Rules to Live By
Most of the old rules of maternity wear have been broken, but there are still a few don'ts. Here are three important pointers on what to avoid:
- DON'T take adapting to extremes. It's not necessary and it will make you miserable. "Maternity bottoms are a must-have," says Kelley. "I had to get new jeans. I tried adapting, but there's something frumpy and gross about walking around with your pants undone all the time."
- DON'T sacrifice comfort for appearances. When you're pregnant, it's important that you love your clothes—and that the clothes love your body back. It's easy to find maternity in soft, rich fabrics with lots of stretch. Clothes that dig into your body or restrict you in any way are to be avoided.
- DO realize you can take these seductive looks too far. "Too tight or too short is just too much!" says Lange, who recommends maternity clothes be worn fitted, but never tight. Lange also suggests steering away from showing your bare belly—unless you're by the pool or at the beach.
Finally, if you're still feeling a little self-conscious about showing off your new assets, "Don't!" says Kelley. "Bellies are beautiful. Show it off, and feel proud that you're creating a wonderful new life!"