Maternity Clothing Woes

For most women, an expanding pregnancy body is not the most fun thing to dress. I have this weird hang-up about spending money on “maternity clothes” I’ll only wear when I’m pregnant. I have come up with a pretty good solution for this. You only really need a couple of “maternity items” during your pregnancy. The rest of the stuff you buy can be normal clothing. Here are a few things you can do to make sure you’re able to dress your body appropriately without spending a lot of money on stuff you’ll never wear again.

1. Buy 2 pairs of basic Maternity Jeans

Get 1 pair of light jeans & one pair of dark for evening wear. A lot of the maternity jeans now don’t even look like “pregnancy pants” because they just have the elastic built right into the hips.

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Screen Shot 2013-08-10 at 3.31.44 PMThe best site for very affordable maternity wear is ….you can get jeans from 20-80$ on their site.

The best part is its free shipping & free returns & they always have amazing sales.

2. Buy Some Maternity Leggings

The best, most comfy way to dress during pregnancy is definitely by wearing leggings. You can just throw on whatever moo-moo or baggy top you have & put it with leggings. Once again, Asos has some great ones for anywhere from 10$-$40. Get a couple different colors to keep it interesting.

I have THESE

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4. Maxi Dresses

Maxi dresses are the answer. They can be worn pretty much year round (if you don’t live in an extreme climate) & are so versatile wether or not you’re pregnant. They cover every single bump & lump on your tummy, butt & hips. You can find maxi dresses from $10 & up. I like to buy cheapy jersey ones while I’m pregnant & buy them one size up. Try to buy ones where the seam is up under the breast instead of down low near the navel. You don’t want the seam to cut you in half.

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4. Buy Loose Fitting Tops (Not necessarily “maternity”)

This is a good way to get around spending money on “maternity” clothes. By buying loose fitting, flowing tops, you can use them during pregnancy & after. I usually get them in one size up. I already wear lots of flowing, loose stuff, so this fits right into my wardrobe. I try to buy longer tops that I can wear with leggings. All these tops are from

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My Ideal Hospital Bag

If you’re a first time mom, or have previous children, you can still benefit from this post. Most moms are super confused and overwhelmed when packing their “Hospital Bag”….

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I can tell you from experience, you don’t need that much. Remember, whatever you bring, you probably will end up only using maybe half of it! Here is my ideal suitcase:

Things the hospital will give you:

1. Diapers

Hospital will provide you diapers

Hospital will provide you diapers

      The hospital will give your baby diapers. Ask for extra on your way out. They usually will give you more.

2. Gauze Underwear and Giant Maxi Pads

Not sexy, but you WILL need that much protection.

Not sexy, but you WILL need that much protection.

The gauze underwear are awesome. They are like mesh boy shorts that you can just stick one of the giant maxi pads in and sit on your hospital bed on one of those puppy pads after you’ve given birth.

3. A Glove Filled with Ice

It's like a frozen hand to cool down your crotch

It’s like a frozen hand to cool down your crotch

      If one of the nurses asks you if you want an ice pack, don’t be surprised if she comes back with a rubber glove filled with ice. It’s pretty standard nowadays. TAKE IT. Ask for a rag to wrap it in, or paper towels, then put it on the crotch. Trust me, this and a little spray of Dermoplast will be your best friend.

4. Peribottle 

You will love the peri bottle, so don't be surprised if you want to use it well after you need it.

You will love the peri bottle, so don’t be surprised if you want to use it well after you need it.

       A simple little squirt bottle to clean yourself off after bathroom trips. You’ll be too sensitive to wipe, trust me.

Here’s a tip: Eat before you go to the hospital, because once you’re there, they won’t let you eat during labor! So that’s pretty much it. I won’t tell you exactly what happens after childbirth, that’s for you to find out for yourself!


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Inspiring Story

HERE is my good friend Kimberly Van Der Beek’s at home breech birth story.

Such a brave, incredible woman. SO inspiring! As her due date approached, her son Joshua was still in a breech position. Determined not to have a routine C-section, she went against the grain and did her research! The results were fantastic!


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Kimberly, her husband James, and their daughter Olivia