>The following article will give you some insight into how maternity styles work and to help you decide what styles will best suit your needs.

The sizing of maternity wear is fairly straight forward; it is generally the same size as pre-pregnancy clothing. So if you were a size 14 prior to falling pregnant then this is the size you should choose. Of course as with all things there are exceptions to the rules.

1. If you are pregnant with multiples then it is advised that you go up a size.

2. If you have a tendency in your non-pregnant life to fluctuate between sizes then it would also be advisable to go up a size for later in your pregnancy.

Various styles are on offer in skirts, pants and shorts that cover a wide range of preferences, you will see commonly used terms to describe maternity styles which are as follows:

Under tummy – Obviously as the name suggest this style sits just under your tummy, normally recommended for 2-7 months although many wear them to term with comfort.

Advantages – Your bump can grow with out any restriction, no pressure to be felt on your stomach which can upset some women later in pregnancy.

Disadvantage – No feeling of support, some women feel they need the extra support in front as their tummy expands.

Mid and Over tummy – These styles sit either midway over your abdomen or completely over it. These styles are generally recommended for 2-9 months. There are 3 different designs to this type.

1. Elastic waist – has an elastic waist with extra material in the front.

Advantages – expands naturally as your belly does.

Disadvantages – extra material in front can look a ‘little baggy’ in early pregnancy (although you can spread it out along the elastic).

2. Belly Panel – has a front panel that is made from stretchable fabric.

Advantages – expands naturally as your belly does, tends to give more feeling of support right throughout your
pregnancy than your elastic waist style.

Disadvantages – Panel may remain stretched after pregnancy; make sure you buy ones made of high quality.

3. Adjustable elastic – Have adjustable elastic usually on either side and made of stretch material.

Advantages – You select how firm you want this style to sit, also helps post pregnancy as you can return them to the original size. Gives a feeling of support.

Disadvantages – None.

Fold over top – Fold over top is made from stretch material, it gives you the choice of where you want the waist to sit, you can wear them folded down early in your pregnancy and unfold them as your bump grows. These are one of the most popular styles purchased through our store. Recommended for 2-9 months.

Advantages – Gives you extra feeling of support if you feel you need it or you can leave them folded the choice is yours.

Disadvantages – None, although cheap brands may lose some elasticity following pregnancy.

The information supplied in this article is a guide only, individual manufacturers may vary in sizing and styles, please check with your supplier prior to purchase.

Written By Leisa Sanderson
Mother of two. Owner and Operator of Bumps and Bundles – http://www.bumpsandbundles.com.au Online article and resource directory for ‘all things maternal’ and Bump and Bundles Maternity – Online retailer of Maternity baby and toddler wear, and baby gift items. http://www.bumpsandbundles.com.au/b.htm

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