I am 23 weeks pregnant. 23. I am not yet as heavily pregnant as I know I am going to be (duh), but I am growing at a solid pace and I. Need. Maternity Comfort.
My jeans aren’t cutting it anymore, my work trousers are strangling my uterus and my tops just make me look like a reject from the 90s with a beer belly. Its not working and I need maternity clothes and comfort. I thought that I could get away with using my clothes for a bit longer but alas, this is not the case.
I know there are some gorgeous clothes out there for pregnant women, but what I find is that most of them are only available online and that they tend to be ridiculously expensive. Who wants to pay £90 for a pair of dungarees that I can only wear for a tiny amount of time? Not me (the bargain queen)!
So, on a search that seemed to be for my soul, I set out in Glasgow to uncover the maternity sections of the shops around the city. I didn’t realise before I was pregnant that there was such an extreme limitation in maternity clothes in Glasgow city shops, but I am sure as heck realising it now. There is such a gap in the market (in my opinion) and if I could design and sew clothes together, you could be sure that I would be releasing a maternity line that looks great and doesn’t break the bank!
I nipped into the New Look in Glasgow and searched around unsuccessfully before asking a lovely shop assistant who said that there was no maternity section within the store and that the maternity clothes were only available online or in other stores. I was a bit gutted as my sister who has been pregnant twice before me, has said that the New Look maternity leggings were her godsend and lord knows that those were all I was wanting. Sure, I could go for the online shopping experience but I set out just for this purpose.
Maternity Comfort and clothes
Next moving onto H&M and I have to say that I had much better luck here and came away with 2 purchases that I just LOVE and have dreams about on a daily basis. The first being my brand new maternity joggers. 3 words for you… HO.LEE.CRAP. These are the best, most comfiest and cosiest, softest and most delightful pairs of trousers that I have ever had the pleasure of owning and I cannot wait to go back and get several more pairs.
At £17.99, these were my answered prayers for when I am at home, or when I am running errands. The best part? The over the bump waist band. Ah I feel like I can die happy when in these trousers- like nothing bad could ever happen. And I can move about freely, which is a great feature as best believe I was doing a happy dance or a few when I tried them on. Please excuse the camel toe.
I also bought a gorgeous skirt from H&M which was on sale for only £12! A black and white polka dot covered, floaty and comfortable number that is now mine. It was the only one left in stock and I had to have it.
Look at how floaty and dreamy this skirt is. I can dress it up with a nice blouse or relax the look with a big baggy jumper. This is what I call maternity comfort.
My problem was that there wasn’t enough options in Glasgow city centre for pregnant women. I know that pregnancy is a fleeting time for each individual woman, but lets be honest, with one born every minute in Britain, there will be no shortage of pregnant women who waddle in and out of a maternity wear store at every point of the year. So let this be my wish… Please can some awesome designer create a line and sell these clothes in one store at a good price? That’s all I ask! I want more options, more styles and less boring creations available to me and the other maternal ladies out there! Why is that so hard?
Not necessarily maternity wear, but I also purchased a pair of footlet slippers that speak to my soul. I picked these up from Primark for £2.50, can you believe it?
Maternity is a time that women need comfort and relaxation, and if we can get a bit of that in our clothing choices then that’s fantastic! If you know of a maternity line, please let me know- I need to stock up on workwear!