First off, let me just say, I’ve been there. Pregnancy style is a thing. Don’t think that you’re doomed for moo-moos and ill-fitting leggings for the next (nearly) year of your life. Today I’m sharing the 9 key items that I recommend you invest in – staples that can take you from your barely-there bump months straight through to post-partum.
Buying a whole new pregnancy wardrobe sounds fun… until you’re actually pregnant. Who has the time (not to mention the $$$) to buy 30+ new pieces for nine months? Enter Storq, who took the whole “capsule wardrobe” idea and applied it to pregnancy and I couldn’t. love. them. more.
Now, instead of a bunch of uncomfortable pieces, you can one-click four all-star basics to remix with your current wardrobe. Because you’re doing that whole growing-a-human-inside-of-you thing and low-stress solutions are your jam. With ultra-comfy (not to mention chic) basics like leggings, easy breezy t-shirt dresses, and soft extra-long tanks (in oh-so-easy to pair neutrals), Storq makes clothes that work throughout your pregnancy and after. Hooray!
Give me allllll the lotions, potions, and oils. Your tummy is going to stretch (obviously) and with all the stretching (may) come stretch marks and itchy skin. Keep your belly fully oiled to help prevent permanent marks and all that itching with an oil or lotion that you can use multiple times a day. I was sure to use mine every morning and night.
Gone are the days of spooning with your significant other. By months seven, eight, and nine, sleep becomes a thing. Your belly is getting heavier and you’ll want more back support than ever. This full body pillow is perfect for all the side-sleeping you’ll do and is a welcome addition to your bed post-pregnancy too.
Trust me on this. Attempting to squeeze into your pre-baby denim only works for so long. A classic for every season, invest in a great pair of jeans that make you feel good. Belly support is a must-have as your midsection grows and you’ll want a pair that doesn’t sag in the tush or crotch. This dark rinse from J Brand is just as sleek and stylish as you favorite non-maternity jeans.
This one is important. Now is not the time for an underwire to be digging into your back. Treat yourself to some comfortable underwear and a good bra. Your “girls” tend to go through a bit of a growth spurt during this time, so plan accordingly. Even better, a lot of maternity bras also double as nursing bras — so this is a great time to test out this functionality if you’re planning to breastfeed. I went for a full coverage bra with wire support, but there are several wireless options that are both supportive and comfortable.
First things first: every pregnancy is different so always consult with your doctor before beginning a new workout routine. Barre3 offers a wide variety of online prenatal workouts you can do safely at home with little to no equipment. You can even choose the workout based on time― 15, 30, or 60 minutes. They are a great way to gain strength and energy as well as stretch your achey body without having to step foot in a gym.
For all you pregnancy veterans out there, tell us, what one piece did you invest in? Share with us in the comments below!
This post was in partnership with Storq, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.