5 Big Reasons Why Seamless Clothing is Your Best Friend During Pregnancy
By Anna Hicks
So many things change once you become pregnant – especially in your closet. Finding cute maternity clothes is part of the fun, but unfortunately, some clothing sacrifices function for fashion.
The truth is you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other if you choose the right materials and fit. Lucky for us ladies, many of today’s hottest trends and looks (leggings, yes!) come in pregnancy-appropriate seamless material. Until I was pregnant, I didn’t realize how aggravating seams could be. And once my little one was born, I knew seamless products were the only way to go for her delicate skin.
Here are big five reasons why I stocked up on seamless clothing during pregnancy.
I was one of the many women who didn’t realize swelling would be such an issue during pregnancy. But when you find out your body produces 50% more blood during the second trimester things start to make sense.
The extra fluids can build in certain areas, usually the lower extremities. If swelling is a problem, seamless products are inherently going to be more comfortable compared to the alternative, whether or not you’re pregnant. But if you wear seamless compression socks, hose and leggings, it also helps circulate the blood and prevents swelling. Who knew a simple pair of socks could provide such relief?
In general, seamless clothing is going to be less restrictive and binding, which translates into less discomfort.
Less Chafing and Irritation
You always hear about the pregnancy glow that women get. I kept waiting for the glow that never came. However, there were some skin changes like acne, dryness and dermatitis.
Pregnant skin is sensitive. We all know the belly area will expand, but few women are prepared for all of the skin reactions that can come with pregnancy. From itching as skin stretches to melasma to stretch marks, your largest organ is going to be put through the ringer during pregnancy. Pregnancy skin problems are largely due to a surge in hormones that throw your epidermis out of whack.
The clothing we wear can help or hinder our delicate skin. Every seam is a friction point that can rub up against the skin and cause unnecessary irritation. Seamless, flowy clothing is gentle on the skin and wraps around it rather than rubbing. Less rubbing means fewer rashes, breakouts and less dryness to get in the way while you’re busy creating a life.
Easier Fit for a Rapidly Expanding Body
All I have to say is thank goodness fitness chic is on trend right now. The materials used for yoga wear and gym clothing is so stretchy and breathable. Of course, the designers use seamless, stretchy material because the wearer will probably be moving around a lot. The fact that the clothing also allows for expansion in the mid-section is a bonus.
Over the course of the second and third trimesters, your body is going to change rapidly. Stretchy, seamless clothing is designed to adapt to the body. In other words, the material is along for the ride with you. It’s also perfect for handling the changes to come after giving birth. Bottomline: stretchy seamless clothing is more versatile for your changing body, which saves you money and room in your closet.
Shows Off Your Pregnancy Curves
I love that more women are embracing their pregnancy curves. For some of us, the added fullness in certain areas is a welcome change that probably won’t last forever. Seams can cause unwanted lines and bulges that distract from the roundness of your bump, boobs and bum. Body-hugging, seamless materials are better at showing off the newfound womanly contours. Even though an ensemble is form fitting, the stretch of the material makes it comfy.
Buying a new wardrobe is one of those unexpected pregnancy expenses few people are prepared for. Hopefully, you get back into pre-pregnancy shape rather quickly, but that means most maternity clothes have a short lifespan.
Seamless clothing is the better investment for two reasons: you’ll wear it for longer and it’s cheaper. The way seamless clothing is constructed gives it the ability to expand and shrink, and it’s also less expensive to produce. Lower production costs help make seamless clothes more affordable.