Keeping the Hotness Factor While Pregnant

Posted on Nov 5, 2010 by 3 Comments
Keeping the Hotness Factor While Pregnant

If you’re currently pregnant, do you have the pregnancy “glow”? If you’ve been pregnant previously, did you have it?

I had a glow, but it wasn’t due to pregnancy. It was due to overexertion from shoving too many desserts in my mouth for 8 months straight!

I jest, but just a little. I definitely struggled with looking my very best during pregnancy, and looked enviously upon other pregnant women who seemed to look perfect and be dressed to the nines.

I was reading this article about fashionable maternity looks , which had some great tips about how to stay on trend while pregnant.

And I started thinking: if I had to do it all over again, how would I keep my hotness factor alive when pregnant?

Here are some of my tips.

1. Invest wisely in maternity clothes. When I was buying maternity clothes for the first time, I made the mistake of buying only for comfort and not for cuteness. If budget permits, invest in a few pieces that will make you look fabulous on the outside – especially when you feel like a hippo on the inside.

2. Consider longevity. If you plan to have more than one child, you can definitely justify the additional expense in getting some fashionable maternity wear.

3. Borrow from a friend! Talk to your girlfriends who have recently been pregnant. It’s likely they have a few great pieces they can let you borrow for special events or a night out with your man.

4. It’s not just the clothes. Sometimes, it’s not just about the clothes. Getting a new haircut (nothing drastic or you’ll cry. Trust me!), a mani-pedi or a relaxing massage can do wonders. And don’t forget shoes. We all know what shoes can do for a gal’s state of mind!

5. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. I got really bummed out reading maternity magazines and seeing images of pregnant women totally glammed up. Don’t feel like you have to keep up that image 24/7. It’s likely you’ve got morning sickness. You’re bloated. You don’t feel 100% all the time. Give yourself a break. Work to look really good when it matters to you.

6. Embrace a change in style. The fit or styles you wore before getting pregnant may not be the most flattering for you during pregnancy. While you may love your skinny jeans, they might not be all that comfortable or attractive when you’re in your third tri! Embrace the opportunity to change up what you wear.

Hopefully you, too, can keep the hotness factor alive while pregnant!

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  • Penny W.

    When I was pregnant, there certainly wasn’t the kind of choice and style available to women now! There was one good maternity store in town, and luckily I was able to shop there for all the very necessary stuff (you know what I mean) and also not-too-terrible work wear. But it was an awful lot of polyester-blends, with obvious elastic stretch band tummy panels.

    I get jealous when I walk by a cute store catering to moms-to-be now, the selection is huge and the looks are all very current.

    You must admit, though, most of the time comfort did matter most when a pregnant woman is going through all those different, uncomfortable stages. It’s the one time in a woman’s life that others will give you a pass on what you look like. :)

  • Jenny L.

    I liked your advice. thanks for letting us take a break. Being pregnant is – pregnant. and for those of you who havent tried it, i wont even explain. so yes, its great to get a manicure, or something that feels nice. but let me wear what i want. and about shoes, they can be nice, as long as they are comfortable. i remember sighing with relief after my baby, when i discovered i could still balance on heels.

  • Ashley

    This is some good advice. I’m a mom in my early 20s so I really wanted to stay in fashion during my pregnancy, not letting motherhood suck out my youth or drive to look pretty. It was pretty easy & cheap to stay in fashion I found by going to Goodwill, the way I saw it was I’m only going to wear the clothes for awhile until I need bigger. Buying cute clothes there for not pregnant woman but bigger woman, gave me a way bigger and better selection then maternity stores for cheap! If I grew out of a cute shirt or was starting to peek out of the bottom, easy fix take the shirt back to good will to donate (only $5 if that wasted) & buy another one, or go through their many tank tops & find a long one that fit to go under the cute top. You’d be surprised at how many cute shirts, pants, and skirts you can find there without having to shed out a mini fortune for a new and always changing wardrobe. The way I saw it was Id rather go and get cute stuff that fit for cheap then spend a bunch on something that looked like I was swimming in it until I hit the about to burst stage of pregnancy. Also it was nice not spending so much on new clothes as how much I saved for my little bundle of joy. Stay motivated during pregnancy too, being active or busy keeps you feeling good and not stuck in a whole. It’ll help you look better when you spend that 10min putting on makeup or doing your hair. Just because itll come out or your going to have to redo it tomorrow shouldnt stop you, we all brush our teeth and shower everyday even though we will do it again tomorrow. Feeling good and looking good during pregnancy has alot to do with your attitude about it. Don’t get me wrong pregnancy can truly suck sometime and leave you wanting to do nothing but shouldn’t disscourage you from taking care of yourself. Good luck ladies and congrats on the new addition!