Hello again! Last time I promised to produce more regular content and I had a calendar all planned out to cover the amount of time I thought I would need after having baby Bear and was all ready to make said content…but then Bear made his debut 8 days early via an unplanned induction. Needless to say my plan went completely out the window! I probably should have expected this but obviously I was still planning on my plan. It has now been four months and I’m starting to feel more grounded. At least grounded enough to dabble back into this space. I have many thoughts on my first few months of motherhood including personal value, identity and purpose but that may come at a later time. For now, I wanted to share the items I wore the most during my entire pregnancy and have continued to love after!
Before we dive in, I also wanted to share an update that I’ll be making when I share links to products. Moving forward, I will share similar versions of the product in addition to a link of the actual product (if still available) that hits these categories: ethically made, other price point options, size inclusive option and an option made by a BIPOC maker. I may not be able to hit all of these categories every time, but I will try to do my best to ensure the outfit inspiration or product recommendations are as inclusive as possible whether that is based on size or shopping behaviors.
Stretchy Pants & elastic waistbands
I lived and continue to live in stretchy pants. Throughout my pregnancy journey, my hips changed a ton and having a bottom that could accommodate all of those changes during and after was a lifesaver. For my stretchy pants, I had two main options which were long maternity leggings and bike shorts for summer months.
The leggings I decided to purchase and still continue to wear are the signature leggings. I love them for their ultra high waist which accommodates the bump and makes me feel more supported in my postpartum days. I have also found them to be truly opaque and a high quality leggings all around as well as ethically made. If anyone asks, I always recommend Storq basics to expecting parents.
Confession. These bike shorts were an “I’m having a horrible time getting dressed and I just want something that fits…(walking towards the check out area at Target) oh look bike shorts!” However, they turned out to be a lifesaver during the summer. While ideally I would have purchased an ethical version, I got and will continue to get so much wear out of these guys. They do not go as high as my maternity leggings, but they did stretch to fit over my bump very nicely.
Since I didn’t want to live in leggings or bike shorts all day every day (which actually I think that would have been just fine) any bottom with an elastic waist bands was my life saver. I was able to either stretch them way up over the bump, around the bump or even under the bump and be A-ok.
These were amazing. I was able to wear my regular size throughout my pregnancy because I just rolled the elastic waistband down once to sit nicely under my tummy and I had no saggy shorts issues. The stretch in the elastic was a nice snug fit but not constricting. I was gifted a pair in bronze but was so impressed with how my roll down adjustment worked that I purchased them in black as well! Not I’m super excited to wear them this summer sans baby belly!
I have almost sold this piece so many times because I’ve had a little bit of a hard time styling it to match my personality. However, once I had a noticeable baby bump it came in so handy for dressier occasions. The elastic went up over the bump and the skirt was still long enough to pass as a midi length. I almost considered getting another in linen (mine is silk) but decided to hold off since I’m still trying to figure out how to incorporate the one I currently have into my closet. But if skirts are your jam I definitely recommend this one!
I recommend these to everyone whether you’re expecting or not. They’re just a great throw on piece. I was also very impressed with how my normal size was able to accommodate every stage of my bump and the extra large pocket has been amazing once my nugget arrived. I also love this style because there are different variations depending on the season. There is a linen short sleeve for warmer months and a linen long sleeve for brisker temps as well as full on winter mode versions of the long and short sleeve options. I personally own a long sleeve and short sleeve Harper in linen as well as a long sleeve wool Harper. I also love adding layers to my linen Harpers to make them appropriate for fall and winter.
My eternal love. I have multiple different types of white sneakers but the ones I wear the most are my Treads by Everlane and m2k Tekno by Nike. They go with literally everything – at least as far as my style is concerned – which is why I wore them so much during my pregnancy. They were also super nice because if my foot swelled I always had a little extra room to accommodate.
This brings me to my next shoe choice. I loved any sandals that were adjustable or had some give to them. The ones I wore the most (and have always worn a ton) were some 90s platforms that I found on Etsy several years ago. The straps are elastic so if my feet swelled they still stayed comfortable. I also wore my Birkenstocks a ton since they were easy to slip on, had sole support and were adjustable.
m2k Tekno | Nike | $100
Arizona Sandals | Birkenstocks | $99.95
Tread | Everlane | $98 | ethically made
I’ve tried many different types of underwear and none of them have come close to Arq. They don’t ride up on you around the bum area and they are so soft. I first purchased the high rise undies and crop tank shortly after I gave birth to Bear. I felt incredibly comfortable in them and later decided to purchase more undies as well as their wide strap bra and some scrunchies. I wear one of their scrunchies every day since Bear loves to grab my hair and will probably be purchasing more of their underwear so I can wear a pair every day of the week – which right now might not be 100% acceptable since I only have 2 😛
A couple quick notes on Arq’s underwear – and maybe I’ll do a full review in the future! They are suuuuper high rise. Like will show above your pants high rise. I personally have no issue with this but just FYI if you’re looking to purchase. I would also take their sizing advice and go up a size for their wide strap bra. You can also email their customer service for advice on sizing. I’m definitely going to be purchasing some pieces for Bear as well! TMI but I’m wearing Arq as I write this post and it’s so good.
IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR SOME PIECES THAT WILL WORK PRE, DURING AND POST PREGNANCY, I HOPE THIS POST WAS HELPFUL! IF YOU HAVE A FAVORITE PIECE THAT YOU WORE DURING AND AFTER PREGNANCY I’D LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT IN THE COMMENTS DOWN BELOW 🙂
Thank you for reading and I’ll be sharing more content soon!