Dressing the bump can be a challenge in all stages of pregnancy but today we’re talking specifically about the second trimester! Check out these tried and true tips for learning how to flatter your growing body and feeling fabulous even while growing another human being.
Hey guys! This pregnancy seems to be zipping right along for me lately, but that’s mainly because I’m past the nauseous first trimester and not yet to the gigantic third trimester. Ask me again how long it’s taking come late March 🙂
I’ve found that dressing cute in the first trimester hasn’t been too hard for me with the last few pregnancies because of my stockpile of clothes that I bought in a size or two larger than usual. Also, the old hair elastic around the button of my jeans has saved me more than a few times. Yessssss.
Third trimester dressing is typically characterized by full-fledged maternity clothes (aka tents) and anything with a super stretchy elastic waistband. The second trimester, however, seems to be a bit harder to dress, because you’re often not large enough for full-panel maternity pants and dresses with tons of ruching, but you most definitely can’t even make a hair band save your pre-pregnancy jeans.
So what’s a fashion-loving pregnant girl to do?
This dress (love this similar one and this one is FAB!) has been one of my saving graces for church, especially when I want to stay super comfortable and also look nice. It’s made of a moderately thick sweater fabric so that it doesn’t show every lump and bump, but it’s not so hot that it couldn’t be worn in the warmer months as well. BONUS: nursing friendly for the post-baby period!
Here are a few of my other tricks for staying comfortable but still looking nice for church or date nights, especially in the second trimester:
- Thicker knits: Knit dresses and skirts are the best for all stages of pregnancy, but the second trimester also might mean we’re getting a bit more in the love handle or backside areas. Thicker knit fabrics will glide over these lumps and still flatter our fabulously expanding bodies.
- Pull it over the belly: I make a lot of pre-pregnancy skirts and dresses continue to work throughout the second trimester by just pulling them over the baby bump! Even though this dress isn’t maternity, I just tied the belt above my belly and can still get months of use out of it. I did the same with this skirt the other day and just about anything else that’s stretchy enough to make it work.
- Long cardigans, vests and jackets: the cooler months are a great way to continue getting use out of a non-maternity wardrobe because of all the great outerwear we can implement! I have a couple long vests that I throw over non-maternity tops and some cardigans that I also use to make my regular clothes last a lot longer. A slightly too-short blouse won’t even be noticeable under a cute, cozy sweater! What else have you found to be a great help to you during the more awkward months of pregnancy?