When Should You Start Buying Maternity Clothes?

When Should You Start Buying Maternity Clothes?

Photo by Nikita Korchagin

So, you’re pregnant! Congratulations! I know there are probably a million questions and fears running through your mind. And that’s completely normal! First of all, know that you are not alone in this and that our WO-MUM community is rooting for you.

One question expecting mothers often ask is: When should I start buying maternity clothes? There are several factors to consider when buying maternity clothes so let’s talk about them!

The best time to start buying maternity clothes is typically a few weeks into the second trimester of pregnancy. You likely won’t start showing before then, which means that the majority of your clothes will still fit until the second trimester. 

But remember that no two bodies experience pregnancy the same way! Your body uniquely carries you through pregnancy, body changes, and birth, unlike any other woman. That may mean it feels like it’s time to start buying pregnancy clothes much sooner or later than the start of the second trimester– and that’s ok! Our bodies are capable of incredible things, so there’s really no reason to compare ourselves!

When considering when to start buying maternity clothes, it’s important to first look at your own body. How are you feeling in your current clothes? Are you comfortable? If you’re unsure how to evaluate your clothing comfortability, consider a few key indicators.

Some clues that it may be time to start buying maternity clothes:

  • Your shirts don’t completely cover your bump
  • You can no longer button the top of your pants
  • Things that used to fit loosely now feel tight

The key to understanding whether or not it’s time to start buying maternity clothes is to listen to your uncomfortability! Only you know what your body does and doesn’t feel good in– so make comfort your guiding factor.

Try before you buy

Maternity sizing can be weird! Every expectant mother grows in different ways and all of our proportions are different. It can be hard to guess how your newly changing body will fit into maternity clothes. 

That’s why it’s so important to try things on before you buy them! The last thing you want is to end up with a new wardrobe that doesn’t feel comfortable on your pregnant body. When you can, be sure to try pieces on in the store and keep your receipts in case you need to exchange sizes!

Here at WO-MUM we also offer a renting option! That means that you don’t have to commit to an item right away. Feel free to rent our maternity pieces for as long as you need and once they’re returned to us, you can recover part of the money you invested. Afterward, the garment is upcycled and loved by a new mum! 

Maternity Wardrobe Essentials

Wondering what maternity clothing items you should look for? Here are some of my go-to’s for ultimate comfort and versatility:

  • Tshirts
  • Mom jeans
  • Yoga pants & leggings
  • Cardigans
  • Flowy dresses

Maternity clothes shopping can be overwhelming! I hope these tips helped you understand that the best time to start buying maternity clothes is different for every mum. If you’re interested in high-quality and sustainable maternity clothing that is made to last even after you give birth, then check out our online store here!

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