Materials, fabrics... what’s true and what’s false

Cotton, silk synthetic fabric... Are some fabrics better avoided during pregnancy? Or recommended? Replies to the most frequently asked questions.

CLOTHES THAT GIVE ARE IDEAL DURING PREGNANCY TRUE...AND FALSE !


Fabrics containing elastane present a number of advantages: they give and adapt to your changing figure. They are soft to the touch and comfortable. When it comes to maintenance, they are machine washable, dry quickly and do not need ironing.

However, their elasticity has limits! Indeed, if over-stretched, clothes will end up being too tight even if they do contain elastane. Besides being uncomfortable, trousers that are too tight can impede healthy circulation. Hence the importance of investing in “real” maternity wear.

Synthetic materials increase perspiration


TRUE

In general, it is good to go for soft, natural materials: linen, silk, cotton, wool. For ultra-sensitive skins, hypoallergenic fabrics such as organic cotton are recommended at least for garments in direct contact with your skin, tops in particular. For all others, mixed fabrics, in particular with a bit of elastane, are more comfortable and easier to keep.
 

Some “dry” fabrics encourage the appearance of stretch marks

 

FALSE

Stretch-marks are small tears in the elastic fibers of the skin that sometimes occur during pregnancy due to weight gain and hormonal changes. They also depend on the quality of each person’s skin but never on the clothes you wear. Applying a preventative treatment designed specially for use during pregnancy will considerably reduce the risk of stretch marks forming.
 

Organic fabrics are good for your skin.


TRUE

In general, it is good to go for soft, natural materials: linen, silk, cotton, wool. For ultra-sensitive skins, hypoallergenic fabrics such as organic cotton are recommended at least for garments in direct contact with your skin, tops in particular. For all others, mixed fabrics, in particular with a bit of elastane (link to question No. 1 above), are more comfortable and easier to keep.
 

You must wear warm clothes to avoid catching cold


FALSE

Of course, pregnancy is a time when it is better not to get ill! But it is also a time when the body undergoes frequent changes in temperature and hot flashes in particular. So, rather than putting on a large pullover that will get in our way all day, use the onion strategy: a tank top, light pullover, a cardigan, etc.
 

Support stockings are mandatory


FALSE

They are recommended to relieve women whose legs feel heavy and painful.

For others, the good habit of wearing support stockings can be reserved for plane travel, but is not necessary every day. In case of doubt, ask your doctor for advice, remember that the cost of support stockings and tights is partially reimbursed by your health insurance on medical prescription.

Another tip, you can also use a light leg gel that is suitable for use during the maternity period.

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