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Maternity Wear Essentials and Hacks

It’s called MARCH MADNESS, but at Owlet, we’re all about making your life easier and that’s why on our blog it’s MOM HACK MARCH!

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Dressing your changing body during pregnancy can be a bit daunting. It’s difficult to know when to try to modify your existing wardrobe, or to splurge on maternity items. Today, we’re sharing some tips and tricks to help you maximize your non-maternity clothing, as well as sharing some of our favorite maternity clothing essentials.

1st-2nd Trimesters: Maximize Your Current Wardrobe

First Trimester

The first and second trimesters are an excellent time to wear non-maternity pieces. You’ll be surprised to find that many of your clothes can be modified for your pregnancy. Here are a three ways to maximize your current wardrobe:

The rubber band trick: Comb your closet for jeans and pants that have some stretch to them (and also are fastened with a button). First, thread a hair elastic through the top buttonhole of your pants. Then thread the back loop up through the front loop and cinch it tight, so the rubber band is securely tied around your buttonhole. Last, put the remaining loop around the button of your jeans, and you’re good to go.

The bellyband: Another option for extending the life of your bottoms is using a bellyband. This wonderful contraption holds up your pants and skirts once you can’t button or fasten them. It also acts as a support for your burgeoning belly.It’s a great alternative to buying maternity pants/skirts, and is also helpful postpartum.

Flowing and free dresses:  If you’re more of a dress gal, look through your dress collection and utilize your flowing, jersey-type options. Some of these items will be able to carry you throughout your pregnancy, as they can grow with you. Empire or free waists are the best silhouettes for your changing body. Plus, they’re super comfortable. So it’s basically a win-win.

2nd-3rd Trimesters: Invest in Staple Maternity Wear

Second Trimester

The second and third trimesters are the perfect time to procure some staple maternity pieces. Sometimes using your existing wardrobe can become too challenging, and sometimes you just need to add a few things to your current clothing to make it work for the length of your pregnancy.

We recommend the following maternity essentials:

Maternity tank in white, and/or black: This can be worn as a standalone piece, under a non-maternity shirt to add length, or paired with a cardigan or jacket. It’s a great way to utilize your wardrobe in unique ways.

Maternity jeans/leggings in your favorite silhouette:  It’s a good idea to have at least one pair of maternity jeans/leggings in your arsenal, especially for the third trimester. Maternity pants are specifically designed to support your body during the “home stretch,” and are more adaptable to the changes that can happen to your legs and ankles than non-maternity jeans.

Nursing sleep bra: Your belly isn’t the only thing that changes during pregnancy, so it’s important to make sure that you’re getting the support you need. Plus, if you plan to breastfeed, this is an item that you can use after your baby is born.

What are some of your favorite maternity hacks and essentials?

—Contributed by Lauren Soderberg

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