In the past every time I found out I was pregnant I instantly started looking at maternity clothes. Even when I was only 6 weeks along! Waiting in excitement for the day to finally be able to wear them.
Well, now the day is here 28 weeks pregnant and I have found shopping for maternity clothes to not be as fun as I had originally thought, not even close. I am finding this for a number of reasons. The clothes are not as cute as non-maternity and always seem to look frumpy and old. It’s expensive and has to almost all be bought online and returned by mail only. The last reason limits my selection the most as I won’t pay for shipping and will also not pay to have an item shipped back.
So 28 weeks in and I haven’t bought a whole lot, which is okay with me because it also saves money. Not working outside of the home I have found that I am able to get by with a few staples while still incorporating some of my pre-maternity tops, cardigans and scarves to change the look up slightly.
I thought I would share a few essentials that I have found to be versatile and very comfortable for the expanding belly.
I started with these jeans in my second trimester when the bump was a lot smaller and thought by now they for sure wouldn’t fit. They have expanded wonderfully with me and are a staple that I wear at least 2-3 times a week. They should also fit nicely postpartum because although they have a little stretch they don’t feel like maternity jeans.
I live in these shirts, they are so comfortable! I liked them so much I bought a couple in different colors. Great by themselves and also perfect for layering under winter sweaters that I already have or adding a scarf. Make sure to wait for 40% off to make your dollar stretch a little further.
I realize these don’t fit the under $30 category, but they are too good not to add to the list. Wait for a sale and you can get them for $30 in no time. I am not a fan of the full panel pants, but I am approaching the season where they are becoming more of a necessity. Then I discovered these, well worth the money! The design of the panel has you forgetting you are wearing a full panel and the non-jean material almost feels like sweatpants. Plus they can be dressed up or down.