If you've just given birth, well first of all, CONGRATS MAMA! We get so many inquiries from new moms (or mom-to-be's) asking for tips on dressing a post-baby body--especially from bridesmaids who are shopping while pregnant, but whose wedding date is after the delivery. We know, it's tricky... but we've got some helpful tips to make your postpartum bridesmaid experience a piece of cake.
1. Dress sizing. This can be tricky. If the wedding date is soon after the delivery, you can expect to be around the same size as you were at 5 months pregnant. If possible, measure yourself and order your dress when you are around 5 months along. If the wedding is 3 or more months after delivery, wait until you’ve given birth to shop. At that point, you should be clear to just order a size up from what you would normally wear.
As a Birdy best-practice, we strongly recommend ordering your bridesmaid dress 3 months before the wedding, to avoid last-minute dress drama.
2. Breastfeeding. If you plan to be nursing your new babe, account for lots of extra room in the bust area--you’ll need it. Keep in mind that you’ll need to sneak away during the wedding to pump or nurse, so it’s a good idea to choose a dress neckline that’s easy to maneuver, such as one of our strapless convertible bridesmaid dresses that you can wear as a halter and easily untie for feeding. And don't forget to wear those nursing pads!!
3. Be realistic. Resist that temptation to order a pre-pregnancy size dress and order up, just to be safe. Trust us when we say that it’s easier to tailor a dress down in sizing, than vice versa. It’s also totally okay to order a maternity friendly dress if you’ve recently given birth-- they're just as forgiving post-pregnancy as they are during. (Our Mary dress below features a raised empire waist and is super cute with or without a baby bump!)
4. Love your body. Try not to compare your body to others in the bridal party, and focus on appreciating the sweet moments you’ll share alongside your best gal on her wedding day. This day won’t come around again, and you'll definitely want to spend every moment having fun and making sure you're fulfilling all of your bridesmaid duties, instead of stressing over your post-baby body.