Dressing-up the Bump by Inspector Gourmand!

August 29, 2018

Dressing the Bump by Inspector Gourmand

Author: Inspector Gourmand. A French living in Hong Kong, she serves you the crème de la crème from best food in town to best places to sleep in Hong Kong and abroad. With baby on board, life is changing and she's sharing with you all - her stories, her first times, her first fails and hardly learned tips. Go follow her Instagram and read her blogs (http://inspectorgourmand.com/) for her fun, quirky and absolutely helpful tips on awesome food, pregnancy and beyond!


Reaching 5 months pregnant, my piggy face had reached full development and my self-esteem dropped to new lows.  My clothes were either no longer fitting or making me look like a Michelin man. It was the time to invest in a few pieces, especially for work.

But not that fast! You see, making a baby is an expensive business. Bills are literally falling from the sky and you start getting WAY more mindful about your spending. So, don’t go out there without a plan. I warned you…

Start with large clothes...​​

...from "normal" stores. Before 5 months, the famous “is she fat or pregnant” period can be challenging and wearing tight cloth is not always to your best advantage. I found that wearing wide tops and dresses ​were helping during those harsh times. It was also the best excuse to go check out the nearest Zara store to treat myself with a few “fashionable” items. I got warned by mama friends that if you get too tight in it you can forget about wearing them after birth as fabrics loosen up. Watch-out!

If you are a fancy business women...

...find a quality store. You will need a few pieces to keep your dignity at work. In Hong Kong, I found it all at Mayarya (yes, the inspector is a fancy business woman too). It’s a Hong Kong-based online store who specializes in maternity clothing of excellent quality with reasonable prices. Most of their collections are wearable post-pregnancy, which I think is awesome – You know why? Because that flat belly is not gonna get back that fast!

Think long term...

...to avoid having nothing to wear post-pregnancy. Most brands, including Mayarya, usually sell maternity clothes that cover both pregnancy, breastfeeding and ugly belly phases. Consider buying your pregnancy’s “cute week-end dresses & tops” with breastfeeding friendly set-ups. I am sure this will be very helpful to keep our pride in check during the maternity leave. I think enough challenges are coming ahead, let’s try to at least look good.

If you are broke...

...just ask around! You can’t believe how happy your mommy friend will be to know that you are joining the gang. Don’t hesitate to ask if they have a few leftover cloths from their last pregnancy or know anyone who recently gave birth. You can also post an SOS message on popular Facebook groups like Hong Kong Moms and see if anyone is willing to give away or sell at a super cheap price.

I think you got it, Mayarya was my go-to-brand. I bought more than 12 pieces and I am proud to say that I am a 100% satisfied customer. Mayarya’s Instagram account is a must follow. Like no others, the brand has successfully built a community where mothers and mothers-to-be share their inspiring stories.


Thank you, Inspector!

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Size Guide Clothing


Unsure what size to buy? Mayarya offers an array of style solutions to suit your changing shape. From cleverly designed maternity friendly but not maternity only dresses with discreet nursing access to maternity pants with stretchy elasticated waistbands that can adjust to your post-partum shape too.

Find out what styles work for your stage of pregnancy and beyond!

How does Mayarya sizing work?

Mayarya follows international sizing standard. We take every effort to keep our sizing true and consistent and we want you to be able to wear the same size across all garment types in Mayarya. However, there will be occasional variations in the fit of some products depending on the style and fabric.

How does the size guide work?

The first step to determine which size to buy is by measuring your body size. Before you start measuring, remember to use non-stretchable tape and to keep the tape close to your body without depressing it. We aligned our products to the body measurements of the International Sizing Chart.

  • For Tops and Dresses, please measure your bust. Wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your chest (at nipple level).
  • For Bottoms, please measure your under belly or under hip. Wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your hips and just below your bump.

Please see our 'Mayarya Clothing Size Guide' below for more details:

  • CM
  • INCH

Please Note:

  • Our measurements indicate the maximum size within a range. For example, if your bust measurement is 89cm (35 inch), and under belly measurement is 95cm (37 1/2 inch), then you would wear a size S
  • Our model's average measurements during pregnancy: Waist (98cm / 38.5 inch) - Bust (90cm / 35.4 inch) - Hip (95cm / 37.4 inch) - Height (175cm / 5'8 inch)
  • Our model's average measurements not pregnant: Waist (68cm / 26.8 inch) - Bust (90cm / 35.4 inch) - Hip (95cm / 37.4 inch) - Height (175cm / 5'8 inch)
  • Our model wears size S for tops, dresses and bottoms



Bottoms are one of the first items you realize your belly started growing! At Mayarya, we have under belly and over belly styles to accommodate your style and comfort needs.

Under Belly Pants, Treggings and Leggings

They sit below your growing bump and are particularly great during warmer seasons as it means less layers for your bump. A great solution for women with very sensitive skin as it does not cover your belly. Mayarya's under the belly pants look much like regular pants with stretchy, elasticized waistband so you can continue wearing them post-pregnancy too!

Over Belly Pants and Leggings

They are particularly great if you want some support around your belly. We choose breathable and stretchy fabric so it will not restrict the growth of your baby. You can fold them down during the early stage of pregnancy, roll up during 2nd and 3rd trimesters and roll/fold them down post-pregnancy.

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Over Belly Treggings
Front Twisted Maternity and Nursing Dress



Our dresses and tops are designed for both pregnant and non-pregnant women in mind so you can wear them seamlessly post-pregnancy.

You can select your size according to your pre-pregnancy size since our clothes are designed to fit from your first trimester to your third trimester. 

Our smart design allows more room around your belly during pregnancy but falls down nicely on your body after pregnancy.

If you have gained more than the average pregnancy weight according to your doctor, you could go one size up from your pre-pregnancy size. If you are between two sizes, we recommend you pick the larger of two sizes.

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