The pregnancy journey sees the new mum shopping for maternity wear and wardrobe essentials. What are the must-have items to get? Here are 10 essentials you need plus handy tips on where to shop for maternity wear in Singapore!
Pregnancy brings along plenty of changes, both inside and out.
With the new body shape, weight gain, and seemingly unattractive appearance, it is important to stay positive and welcome the new “you”—bump and all.
Embrace the baby bump and accept that the little fella is here to “bake” for the next nine months or so.
With your body accommodating the new bub, your usual wardrobe will need a little adjustment. This doesn’t necessarily mean drab and shapeless. It does, however, mean it’s shopping time!
But before rushing down to the stores to buy maternity wear in Singapore, first understand how your body is expected to change and find out what maternity wear wardrobe essentials are necessary.
Time for a wardrobe upgrade, we say!
#1: Comfy cotton bras and panties
During the first trimester, most will be none the wiser to your state of preggers.
Weight gain during this period is usually quite minimal; some women even lose weight due to morning sickness and a loss of appetite.
Some parts of your body—in particular, your abdominal area and breasts—may feel a little more bloated than usual. Together with other changes, they are easily manageable once you understand how your body is expected to change.
You may experience difficulty breathing or a discomfort around your chest area if your bras become too tight. Do yourself a favour and get measured by the sales assistants in the undergarments area of a department store.
They will be able to advise you on your new size and recommend a more comfortable fit and bra type for your needs. Choose non-underwired nursing bras to prevent breast lumps during your breastfeeding journey.
Choices are aplenty for such maternity wear in Singapore.
A non-underwired bra provides better comfort than an underwired one, as your breasts start to grow.
It isn’t yet necessary at this point to get nursing bras as your breasts will continue to “upsize.” The best time to get nursing bras? During your third trimester—and you’ll probably need to get a new fit by then!
Alternatively, consider bra extenders to extend the length of the bands of your existing bras as your body goes through changes throughout the blissful nine months.
These help to ease out on the tightness around your back and sides and provide extra comfort, while holding onto the current pieces as they fit most major bra brands.
While your hips expand to sit your new baby, it’s inevitable that your panties start to feel a little tight too. Look for comfortable pieces that will take you through the day, and cotton ones are your best bet especially for our warm and humid weather in Singapore.
Opt for full-bodied cuts for ample coverage and support – not many of us will enjoy having to deal with a ‘wedgie’ stuck in between the bum!
When to get them: For most women, maternity wear bras and briefs will need to be bought once between your first and second trimester, and another time during your third trimester, depending on how much weight you have gained.
Shop at: Shopee Singapore for maternity underwear or adjustable bra extenders
Prices from: $2.30 onwards
#2: Good support shoes
Until maternity wear specific shoes are invented, we’ll need to look for the best comfortable shoes that can provide support to the new mum-to-be.
Put away those heels and take heed in getting well-fit shoes that provide cushion for your aching calves and swelling feet.
If you really need some heel due to work, About.com shares some tips on the recommended heel height as well as sizing for your new feet size:
- Flats, or low, wide heels—around 2″ or lower.
- Good arch support. This can be accomplish through buying from noted comfort shoe brands, or by using an insert that adds arch support.
- Breathable uppers (canvas or leather) that won’t trap moisture.
- Shoes that slip-on, as laces may become more difficult to tie.
- Larger or wider shoes—swelling may make your regular size and width uncomfortable.
When to get them: When your current shoes become too tight. If you experience water retention in your feet, it is recommended to wear open footwear like slippers or sandals to allow your feet space to expand. Squeezing them into closed-toed shoes causes further discomfort and affects circulation.
Prices from: $40 onwards
#3: Bottoms up
With your growing baby, it’s only a matter of time until you won’t be able to zip up your bottoms.
Maternity wear such as shorts, pants, capris, jeggings and skirts come with an in-built cotton stretch fabric which expands to accommodate your growing belly throughout pregnancy.
Heading to work in pants can be easy, too, as they’re more manageable when it comes to maneuvering around.
For figure-flattering shapes, opt for darker colours, which are uber easy to match with other separates whether brightly colored, printed, or plain!
When to get them: Any time you feel your current clothes are getting too tight and it becomes uncomfortable to sit or bend.
Prices from: $30 onwards
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