As we become more aware of the importance of adapting sustainable practices and the positive impact this can have on our planet for future generations, seeking ways to shop during pregnancy that is aligned with this practice can seem difficult. A woman's body changes beautifully yet rapidly and if there is no intention behind each purchase, we can end up consuming temporary pieces with a short lifespan.
It may feel like a challenge, but being mindful of the clothing that you purchase can have a tremendously positive impact on the environment while supporting fair labor practices and improving the overall quality of your wardrobe.
To get you started toward a more sustainable wardrobe during your pregnancy, here are some small steps you can take that will make a big difference:
1.) Select pieces you can wear throughout pregnancy, nursing and beyond.
There are a few staple maternity pieces that are worth investing in because they pass the 30-wears or more test. A pair of comfortable compression leggings or socks, a supportive tank, and basic top will be essential through every trimester and you'll be happy to have them once the baby arrives as well.
Additionally, items such as a belly band can extend the life of your current wardrobe without needing to invest in maternity-specific items.
2.) Rent your maternity wardrobe.
Life doesn't stop when you're pregnant - in fact, it can seem to speed up! While it's a great idea to purchase clothing mindfully, feeling confident in how you look during this time is equally important. Renting your maternity wardrobe gives you the flexibility to rotate different beautiful styles without committing to single use pieces. With La Belle Bump, you have the opportunity to create a style profile which our team will use to select pieces for your custom Bump Box which is shipped directly to you. You can keep items as long as you'd like and can exchange for new items at any time.
P.S. They also have you covered for any special occasions you may have. (Hello Summer maternity shoot!)
3.) Purchase pre-loved items.
When items are made with care from sustainable materials, they can maintain their beautiful shape and colors. Don't hesitate to shop items that were once worn by another wonderful expecting mama.
4.) Choose fabrics carefully.
By reading the label before you purchase an item you can automatically tell how long the garment will last you. The longer a garment lasts, the longer you can wear it, the better for the planet. When you're shopping for key maternity pieces look for natural fibers like cotton, linen, and hemp. Other sustainable fabrics such as Tencel, which is made from wood pulp, and Econyl, made from plastic synthetic waste, are also excellent options.
5.) Keep an open mind
By expecting the unexpected, you will not feel consumed by overwhelm with each purchase decision you are faced with during these short nine months. During pregnancy, especially if it is your first time, you are faced with many choices and decisions to make regarding your registry, nursery, home, and beyond. Don’t allow the overwhelm of the unknown to consume your purchase decisions. Take a deep breath and know that there are resources available to support you.
Each sustainable choice you make is an inch towards a greener Earth you can proudly raise your growing family in! We are all in this together, mama.