If you’re desperate to put your pregnancy bump in the spotlight, read on for tips on how to emphasise your midsection and give it the attention it deserves.
Those with a slim pregnancy physique are often looked upon with envy – no swollen ankles, no chunky thighs or bulging hips! However there is a downside to being naturally svelte during pregnancy, your bump will take longer to show.
If you’re desperate to put your bump in the spotlight, read on for tips on how to emphasise your midsection and give it the attention it deserves. The key to emphasising your pregnancy bump comes mainly through garment fit.
Traditionally women were encouraged to hide away their changing pregnant figure, but now it’s common for ladies to choose figure-hugging designs that show off every new curve.
If you want to proudly display your bump, however small, opt for a snug top with an empire bust cut or with a sash that ties around above your belly. An empire style dress instantly separates your belly from your bust and flatters your figure whilst showing off baby.
Stay away from loose straight cuts which will create a tent-shape; these garments may make you look bigger all over, but are unlikely to showcase your bump and can just leave you looking a little portlier!
Ballet wrap inspired tops are also elegant and shape-revealing. Whilst jersey tops and dresses not only cling closely to your body but are super comfortable to wear as you expand.
Colour and patterns can also help emphasise your bump too. We all know that black is slimming, which means wear a black dress or top and instantly your bump will shrink away!
A bold colour like red will help that bump ‘pop’ (not literally) and catch the eye of others, whilst stripes help emphasise curves and even provide the illusion that your bump is bigger than it is.
Posture is another great way to emphasise your new curves. Take tips from Kate Middleton, who when on her royal duties is often seen gently holding her hands, or clutch bag, beneath her bump and emphasising exactly where it begins.
This not only helps showcase your bump but provides a gentle caress for your unborn inside and provide a little support for the weight that’s building up!
Are people still not noticing your hidden bundle of joy? If you’re feeling bold, and have the right sense of humour, why not try an obvious slogan t-shirt or vest top?
A slogan reading ‘Baby on Board’, ‘Due in…’ or ‘Hands Off My Bump’ (like this one over here) will definitely do the trick!
Remember ladies, whilst emphasising your bump can be fun – don’t get caught up in worrying that your size is a reflection of your baby, or obsessed by the opinions of others on your new body.
Many women carry small for their entire pregnancy, and whilst frustrating, can mean they’re a whole lot less uncomfortable than those women who double in size!
As long as your midwives appointments prove everything is on track, there’s no need to worry about the size of your belly – however, bijou – just enjoy!
To carry off those maternity fashion clothes, keep yourself flexible and fit. You can find a pregnancy yoga class appropriate for all fitness levels throughout every stage of pregnancy.
Enhance your strength, conditioning and flexibility and alleviate the common aches and pains of pregnancy.
Priya Florence Shah is the author of Devi2Diva, an emotional self-care book for women. In the book and online course, you’ll learn how to throw off the shackles of your own limiting beliefs, come into your power and design your destiny.