The following article will give you some insight into how maternity styles work and to help you decide what styles will best suit your needs.
The sizing of maternity wear is fairly straight forward; it is generally same size as pre-pregnancy clothing. So if you were a size 14 prior to falling pregnant then this is size you should choose. Of course as with all things there are exceptions to rules.
1. If you are pregnant with multiples then it is advised that you go up a size.
2. If you have a tendency in your non-pregnant life to fluctuate between sizes then it would also be advisable to go up a size for later in your pregnancy.
Various styles are on offer in skirts, pants and shorts that cover a wide range of preferences, you will see commonly used terms to describe maternity styles which are as follows:
Under tummy - Obviously as name suggest this style sits just under your tummy, normally recommended for 2-7 months although many wear them to term with comfort.
Advantages - Your bump can grow with out any restriction, no pressure to be felt on your stomach which can upset some women later in pregnancy.
Disadvantage - No feeling of support, some women feel they need extra support in front as their tummy expands.
Mid and Over tummy - These styles sit either midway over your abdomen or completely over it. These styles are generally recommended for 2-9 months. There are 3 different designs to this type.
1. Elastic waist - has an elastic waist with extra material in front. Advantages - expands naturally as your belly does.