Welcome to the first installment of the mamalooks guide for a stylish pregnancy, full of tips and tricks to stay pretty and comfortable through the bumpy months of gestation.
The first trimester can vary enormously depending on the woman, and even for the same woman, as each pregnancy is very different. If it’s the first baby, you might not show any growing belly until the end of the first 3 months, whereas in the subsequent pregnancies the belly usually sticks out much earlier. Of course, all this is can vary for each woman. Morning sickness plays a big part on this level too: some women feel so sick they hardy eat for weeks, hence they lose weight in the first trimester; other eat normally (even ravenously) and start gaining weight.
So all this means that the sartorial needs of the newly pregnant ladies can be quite diverse. This little guide is mainly based on what I found useful, so if you feel like sharing what works/worked for you please feel free!
- Wireless bras: breasts can start feeling tender (even sore and painful), it’s one of the first symptoms of pregnancy. And they start growing too. A lot. It’s generally advised to wear wireless bras in pregnancy, to better accommodate the natural changes of the boobs.
- Elastic band trick: it’s the oldest trick on a mam´s book, a great way to extend the life of your jeans/pants. When you can no longer do the button of your trousers, use a rubber band looping through the button-hole. This blog illustrates it beautifully.
- Go a size bigger: if you are like the 99% of the pregnant women, you will put some (normal and healthy) weight through pregnancy, and it will take some time until you lose it. Some do it effortlessly in 20 days, it takes 20 weeks for others and for many it can go longer than 20 months until their skinny jeans fit again. Of course all these times variations are nice and good following a healthy diet and moderate exercise (tips for wholesome bites here). All this to say that it can be worth getting a pair of jeans/pants in a bigger size early in pregnancy, so you have something you really like you can wear until the last pounds drop off.
- Stretch mark prevention: it’s crucial to start moisturizing your skin as soon as this begins to stretch, at the very beginning of the pregnancy. Consistency is key: I used Bio Oil every morning and night, and was lucky enough to avoid any new stretch marks. I am not a believer in magical cosmetics, but keeping the skin hydrated (specially belly, waist and breast areas) is the only way to minimize any undesired effects on the skin.