Of Pregnancy, Babies, and Goodies to Dream of…
There were so many things I loved about being pregnant, but finding the right maternity clothes and maternity “undergarments” to wear wasn’t one of them!
Bras were ugly and uncomfortable. Non-maternity underwear was cute but uncomfortable. Maternity underwear was ugly but comfortable. Many maternity clothes that looked good were expensive and the rest were meh, or downright ugly!
Being a new mom was great, but the accessories that every new mom gets so excited about left a lot to be desired. Diaper bags were either ugly or “cutesy,” at least the ones I could afford at the time; not much fit in them either.
Nowadays, I love seeing how styles, colors, fabrics, prints, and designs of mom and baby clothes as well as accessories, have evolved.
The maternity clothes that are attractive, comfortable and affordable, the pretty nursing bras that you won’t mind wearing. Do such bras exist you ask? Yes indeed, I’ve seen them with my own eyes. I’ve even tried them on for size (we used to carry some in our boutique) to prove a point to my husband, although that point had been amply made some years ago.
At five months postpartum, my breastfeeding baby, my husband and I went to a gala. I wore a scoop neck dress that under ordinary circumstances (as in when I was not a breastfeeding mom) would not be revealing at all. Having gotten ready in a rush, I hadn’t paid attention to the bra I was wearing. As I was walking to our table a waiter said to me “I like your dress,” with his eyes glued to my overflowing breasts. Of course, I was mortified. Later that night, my husband said: “What was that dress?!?” Reading between the lines I heard, “I liked it at first, but then I saw you being ogled!” I had to explain that it was the bra that caused the debacle, not the dress.
Lactating breasts do not fit well into bras made for non-lactating breasts, and nursing bras do not fit non-lactating breasts well either, no matter how pretty and “normal-looking” the nursing bras are!
Speaking of going to a gala, it would have been so nice to have the purse that actually is a diaper bag. It’s so pretty and well disguised, it can be used as a purse by anyone, not just a diaper toting mom.
For traveling and everyday use, I love the diaper bags that are actually backpacks, or one could say the backpacks that are actually diaper bags (I have three, one mini and two bosses, and I love them all!)
Then there are the PJ sets, the baby footies, the teethers, the swaddle blankets, the headband bows, etc., etc., etc. Shopping is a breeze, shipping is free, the choices seem endless.
Having been pregnant three times and raised three children, I find it so interesting to see what so many expectant and new moms choose to buy today. Having a mom and baby boutique, as well as being a lactation consultant who sees moms and babies almost daily, has given me new insight into what I would choose. So now, please allow me to vicariously shop for all the fun stuff mentioned above.
If you are going to breastfeed, get some good quality nursing bras. Your tatas are now doing some heavy-duty work. I mean they are heavy, and they are doing the most important duty of their life. Your breasts are the storage units and serving utensils of your baby’s food! Invest in at least three good quality nursing bras, so your breasts will be properly supported, your bra won’t cut into your back or the sides of your boobs, and it won’t look as if your nipples are hanging out just above your belly button.
Your baby will probably be in diapers for around two years. What will you carry those diapers in? Not to mention wipes, an extra change of clothes, blankets, snack bags, bottles, etc., etc., etc., that’s a lot of etc.’s to have to pack. Get yourself the best diaper bag you can afford. Just one is enough. Packed carefully and well with all the supplies you and your baby need, it will be your friend on those outings and car trips.
Get a comfortable, chic pair (or two, or three) of PJ’s that you can wear both during and after pregnancy. Many look like loungewear, so you don’t have to change for visitors. Not to mention the fact that while you may have to forgo showering for the foreseeable future (because that’s what can happen when you are breastfeeding and taking care of a baby) you don’t have to give up on wearing cute and comfortable clothes.
Finding the right underwear, specifically maternity underwear can be a challenge. The maw style is my personal favorite. But there are bikini ones too. Whatever is comfortable for you. Comfort being a relative word, and being hard to come by during pregnancy.
Speaking of comfort brings me to…maternity and nursing clothes. Please, invest in some good quality maternity clothes. You don’t have to buy a lot, nor buy all at once. You can increase how many pieces you have as you increase in size. Big shirts, loose t-shirts, dresses that look as if they could double as maternity clothes cannot take the place of clothes made for the body of a pregnant woman.
Contrary to what you may think, not very many women can pull off the look of wearing non-maternity clothes. Usually, you will see telltale signs of pulling, stretching, hems that are short at the front, back, sides. Not attractive, nor comfortable, both of which are equally important. Also, keep in mind that you will be wearing those clothes for a Very. Long. Time. Probably, most likely, even after you have your baby.
When it comes to baby clothes, in my opinion, comfort and ease of use come first; as in breathable fabrics, snaps versus zippers, versus say…magnetic closure. Swaddle blankets in a mix of solid colors and prints are great to have. Coordinating blankets with baby’s clothes is always a nice touch; your baby will be très chic! Bibs and burp cloths are great to have, both for baby and mom’s sake. Baby vomit and drool don’t complement clothes the way they do burp cloths and bibs.
To sum it up, the essentials, especially for mom, such as a diaper bag, stylish maternity PJ’s, maternity undergarments, bras, and clothes, are worth investing in. Spending a little extra to get accessories and clothes that are attractive, good quality and comfortable can go a long way toward you feeling and looking your best.
This concludes my vicarious shopping experience, although by no means is my list complete.
Happy list-making, shopping and buying mamas.
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