Pregnancy & Post Pregnancy
These are some of the items that made up my pregnancy wardrobe and that I still am able to wear because they have all retained there shapes. Some items you should size up in and some you can stay your pre pregnancy size. When your pregnant your comfort is the most important things. You will get hot flashes, itchy skin and swollen feet (and butt and belly and boobs) so if you can get away with wearing all lulu morning, noon and night I say go for it. You may need to supplement with pregnancy jeans (which I detest) or a formal outfit if you need to go out somewhere. For the most part though, most people will cut you some slack as far as wearing comfort clothes as you are after all busy growing a human being and more uncomfortable then they will ever know. If you wore Lulu items during your pregnancy that I haven’t listed here, please feel free to add them in the comments section. Also, some people prefer to wear loose flowy tops while pregnant while others prefer to wear form fitting tops. My list of tops is based on a form fitting style so keep that in mind. Lulu also makes some empire waisted tops which you may prefer post pregnancy while things take a while to get back to normal.
Jackets and Hoodies: I wore my Remix sweatshirt right till the end, and although I was able to suck in my tummy and zip it up I just wore it open at all times. Someone had mentioned on Facebook that they used the Stride Jacket and I so wish I would have owned one at the time because I know that it would have been just perfect and zip-upable.
Still II Pants: By far, the best pair of pants for pregnancy are the Still II Pants, crops and shorts. They are roomy in the legs and butt, the waist is the most comfortable because you can roll it down under your belly or up over your belly. Great for c-section recovery. If you get them in black you can wear them as dressy work pants under a long cardigan. They bounce right back to pre pregnancy shape just like you will.
Lulu Crops and Pants: to be worn under your belly. Nice warm cotton for cooler weather. You may need to size 1 up depending on your hips. I had 2 pairs, one was my normal size and one was my size up size and I wore them both equally.
Cool Racer Back Tanks: Form fitting and long to cover your entire belly and the Luon will wick away sweat while you have your pregnancy induced hot flashes. I could never wear actual maternity tops because they are made short and wide so although they accommodate the width of your belly the bottom of your belly hangs out of the bottom totally exposed. Not cute!
Modern Racer Back Tanks: Same as above but made with Pima Cotton and not Luon
5yr Pima T-shirts: Same as above. Even the Pima cotton snaps back to it’s original shape. I stayed with my pre pregnancy size for a form fitting t (that didn’t sacrifice length) or you could go one size up.
All of these tops above can be used post pregnancy for easy access breastfeeding. You can layer tops to give you belly coverage if you like to pull your top up. If you like to pull your top down like I do there is plenty of neck room and stretch and it will not destroy your shirt.
Nursing Bras: My advice is to try these on first and make sure you can easily pull them down for feeds because depending on your size they may or may not work for you.
I hate conventional nursing bras. They have no support and look awful under t-shirts because most of them are not at all padded. I hate clasps and having to do them back up after a feed and while balancing a baby on my lap. Depending on your size you may be able to get away with these:
Flow Y: Perfect for layering, good support without major compression that could cause plugged ducts. I’m a 36C and can easily pull these down for nursing. You can add the cups in the cup pockets or you can just slip them over your breast between the Flow Y and pull them out when you need to feed. That way you don’t scrunch them up. As a bonus they also work for minor leeks. This bra is also great if you run and need to nurse prior to leaving.
Hot Yoga Bra: Low support, not good for running but a perfect every day bra for nursing. Luxtreme is my favourite material for bras these days and I wish they made a Flow Y out of it…with cups added of course. Easily slip the boobage out for feeding. Most comfortable bra ever.
Most Lululemon Bags are great for packing all of your baby needs. You need plenty of space, pockets for your things so that they are easy to find and most gym bags are made to carry dirty and sweaty clothes. Some bags even have side pockets to carry your bottles.
I love the On The Move Gym Bag because you can easily just through it in the wash if it gets dirty.