Fashion Pregnancy and Baby

Maternity Clothes: What I’ve Learnt (#MaternityMondays)

March 14, 2016

Maternity clothes were one of the elements of pregnancy I’d been trying to put off for as long as possible (other than a couple of exceptions); the prices can be astronomical, I’m vertically challenged, most shops don’t even stock their maternity ranges in store and quite frankly, clothes shopping can be depressing enough when you’re not putting weight on as it is.

Other than a few essentials such as underwear (seriously, get them early and you’ll feel the benefits), I’d avoided most ranges until this month when I did a bulk order on H&M and then popped in store to see if I could locate a bump band and ended up walking out with quite a few items.

I’d made some enquiries previously, knowing I’d need to attend an important work event and possibly a wedding where I’d need to make more of an effort and stores such as Next and M&S told me that you can only access their maternity ranges online (though for ease of returns in Next, you can get them ordered to store and ask to try them on when you collect).

I found it really odd that most stores, particularly those bigger high street names, didn’t cater for this market. Disposable income for your own clothes isn’t exactly at the top of your list when you have a huge list of things baby needs, so to have to buy items in multiple sizes to try to find the right fit just didn’t seem like an option.

I know this sounds contradictory considering my online H&M order mentioned above, but I had a 10% off code and free delivery so didn’t feel like I had too much to lose if I guessed sizes correctly (for some reason H&M use the sizings S, M, L and XL rather than 10, 12, 14 etc). I found that some of my order didn’t fit but luckily they made returns so easy in-store, I received my refund swiftly.

Then, on my search for a bump band to help with my ligament pain, I picked up a few other items such as comfy joggers for Pilates, nursing tops and leggings with bump support.

All of the maternity clothes I’ve bought that cover my top half are suitable for nursing so I’m hoping that they’ll last a lot longer than the next few months and they won’t feel like too much of a wasted expense – I have 2 dresses, 2 t-shirts, 2 vests, 2 pairs of leggings with bump support, 1 pair of joggers with bump support and 1 pair of nursing pyjamas, as well as necessary underwear which should (in theory) last me until I lose enough weight for them to become too big for me post birth.

When I’ve been buying items for myself (and Mini to a degree), I’ve become increasingly interested in investment pieces. Items that are more sustainable (which is helped my H&M’s conscious range) and provide good value for money at a time where in all honesty, money is tight.

So, what have I learnt about maternity clothes so far? Some stores make it really difficult to access their ranges but other stores will have your back and it’s very much worth investing in a few key items to stay as comfortable as possible while your body supports the growing life inside you.

I know we can often feel as though we’re no longer a priority for ourselves but at the same time, our bodies are under quite a bit of pressure and we have to know when to give ourselves a break. That’s what I’m learning anyway!

This week I’m joining the #MaternityMondays linky, if you click the button below it should direct you to other pregnancy and baby related posts.


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  • Reply Loving life with little ones March 14, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    H & M are brilliant for maternity basics, I got quite a few bits from there. I found that hardly any high street stores do a maternity range in store now and with a changing shape and growing bump it is really difficult to order the right sizes and fit without spending lots of money and having to take things back. Thank you for linking to #maternitymondays

    • Reply Kay Brown March 14, 2016 at 10:43 pm

      It’s really bizarre isn’t it? For me I think it’s even more important to try items on than it would be outside of pregnancy! No problem, it’s been good to take part in my first ever linky πŸ™‚

  • Reply Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) March 15, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    It is daft how hard it is to find maternity wear on the high street isn’t it? Especially as like you say it’s probably the time in your life that is hardest to judge what size you are! You have to order online but I really liked new looks maternity jeans and they aren’t too expensive. Xx

    • Reply Kay Brown March 16, 2016 at 11:07 pm

      When I looked on New Look it seemed like they might be phasing our their maternity range as there wasn’t much online and it was all in the sale. I’ll have to have another look though πŸ™‚ xx

  • Reply Gym Bunny Mummy March 16, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    I hated buying maternity clothes, they just weren’t my style in a lot of places. I ended up buying a couple of key pieces then just going up a size or two in tops and wearing lot’s of cardigans or blazers that didn’t need to go around the belly. Thanks so much for joining in with #MaternityMondays, hope to see you back again next week x

    • Reply Kay Brown March 16, 2016 at 11:09 pm

      I think that’s what I’m probably going to be doing. I find that the maternity tops are very figure hugging which is not usually my style at all! No problem, thanks for hosting πŸ™‚ x

  • Reply Emily aka the trainee mum March 21, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Totally know what you mean. Think it’s mad that so many shops don’t stock maternity wear in store. I went to a huge H&M and they had none but my tiny local store has quite a bit!

    I’ve found a dresses and tops in Primark that are oversized style (non-maternity) and stocked up on those. At six months, they still have a fair amount of growing room.

    • Reply Kay Brown April 7, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      That’s really odd! You’d think it would be the other way around. I popped into Primark this week and in the nightwear section they had 2-3 maternity nightwear options so I picked up a nighty as I have no idea what I’ll want to/should give birth in. At Β£8 it’s an added bonus if it’s easily washed and can be used when Mini is here πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sabrina AKA The Mummy Stylist April 1, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    I am so with you on this, I think it’s crazy that maternity clothes are not stocked instore – this is the time we need to try them on! I luckily fit into my loose pre-pregnancy dresses and having been living in maternity leggings from my first pregnancy. And totally agree on getting the underwear right early! xx

    • Reply Kay Brown April 7, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      It really is baffling, particularly from stores like Next when they have such huge areas for kidswear and womenswear in general. Surely it doesn’t hurt to have a maternity section?! It’s amazing the difference the right underwear makes isn’t it? I’m guessing this will be the same post natally too? xx

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