Maternity Fashions

You’re having a baby! But this doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. I have found in my experience that many women have difficulty assembling a maternity wardrobe. First time moms-to-be usually have the hardest time. It seemed in years past that maternity clothing manufacturers have had trouble keeping pace with the current fashion trends of women’s ready-to-wear fashions. This is no longer true. They are finally on the cutting edge of women’s fashion.

Some simple tips to keep in mind when you are shopping for maternity clothes:

• Only you know what you like, so look for styles and colors that you would wear if you were not pregnant. It’s always a good idea to take along a friend for a second opinion.

• When it comes to size fitting, maternity clothing is manufactured in normal sizes, with adjustments made where normal weight gains occur. Normal weight gain is still considered 25-35 pounds, if you are in the normal weight range for your height and bone structure before pregnancy. Under or over normal weight ranges, and multiple births should be considered when buying your wardrobe.

• If you don’t see something in your size or you have a particular style, color or fabric in mind, ask the store owner or manager. The store may be able to order it for you.

Editorial provided by Dave Burchmore from Expecting One, formerly a maternity and children’s fashion store in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.