It鈥檚 no secret that raising kids is hard work. And so much of this work starts long before the nursing and diaper-changing even begins. As you navigate pregnancy and your changing body, there鈥檚 often SO much pressure to stay on top of your style game (despite how you may be feeling). But when you鈥檙e toting around a little human for 10 months (look it up), all kinds of physical changes happen, and it can be challenging to look and feel comfortable. Don鈥檛 fret though, mama; we鈥檝e got you covered with stellar tips on how to make it through your pregnancy and postpartum life without sacrificing your sense of style. Scroll on to see what the experts say.

1. Don鈥檛 forget your personal style. When you go shopping for maternity staples the first time, consider buying comfortable and stylish clothes that you鈥檒l be able to wear even after your little bundle of joy has arrived. With new maternity lines popping up and the oversized look still very much in style, there are plenty of transitional options to choose from. 鈥淧ieces with drape offer beautiful design lines as well as room to grow so that you鈥檙e not limited by size,鈥 says Ariane Goldman, founder of HATCH, a trend-driven, maternity fashion line, and recently launched HATCH Mama, a pregnancy-inspired beauty collection.

2. Make the maternity switch STAT. When your belly begins to grow, you鈥檒l probably be tempted to start sizing up in styles you already own. Don鈥檛. 鈥淭he most common mistake is buying regular clothes in a larger size,鈥 says Elizabeth Samet, creative director at Destination Maternity. 鈥淭his leads to extra bulk in the places you want it the least; the shoulders don鈥檛 fit and you look like you are swimming in your clothes.鈥 Instead, start shopping for maternity clothes early 鈥 even if you don鈥檛 feel that prego yet. 鈥淲ell-designed maternity clothes are specifically made to grow with you for the full nine months, flattering your bump at every stage.鈥

3. Avoid constrictive cuts and hardware. Say goodbye to hard waist seams and anything that may pinch or poke you 鈥 from the outside. Steer clear of buttons and zippers and instead opt for elastic when possible. Maxi dresses are a fab option for those first 10 months because they鈥檙e flowy, comfy, and stylish. 鈥淟oose clothing can still look great when styled properly and with specifically tailored garments.鈥 says Kim Phan, founder of floral-favorite Yumi Kim, which now features a 鈥Bump Section鈥 on their online store.

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4. Color me pretty. Wear black all you want, we get it! Pregnant or not, this magical non-color is still everything. However, adding some color to your pregnancy wardrobe is not just acceptable but encouraged. 鈥淐olors, wearable prints, and plaids are go-to鈥檚 for women who aren鈥檛 afraid to be chic and style-forward in their pregnancy wardrobe,鈥 says Goldman. Try pairing polka dots with a bold pop of color, or play with multiple styles of plaid 鈥 be pregnant and fearless!

5. Invest in a maternity bra. Like, today. That鈥檚 right; it not just your belly that鈥檚 growing. The good news is that some maternity bras are *also* nursing bras and can be worn right through each phase. Look for bras that feature a clip-down or pull-down functionality and you鈥檒l be ahead of the breastfeeding curve!

6. Don鈥檛 stress. Your body will adjust in all kinds of different ways, and some you鈥檒l love more than others. Be patient and kind to yourself, and don鈥檛 stress. 鈥淥n any given day we feel pressure as women to look a certain way,鈥 says Kim. 鈥淎dd in the hormones and growing size when pregnant, and it鈥檚 understandable that women may not always feel their best or most beautiful.鈥 It鈥檚 important to stay realistic when it comes to your physical changes during your pregnant and postpartum life. 鈥淲omen have an idea 鈥 maybe from certain celebs 鈥 that they give birth and the next day are back in their skinny jeans,鈥 says Samet. Instead, all you BBs with BBs (or expecting BBs) 鈥渘eed to cut [yourselves] some slack because that鈥檚 just not reality for most of us.鈥

How are you navigating a stylish pregnancy and beyond? Tweet us @BritandCo to let us know!

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