Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Robyn at She Makes Hats.
Ah, pregnancy. While it can be such an amazing time in a woman’s life, what with growing a tiny human and all that entails, there’s also quite a number of frustrating sides to pregnancy, not the least of which is the inability to wear any of your clothes for up to seven months. Whether you gain 30 pounds or 70, there will inevitably come a point in your pregnancy where you can no longer fit into the things you own, and realize you must now find clothes to take you through at least one (but more likely two) weather seasons.
These are clothes you may never end up wearing again, as even if you choose to have more than one child your pregnancies may fall – as mine did – in very different seasons.
I knew this would be my last pregnancy, and so I didn’t want to spend a fortune on clothes I knew I’d wear for just six months and then donate. Thankfully, I’ve already had some practice with Project 333, participating in a round before my first pregnancy, so I decided to challenge myself to own as few maternity pieces as possible.
With just six weeks left in my pregnancy, I finally decided to take stock of what I have, what’s worked and what hasn’t, and do an official count. I’m pleased to report the 33 items shown below are all I’ve worn for the bulk of the time I’ve needed maternity clothes. In a few cases, items have been swapped out as my belly has expanded ever-forward, and what you’re seeing is what I’m using now. I’ve noted where items have been switched out, however.
Also of note: I work outside the home, in the office portion of a manufacturing facility. As such, I wear more casual items to work than others may need.
1 – 4. Outerwear
I’ve had the same coat for years now, a black/white houndstooth number I’ve worn to the point of decimation. I managed to squeeze into it through October, at which point a friend kindly found this purple puffy maternity jacket for me at a thrift store! She gifted it to me, and I gladly retired my old coat to the donation pile. The hat and gloves come out as needed.
I’ve gone through three pairs of shoes this pregnancy. I wore my black flats as long as I could, but when I started to need socks I pulled on my knee-high boots and tucked the others away. After a few weeks of the boots, however, I realized I actually needed something I could slip into, seeing as I could no longer see my feet and hefting my legs up to zip up boots was becoming more and more comical. I have worn these clogs every day since they were purchased, and I know they’ll be worn every day far after the baby is born.
5 – 7. Pants
I rotate through these three pairs of pants, and only these three. The grey jeans I wear to work every day. Yes, every single day, and I’m not sure anyone has noticed. I switch between the jeans and the grey casual pants depending on how I feel, with the grey pants being chosen more and more often as I get closer to having the baby, thanks to their looser fit.
8 – 22. Shirts
I have always been a big fan of layering, and while I have run warmer since being pregnant, I find myself still layering approximately five shirts before walking out the door each morning in the winter. I now own just two tank tops that fit me, as I’ve grown out of all the ones I wore through my entire first pregnancy. On top of this I’ll layer a tee shirt and then a long sleeve shirt, with a cardigan or sweater over top.
23 – 30. Sweaters.
I started out this pregnancy wearing the cardigans I had on-hand, and have worn them all on repeat to this day. However, I also picked up four sweaters as the weather got colder, and have enjoyed being able to wear those as well (layered over the tanks, tees, and long sleeves mentioned above) on the coldest days.
31 – 32. Bags.
I have one purse, pictured at right, which I carry with me almost every day. I chose to include our diaper bag as well (the backpack at left) because when we go anywhere as a family I simply toss my wallet and some knitting in there, rather than carry two bags.
33. Wedding Ring
I haven’t worn my engagement ring in several years, after I scratched our son on it when he was very small. I also haven’t taken off my wedding band since the day I was married, and it is the only piece of jewelry I wear.
And that’s that – 33 items, rotated through regularly every day of this pregnancy. Once the baby gets here, I will transition out of these clothes and back into my regular clothes, hopefully without having to buy anything new, and keeping up the small number of items worn for as long as I can.
Robyn Devine is a knit-from-home mama to toddler Owen, with a little girl on the way. She blogs at She Makes Hats, and her first book, titled She Makes Hats, will be out in April 2014.