With pregnancy comes some of the most special and rewarding months of an expectant mother's life—a time filled with anticipation, excitement and overwhelming love for the little one growing away inside her tummy.
Of course, it's no secret that pregnancy also brings about some unique changes in a woman's body. Namely, her tummy will grow (what feels like exponentially, for some), her hormone levels will vary and unexpected food cravings add a unique twist to the nine-month-long festivities.
Add that to the understandable back pain and general discomfort as the baby grows bigger, there's a good reason why mums-to-be require a wardrobe shake-up when they fall pregnant.
In Australia, we're blessed with a plethora of talented designers who specialise in maternity wear that is both practical, and stylish.
Here, we pick the key maternity styles and items you can shop right now to chic-up that baby bump.
Jeans are the staple piece often first to go for pregnant women—its rigid fabric isn't exactly screaming out comfort for a growing belly.
Stretchy top maternity jeans have traditionally been a go-to for any expectant mums who just can't live without a trusty pair of denims—and some of the styles available in Australia still bring that same effortless chic we know and love jeans for.
PAIGE Cindy Maternity Jean, $322.
Seraphine Cotton Over The Bump Jeans, $119
TOPSHOP Maternity Straight Leg Overbump Jeans, $84
If you've found yourself with a growing bump in the warmer months, you might be counting yourself a little less lucky than those who experience their third trimester in the winter. Baby bump + intense sweaty heat = not fun.
But there is a silver lining! Summer maternity dresses are not only comfortable, but trendy too. Whether you're into stretchy, floaty or a light cotton, there's plenty of options to dress up the bump.
Legoe Heritage Shift Knit Midi Dress, $129
Maive & Bo Lune Loca Shirred Maxi Dress, $60
Ripe Maternity Paige Poplin Dress, $99.95
Whether you're pairing it with a stretchy pair of jeans or layering it with a jacket, you'll no doubt find a million different styles of maternity tops, shirts and tee's to choose from. Be it simple in black or a striped cotton shirt, our favourite styles below.
A Pea In The Pod Side Ruched 3/4 Sleeve Maternity T-Shirt, $72
Marks & Spencer Maternity Pure Cotton Striped Shirt, $55
Angel Maternity Long Sleeve Top, $44.95