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When You Should Begin To Wear Maternity Clothes

Updated on April 4, 2012

You have just found out your pregnant. We are so excited when we hear the news, we can't wait to wear those adorable and comfortable clothes! We begin to read baby books and think about names. Are we going to have a boy or girl? What would we do if they said, " you are having twins or triplets?" With so much excitement we have a million things rushing through our minds.

So when do you begin to wear maternity clothing?

It all depends on when you begin to see the little belly bump. Some women choose to wait as long as possible before they begin to purchase nursing bras and maternity clothing. Others will begin to buy maternity lingerie, maternity clothes and nursing bras. Over the course of 9 months your body goes through some dramatic changes.

Your breasts swell and can double or triple there size. Your feet don't always look as pretty as they used to be and your clothes will not fit you the way they used too. Just like your pregnancy will be different so will many others. Wearing maternity clothing all depends on the individual. Some will have to change wardrobes early on in the pregnancy and others can wait several months before making any change to their clothing.

Let's look at some of the things that transpire during pregnancy so we can determine when you should possible begin to wear maternity clothing.


Physical Changes

In the first 8-10 weeks of pregnancy you may notice changes in your body. But its not likely that others around you will notice your pregnancy. By the end of the 12th week your pelvis begins to change and your new baby bump could become more pronounced.

By the 14th and 15th week the uterus begins to move up between 2-3 inches beneath the bellybutton. By the fourth month or week 16, you will notice that your abdomen begins to become rounder. This can happen sooner for some women if they are carrying more then one little bundle of joy.

Do not try to squeeze into your favorite pair of pants. If you cannot zip or button, its time to look for a more comfortable wardrobe.


Purchasing Maternity Clothes

Your body will begin to change throughout your pregnancy. By the fifth month if a woman has not invested in maternity clothing odds are she will be doing it shortly. From week 20 to 36 the pregnancy progresses very quickly. Being comfortable matters when you are pregnant. Although it does appear that you will only be purchasing maternity lingerie or clothes for a short period of time' look at it as a long term investment. Some women like to chose the less expensive way to dress when pregnant; but with all of the fashionable styles you can wear them after pregnancy. Nursing bras are also imperative when you are pregnant because it is designed differently and will protect you from breast leakage and public embarrassment. If you begin earlier in your pregnancy you won't be stressed out when you do not have clothes that fit you.


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    • AEvans profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      mour sshields: They are pretty and sensual not like they used to be. :)

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      mours sshields 

      6 years ago from Elwood, Indiana

      How exciting being able to wear those maternity clothes!!

      Marcia Ours

    • AEvans profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      lord de cross: I believe women look beautiful when they are pregnant and dressing fashionable also make them look more beautiful. Lately I have been seeing adorable dresses, capris, etc. on new mommies to be. :)

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      Joseph De Cross 

      6 years ago from New York

      Very useful tips for the newbie moms Aevans. You always amaze us with your hubs. Commodity and lifestyle play a big role in the election of the new fashionable designs. Nursing bras save you from embarrasment for sure. Voted up and sharing!


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