The Modern Mom
September 20, 2013
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         With celebrity magazines and newspapers full of headlines focusing unhealthily on celebrities’ weight loss and gains, it makes a nice change to celebrate when women start forming the curve that everyone celebrates: a baby bump. This is not the time to worry about weight or trying to diet, now is when a growing body can be proudly displayed not hidden away. Do not take orlistat if you are pregnant. Weight loss is not recommended during pregnancy. You should not use this medicine if you have a digestive disorder (problems absorbing food). You should not use Xenical if you have gallbladder problems, or if you are pregnant. Use alli if you have had an organ transplant, if you use cyclosporine, or if you are not overweight.

            Staying stylish with a bump can seem difficult at first, all the rules women are used to – high heels for evening wear, belted trench coats for the day – go out of the window. Flat shoes become a wardrobe staple and finding a coat that’ll grow with the bump swiftly becomes a priority as the nights draw in. I even took this time to splurge on a hat from Fur Hat World that I had been eyeing for months. Always remember that fashionable maternity clothes are not a distant dream, it is possible to expand your wardrobe as your belly does too.

             Something very simple to do is go through your existing wardrobe and see what can be adapted for maternity wear and what needs storing in the attic. Empire line dresses and jersey skirts have a little give meaning they’ll fit for longer. Low slung jeans might fit for quite a while too as they’ll go under the bump, ditto your jogging bottoms and palazzo pants.

            Raiding your partner’s wardrobe isn’t such a bad idea either.

Oversized shirts worn with a belt and matched with leggings add a new level of chic to your day to day wear. Likewise, toughen up a maternity shirt by pairing with cufflinks and a tie to subvert your look: obviously female yet with a masculine edge.

            It’s also worth planning ahead and thinking about if your maternity clothes are breastfeeding friendly as well. If you’re planning on nursing it’s wisest to buy maternity clothes that are easy to open at the front, to save having to buy all new clothes again once baby’s born. This simple mistake is easily made and can end up very costly and inconvenient to hastily find items to wear once baby’s arrived.

            Plan ahead for any special events too. If you know you’ve got something like a wedding approaching plan your outfit in advance. Most websites will have speedy delivery times but you don’t want to risk not having a nice frock to wear, I always make sure to use the Arrowmail Courier Service so I know everything I order gets to me on time. And when you’re sporting a bump suddenly you’re the centre of attention, so it’s worth feeling your best and investing in a lovely outfit you’ll feel confident in. Like all good maternity clothes, bumps should be worn with pride.

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