Your pregnancy is one crazy fashion opportunity. Your size changes day by day, so it's a real challenge to find clothing that looks good now and will still do the job next week. Your needs in this department depend, of course, on your lifestyle. If you are working, you'll need to build a wardrobe that can cover your expanding body and still look professional. If you spend more time at home than in public, you can get away with large shirts, leggings, and sweat suits for quite a long time.
When it's time to shop to cover the bulge, you might be tempted to run to the nearest maternity clothing shop. The problem with this is that maternity clothes are expensive. You're talking about a whole new wardrobe that you'll wear for a maximum of four months. That's a lot of money. Before you refinance your house to support this fashion spree, consider a few alternatives that can get you through the fifth month without great expense:
When it's time to hit the maternity shops (usually sometime in the fifth or sixth month) you'll find that maternity clothes are made differently than your nonpregnancy clothes—at least they should be. When you shop, look for…
Looking good during your pregnancy is one way to bolster your self-image. Do yourself a favor and borrow and buy a wardrobe that is stylish and flattering. Today's maternity fashions can make even the largest pregnant woman look fabulous.
Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth © 2004 by Michele Isaac Gliksman, M.D. and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
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