Maternity Clothing: What Not to Do

What Not to Wear During Pregnancy

Dressing up to look fashionable can be a challenge during pregnancy as your body keeps changing, and the clothes purchased a couple of months ago become tight. Finding clothes that flatter the new curves and still comfortable requires a bit of trial and error as every woman’s body is different. While we have discussed in the past about ideal maternity dress to wear during various phases of pregnancy, here are some tips on what not to wear during pregnancy.

Avoid Just Sizing Up

Although you will often find clothes in your regular wardrobe will work during your pregnancy, sometimes not getting any new maternity clothes can leave you looking frumpy and feeling uncomfortable. Just getting bigger sizes of your regular clothes won’t always be the most flattering option. Upping your sizes can often mean the clothes won’t hang or hug your body correctly and will leave you constantly readjusting your outfit throughout the day.

Heels Can Hurt

Not all women can wear heels during pregnancy. It is not uncommon for women’s feet to swell during their pregnancy, making heels painful. There is also the danger of slipping and falling while wearing high heels. Instead, look for flats, sneakers, and slides that give comfort and support to tired feet.

Avoid Artificial Synthetic Fabrics

Clothes made from synthetic fabrics or chemically treated fabrics that are wrinkle-free can harm skin and trap heat, making your skin feel irritated. Drastic hormonal changes during pregnancy can also cause skin sensitivity to allergies, and artificial fabrics like chiffon and rayon can exacerbate the issue. Wear soft natural fabrics like cotton, silk, linen, and wool that feel comfortable and allow the skin to breathe.

Pass on Tight Clothes

Wearing tight-fitting clothes during pregnancy can cause health problems such as heartburn and indigestion. Also, a slow digestive system and growing baby and amniotic sac can put undue pressure on the stomach, making you feel nauseated. Tight clothes can also negatively impact your blood circulation. Instead, select clothes that give your body a little extra space.

Skip Long Dresses

Although a longer, maxi dress can be comfortable and perfect for all occasions, make sure you’re your dresses aren’t too long. You don’t want to wear a dress that drags and could potentially cause you to trip. Also, if you have dresses you usually wear with heels for that added height, you may need to hem them or put them away until after your baby is born. Ideally, choose maternity dresses that are comfortable and allow free and easy movement while doing chores, working, or walking around.