You're 4 months pregnant and your jeans are starting to feel a little tighter, your sweaters are hugging you a little more than usual and your shoes are a little more difficult to get off.

You may start to wonder just how much longer you are going to be able to wear your normal clothes for (luckily our Bellyssimo Belly Band allows you to wear your favourite pair of jeans a little longer and acts as the perfect precaution when your shirts start to “shrink”).

However, at around 6 months you may feel the need to swap your favourite pair of jeans for some ultra-stretch Bellyssimom Maternity Jeans - and that’s okay! There’s something magical about being able to wear maternity wear and the blessing that comes with it. 

This is one of the most important and memorable times of your life, you may as well dress like it. 

It’s important to note that you will still be wearing some of your maternity clothes for a while after your little ones birth. You will want to wear items that are cool, comfortable and convenient for feeding. In order to understand exactly when you should start preparing for Maternity clothes it’s important to understand the increase in the size of your Uterus (belly bump) and occurs:

  • By 12 weeks, at the end of the first trimester, the uterus just reaches the top of your pubic bone
  • At 14 weeks it is about 2 inches above the bone
  • At 16 weeks it is halfway between your pubic bone and your belly button
  • At 20 weeks it is at your belly button
  • After 20 weeks your upper belly will progressively get bigger which will determine clothing style

As your uterus grows consider the following:

  • As your belly bump starts to protrude your clothes may become uncomfortable in the first trimester, as there is a natural tendency for fat deposition on your abdomen that starts early in pregnancy.
  • You may begin to be aware of your uterus in your lower abdomen at 14 weeks, though it may not be evident to others yet. You may feel your clothes tightening around your waist at this point, if hasn't already.
  • As your bump protrudes more from the growing uterus and extra fat deposit, many women will switch to maternity or larger clothes around 16 Weeks.
  • Certainly by 20 weeks most women will be wearing maternity wear. 

There are no guiding rules, but there are some things to consider to help you prepare ahead to acquire new clothes:

  • Purchase maternity items that versatile and easy to mix and match
  • Look for items that can grow with you, in other words, pants, dresses or skirts that will accommodate you right up until after your delivery date. 
  • Garments that are made from Lyrca or spandex are the ideal as they expand with your body, and remain cool and comfortable. 
  • When buying tops, look for items that flatter your body type. Consider ruching and a longer length shirt to cover your belly.
  • Invest in the essentials. A Belly Band, a pair of Jeans and some mix & match tops are the ideal items. 
  • Cotton is key. Buy items that are made with light, cool fabrics, such as Lycra and Spandex. Cotton-Lyrca mixed fabrics are ideal as they expand easily and are super comfortable!
  • Accessorise! Scarves, shawls and jewelry are great for adding a little something here and there to give an outfit a completely different look
  • Take a look at our Blog to see our recommendations on the 5 best shoes every pregnant woman needs. 

We understand the need for comfort, but we also understand the importance of confidence. We make sure you look and feel fabulous in all our garments and can guarantee they will become your new favourites! 

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