EHP does not do a lot of maternity gear or clothing reviews, primarily because we tend to avoid maternity items completely and just opt for larger sized clothes when pregnant. Maternity gear always seems to be triple the usual price of its regular gear counterparts, and for no other reason than the manufacturers know they have you in a vulnerable (and uncomfortable) moment or two for forty weeks and can get away with charging you more. This annoys me, so I tend to avoid maternity items. Thus, the lack of such reviews on EHP.
However, I was recently sent a sample of a maternity bodysuit, and I must admit, this is one of the few items for which I would bend my no-maternity-gear rule. The material with which the bodysuits are made feels fantastic, and more importantly, there is no shirt tugging, jacket buttoning, pants fixing with these things. They stay in place.
You can check out the website here for more details on all the ways that these things work and what they do (also, it’s a great website in general with a nice design – take a look), but I want to highlight the feature I like the most: options. Maternity gear is typically devoid of options. Does that shirt actually give you enough room for the baby without exposing your entire neck, shoulder, and chest to the free world? Great! It only comes in puke green. Do those pants fit your growing belly, and butt, and thighs? Wonderful! They are only available in a length 22 inches too long for you specifically to occupy the in-house seamstress who knows you don’t have the energy to visit a cheaper tailor and charges a $30 quick alteration fee.
These bodysuits are different. Ordering one of these is like ordering a fancy cup of coffee from Starbucks: I’ll take mine black, medium, and full, with cap sleeves on top. It’s fantastic. In fact, some quick math shows that there are 64 different bodysuit combinations available. I don’t mind buying high quality specialty gear when it is actually especially made for me.
In fact, because of the design and the way the fabric pulls and falls, as well as the fact that you can buy exactly what fits and suits you, you can actually wear these bodysuits well after delivery, and believe or not, these are cool enough that you might actually want to.
If that’s not a ringing product endorsement, I don’t know what is.