Pregnancy is a time for feeling joy and happiness. However, because of the changes in hormones and body shape they go through, a lot of women feel they are not able to make the most of this time and aren’t sure how to dress for their new figure. If you are well into your pregnancy and have started to show, it’s time to determine which of the four different pregnancy body types you have so that you can dress accordingly and look and feel your best.

Here are the main pregnancy body types and how you can dress them up.

Body Type 1: Big All Over

If you have a puffy face and swollen ankles and arms, don’t worry: you are bountifully pregnant, not fat! With this body shape, your goal is to focus on the length of your clothing and not the width. Here are some tips to help you pull that off.

  • If you feel like your body is bloating up, opt for maternity tops or long skirts that are black in color. Black helps you look thinner and longer, which in turn will get rid of the roundness you’re experiencing. However, if black is not your color, go for natural or dark hues such as khaki, gray or tan, as these have almost the same effect.
  • Pair your top with delicate jewelry or opt for something that has embroidery detailing on it.
  • For your feet, go for low wedges or kitten heels, but stay far away from rounded toe shoes as these will make your legs look bulkier.

Body Type 2: Small All Over

The second most common type of pregnancy body shape is that where your midriff is the largest part of you. If you’re smaller all over but your belly is huge, you need to be on the lookout for clothing that adds dimension to the rest of your body. Here are some things you can try out.

  • Because your main goal is to add curves to your body, opt for maternity tops that have embellishments such a ruffle or a bow on the side.
  • You can also wear patterns that will accentuate your growing belly and add curves to your slim figure.
  • For the bottom half of your body, go for straight leg pants or jeans with nice patch pockets that emphasize your shapely rear.
  • To finish it all off and add depth to your wardrobe, opt for a detailed necklace and bejeweled flats that give you an overall elegant look.

Body Type 3: Carrying Low

If you are carrying low and look like you are going to deliver any moment now, draw attention to other areas of your body to balance the look. Some ideas on how to do this are:

  • Pencil skirts that are made of denim or other dark fabric will go a long way in helping you seem longer and leaner. Mix these with comfortable wedges and you’ll never want to stop looking in the mirror!
  • V-necks are also a great way to draw attention away from your belly. When paired with dangling, chandelier earrings, they give you the perfect look for a night out on the town.
  • For the top, go for something that is long and covers the torso so that you are properly covered.

Body Type 4: Carrying High

Finally, one of the most difficult pregnant body types to dress is the carrying high one. In this situation, your chest will look like it is a part of your belly. However, following the tips below can improve on this look as well.

  • Your primary goal needs to be to visually separate the bust from the baby, and there are two ways to do this. You can either go for a color-blocked frock that has one hue on the top and another on the belly, or pair your dress with a jersey knit that separates the two parts.
  • For a more detailed look, buy a skinny belt and adjust it above your bump to visually break your top half from the bottom.
  • Pair these with funky but comfortable wedges or heels that lengthen your legs.

When you know how to dress for your particular body type, you will start loving and enjoying this very joyous period of your life. So, keep these pointers in mind and celebrate your new-found curves!

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