Expect the Unexpected: 7 Maternity Style Tips I Wish I Had Known Before I was Pregnant

Photo by: Mandi Johnson
The black pencil skirt fixes all.
Whenever I felt the absolute globbiest, the only thing that seemed to make me feel better was a black knit pencil skirt. I would wear mine ... more 
Photo by: Mandi Johnson
The black pencil skirt fixes all.
Whenever I felt the absolute globbiest, the only thing that seemed to make me feel better was a black knit pencil skirt. I would wear mine pulled up over my bump with a shirt tied up over it. Sometimes it was a T-shirt tied in a knot in the back with a blazer over top, or other times a crop top. But it always made me feel pretty and pulled together.

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Besides all of the obsessive planning for baby, I was definitely guilty of shoving a pillow under my shirt every now and then and fantasizing about when my baby bump would start to show. But when it did? I was totally unprepared! All of those clothes in my closet that I had off-handedly thought would be great for my pregnant self? Yeah…not so much. My boobs were huge, my body had morphed into something unrecognizable, and I couldn't afford a brand new wardrobe. I just wanted to cry when I got dressed every morning of my third trimester. Take it from me, your maternity wardrobe doesn't need to be so angst-filled, and you certainly don't have to go out and buy a bunch of brand new maternity clothes! Here are some simple maternity style tips I learned along the way for making your old wardrobe work with your new body and for how to get the biggest bang for your buck when shopping for maternity clothes.


-By Mandi Johnson



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