Pregnancy is a time when big, big changes are happening in your life, and the fact that you will have to buy maternity clothes is just one of them. It is important, however, to put at least some time and some thought into this; whilst the vast majority of your time will be spent planning things for the baby's imminent arrival- clothes for them, baby cribs, and so on and so forth- it is worth remembering that maternity clothes should be more than just an afterthought. There's a lot of things you need to think about- comfort, of course, being the main issue, as well as the fact that as your pregnancy progresses, your bump will continue to change in size. But it's not the only issue that one has to consider

Dads, especially, take note- it's easy for a woman to feel a little sidelined during this time, will all the focus on their baby, instead of them. With the changes in their body, especially in their size, it can sometimes be invaluable to put some thought into maternity clothes that still make her feel good about herself. There are some practicalities, of course, but this one point is very worth remembering. Luckily, there is a great array of maternity wear companies who have tapped into this very market. Here, too, are a few more hints and tips to help you through;

First off, remember that cotton is a good material to pick, or at the very least, natural fibres. As pregnancy progresses, a woman's skin can often become more sensitive than it normally is, and wearing artificial fabrics can lead to the formation of unpleasant and uncomfortable rashes. There is sometimes some discomfort anyway during pregnancy- don't add this on top and make things worse!

Next, it is important to realise and remember that bigger is better, at least for the duration of pregnancy. With this in mind, make sure that any maternity clothes you buy have some room for expansion- stretchy panels at the front or the side, which will adapt as your bump develops.

Also, remember that although you may not be staying this way forever (something that you may be clinging too, as things start to change completely!), there will be a period after the birth when your body will still keep this shape. You will probably find that it's worth wearing maternity clothes for a little longer, and with this in mind, remember that if you are going to be breastfeeding, then it is important that your maternity clothes allow easy access.

Finally, remember that your bump is not the only thing that will grow during your pregnancy- most women's breasts grow as well, and with that in mind, it may be worth seeking out bras that will expand to support this growth.

If you bear these tips in mind, then you should find that you can be both comfortable and stylish, through your pregnancy and beyond, and it needn't cost the earth, either!

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