With both of my pregnancies, the first trimester has been for the most part uneventful in body changes. The second trimester is when the fun starts – and you can really start dressing like a pregnant person. I thought it would be fun to put together a post on what to wear during the second trimester.
When I was pregnant with Annabelle, I wore loose fitting clothing made for non-pregnant girls during my second trimester. Every time I look back through pictures I want to kick myself.
Why did I cover up my belly?
Honestly, I hid my body because I hated how I felt. The changes that were happening were not pleasant – my hips exploded, breasts swelled, and my midsection didn’t sport the adorable bump I thought it would. I felt gross. However, during this second pregnancy, I expected my body to transform as it became more equipped to carry our little girl. Granted I don’t love what’s happening, I accept and embrace it knowing we have a healthy baby growing inside of me.
Instead of hiding myself, I decided to be proud of my maternal figure and dress in what’s both flattering and comfortable. Here are some outfits I’ve worn on repeat (and remembered to take a photo of). Please don’t judge my awkwardness – I never claimed to be a fashion blogger!
one. shirred maternity tunic and side panel jeans
Anything “shirred” during pregnancy is a friend of my closet. I love the fact that shirred shirts are fitted and grow with your belly. The shirred tunic I am wearing is made to fit throughout the pregnancy and a bit big on my 19 week self, but I will be able to sport it until the end (as long as the weather permits of course). It is from Motherhood Maternity a few years ago, but here are some similar tops.
I prefer side panel over full panel jeans because I hate having to hike my pants up constantly during the day. These side panel distressed jeans are inexpensive and trendy.
two. white side panel jeans and non-maternity tunic
Aside from the fact that my J.Crew Toothpick Maternity Jeans are a bit too long, they are my favorite pair of actual pants right now. The side panel is so stretchy that I don’t feel constricted when I sit down. The button and zipper are functionable, so if I have a big meal I can unbutton my pants and relax a little.
I own a few popover non-maternity tunics from J.Crew Factory which hit above or below my waist and are great for a growing belly. My top in the above photo is from last summer and a little tight around the chest area, but fits great everywhere else. Here is a tunic they are carrying online that I am wearing today.
three. fitted dress and high waisted compression leggings
Two more staples in my closet are fitted dresses and high rise leggings from Lululemon. The fitted dress seems silly – who wants to wear something tight while pregnant?? Let me tell you – the freedom one has in a stretchy dress while pregnant is what matters. Plus, fitted dresses are flattering on everyone.
As for the leggings: invest in a good pair! The best leggings I own are non-maternity high times pants from Lululemon and while very expensive – totally worth the cost because they hold me in all the right places.