Fashionably Pregnant {Utilizing What I Had and Making it Work}

We have all been there, we have the cute baby bump, we’re glowing yet emotional but when it comes to getting dressed, NOTHING FITS!!

Do I have to get dressed?

During my third trimester, it was mid-summer last year and it was hot! I had to dress up, look presentable, but that was the last thing I wanted to do. I really wanted to sit on the sofa, with the A/C  blaring and eat a box full of New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Company onion rings with a sweet tea and chocolate chip cookies. That wasn’t the case though, I had to go to work.

As I would get dressed in the mornings, I would spend 10 minutes staring into my closet trying to find something that either fit or was even comfortable. While getting fed up with the choices I had, I told myself that I would go shopping for some maternity clothes.

Boy was that the hardest task ever, especially being a plus-size woman!

Why is this plus-size section so small?

When going to the maternity store or section, some would have a rack of the plus sizes and most of them looked like the couch from my grandmother’s house. On the pants they carried, the belly parts always rolled down. What was a girl to do?

A Girl’s Got to Do What A Girl’s Got to Do

When it was all said and done, I was 100% fed up so I took upon myself to make this plus size pregnant fashion thing work.

I took a deep look at some of my older outfits and tried again. I actually found some knit dresses and skirts that I didn’t think would fit and accessorized them with some cute jewelry.

Leggings were my best friend (and still are). I purchased a few a size larger to stretch over my belly and I threw on a flowy top and all was perfect.

Big belts helped accentuate my curves (and belly) especially when I was wearing an item that was too big.

Thinking back, I saved money by just staying in my closet and utilizing all the shopping trips I had before my pregnancy. Yes, I did splurge in some stores but hey it was a good reason to go shopping, and who doesn’t like to get new clothes?!

What did you use to spice up your pregnancy fashion?

Ja'Nae Lewis
Ja’Nae was born in Houma and raised on the outskirts of New Orleans known as the Westbank, where she still resides. She’s currently dating her boyfriend of 3 years and together they raise their daughter A’nylah. After attending Jackson State University, she moved back to New Orleans and then earned her master’s at Full Sail University in Public Relations, she currently works part-time at a local Bra Boutique where she enjoys helping women feel good about themselves. In her free times, she’s looking for the latest fashion trends, working out, learning how to organize her life, relaxing by enjoying a good movie or series and finding fun things to do with her new family.

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