Why Maternity Clothes:
Maternity clothes are designed to make you more comfortable in pregnancy. They fit differently than your regular clothes so that you can still move comfortably and enjoy good coverage of your body. What feels good to one woman may not feel good to another.
When should I wear maternity clothes:
A lot of this will depend on how quickly you show or your belly grows. There are new products designed to help you extend the life of your pre-pregnancy clothes, like a BellaBand. Though in general, you should start wearing maternity clothes when you can no longer comfortably fit into your pre-pregnancy clothes. Typically most pregnant women will outgrow their pants and jeans before they will outgrow their shirts.
What maternity clothes do I need:
You will want to pick clothes that match the season. Many women try to buy clothes that layer nicely to span more seasons and changing body temperatures. This can help save you money. Some women go to the maternity clothes store as soon as they have a positive pregnancy test so that they can buy the sale items for the next season.
In general, I recommend a couple of pants in neutral colors, a nice skirt, a dress and multiple tops. Consider how the outfits you buy will mix and match to create more outfits for you. This will give you the illusion of more clothes.
Sometimes you really need something special, be a coat or a bathing suit. Sometimes you have special needs for clothing, including being pregnant with twins. They even make special clothes for postpartum, breastfeeding and labor and birth!
Saving Money on Maternity Clothes: