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You've spent a lot on maternity clothes but you can't fit into your pre-baby outfits just yet.

If you're pregnant or trying to be, consider investing in maternity clothes that can be worn after pregnancy.

These items are worth spending a little more on as they'll help you transition from pregnancy to new baby, meaning you can wear them for longer leaving you with extra cash to spend on the things you want to - probably coffee (liquid gold) and yet more baby clothes.

Black or dark blue skinny maternity jeans are your friends. Yes, the baby is no longer renting your womb, but 99.9% of us don’t snap back in seven days. Regardless of what celebrities may say/do. Skinny maternity jeans can be adjusted at the waist and when in a darker colour, they help to mask any extra pounds in the hip and thigh.

A maxi dress is a staple in any wardrobe, but especially when you are pregnant. In the early weeks of pregnancy you can hide your burgeoning bump until you are ready to share your news with the world and after wearing the dress throughout your pregnancy, you can continue to use it until your stomach has returned to something of a normal size.

You probably already own statement jewellery but when you are carrying extra pounds – whether pre or post baby – a large, bright necklace helps divert the eye to your clavicle, a naturally slim part of the body, or to your new and improved cleavage!

A solid colour helps streamline your body, unlike blocks of colour which break your body into chunks. If you are feeling sensitive about your tummy, darker colours like black, charcoal grey and navy absorb light so help make you look smaller.

Until your ‘mum tum’ has returned to some semblance of normality, a large scarf tied jauntily around the neck and allowed to hang down over the torso helps disguise a larger waist. It can also be used to hide leaky boobs and breast milk stains!

A statement jacket is always a good idea and the one you wore before pregnancy can often be worn during your pregnancy as long as it isn’t buttoned up. After the baby, make the statement jacket the focus of your outfit, the more detail and embellishment the better.

A generous poncho style jumper looks great during pregnancy and afterwards, can be worn with skinny jeans (as mentioned above) or a stretch jersey skirt. Try to keep either the top or the bottom half of your outfit loose and flowing – not both – to keep structure to your body.

Loungewear was your go-to when pregnant and post pregnancy it still can be. It’s worth investing in quality loungewear, as let's be honest, you’re going to spend a lot of time wearing it. Good quality jersey and cashmere can be thrown on in a hurry and should wash well meaning it will stay looking new for longer.

Trainers have moved from the streets to the catwalk and lost their gym-only image. Converse, Adidas Stan Smiths and Common Projects are comfortable for your swelling feet and look super cool when worn with everything from leggings to dresses.

Some days you will feel like the size of a small farm animal and it’s on those days you need to put on some red lipstick and buy something for yourself. A great tote can double as a baby bag but more importantly, can be carried when you leave the baby with a sitter, go out for a mani/pedi and remind yourself how fabulous you are.