Of the last 24 months, I’ve been pregnant for about 17 of them.
I love being pregnant. My second pregnancy has been easier, and faster, than my first, but in general both pregnancies were good.
When I discovered I was pregnant last year, I couldn’t wait to get into my maternity clothes again. I was still up 10 pounds from the weight gained with David, and was just in sort of an awkward stage with my body.
So, pregnancy allowed me to “let go” of getting in shape, although not at the cost of being unhealthy, and focus on preparing my body to carry another baby.
My maternity clothes were in the attic for only a few months. And when I got them down, I was excited to go through them and pick out my favorites.
There have been a few items that withstood many months of wear, and others that I sort of regret buying.
When I was pregnant with David, I bought a lot of side rouched maternity tops. I tried to avoid that this time around in an effort to look for things that I can wear post-pregnancy as well.
The jeans I wore most, during both pregnancies, were from Loft maternity. I bought (while on sale) J.Crew maternity jeans with high, high hopes that they would be perfection but I found it annoying to constantly be pulling them up. I prefer the full belly panel, perhaps because I’m a bit curvier, but I simply found the elastic side maternity jeans more annoying than anything.
I ordered, and returned, about 3-4 tops from TopShop maternity during both pregnancies. I just didn’t like the way they hung. I prefer a more fitted look on top so I don’t just look wide.
I’ve gotten so much wear out of this vest, and since it’s not maternity I’ll be wearing it for a long, long time.
My favorite tank to wear ended up being non-maternity as well! It’s from Evereve, and not only is it a perfect length, but the stretch is amazing.
Pink Blush maternity is great for well-priced, trendy clothes. I found that I needed to dig a bit to find tops that really fit my personal style, but there’s such a huge variety on there that I’m sure anyone could find something they like!
In general, my must haves are: Loft Maternity jeans, Beloved Classic Cami, anything from GapFit Maternity, nearly anything Pink Blush Maternity, Liz Lange brand via Target, a non-maternity puffer vest
The clothes that didn’t work for me, and I found were not worth the hype, are: J.Crew Maternity Jeans, anything from TopShop Maternity, Old Navy Maternity. I tried a handful of items from Old Navy maternity and didn’t like the fit.
I know people that swear by all things TopShop maternity, or love Old Navy maternity, so it’s simply a matter of finding what fits your body the way you like it to, and what you will get the most amount of wear out of!