Originally Posted by Ciarrai76
And what basics should I get? especially for the first few months?
Oh as for what else to wear! The majority of my "maternity clothes" were regular clothes, but in different styles and sizes than what I'd usually wear. I went to my work Christmas party at over 8 months pregnant in a regular wrap-around dress from Wallis, just one size up from what I'd usually wear, and it was perfect for my mum afterwards. Similarly my winter coat was from Next and just one size up but not a style I'd usually wear, again my mum was delighted to get it afterwards! It's worth going around your usual shops, but with a really open mind about what non-maternity stuff might work with the bump.
Jeans/trousers, I did find it necessary to get the maternity versions, however I never tried the bump bands that everyone raves about!
Non-maternity long loose vest tops from Penneys, with a cardi over, are great. Very cheap and will do you to the very end! The cardi will probably be fine in your usual size.
It's worth getting your bra refitted a couple of times throughout the pregnancy, and after the birth.
Dresses and skirts are difficult, it's hard to find them in a flattering fit. That was my experience anyways! Although maxi-dresses can work well in summer.
Maternity tights are soooo comfy, I think I got mine in Dunnes. I was in agony the days they were in the wash and I had to wear regular ones!
Invest in good, comfy shoes. But don't spend too much at the same time ... your shoe size might change!
I never got jeans in New Look, but found them good for maternity tops, especially on the sale rails!
Oh and if you're travelling to stock up anyways, and are anywhere near Heatons, it's a good place to find large baggy button-down nighties for the hospital. Something that I found difficult to find.
Another thing I actually found very difficult to find was cheap flip-flops, you'll need them for the hospital showers, in fairness though I was due in January, which is probably why they were so hard to find, I left it to last minute! I know you've a while left yet, but keep an eye out for them.