From around my 10th week of pregnancy, I already seemed to own a very large bump and not expecting this to happen up until at least my 20th week I came a little unprepared for the maternity clothes.
Being on my 16th week of my pregnancy now, I have decided it is the time to start putting a wishlist together and no better way than doing this is to make it a maternity wear wishlist, one that is needed and will be used for buying those must have items that bump and I will need in the next few months to keep us comfortable .
I have been scouring the internet for some of the best offers and items I know which would be affordable for us new mums to be and I have to admit , there are actually not that many online stores that offer a large range but I have found some which sell a lovely selection .
So here we go, lets take a look at my must have maternity wear items -
1.Good underwear- Nursing Bras.
Now I have rather a large size breast so looking for bras for me can be rather difficult and not to mention costly. Finding the Pack of two Nursing bras from Debenhams for only £20.80 , one in black and one in white, made me feel a little at ease . Perfect bargain for the must have .
2. Comfortable footwear - Canvas Pumps.
I have found out the hard way that footwear does matter in pregnancy. At only 15 weeks I walked out on a long walk through a country village in summer sandals to then get home and find my feet were bruised terribly and I could hardly put my foot on the ground with out being in pain. This is the reason that the Canvas pumps are at the top of my list for the most affordable comfortable shoe this summer .
Not only are they available for anything from £10 but they come in all styles and colours making it easy to wear them with anything. My personal choice are the low pump in white as these will wear with anything from the maxi dress to a set of maternity jeans and will also we wearable throughout the whole of the year not just for summer.
I bought mine from The Sports shop for only £10 ,,,, bargain!
3. Stretchy leggings or Jeggings
I have just found that my normal jeans are too small but sometimes the matrnity jeans will not fit at the earlier stages so I opting for leggings or jeggings at this stage will be the safest option .
After finding a great range over at George from Asda with a price of £5 and upwards depending on what you are looking for .
4. Maternity Jeans .
Newlook.com have a fabulous range of maternity jeans and if you get in there fast they even have some on offer for only £6 at the moment,,,,BARGAIN!
At the moment my style has gone from the smarter darker shades and I am now loving the look of the light blue and light wash shades .
5. Bump Friendly Cardigan
I have always thought of a cardigan as a good investment for an essential wear throughout the year.
I tend to wear a cardigan more than a coat or a jumper , easy to put on and easy to take off.
Choosing one which looks good, is neutral shade and is just the right thickness is one of the necessities you are going to need in pregnancy especially with your body temperature not knowing exactly what it is doing.
Next have a gorgeous Mamalicious waterfall cardigan in light grey for only £28.
6. Long vests.
I seem to wear vests a lot of the time even through the winter days so these seem to be something I find a necessity and I am sure you will to in the upcoming summer.
George from Asda are selling some lovely Maternity vests in twin packs for only £10 and I for one grabbed a couple myself this week . Once you realise that when pulling your everyday vests over the bump and they roll back up soon after that it can get pretty annoying , these are very comfortable .
7. Long T-shirts
Another need , if its a shirt or t-shirt, I have found that you will be lost without these.
I know its not yet warm but not cold enough for a cardigan or coat yet so having something that is cool yet covers the arms in the little chill you may find in the shade will be comforting to have some of these to keep you and bump cosey . They are very affordable and you can grab these for only a couple of pounds each from most places and I am currently loving the cute selection from New look with their adorable slogans which range from £9.99 which state ''It's a boy'' or ''It's a girl'' , or my favourite is ''It started with a kiss''.
Maybe when I find out what I am having in a couple of weeks , I will be able to get one of the ones revealing what we are having for the announcement, it's great idea .
8. Maxi dress
This item will last you through the whole pregnancy , from start to finish, the best buy I can think of that will have you comfortable and looking gorgeous without effort.
The maxi dress to me is at the moment the easiest option for getting ready, I simply have no bending over or twisting , just a quick pull of it over my head and I'm ready, One item and I'm away for the day and if it gets chilly I add a cardigan, although some do come with sleeves.
My husband actually did not treat me to a maternity maxi dress but instead opted for the Zebra print maxi dress from Asda as he went to buy me a few things but found out it was only available online for maternity wear.
When you are buying maxi dresses, paying only £14 for a full outfit is a great price in my eyes and with so many designs and styles, you will find yourself stuck for which to buy.
Still on my to get list are the lounge pants , after finding out that my jeans become to small at only 14 weeks I simply need to treat myself to some nice jogger bottoms, I know from previous experience that these will come in handy towards the end of my pregnancy for sure.
ASOS have a huge range of comfortable trousers and jogger bottoms suitable for maternity wear in many styles and designs . There is always that time you will be in need of the lounge pants, I for one love wearing my joggers when I get in from a long walk or day out.
10. The Maternity coat
Before finding out I was actually pregnant I thought I had just put on some weight and so bought a new coat a little bit bigger which works for me at the minute but there are some great maternity coats available and I love the Padded parka over at Topshop for only £30, not expecting till October I am hoping I won't need one till about then but you never know with our Lovely British Weather how the weather will be .
So that is the list of must haves for this pregnancy , I am sure I will think of more later on and then it will be the must haves for baby and the hospital bag, it never ends but it is all the great fun of being pregnant.
Is there anything you can think of that I have missed of , was there something you could not live without wearing in pregnancy?