The thought of walking into a beautifully lit Lululemon store filled with happy, thin, athletic salesgirls at 32-weeks pregnant was not something I was looking forward to. But, I needed some decent workout clothes that were not hand-me-downs from my past-pregnant friends. My confidence level for finding clothes that fit my Umpa–Lumpa-esque body was next to nil. But I figured that I’d give it a college try. What could be the worst thing that could happen to me? I could leave humiliated and empty-handed…. But I was hoping for the best, and the best did prevail.
When I had a thin body, I was a devoted fan of Lululemon. They’ve masterfully created a thoughtful, useful line of yoga and athletic wear that is worth every penny they charge. But, as a mom-to-be, I wasn’t sure if I would find anything that didn’t turn me into a walking sausage. After all, I might be big, but I still have my pride.
The first few outfits I tried on didn’t work, and there was a moment that I was loosing hope. But the great thing about Lululemon is that those chirpy salesgirls know their clothing. I finally got into a orange Get Focused Tank that fit like a glove while giving me plenty of room for my baby bump. It has a super-support mesh shelf bra that comes with removable cup (good for when I start leaking milk in a few weeks).
The best fitting pants for my big butt and belly were the Relaxed Fit Pant. I could breath, move and stretch in these and that made me happy. What is cool about these pants is that you can wear the waistband as is for a higher rise, or roll them down for a lower rise. Those smarty pants at Lululemon created the waistband so you can pull the drawstring through to the backside, so it doesn’t show. Something very important when your innie is turning into an outie.
The next winning top was the Pure Balance Tank. At first I was a bit skeptical because it looked way too low cut for my very very large breasts. But when I put it on, it was like magic. Everything was nicely tucked away – including me belly. The support was surprising for such a sexy number.
I told the thin, smiling salesgirl that I traveled a lot for my job and I really would love to find something that I could wrap myself in during long, chilly flights. So, she brought out the Savasana Wrap. This is THE piece for all mothers who plan on breast feeding. It can snap a few different ways and you can easily cover your baby during feeding. It is made out of 100% cozy cotton, which feels great on the skin and is machine washable. Which will need to get washed, thanks to all those lactating accidents that occur. In my humble opinion, this is a MUST for mommies.
I’m a big fan of layering, so I tried on the Cool Racerback with the 50 Rep Bra. What I loved about this combination was the mega-support I got from the two different layers. Oh, and the bra is prefect for those ladies who want some support during labor. It does not cut into your skin like a real bra. The racer back gives your shoulders a break from those big boobs you’re carrying around. And it has that wonderful mesh bra construction that Lululemon is known for (yes, the cups are removable).
The wrap can be worn with yoga pants or jeans and I loved that. It has a nice long front, so I can breast feed with a bit of privacy while still being stylish. Yep, how my life has changed. As for the bum bag, it holds everything (expect the baby) and comes with a few secret compartments where you can keep your phone, keys and cash.
I left the store feeling complete. OK, that’s a lie.
I left happy with a few new outfits that I can were pre-birth and post-birth. Now I’ve got pieces that I can mix and match with my street clothes and still wear to my prenatal yoga classes.
You can buy all these pieces online, but I recommend going into a store and getting help from one of those super-happy salesgirls. They really know their stuff.