As your shape changes, you can feel at a loss as to what to wear – and how to replace your wardrobe without breaking the bank. But there are lots of simple ways to still look stylish.
At first I wore baggy tops to conceal my growing tummy but after my 12 week scan I switched to more fitted clothing because I loved showing off my baby bump! Abyie, mum to Kelsey-Jade, nine months
In the early stages, you might not have to give up your favourite outfits. Just a little bit of adjustment will allow you to make the most of what you’ve already got. Clever tricks like using a maternity bump band – which are designed to bridge the gap between your normal jeans or trousers and your maternity wear – will cover your growing bump. Not only will this give you extra support, it will keep you warm too.
Things like a bright blazer can be worn open to see you through your pregnancy, while a thin belt can be worn above your bump to draw attention to your slimmest point.
However, it is also worth investing in a few staple items that you can wear all the way through your pregnancy, like maternity leggings and denim jeggings, plain smock tops and colourful flat shoes. For the fashion conscious, you can stay on trend with a few items in this season’s colours – coral, teal and yellow.
I love these red sandals – they’ve made me think about wearing bright colours and accessories. It really lifts your mood! Maria Bailey, nine months pregnant
As your pregnancy progresses, you will inevitably grow out of most of the things in your wardrobe. But this doesn’t have to mean spending a fortune on maternity wear.
Now more high street shops than ever offer a wide range of maternity clothing at affordable prices. And there are even more ways to save. You could try auction websites like eBay or even car boot sales for bargain-busting buys or ask friends and relatives for anything they no longer need.
Buying plain tops and bottoms that you can mix and match will give you more options and be more cost-effective in the long run. Maxi, wraparound and jersey dresses are all great for keeping comfy and perfect for day to night wear. Just by adding a few accessories, you’ll feel instantly gorgeous.
I like the idea of plain outfits I can mix and match. The small gold wedges and statement necklace add the glam factor, while just putting a few curls in my hair has transformed my look – great for special occasions like a friend’s wedding recently.Laura Butler, 35 weeks pregnant
As well as your growing bump, you may notice other changes occurring to your body. Around 80 per cent of mums-to-be experience stretchmarks - narrow reddish purple streaks that develop on your tummy, breasts, bum and thighs, which eventually fade to silvery white.
Though it is impossible to banish stretchmarks, you can help ward them off by massaging the skin with moisturiser to keep it supple as your bump grows. There are many products on the market, including cocoa butter and baby oil.
Now your baby is here, you’ll need practical clothing that works with you in your new role as a mother. To make breastfeeding as straightforward as possible, easy access is the key. Nursing bras are essential for being able to feed your baby as and when they need to.
Button-down tops and dresses or anything loose and stretchy is ideal if you want to get out and about. If you feel conscious about feeding in public, a nursing blanket or muslin will help make you feel more comfortable.
And remember, everyone loses their baby weight at different stages and it’s not a race to get back into your pre-pregnancy jeans. Don’t put any pressure on yourself; lots of new mums continue to use their maternity wear to stay comfortable.
I wore lots of scarves when Djenna was first born, which worked in all sort of ways. When I was breastfeeding, they kept me covered up. I could also drape them over the pram as a sunshade and even used them as emergency wipes when I ended up with any baby deposits on my shoulder after burping! Polly, mum to Djenna, 16 months
You’ll probably still be carrying some extra baby weight and lots of new mums feel conscious of their mummy tummies. But with the right clothing it can be an easy to transition by dressing for your shape.
By wearing a black top with dark jeans, you can create a slim silhouette that will hide any lumps and bumps. Then add a splash of colour with a bright kimono or shoes.
Another trick to conceal your tummy is to draw the eye away from that area, with statement necklaces above or bold print trousers or skirts below. Drape front tops and fit and flare dresses are also flattering and forgiving, as are three-quarter length sleeve tops.
If your breasts are still swollen, avoid high necks and anything too plunging. A scoop neck will show off your curves without leaving you looking too top heavy.
The drape front top is flattering and these printed black and white trousers are really comfortable but smart too so I can wear them to work and go straight out afterwards. Polly Walker, mum to Djenna, 16 months
By now, your figure might be getting back to normal, so you may be able to fit into your own clothes once again. But it’s also at this stage your baby will be starting to find their feet. You will need comfy clothes to be able to run around after them all day. Boyfriend jeans can be dressed up or down to take you from day to night.
Embellished flats with pretty coloured jewels are big news while the sun is still out. However, if you fancy a bit of added height but find it hard to keep up with your little one in heels, flatforms or a small wedge are a great trendy alternative.
If you’ve got long hair, keep it out of your eyes (and away from baby’s reach!) by pinning it up in a messy top-knot for a fashionable yet practical look.
As a young mum you want to be dressy but not over the top – this blue fit and flare dress is the perfect balance between practical and pretty. Abyie Gee, mum to Kelsey-Jade, nine months