Since being pregnant I’ve learned about a little thing called “first trimester bloat” and it is real…oh it’s real. I’m not really sure how I never knew about this prior to pregnancy, but from all the reading I’ve done, I’ve learned that it’s basically caused by a progesterone induced slowing of the digestive system and a growing uterus. In simple terms: gassy-ness + grapefruit sized uterus = constant PMS type bloating. No bueno.
Because of this enlarged bloaty feeling (AKA constantly feeling fat and not-so-much pregnant), I pretty much wanted to live in yoga pants and sweatshirts until about 8 weeks into my pregnancy. But, eventually I decided that I should probably stop dressing like a sleep deprived undergrad and start dressing like a grown-up again. I am a wardrobe stylist after all, so I figured if I can dress other people, I should probably make an effort to dress myself.
After much deliberating in front of my closet and some trial and error while playing dress-up, I’ve come up with five wardrobe staples that are comfortable, stylish and flattering to wear while dealing with first trimester (“is she or isn’t she?”) bloat.
drapey loose tank: available at American Apparel $24
high-waisted a-line skirt: available at Le Train Bleu $114
jeans with stretch: available at Forever 21 $10.50
shift dress: available at Nordstrom $148
button down shirt: available at Mod Cloth $39.99