One of the biggest concerns during pregnancy is comfort. Your body is going through so many changes and you literally have a human being growing inside of you — you deserve comfortable clothes! Pregnancy is a time where women feel odd and uncomfortable. A huge aspect that can change this is the clothes they wear.It may seem like achieving comfort is literally impossible, but it doesn’t have to be. There are a few things you can look for to find comfort in maternity scrubs.
The best time to start shopping is as soon as you find out you’re pregnant. Shopping is a great stress reliever and can help make you more excited about your baby. Here’s a few tips to help you browse for maternity scrubs.
Wear Clothes that Allow Your Abdomen to Expand
The last thing you need to do is wear tight, constricting clothing. You need to wear stretchy, elastic fabric that allows room to expand. This is important not only for your comfort, but for the baby’s health. You do not want to constrict blood flow, or keep the baby from being able to move freely. Wrap tops are comfortable and allow room for expansion.
Natural fabrics are also important, such as cotton. Most of your weight will be in your tummy and breasts, so that is the area you will need to focus on for expansion. Most of the time you will be able to buy your current size in the beginning.
Dress for Your Trimester
In the first trimester, most maternity clothes are too large for your growing body. You may not want to buy much just yet, except maybe a band for your pants for your stretching belly. The major dilemma is that you’re gaining weight, but don’t necessarily look pregnant. You don’t really have the cute bump yet, so you feel unattractive.
You should avoid clothes that are too tight during this time, and avoid ones that are too “tent like.” You want your clothes to flow naturally over your curves.
In the second trimester, it may feel like you’re a different size every few weeks. This is where selecting clothes that will grow with you come in handy. This is also when the cute bump comes out, so buying clothes that accentuate it can help you feel beautiful while pregnant.
In the third trimester, you’re really starting to feel uncomfortable.Items such as maxi dresses and leggings are probably your best bet for comfort. When it comes to scrubs, make sure you wear ones that will grow well with you.
In the end, you may be bored with your clothes, as you have probably worn out all the slimming colors. So don’t be afraid to add some bold, bright colors and mix it up a bit. These may be your work clothes, but you can feel confident in them also.
Know What to Look For
There are many different aspects to look for when it comes to maternity clothes.
Most maternity sizes are based on your pre-pregnancy size, but brands and different women vary. You may need to go larger. Fabrics like Lycra and cotton jersey are designed to stretch. These types of materials can last through several stages of your pregnancy.
Layers may also be your friend, as your body temperature may go from hot to cold throughout the day. Also, trying different styles and fits is a good way to find what’s best for you. Pants come with different types of stretch panels, and, again, there are many different fabrics to choose from. Getting your hands on a prosthetic tummy to try on different maternity clothes can also come in handy, but you will never know exactly how clothes will feel until you are that size yourself.
Start on the Right Foot
You already know you need to look for some new clothes when you’re pregnant, but you might not know you need to get some new shoes as well. In fact, you may need to get a half size to a whole size larger than your pre-pregnancy size.
In addition to a new size, you need to find comfortable shoes–especially if you’re on your feet all the time. They need to have good support for all the extra weight you are carrying. You also want the shoes to allow your feet to breathe. Athletic shoes may be a great option. If you can’t wear athletic shoes, try flat-soled sandals or other breathable styles.
If you’re pregnant in the winter, you may consider getting a good pair of boots. In this case, flat soles and low heels are the best option. A loafer style shoe (as opposed to pumps) with a low stacked heel will offer plenty of support.
Rubber heels can also serve as shock absorbers, which give your knees and back some relief. If you’re at a point where it’s hard to bend over and tie your shoes, look for some mock sneaks, or athletic shoes that slip on. Slip-on shoes may be easier to work with than laced shoes,since your feet may often be swollen.
Ankle support is another key factor. If your feet are lifting out of your shoes while you walk, they do not have ankle support. Although flats and ballet shoes may be tempting, they don’t offer the ankle support you need, and will leave your feet feeling tired and sore at the end of the day.
Comfort is Key
This article has a lot of information about scrubs and shoes, but the most important thing to remember is that your comfort is the most important. This is your pregnancy, and your body is going through a lot of changes. The goal is to make the changes as easy and joyous as possible.
Try out different things and see what fits best for you. If you work a job that requires scrubs, you’re probably on your feet all day and you need to make sure you find the right shoes for you as well. Just remember there are lots of options out there to help you get through these nine months.