What to Wear After You Have a Baby

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I thought for a second about titling this post “I Can Wear Normal Clothes Again,” but then I realized I’d have to qualify it with a “(Sort Of)”. Because as I learned last time around, even though I was able to wear my old clothes soon after having Henry, they suuuuure fit differently. Not to mention that if you’re breastfeeding, it adds a whole other dimension of necessity that you never thought of before. So I’ve been collecting postpartum pieces that worked well for me last time and are working well now, and I’m here to help you if you’re totally lost!

Postpartum Wardrobe

For starters, don’t worry if you’re not right back in your old pants a few days after you have the kiddo. That’s kind of unheard of, because your body doesn’t just bounce right back. You might look pregnant still for a bit, or you might just be bloated or a different shape entirely. With Henry, my butt just totally… disappeared. Like, I usually have a pretty round situation going on back there and it went completely flat a few days after I had him. But I still had a little bit of a tummy. So I was a completely different shape and even though my old pants were the right size they looked all stretched out and crazy. Cue new pants.

Also, if you’re breastfeeding you’re going to want to wear easy on, easy off tops. I ended up living in my chambray button up shirt last time because I kind of wanted to look put together but didn’t want something that I’d have to do major battle with every time Hank needed to eat. So for me, it’s button ups or soft shirts that are easy to yank over or under the girls when baby is hungry. Tight tops were just not gonna cut it, so I tended to wear blousy shirts with some room in them until my tummy bounced back after a couple months.

So! During a late night feeding session I was dreaming of a few new pieces to add to my postpartum wardrobe and thought I’d share. And why are there shoes in my picks, you ask? Mostly because I’m so pumped that my feet aren’t swollen any more and I can wear normal shoes again. 😉 xoxo

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  1. Cute picks! After I had my son, I was thankful I’d held onto older clothes 2 sizes up from my pre-pregnancy size because it took me a year to get back into my newer pre-pregnancy clothes. Even still, they didn’t all quite fit the same as before because, as you noted, things shift. 🙂 And you’re right about the breastfeeding consideration; if it wasn’t easy to access the area without taking off the top (or the entire dress), I wasn’t going to be able to wear it. Love the shirt dress option!