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With my first pregnancy, I didn’t have a noticeable bump until I was nearly 23 weeks along. For months it just looked like I had scarfed down a big lunch. I didn’t feel confident in my body because instead of rocking a cute bump, it was like struggling to fit a new mom pooch into an old pair of jeans. Then once the baby arrived, it took time for that bump to disappear, which made dressing my changing body a daily challenge.
I found that the secret lies in transitional maternity wear — styles that can adapt as your body changes. To help show you what I mean, I picked out some must-have pieces from Kohl’s that will look good not just throughout your pregnancy, but long after as well.
1. A great pair of overalls will adjust to your body (and they’re perfect for nursing!).
I remember crying when I couldn’t find any postpartum clothing in my closet that would work while nursing. I’m sure the hormones were partly to blame, but just about all of my maternity clothing had a high neckline. This made breastfeeding impossible and virtually none of my non-maternity clothes fit. It’s hard to feel confident when you’re standing in front of your closet with literally nothing to wear.
If you’re planning to nurse, I would choose maternity clothing that can easily transition after the baby comes. And I don’t mean hunting for clothing labeled “nursing.” There are lots of items that work just fine — like overalls. Paired with a lower neckline top, you can easily undo one strap and you’re good to go! For this look, I opted for a scoop neck with stretch, which makes nursing a breeze. (Other options are V-necks and tops with shoulders or straps that can easily drop down.) Then I added a classic preppy boat shoe to complete the laidback look.
A:glow Distressed Jean Overalls are available now
A:glow Ruched Scoopneck Tee is available now
2. A little black jersey dress is flattering for all stages.
Pregnant or not, it’s always a solid idea to have a little black dress in your arsenal. Not only is black slimming, but the jersey fabric drapes loosely over your belly to conceal your tummy — making it a closet staple for pre- and post-maternity.
Not everyone talks about it, but your feet and ankles may very well grow along with your belly, so a pair of comfy flats can be indispensable. Pair with a no-nonsense bun to wear to work or let your hair down for a night out with girlfriends.
A:glow Nursing Faux-Wrap Dress is available now
3. There’s no shame in continuing to wear your maternity jeggings.
No one prepared me for just how long it would take for my hips to return to normal after the birth of my first babe. Even after I had lost most of the baby weight, my favorite jeans still wouldn’t button for several more months. While the term “childbearing hips” isn’t exactly a compliment, your body is about to do an amazing feat, so cut it a little slack.
A good pair of maternity jeggings will provide some comfort during the process — both physical and emotional! They have enough give to fit your hips throughout your pregnancy and later, they’ll still provide enough support before you get back into your old jeans.
I paired slim-fitting, dark wash jeggings with a loose, breathable tunic, which is flattering pre- and postpartum. I would also recommend adding zip-up ankle booties as they’re easy to pull on and off — even while reaching over a baby bump.
A:glow Belly Panel Cropped Jeggings are available now
A:glow Plaid Tunic is available now
Pip & Vine Long Cardigan is available now
4. Transitional dresses can take you well beyond your pregnancy.
Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you shouldn’t feel sexy on date night! This darling pleat dress comes with a thin belt that you can wear as your bump grows to give some definition, or go without in the early pregnancy and postpartum stages. There’s no sense in calling attention to a postpartum bump, and these loose pleats help to cover up any problem areas.
Add some black mules to give height but still offer comfort (thanks to their block heel). Complete the look with a dark cardigan this fall, or go sleeveless after your baby arrives next spring or summer.
A:glow Pleated Satin Fit and Flare Dress is available now
Pip & Vine Long Cardigan is available now
Keeping your postpartum body in mind when stocking your maternity wardrobe will help you feel empowered when dressing your changing body. Plus, it will keep you from breaking the bank — a definite plus! While you may not recognize your body, you’ll start feeling more confident and beautiful in these pieces as you kick off your motherhood journey.