Although many shops on the high street have improved their maternity ranges in recent years, there's still room for improvement, particularly when it comes to cost. Being pregnant means your bump and your wardrobe needs to expand fast! With this in mind, the task of trying to find a half-fashionable outfit that fits from week-to-week can be a bit testing and expensive.
Here are a few tips and a couple of best buys to make your shopping experience a little bit easier:
Number one on the list of things to remember, is that the clothes you wear during pregnancy don't necessarily have to be maternity clothes. Plus size women's clothing often provides a cheaper, more fashionable alternative to buying from specialist maternity ranges and, as well as comfortably fitting your changing shape, plus-size clothing can often be more trend-driven than some mumsy maternity ranges.
If you are going to be blooming this spring or summer, try to embrace your growing tum but don't feel you need to sacrifice style to stay comfortable. Maxi dresses and boho skirts are old summer staples that can be bought in plus-sizes for really reasonable prices.
Of course, you'll also want to consider some post-pregnancy clothes too. Not everyone is like Amanda Holden, who seems to have snapped back into shape at a scarily rapid speed since giving birth to second child Hollie a few weeks ago, so remember that plus-sizes should allow you that little bit of freedom you need in the weeks after giving birth and can even be altered to shrink along with you.
This article was brought to you by Bonmarche, who wish you a happy and fashionable pregnancy.