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As happy a time as pregnancy is for you on a personal level, when it comes to your fashion sense it can be another matter entirely. There's so much to think about from what to wear, how to wear it - and how big to buy it.

Don't worry - our chic and simple maternity guide is here to help take you through all the basics to ensure your glide through your pregnancy in comfort, with style, easily bypassing any 'bumps' in the road.

If you're a first time mother it can be difficult to know where to begin on the shopping front. Don't rush into anything - we suggest beginning with a capsule wardrobe covering everything you'll need from day-to-day.

Stocking up on casual basics is a must, so start by collecting a selection of tops and tees. We suggest shopping for both plain and striped tees so you can keep your options open.

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For those occasions when you need to look smart, investing in a smart pair of black trousers is key - a simple classic that can be teamed with a pretty blouse, or two.

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A jersey wrap dress is the perfect style for maternity days. A versatile classic piece, buy in bulk with an assortment of colours and patterns to ensure you're ready for anything.

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Leggings are a godsend for pregnant women looking for a comfortable fit and adaptable style. Team with anything and everything, from a pretty tunic to a funky, oversized shirt.

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A good pair of jeans is always an essential item no matter the season or current trends, with pregnancy no exception. Take a look at our guide to maternity denim to help discover the perfect style and fit for each stage of your pregnancy.

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Despite the blossoming bump, there's no reason why you shouldn't be able to carry off your usual sense of style. The trick is to buy shapes and colours you would usually wear to help you feel comfortable and, most importantly, more like your usual self.

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A 'charming' side effect in pregnancy, most women experience hot flushes throughout the day - without warning. Layering is the perfect way to build your everyday outfits, enabling you to remove outer garments and cool down with minimum fuss or discomfort.

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Comfort is paramount during pregnancy, so be sure to choose maternity friendly fabrics. Also remember that it's all in the details; side ruching, underbust seams, underbust shirring and side ties all provide little tricks that flatter your figure and enable your clothes to alter, growing as you do.

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A classic year in, year out, every woman should own a perfectly fitted pair of jeans they feel fabulous in. This is no exception when pregnant - investing in the perfect pair of jeans is key. We offer a range of styles, including both over the bump and under the bump waistband constructions, in a number of washes. From jeggings to skinny styles and bootcut leg shapes, in indigo wash, mid-wash or classic black.

Designed to sit over your bump, the deep, soft and stretchy jersey panel provides support and comfort as your bump grows.

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Designed to sit comfortably under your bump, the soft and stretchy band provides support and is ideal for during and just-after pregnancy.

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Soft elasticated panels are inserted into the side of the waistband, designed to expand comfortably along with your bump.

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From the first month of pregnancy you may find your breasts are swollen and tender. Traditional bras may cause irritation from the underwire and seams, as well as not providing enough room for the under band to grow during your pregnancy. We therefore recommend you get fitted for a non-wired bra.

A wired bra should be avoided unless it is specifically designed with a flexible wire suitable for maternity wear. The bra should fit comfortably on the tightest hook and eye to allow room for your body to grow. Bras made of cotton are the most suitable as they are breathable and will help you to keep cool. Also avoid thin straps that dig in - look for wider options for extra support and comfort.

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In the 36th week of your pregnancy you should think about being measured for a nursing bra. This is when you breasts are at their largest and will be filling with milk. Ensure that you are fitted on the loosest hook and eye setting as your under band will reduce when feeding. The Debenhams Miriam Stoppard Nursing bras have four hook and eye settings to ensure you have the support and fit you need. They also include a drop cup with feeding holes for more modesty to allow you to feed your baby with ease.

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If you have decided to breast feed your baby then it is recommended that you purchase a nursing top, or two, in the final stages of your pregnancy.

There are two types of construction:

  • The concealed opening has a mock insert panel that can be pulled to the side comfortably.
  • The clasp cami unclips to allow easy breastfeeding.

Both options are available at Debenhams in a stylish range of designs, providing the perfect layering piece to wear under your post-pregnancy wardrobe.

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The beauty of a bump band is that it's specifically designed to cover your tummy, providing you with extra coverage, support and warmth throughout your pregnancy.

Easy to wear under your usual clothes, the bump band extends your pre-pregnancy wardrobe by lending everyday garments a touch of vital extra support.

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As your maternity term progresses life goes on as normal, with client meetings, family engagements and birthday parties still regular fixtures on your calendar as your due date approaches.

For office to party, it's easy to take a simple LBD and apply accessories that take maternity chic to the fashion max.

DAY
It is important to still look smart if your job is an office-based role, building that upfront bump into an understated and sophisticated smart office style.

NIGHT
For evening glamour, our range of sparkling accessories offers to bring a little bling to your bump.

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Rochelle steals the show in her gorgeous gown and sexy heels. The sleek gown, with flattering draped cut, sees her at the top of our maternity style chart.

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Pretty as a princess, Kate's style would be ideal for a spring wedding, just add a hat or fascinator. Make the most of these summer occasions - before there's another plus one on the guest list.

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Beyoncé screams sophistication in her statement maxi, with bump-sculpting sequin detail shouting out that she's crazy in love with her new fuller-figure.

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