There is nothing as unattractive as the sight of a frumpy-looking mom-to-be at a time when she should be bursting with joy over the life she is carrying.
While there may be factors that contribute to this, such as weight gain and stress, expectant moms can still look fabulous during their pregnancy.
"Pregnancy does not mean you cannot be sexy. In fact, it is a time when you are most feminine. So it should be flaunted with sexy and stylish maternity wear," says image guru China Mngomezulu.
She discourages pregnant women from thinking they are wasting money when they invest on maternity clothes, although their reasons may be valid.
"We all know that pregnancy lasts for a few months, but there is always a need for new clothing items to accommodate the bulging tummy," Mngomezulu says.
"If, for instance, you are working and no longer fit into your executive wear, you can still get a wonderful range of executive clothes for pregnant women. They give the same effect you had before your pregnancy. You can get formal short skirts, long skirts, pants and formal tops at affordable prices. Gone are the days of dowdy frocks and oversized tent dresses. Now you can look fresh and fabulous even when you're about to pop," she says.
Tips on looking fabulous while pregnant:
When shopping for maternity wear, purchase the basics first. You're not going to be this shape forever, so you don't need an entirely new wardrobe.
Start with the bottom pieces first such as the cotton A-line skirt, black leggings, twill pants, a few pairs of adjustable elastic stretchy jeans and basic black pants.
Mix and match these items with fashionable tops of different styles and colours.
Fashion items such as bootleg jump suits, print dresses, wrap dresses, baby doll tops, a little black dress are all essential items to have during your pregnancy.
Don't forget sexy lingerie and underwear that stretches as your body changes.
l Next week we look at clothes to avoid and make-up for pregnant women.
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