You're expecting a baby. Congratulations!
Next question; what on earth are you going to wear?
It may only be a few weeks, or it might be a couple of months, but eventually your normal clothes will start to get unconfortable. It is time to enter the world of maternity wear.
Both times that I was pregnant I started out by buying some regular clothing in a size larger than my usual size. This turned out to be a really good idea - it meant that after the baby was born, I already had some larger clothes to wear while the baby weight came off (slowly in my case).
It's no fun going shopping when you're pregnant.
I remember my first trip into town to buy maternity clothes during my first pregnancy. Nauseous a n tired, I spent the morning close to tears at finding only a few pairs of polyester black trousers and a couple of beige cardigans - not exactly my normal style.
I made just one purchase - a pair of flat shoes, which by then I had realised that I would need if I was to go shopping again any time in the next nine months.
Maternity clothes have improved so much since I made that first unsuccessful shopping trip. You can get cool maternity jeans in a choice of leg lengths, trendy maternity maxi dresses and funky maternity leggings. Your style doesn't need to change just because you are expecting.
If you're a Topshop girl at heart there is no need to change just because you are expecting. Their maternity range is just what you would expect from Topshop - fab prints, rock chick styling, cool ripped skinny maternity jeans.
If you want sexy maternity lingerie, this is your place. Looking for stripey breton maternity tops? Yup. They also do swimwear and maternity hoodies too.
Young and vibrant maternitywear from the brand Mamalicious, from bodycon dresses and skinny maternity jeans to classic LBDs and cool hersy tops.
Get your fast fashion fix at ASOS with hot maternity dresses, tops and lingerie. You can find funky maternity leggings and knitwear alongside the classic trousers and jeans and wardobe basics like T-shirts, vests and sweats.
Special mention for having some of their clothes in tall and petite fittings.
Are you looking for something a bit different? Not on the High Street has a collection of maternitywear from small UK sellers in quirky, cool and unusual designs in tops, dresses and PJs.
Trendy, fast and affordable fashion materity clothing with fabulous dresses, ripped maternity jeans
Envie de Fraise is a Paris based specialist maternitywear company who have a cool collection of dresses, maternity jumpsuits, skirts, coats and underwear. Oo-la-la!
Want to know where all the celebs get their maternity wear? Seraphine is the place to go for cool and glamorous maternity clothing. You will always be ready for the paparazzi!
Looking for more maternitywear? Here is the big list of where to buy Maternity Clothing online in the UK.
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