It is so hard to believe that I won’t be posting pics with my big ‘ole baby bump anymore! I know I’ll miss it, but I am so glad I had my crazy #ootd and then blog posts to document my pregnancy this time. I know it will always be fun to look back at these pics and see how my belly changed.
I wanted to go back and share some of my favorite looks from each trimester and throw in some tips for dressing throughout pregnancy.
First trimester is business as usual for a while, then one day your pants won’t button as easily 🙂 I was lucky that my first trimester fell during the winter months, so I was able to use bulky sweaters and layers to cover the little pooch that looked more like too much Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas cookies than a baby. I never had much luck getting a belly band to work for me, so to stay in my regular jeans I always used the “rubber band trick” (using a rubber band between your button and button hole when your pants won’t button any more!) starting around 8 weeks. I also wore a lot of leggings and long sweaters when I was in between regular and maternity clothes.
Knowing I would definitely be starting to need maternity clothes by the second trimester I bought some basic pants (black skinny jeans were my favorite, jeans, leggings) since most of my regular shirts would still work. Style-wise, my plan was to use jackets, blazer, and cardigans to switch up the look as my number of options decreased.
As I got about halfway through the second trimester and my bump really became a bump I started wearing more bump-revealing clothes like these dresses – I knew I’d love them in summer, I just layered them up for early spring.
Third trimester was the 3 months of the maternity dress! I bought 3 tshirt type dress (gray, navy, navy stipe), 1 black maxi dress, 1 striped tank dress and these were my go-to item as my belly grew. It was also getting warmer, so the dresses were much more comfortable. I used a lot of layering to try to switch up the looks and to make them wearable throughout spring and summer.
For a look at my complete maternity capsules (wardrobe) click here and here. I know this was my last pregnancy, so I bought what I felt was essential for pregnancy. I didn’t want to buy pieces I only wore once or twice and I didn’t want to spend tons of money.
These were my absolute favorite looks I put together from the pieces. I’ve been pregnant the entire life of the blog, so I look forward to moving into the challenge of creating (and following) the true capsule wardrobe with the soon-approaching fall season!
Until then…it’s postpartum wardrobe survival mode. If it fits and can stand up to spitup it’s a go! 😉 Thanks for following along on my maternity style journey and I hope you’ll stick around!