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How To Size Maternity Clothes for a Perfect Fit

How To Size Maternity Clothes for a Perfect Fit

Navigating the world of maternity clothing can sometimes feel like learning a new language, especially when it comes to sizing. But don't worry, we've got you covered — Motherhood is here to help you find not only the most stylish and comfortable maternity clothes but also the perfect fit. You deserve to look and feel your absolute best at every stage of your pregnancy journey.

How Does Your Body Change During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is a beautiful journey, one that brings about numerous physical changes. From your baby bump to your expanding bust and hips, your body is continually evolving to create the most comfortable home for your growing baby.

During the first trimester, you might not notice a lot of physical changes, and your regular clothes will likely still fit. However, by the second trimester, your belly starts to grow, and so do your breasts. This is when most women start shopping for maternity clothes. By the third trimester, your baby bump is in full bloom, making roomy, comfortable maternity clothes a necessity.

The right maternity clothes can not only accommodate your changing body but also make you feel comfortable and stylish. The key is to understand these changes and how they affect your clothing sizes throughout different stages of pregnancy.

How To Measure Yourself for Maternity Clothes

To ensure a perfect fit, you'll need to take accurate measurements of your body. Here are some tips to guide you:

  • Bust: Measure the fullest part of your bust, keeping the tape measure taut but not tight.
  • Hips: Measure around the fullest part of your hips, which is usually around the top of your legs.
  • Belly: Measure around the fullest part of your belly. This is typically around your belly button, but it may be lower depending on your body type.

Take these measurements while wearing undergarments similar to what you'll be wearing with your maternity clothes for the most accurate results. Also, keep in mind that your body will continue to change, especially your bust and belly measurements, so you may want to take new measurements every month or so. These numbers will help guide you in finding the best-fitting maternity clothes, from cozy tops to trendy dresses and comfy leggings.

How Do Maternity Sizes Work?

Maternity sizes can seem a bit puzzling at first, but here's the good news: maternity sizes follow pre-pregnancy sizes. That means if you were a size medium before pregnancy, you'd likely be a medium in maternity sizes too. Of course, everybody is unique, and pregnancy can throw in a few curveballs, so it's always best to check the size charts and follow your measurements.

Here at Motherhood, our sizing runs from small to 3X and includes plus-size options, too. We believe that every expecting mom should have access to stylish and comfortable maternity wear, no matter their size.

Also, remember that pregnancy isn't the time to squeeze into a smaller size or go for oversized clothes. Your body is doing something incredible, and it deserves the right fit!

Choosing the Right Maternity Clothes for Your Body Type

Just like pre-pregnancy, your body type can guide you in selecting the most flattering maternity clothes. Here are a few tips:

  • Pear-shaped: Balance your proportions with tops that have detailing on the shoulders or neck. Embrace your bump with body-hugging dresses and tops.
  • Apple-shaped: Flowy tops and empire-waist dresses that drape over your belly can be very flattering. Opt for straight or slightly flared pants.
  • Hourglass: Highlight your curves with wrap dresses and tops that cinch at the waist.
  • Athletic: Create some curves with ruched tops and dresses. Skinny maternity jeans can also help accentuate your legs and hips.

When Should You Switch to Maternity Clothes?

While there's no set rule for when to make the switch to maternity clothes, most women find themselves shopping for pregnancy wear during their second trimester. This is when your baby bump starts showing, and your regular clothes might feel tight or uncomfortable.

But it's all about listening to your body. If your jeans are leaving marks or your tops are riding up, it's time to make the switch. Or, if you just want to embrace the joy of your pregnancy a bit earlier, go ahead! We promise that once you experience the comfort of a stretchy belly band or the softness of our maternity tees, you'll wish you had made the switch sooner.

Remember, we're here to support you every step of the way. Pregnancy is a unique journey, and we're dedicated to making yours as comfortable and stylish as possible.

Adjusting Maternity Clothes as Your Body Changes

Pregnancy is a time of incredible transformation, and your wardrobe should be as adaptable as you are. Here are six tips to ensure your maternity clothes adjust comfortably to your changing body.

1. Seek Out Adjustable Features

Maternity clothes with adjustable features are your best allies during pregnancy. Look for clothes with adjustable waistbands and side ruching. These features will accommodate your growing bump, ensuring you have a comfortable fit throughout your pregnancy.

2. Embrace the Wrap Design

Wrap designs are not only fashionable but also incredibly accommodating. These pieces can be easily adjusted to fit your changing body, providing style and comfort at every stage of your pregnancy.

3. Consider Maternity Bottoms With Belly Bands or Panels

When shopping for maternity bottoms, keep an eye out for styles featuring belly bands or panels. An over-the-belly panel provides comprehensive coverage and support, making it a comfortable choice, especially in the later stages of pregnancy.

On the other hand, an under-the-belly band can feel less restrictive, making it a popular choice for early pregnancy and postpartum wear.

4. Don't Forget Adjustable Maternity Bras

Your bust size can fluctuate during pregnancy. Opt for maternity bras with adjustable straps and closures. This way, you can easily adapt the fit as needed, ensuring your comfort and support throughout your pregnancy journey.

5. Explore Stretchy Fabrics

Maternity clothes made from stretchy materials like spandex can be especially comfortable as your body changes. These fabrics provide a good amount of stretch and return to their original shape, providing a consistent, comfortable fit.

6. Invest in Versatile, Ruched Maternity Dresses

Invest in versatile maternity pieces that are not only functional but also stylish. For instance, our Short Sleeve Scoop Neck Side Ruched Dress is a fantastic addition to your maternity wardrobe. With its flattering ruching detail around the belly, this dress adapts beautifully to your changing shape.

What sets this dress apart is its versatility — it's suitable for both pre and post-pregnancy wear. You can dress it up with heels and accessories for a night out or pair it with flats for a casual day look. Its stretchy fabric conforms to your body, providing a comfortable and flattering fit throughout your journey.

Truly a best-seller, this maternity dress promises to be a mainstay in your wardrobe rotation during your pregnancy and beyond.

A Final Word

Finding the right maternity clothes can make your pregnancy journey more comfortable and enjoyable. It's about embracing your changing body and celebrating this incredible stage of life.

Always choose comfort and don't be afraid to express your style, and remember — at Motherhood, we're always here to help you find the perfect fit.


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