It was all going fine. Easy, really.
I had a small, barely there bump, and was wearing my usual jeans, blazers and tie-waist dresses like nothing had changed.
This all lasted until around week 22, when it happened. I "popped".
People told me it was coming, obviously, but I was clearly in some kind of pregnancy body-related denial.
My boobs went up three sizes. My hips looked different. And suddenly nothing fit and I needed outfits for work and a wedding and I had a mild panic attack in front of my wardrobe.
Yes, I'm still a petite person and my bump may not be *huge* yet, but as someone who loves getting dressed, I've found adapting my style to my rapidly changing form these past few months to be more challenging than expected.
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People warned me there weren't a lot of fashion-forward options out there for pregnant women, but that's an understatement.
Because practical and comfortable as they may be, jeans with stretchy cotton bands at the waist just aren't my vibe.
I'm not the flowy dress type, nor am I particularly into ruching - so I'm not about to suddenly do a sexy fitted dress having never worn one in my life.
There are maternity dresses and pants and shirts with built-in vents, sure - but no one wants to fork out on an entirely new closet that only lasts a few months. Not only is it wasteful, it's expensive (what's with the maternity markup?)