It used to be that expectant mums would hide their
Celebrity bumps a can be a great source of inspiration. It is often their job to look fabulous all the time, no matter what their body might be doing as the baby grows, and they will have stylists on hand to ensure they don't put a stitch wrong when it comes to their pregnancy clothes. So why not take inspiration from them? While you might not be able to afford the designer price tags, high street shops have quickly cottoned onto the fact that most women, famous or not, want to look good and feel confident throughout their pregnancy and require a wardrobe that helps them do just that. Have a look in your favourite stores - they might have a whole section of maternity wear you just weren't aware of before. Revamp your existing wardrobe Rather than spending your soon-to-be depleted salary on new pregnancy clothes you will only wear for a short time, it can be a good idea to adapt some existing items. Try stitching a v-shape panel of material into the front of your jeans or trousers which can be adapted back afterwards. If needlework isn't your strong point, there are companies out there that can help. You will probably find a lot of your clothes will stretch over your bump for quite a while. If you don't mind showing it off, many vest tops are able to double up as maternity wear, at least in the first few months of pregnancy. Team them with low-slung jeans or a pair of drawstring trousers and long, loose cardigans or jackets for a casual look. Underwear It is very important to invest in a well fitting, comfortable bra to protect the delicate tissues of the breast. It is likely your breasts are going to grow up to three cup sizes bigger during the second and third trimesters so you should get properly measured to ensure you have good support and your back is protected from the extra strain. Ordinary fashion bras simply don't provide the support needed while a good maternity bra supports the whole breast, fitting snugly against the rib cage with wider straps that don't cut into your shoulders, wider sides, an under-bust band and a deep centre at the front. A minimum of four rows of hooks and eyes will allow your bra to grow with you. Cotton bras let the skin breathe. The same goes for pants - look out for cotton, bikini-style pants that will sit nicely under your bump. This natural fibre will help prevent itching and avoid yeast infections, such as thrush. Maternity tights are excellent as they give your legs a bit of extra support, particularly towards the end of the nine months.