Maternity wear can be tricky – even though there is so much choice for future mums nowadays, this can sometimes make it even harder to decide on the perfect size, fit, and style. The most important thing to keep in mind is to always try on things rather than just rely on the size – maternity clothes are cut in a way that will adapt to your changing shape, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. But once you’ve found your perfect pregnancy styles and have stocked up on maternity fashion, there are some things you can keep in mind to look after your maternity wear.
How to wash your maternity clothes
Maternity shirts and trousers aren’t usually too much different from other clothes to wash, but there are a few tips to make sure you’re being as efficient as possible about doing your laundry while pregnant. After all, bending down to put everything in a washing machine can be exhausting with a big baby bump, so it’s important to prepare everything in advance.
First, check the washing symbolson your items’ labels to sort your laundry into different categories – only wash similar items together, and make sure to follow the temperature suggestions. It can be frustrating enough when your everyday items get discoloured in the wash, but since most women don’t own as many items of maternity wear, every single piece is even more precious.
Maternity jeans are made from a more elastic fabric than regular jeans, expanding as your baby bump grows, which is why you shouldn’t wash them at more than 30 degrees. The same goes for your comfortable maternity cotton tights or leggings, whilst woolen leggings should always be washed on a cold cycle to make sure they won’t shrink. If in doubt whether you can throw your maternity clothes in the dryer after your wash, it’s best to play it safe and hang them up to dry.
When it comes to dresses, there is no one cycle fits all; whether you prefer dresses with an empire line, wrap dresses, or maxi dresses, make sure to check out the fabric information and instructions on the label to establish whether to wash them at 30 degrees or on a delicate cycle.
Your skin might be more sensitive when you’re pregnant, so take this into consideration when you’re choosing a detergent. Using a non-bio detergent might be a good option, particularly if your skin is sensitive.
Washing clothes with elastic waistbands and ties
Once you’ve established how to wash your clothes, take a closer look at what it is you will actually be washing. Pregnancy clothes, especially bottoms such as shorts and comfy pants, often feature elastic waistbands, strings and ties, and while these can be very handy when you need to adjust your clothes, those elastics and bands tend to not only get all tied up and twisted after a wash, but, in the case of elastic panels and jersey bands, can also easily lose their shape. Since hot water breaks down elastic over time, make sure to wash these kinds of items on a delicate or cold cycle, and let them air dry after the wash to keep the waistbands soft and flexible so you can enjoy your maternity wear for longer.
Using mesh bags to protect more delicate, smaller items
If the maternity clothes you are washing are smaller, delicate items, such as nightwear, tops, and shorts, using mesh laundry bags is the safest solution. Place these kind of garments laundry bags and then wash as usual, without having to worry about items getting knotted up or damaged during the wash cycle. Mesh bags are also amazing for delicate maternity underwear, as they protect sensitive fabrics from rubbing against each other and keep them in a great condition for longer, so make sure to invest in some.
Hand wash if you only have a few items and are unsure whether you should wash them with your regular laundry load, and hang them up to dry to protect the fabrics.