What To Wear During First Trimester

In the first few weeks, you can barely notice you’re pregnant – and you probably want to keep it a secret. To keep your belly hidden until you’re ready to share your pregnancy with friends and family, in the first trimester opt for airy maternity blouses and dresses with a high waist or cuffs above your belly.

Styling tip: the empire style falls loosely below the bust and pushes your waist upwards. It’s perfect for hiding your tummy.A pregnant woman in a white maternity blouse delights in her new elegant look.

Maternity blousesA woman soaks up the sun in a floral maternity dress which gathers above the belly.

Maternity dresses

Go-to piece: Maternity trousers

Maternity trousers support your bump and are so comfortable. Because they grow with you, they always fit perfectly. You can wear them over or under your belly and choose from your favourite designs. The lower band is ideally suited to early pregnancy and it offers high levels of comfort even for a smaller belly. The upper band offers maximum support for when your belly gets really big. Ultimately, it comes down to which types of trousers you find the nicest to wear.

Ideally, you should get your first pair of pregnancy trousers as soon as your normal pants start to stretch – this will probably be around the end of the first trimester.

Good to know: Maternity trousers have extra buttons so you can adjust your waistband and your baby bump will look so adorable. Just go for your normal size when buying pregnancy trousers.

See our Size Guide

Adjustable waistbands for growing bellies

Simply adjust the button to loosen or tighten the waistband. Pull the elastic straps to adjust the fit at the waist. Secure the elastic to the buttons in the waistband for a firm hold.All our maternity trousers

Maternity trousers with a band for under the belly and an adjustable waist for the first few months of pregnancy.
Maternity trousers with a band for above the belly and an adjustable waist for maximum support.

Sustainable fashion during

What you buy now, you can still wear later. Crafted in high quality modern styles, you will still be able to enjoy our beautiful blouses and dresses long after pregnancy.


Sustainability made easy

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First trimester

Some people like to announce their pregnancy the minute they find out, usually around the six or eight week mark, but lots of people like to keep their pregnancy under wraps until they have reached at least the 12-week mark or they’re into their second trimester.

The challenge here is dressing ‘normally’, particularly in a work environment and keeping your exciting news under wraps. During this stage you may put on a couple of kilograms and look more like you’ve been raiding the donuts than growing a human! It’s best to avoid anything too tight or clingy, particularly around the stomach area. Although you may not be showing, you can feel bloated. Stick with relaxed shirts or tops, tunics, a-line shirts and wrap dresses. At this point it’s great to invest in a belly band for your pants and skirts that still fit everywhere else but are getting tight around the waist. It allows you to have your bottoms unbuttoned or unzipped without showing everyone your underwear. You can generally get away with your regular wardrobe items and won’t really need to start wearing maternity clothes just yet.

Second trimester

By now you actually start to look pregnant and it’s an exciting time to start showing off your cute bump. You don’t have to blow the budget on a whole new wardrobe but it’s important to invest in some key items that will see you right through to delivery day.

A good pair of stretchy black leggings are a must, as they can be dressed up or down and are extremely comfortable. Look for maternity leggings that have a thick, foldable waist band that can be pulled up over your bump or rolled down, depending on what is more comfortable and how long or short your tops are.

Maternity jeans are also a wardrobe staple as they too can be dressed up for work and a night out on the mocktails or worn causally on weekends. Tops that have ruching or gathers on the side will accommodate your blossoming bump. A couple of dresses are also a great addition to your maternity wardrobe repertoire. Wrap dresses or Empire-waisted dresses (ones that come in under the bust) are great as they allow enough room for your belly to grow. A v-neck will also make the most of your growing bust. Make sure you pick up some quality, comfortable maternity bras and undies – they’ll be worth their weight in gold.

Third trimester

Dressing in the third trimester isn’t too dissimilar from the second trimester – it’s just that your cute bump has now grown into the size of a watermelon!

Leggings, tunics and Empire-waisted maxis are staples – in fact, you’ll probably be living in your leggings by this stage. Your feet might be swollen so it’s a good idea to pack the stilettos away and pull out the flats. Sleep might become a bit of a challenge so it’s crucial you have some comfortable maternity sleepwear – look for nighties or sets that allow breastfeeding access once bub has arrived.

It’s a good idea to think about a birthing gown to wear during delivery and to pick up some breastfeeding singlets and tops for once you arrive home with your gorgeous new addition. Recovery wear or shape wear including leggings, shorts and belly wraps are great for giving your body some extra support when you are home.

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