The first time we were both pregnant, we were super excited about buying a whole new wardrobe to fit our ever-expanding bodies. That was then met with some disappointment as we struggled to find anything we loved from the small maternity selection we’d find in-store. This time around, we’ve approached it in a different light and realised that we don’t need to waste money on lots of maternity clothes; we just need to be inventive with our current wardrobe and make the most of the great British high street.

As long as we are armed with the best-fitting maternity jeans, then we can combine what we already own with some brilliant high-street pieces. We’ve tried them all (it took a while!), and we can safely report back that Topshop maternity Jamie and this on-trend biker pair from Mothercarecome up trumps. Both brands offer over-the-bump covers attached to the jeans, so there is something for everyone.
Take advantage of the athleisure trend and be as comfortable as possible in some elasticated
waist joggers. Just pair them with a blazer and block heels if you want to mix them up from your usual jeans. I’ve gone for a faux leather pair from Bershka – the waist has a low enough rise to sit below my bump comfortably

This is the perfect time of year to be pregnant as it’s cold enough for outerwear, which will become your best friend. Blazers (like what Sam is wearing below from Monsoon) come in very handy when wanting to dress something up, and coats with long lapels, like this that I’m wearing from Warehouse, are perfect for elongating your body, which is great if you are feeling particularly round while pregnant. In terms of sizing, stick to your usual so that you can wear your coat again next year; just layer up with longer cardigans. Which brings us to….

In particular, cardigans are a huge autumn/winter 2017 trend. Try this pink one fromRiver Island, but don’t forget all knitwear can be just as flattering, such as this Mint Velvet jumper shirt, which is long enough to cover even a nine-month bump, when you get to the stage where you can’t button up your cardi.
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