Obviously the highlight of my pregnancy this week was the 12 week scan! I was a little nervous before it, but it was an amazing experience to see how much our baby has developed in just 4 weeks. Little arms and legs were moving about and the mouth was opening and shutting. It was just magical! This was the official dating scan, and it appears that the scan I had at 8 weeks was fairly accurate as I’m just a day further ahead than my last scan suggested. That makes today the final day of my 1st trimester. Woo hoo!
Other than that all my pregnancy symptoms have been quite settled. I’m still experiencing some nausea now and again, the tiredness appears to be getting better and I feel like my hatred for salads is abating, although the I am still struggling with some veggies like broccoli and idea of plain chicken still grosses me out.
This week I thought I’d focus on 1st trimester style. I found it a tricky time to dress as almost as soon as I found out I was pregnant I seemed to bloat out. Later in the 1st trimester, I do have a small ‘bump’ but it’s that phase where you don’t really look that pregnant, rather you look like you’ve just gone to town at the Chinese Buffet!
Personally I found it hugely helpful to have a massive wardrobe clear out quite early on. I put away clothes that I know I won’t be able to wear for sometime and created a capsule wardrobe of things that would fit me for the next few weeks. Just doing that has made getting dressed a whole lot easier. I did have to make a couple of purchases which I feel are unavoidable – bigger bras and jeggings in a size bigger than usual.
Here are some examples of the styles of clothing I’ve been wearing this trimester…
1. Floral Shift Dress: Warehouse
2. Haramaki Belly Band: NukuNuku
3. Purple Vest Top: Oasis
4. Mottled Jeggings: Topshop
5. Oversize Casual V Neck Tunic: Topshop
6. Navy Stripe Shift Dress: Dorothy Perkins
7. Indigo Butterfly Denim Dress: Dorothy Perkins
8. Black jeggings: New Look
9. Denim Shirt: Topshop
My staples have been:
- Loose shift style dresses (I have some vintage dresses that have been perfect) or those that gather under the bust rather than at the waist, these are great for actually making you look more pregnant if that is what you want
- Leggings and jeggings, if needed in a size up
- Vest tops, in a longer length if possible
- Loose fitting tops, tee shirts and shirts for wearing over jeggings
I haven’t actually needed to wear the belly band / haramaki just yet but I know it can be useful for others at this point in pregnancy.
The way I’m thinking of things is that after the baby is born I will probably be a similar size to what I am now, so having the clothes I’ve been wearing recently will come in useful for that time between birth and my body returning to some normality. Another reason why I haven’t minded spending a little money on new jeggings and loose tops!
One thing that has been a life saver for me is stretchy bras! I bought some regular t-shirt bras in 2 cup sizes bigger when I found out I was pregnant and then my friend mentioned about stretchy seamless bra tops. I found these on eBay:
They are only £1.79 each with £1.29 postage! Even if you aren’t pregnant, these would be great for lighter exercise like yoga. Usually when I’m just chilling around the house I used to go braless, but that’s quite uncomfortable now they are so big, so these give them some support.
Going forward, I don’t want to spend a fortune on actual maternity clothes. I have already picked up a couple of things on eBay and I plan to get some proper maternity jeans, but other than that I think I’ll be reviewing things as I go. As I’ll be really big in the summer, I will definitely be rocking some maxi dresses! On that point, I found an old size 8 maxi dress from French Connection, unbelievably it still fits and has a perfect cut for showing off a bump! I just need a nice new denim jacket to wear with it ;-)
Whether you’ve been pregnant or not, how do you handle changes in your body shape when it comes to your wardrobe? If you have been pregnant, what clothing helped you get through the 1st trimester?