During my first pregnancy, I got to at least half way without having to buy proper maternity pants – this time it was around 7 weeks! Even with a small bump, I found any pressure on my abdomen really uncomfortable. I was working with Aimn and started wearing their maternity pants, but now that I’m 16 weeks I’ve found the fabric doesn’t have as much ‘give’ as I need to be comfortable. I’ve just recently changed to to the Lorna Jane maternity range and I’ve found them so, so much more comfortable, both in terms of the stretch of the fabric, and the feel on my skin. The best ones I’ve found have pockets on either side (i.e. snacks and a phone – perfect for when I’m carrying a toddler). I love the ‘French Navy’ leggings, and there’s a matching maternity bra too. As I already have the bras from when I had Teddy, I’ve been wearing them again as they’re much more comfortable than my other sports bras. They have thick straps which don’t cut in, lots of variation in the clasps so will continue to fit as you change shape.
You can use MEG20 for 20% off Lorna Jane sitewide.
Maternity bras for breastfeeding
There are only two bras I ever wore breastfeeding, and I’ve already mentioned them above because they’re also perfect for pregnancy.
I actually didn’t wear a lot of specific ‘maternity’ clothing when I was breastfeeding Teddy, going for a loose tee or linen shirt, but I did discover NZ company ‘Close to the Heart‘ which has nice dresses in colours other than black and neutrals – which I love. If you’re into babywearing, I also loved a top you could both wear your baby in, and breastfeed in called ‘The Baby Pouch‘.
I really hope this helps with your decisions, all the best!