10 Summer Must Haves - Maternity

In the past few weeks, I have had 4 friends announce their pregnancies. Something must be in the water! Coincidentally, I came across stylist Rachel Zoe's pregnancy must haves. I took a peek, curious about what she'd recommend for a mom-to-be.

They included: a $225 cardigan, 5 inch platform wedges, and a $450 military style jacket from her own line (which is very impractical because it has a narrow waist. How will it fit after month 5??). Stylish? Absolutely. Practical? Not unless you have a hefty budget to go along with buying clothes you'll wear for a few months of your life.

I thought I'd do my own top 10 pregnancy must haves, all under $100. No shirts with cutesy sayings in the whole bunch.



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  1. A baby shower dress. Why not feel pretty while being celebrated? If you're not having a baby shower, this makes a great fancy dinner out dress.
  2. Stripes. I loved wearing stripes while pregnant. Normally I'd be self conscious about my belly looking round, but I wanted to show off that roundness when I was carrying E! Embrace the bump!
  3. Skinny jeans. These are a must have regardless of pregnancy. Easy to dress up or down and always comfortable.
  4. A supportive bra. Again, this is a must have even if you're not pregnant. A woman's body starts to make colostrum at 10-14 weeks gestation. Your breasts will grow with pregnancy, support them properly. Fun fact: it's actually pregnancy hormones and age that cause breasts to sag, not breastfeeding.
  5. Maxi dress. Here's your outfit for the days you feel especially big: maxi dress, sandals, hoop earrings, and big sunglasses. Put your hair up in a messy bun. Perfection. You don't even have to shave your legs.
  6. Sandals. My feet got very swollen towards the end of pregnancy and all I wanted to wear were sandals and flip flops. Unfortunately, it was December and too cold for any of those.
  7. Leggings. They stretch and they are pants. Pair with a tunic (number 9) and you're comfortable yet chic.
  8. Bathing suit. If you are fortunate enough to take a babymoon with your honey, bring this along for sitting beach or pool side.
  9. Tunic. Pair with leggings or skinny jeans and a statement necklace or earrings (but not both) for a great daytime or casual night time look.
  10. Shorts. I wasn't a shorts person. Then I moved to Texas and realized I had to wear them or I'd get heat stroke in the summer. I imagine it would be even worse while pregnant because I was hot all the time. I found a pair of great denim cutoff maternity shorts and lived in them while pregnant in the summer. They're actually my favorite pair of shorts.



What are your maternity must haves for the summer?