the same as non-pregnancy clothes, with extra room in the belly, boobs, hips and arm holes. Buy your regular size, but don’t get too much at once — your growth might expand to other areas.

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