That's it: your pants can't take any more and it's time to fall back on pregnancy pants. But how to choose them well?
Maternity pants: a must?
At the end of the first trimester, it becomes more and more difficult to camouflage your belly. Not only that, but you feel pretty stuck in your regular clothes. Ideally, you'd rather not spend a fortune on maternity clothes that you'll only be wearing for a few months. So: are maternity pants really necessary?
Of course, if you're expecting a summer baby, you can fall back on loose dresses and skirts. That being said, even in summer there are cooler or rainy days. What's more, you won't be back to your girl size a few hours after giving birth: the famous pregnancy pants may therefore follow you a little longer than you imagined.
Indeed, these famous pants are a must-have and, since they will accompany you throughout your pregnancy (and even after), it is essential to choose them well. In recent years, the offer has exploded and the styles and modelspants are very numerous. Faced with this dizzying variety, it can be difficult to make an informed and judicious choice; especially since you may not plan to invest in buying several pairs.
How to choose maternity pants?
The first criterion of choice should always be comfort. In summer, we therefore opt for flexible and light materials, fabrics such as jersey, canvas or linen. In winter, thicker and warmer materials are preferred. Stretch fabrics, in which there is elastane, also offer more comfort.
Avoid buying your pants one size too big. Good pants should fit you throughout your pregnancy and going too big will not make the fit look flattering. Then you risk not feeling your best and not wanting to wear it. Especially pregnant, we like to be beautiful and, if comfort is essential, it is crucial to respect your style and your taste in clothing. Maternity jeans, dress pants, yoga pants, drawstring, harem pants or overalls? Straight cut, skinny, flared? Let your usual tastes and needs guide you.
Maternity pants with jersey bandeau
The classic model of maternity pants has a wide panel of jersey that goes over the entire belly, supporting it, without compressing it. Soft, stretchy, this band keeps the pants in place and makes them super easy to wear.comfortable. In winter, the headband keeps the belly warm and provides gentle protection for tight skin, which can sometimes become very sensitive to buttons and zippers.
Some models are equipped with an elastic system, and it is possible to adjust them using hidden buttons inside the headband. This system therefore allows the pants to adjust perfectly to the changing curves of your body.
Too hot? It is possible to fold the jersey band over the hips.
Low Rise Maternity Pants
Not the high waist type? Don't worry: there are also low-waisted models, which are less hot and fit your curves just as well. You will have the choice between the pants with elasticated waist or the pants with invisible belt.
Elasticated waist pants are actually pants with a narrow, elastic band, instead of a fly. It slips on very easily. The band, about ten centimeters long, has the advantage of supporting the lower abdomen, when it starts to get heavier, while remaining relatively discreet. It also allows you to wear sweaters that are a little more fitted.
We have recently seen the pants with invisible belts which have been developed, among other things, for women who cannot stand the jersey band. Like classic jeans, these pants open at the front. They are also scalable, thanks to an integrated elastic, inside the waistband. No headband to camouflage: so you can wear shorter or tighter tops. In addition, this type of pants wears very well once the pregnancy is over, and is perhaps more flattering (and less depressing), after childbirth.
The perfect match
The best way to find the perfect pants is to try on a few models. Also consider the possibility of transforming your favorite pants into maternity pants. A few shops offer it, including Mère Hélène.
In addition, if you go to specialized stores, you will find resource people there who will be able to enlighten you, depending on your needs (work or leisure). Happy shopping!