What to wear

After about four or five months you’ll find that you don’t fit into your normal clothes because your waist has thickened and your breasts are larger. But you don’t need to splash out on lots of expensive new clothes that you may never wear again.

What to look for

Lots of department stores and boutiques carry maternity lines now and they don’t all cost the earth. Just buy the size you normally take when you’re not pregnant.

Most women find it more comfortable to wear a bra, even if they don’t normally wear one. Many midwives and retail outlets advise against wearing underwired bras during pregnancy as the rigid wiring structure may interfere with the natural changes in the size and shape of your breasts. This may in turn ‘squash’ developing milk ducts. You may need to be measured two or three times during pregnancy – just be aware of whether or not the bra you are wearing is comfortable and supportive. Nursing bras have cups which unhook or unzip and are helpful for breastfeeding later.

Even if you normally love high heels, you may find you’re more comfortable in flatter 'sensible' shoes while you’re pregnant. Fluid retention can make your ankles swell and feel uncomfortable, and your centre of gravity is changing, so heels can put a strain on you lower back.

Last Updated: 14 November 2012
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