What not to wear for pregnant women
Motherhood is a wonderful, life-changing experience for women, and the 9 month journey towards conception can become smoother with a few clothing tips and ideas for comfortable, pregnancy-conducive dressing. As a young life takes shape inside the body, the body itself undergoes a physical transformation, which can at times become uncomfortable for an expectant mother if she is unsuitably dressed. It is therefore recommended to dress comfortably for one’s new body shape, and to keep in mind the potential health risks associated with choosing to wear certain outfits and accessories while in the expectant stage.
For the mom who loves slipping on a pair of tight pants or denim jeans; please be aware of the dangers of the too-tight variety which could lead to heartburn and acid reflux. This happens due to slowness in digestion which occurs due to the increase in the hormone progesterone, a natural occurrence during pregnancy. The tightness of the pants cause stomach contents to remain for longer periods in the stomach, and the combined pressure of the abdominal fullness with the baby and amniotic sac cause them to move upwards, thereby resulting in heartburn. Reduced circulation and yeast infections are also part of the risk factors associated with wearing pants which are too tight.
A common mistake made by pregnant women is to select and wear the wrong inner wear. While it is an under-discussed topic in some parts of the world, the ill-effects of wearing unsupportive under wear can cause or increase pain. Wearing bigger sizes which are meant to provide adequate comfort and support for a quickly growing body will serve to reduce chest pain and back pain. While not compulsory, it is also recommended to keep the fancy, tight-fitting inner wear away for the pregnancy period as certain fabrics do not allow the skin to breathe properly and can cause infections. Since this is a time for expectant mothers to reduce all risk of infection and skin irritation, playing it safe with comfortable cotton innerwear is a safer bet than all that Lycra, spandex, and lace.
Some other mistakes which are committed by women involve the wearing of compression socks and lingerie, which further obstruct movement and cause discomfort. These clothing items should be avoided, especially during the end-stages of the pregnancy when comfort and mobility will already be compromised due to the body’s size.
Some suggestions for those who wish to improve or accentuate their apparel during pregnancy, involves choosing dresses which will allow them to move freely without constricting or sticking to them. Celebrities such as Nicole Ritchie and Jessica Alba have made the wearing of maxi dresses very popular, and by choosing sleeveless or v-neck options, have accentuated their bodies while slightly covering their baby bumps. Others such as Halle Berry and Brooke Burke have chosen to celebrate, rather than hide their baby bumps by pairing comfortable maternity pants with halter neck tops. Others like Angelina Jolie have paired the same maternity pants with flowing peasant tops and cowl-neck tops, which accentuate their neck lines.
Avoiding uncomfortable clothing styles while pregnant will serve to add to your comfort, and will prevent any unnecessary health complications. There is a wide range of comfortable clothing styles available which will keep you in the fashion loop and keep you safe and happy as well!