How to shop for maternity clothes

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  • January 25, 2013
  • Remember in grade school when you had to write a step by step essay on how to do something? Chances are you explained, in great detail, the steps to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or an ice cream sundae. You were sure the Nobel Prize committee would be knocking on your door at any minute to award you the medal for your findings.

    Well, this isn’t a sandwich or an ice cream sundae essay, but that doesn’t mean you can’t reward yourself with one after the traumatic¬†shopping trip searching for maternity clothes!

    1. First, and most important, get two slices of bread let go of any ideas in your head of what size you were, are, or should be. Nobody is going to be checking the tags on your pants to see if you still fit in a size 6 or not. The sooner you let this go, this easier the experience is going to be.
    2. Second, when choosing maternity clothes, it’s nice to stick to the three Cs: Comfort, Confidence, and Choice.
    • Comfort: No matter how much you may like an item of clothing, if you aren’t comfortable in it, it’s not worth a dime. The last thing you want is to feel swollen, tired, irritable and and on top of that- not be comfortable in your clothes. Seriously, I can’t stress this enough! There’s nothing worse than trying to squeeze a ten pound sausage into a five pound bag!
    • Confidence: As women, it may as well be coded in our DNA to be body conscious. To a lot of women, it is very tough to watch your body grow and stretch in ways you never thought it could. When you are trying on clothing, stick to what you feel confident in. It’s amazing how your mood will change (okay, it’ll change a lot anyway!) when you feel good about yourself. This may be the time to ignore the price tag on a few key pieces and have some go-to outfits that you know you look good in for those “holy moly where did my ankles go” kind of days.
    • Choice: Make sure you have a variety of options. We all know how frustrating it is to stand in your closet and have “nothing to wear.” Now add 20+ extra pounds and out of whack hormones to that feeling, and you might as well have stepped into a war zone. If you find something you like, buy it in a few colors. You’ll be glad you did!¬† Also, check out the great new transitional items that are available these days, items that can be worn during and after pregnancy (many of which incorporate nursing options.)

    Finally, don’t try to do this all in one day. Add to your wardrobe piece by piece over time. Your body and taste will continually change over the course of nine months, so take your time.

    And of course, check out the fantastic selection of maternity clothes at hmandbb.com!

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