I have faced some dressing situations this pregnancy, that I did not experience last time around.
Last time I was early pregnant in winter and by the time I was sporting a substantial bump it was spring already and I had a whole host of other challenges to deal with. This time I have had to struggle through finding appropriate clothing and it’s made me realize, each season needs its own set of rules.
So here are my top tips for dressing the bump when your second trimester is in winter:
- Maternity jeans – when you will be spending the majority of your pregnancy in cold weather get yourself some maternity jeans. They are pricey but they will save you. I could not have made it through this trimester without them. I wear them daily I really liked the GAP underbelly straight leg jeans, the H&M jeans and these jeggings from Mr. Price. I’m lucky to work in a very casual environment. If your needs require dressing up more invest in some nice work clothes. Cherry Melon has some great options.
Layers – My biggest struggle this trimester has been being too cold one minute and too hot the next. I find myself putting on layers then taking them off throughout the day. My general formula is tank or camisole, long sleeve tee, jersey or sweatshirt, scarf. On very cold days I will add a button down shirt under my jersey and wear tall boots. I really loved wearing vests as well as these could keep my torso warm, but it was balanced out with my arms being out. All this allowed me to take off a layer or two when I overheat and put it back on when I’m cold. I also found wearing knee-high socks under my jeans helped a lot.
Flat shoes – My back got really sore early on in my second trimester and I could wear even the smallest block heel anymore without being in extreme pain. So flat shoes were the way to go. Most days I wore sneakers on cold days I had a choice of two pairs of flat boots – one black and one brown. Those people who wear heels throughout pregnancy either have super powers or they just wear the shoes for the pictures. I really admire you if you can, but I can’t. Flat shoes all the way.
- Be prepared – I would organise all my outfits for the week on one side of my wardrobe. This bad getting dressed in the morning so much easier. I would just grab the hanger for that day and throw my clothes on. I really struggled to get going in the mornings so taking some of the guesswork out was really helpful.
- Buy some things in larger sizes – For the most part, I have stuck to maternity clothes this trimester, but I did find a few things were fine just in a larger size. My everyday t-shirts that I wore underneath my outer layer all came from Pick n Pay and were cheap and cheerful. A similar maternity top was three times the price and I thought that was really silly. I also bought a couple of button-down shirts in a size up and these worked perfectly. They were relaxed fit anyway and looked great with jeans and layered under jerseys and sweatshirts. A few of my jerseys were also a size larger. Just remember that knits will stretch out and don’t have a great recovery – so you will have to chuck them after pregnancy.