Dressing-up the bump​

Reaching 5 months pregnant, my piggy face had reached full development and my self-esteem dropped to new lows.  My clothes were either no longer fitting or making me look like a Michelin man. It was the time to invest in a few pieces, especially for work.

But not that fast! You see, making a baby is an expensive business. Bills are literally falling from the sky and you start getting WAY more mindful about your spending. So, don’t go out there without a plan. I warned you…
  

Start with large clothes...​​

...from "normal" stores. Before 5 months, the famous “is she fat or pregnant” period can be challenging and wearing tight cloth is not always to your best advantage. I found that wearing wide tops and dresses ​were helping during those harsh times. It was also the best excuse to go check out the nearest Zara store to treat myself with a few “fashionable” items. I got warned by mama friends that if you get too tight in it you can forget about wearing them after birth as fabrics loosen up. Watch-out!

If you are a fancy business women...

...find a quality store. You will need a few pieces to keep your dignity at work. In Hong Kong, I found it all at Mayarya (yes, the inspector is a fancy business woman too). It’s a Hong Kong-based online store who specializes in maternity clothing of excellent quality with reasonable prices. Most of their collections are wearable post-pregnancy, which I think is awesome – You know why? Because that flat belly is not gonna get back that fast!

Think long term...

...to avoid having nothing to wear post-pregnancy. Most brands, including Mayarya, usually sell maternity clothes that cover both pregnancy, breastfeeding and ugly belly phases. Consider buying your pregnancy’s “cute week-end dresses & tops” with breastfeeding friendly set-ups. I am sure this will be very helpful to keep our pride in check during the maternity leave. I think enough challenges are coming ahead, let’s try to at least look good.

If you are broke...

...just ask around!
You can’t believe how happy your mommy friend will be to know that you are joining the gang. Don’t hesitate to ask if they have a few leftover cloths from their last pregnancy or know anyone who recently gave birth. You can also post an SOS message on popular Facebook groups like Hong Kong Moms and see if anyone is willing to give away or sell at a super cheap price.

Inspector Gourmand Hong Kong store selection

Mayarya

H&M

I think you got it, this was my go-to-brand. I bought more than 12 pieces from Mayarya and I am proud to say that I am a 100% satisfied customer. You should follow their Instagram account as well they share some inspiring stories about pregnancy and motherhood.

Link to website: http://www.mayarya.com/en/

One of the most affordable in-store option in Hong Kong. Worth the trip, especially for the basics like nursing bras, t-shirts, and casual wear. Simple & efficient.

  

ASOS

Mother Court

One of my resolution 2018 is to stop buying from ASOS. Seriously, after two washes most of their clothes are done. However, the variety of brands they feature is convenient when we consider the limited choices we sometimes have in Hong Kong. So, I still bought some items early in my pregnancy from the site. Only a few were good, most were mediocre quality and some (without surprise) didn’t even make it to the end of my pregnancy.

Link to website: http://www.asos.com/women/
This one is only for those with a good budget as it gets super pricey in there. They have some nice pregnancy clothes, especially for work, and you will find anything you need from pregnancy to baby’s arrival. If you are mindful about money, I would suggest having a look but comparing the prices carefully with other online options before purchasing anything. I made some impulsive purchases (creams, pads, small accessories…) to later realize that they were available online from trustable sites for half the price – just saying.

Link to website: http://www.mothercourt.com/index.php?route=common/home
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What I loved the most about the Mayarya collection, right after the fair prices, is that all pieces have successfully flattered my pregnant silhouette while always making me feel very comfortable. In this article, you will discover my go to pieces during my pregnancy and beyond!
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