Buying clothing…

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I found my stomach bloated right away at 5-6 weeks, so I went and bought a few pairs of work pants with some stretch in the waist and no buttons, but still in my regular size. My previous pants that buttoned and had no stretch just felt too uncomfortable by the end of the day.

I’m 13w3d now and I just went and got a few pairs of actual maternity jeans and tops (because there was an awesome 50% off ssale), but I still fit in all my normal cothes that can stretch a little around the waist. I don’t thinkI’ll need to wear them for a few more weeks yet. My tummy is definitely bigger but hasn’t popped yet. I think some is still just bloatedness but the baby has for sure started to push everything out the way and given me more of a permanent “pooch” 🙂

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

How do you figure out which size maternity pants to buy, if you want to buy them ahead of time?  Or do you just have to wait and see?

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Maternity cloths come in small med and large.  You pick what ever your pre pregnancy size was and it should fit.  I just ordered three pairs of maternity pants even though I am only 7 weeks.  I am really tall and it was hard to find long inseams so when I found a few reasonably prices pairs I ordered them. I havent tried them yet but according to the size charts they should fit no problem.  I am in the same boat as Wylie I bloated huge at weeks 5 and 6.  I couldn’t wear any of my nonstreach jeans or work pants.  But the bloat has gone down alittle and I can button my pants again 😉 at least for a little while!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

peachacid:  Ths is my  first pregnancy so I may not know what I’m talking about, but I got the same size that I generally wear. They are comfortable on my thighs/hips/butt – Not too tight or loose and then you can fold the stretchy stomach panel down a few times while you’re not showing much. If you think you’ll gain a lot in your lower body maybe go up a size.

It was the same for tops. I was in my normal size for arms and breasts but the stomach area is loose or really ruched on the stretchy tops for right now. My boobs have gone up one cup size so actually any old tops with no stretch now pull across my chest. I’m going stretchy from now on.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

missstarling:  Mind sharing where you found the long inseam maternity pants?? I’m afraid I’ll have trouble finding maternity pants long enough when I need them.. I’m 14w now and don’t need maternity clothes yet, but want to be prepared!

OP, it’s pretty impossible to guess how/when you will start showing and how fast it will progress, so I’d try to buy pieces for your wardrobe that you can still wear when you’re not pregnant.

Check out these articles:

http://themomedit.com/2010/09/stylingthebump-firsttrimester/

http://prairiestylefile.com/2013/03/29/first-trimester-maternity-style-a-capsule-wardrob/

http://alphamom.com/pregnancy/macguyver-maternity-five-steps-to-extending-your-non-maternity-wardrobe-throughout-your-pregnancy/

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

peachacid:  I also bought the size that I would wear normally pre-pregnancy. I tried on a pair at a store to see how they fit. Then I was able to buy jeans online for cheaper/on sale. I am 5’4 and size 10 pre-pregnancy and a medium fits me great now with my expanding waist line. I can totally see how the jeans will grow when I am bigger. 

Post # 8
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Worker bee

At 5’6″ I’m a little taller than you are. I started out at 105 lbs. I don’t know how far along you are… I’ll be 20 weeks pregnant on Monday (yay! Halftime!), and until about 17 weeks nobody would have known even in tight clothing. I looked a bit heavier around the middle, and definitely felt much heavier, but in loose fitting clothes nobody would have been the wiser.

I’m actually still wearing my regular size 0 clothes. I’m mostly wearing dresses, and that would be my recommendation. With some loosefitting dresses that drape a little in front it isn’t very obvious even now :). Dresses are much more comfortable since they don’t have waistbands anyway… I’m not sure if you have seasons where you are, but if you do, any maternity clothing you buy now may not work for Fall and Winter weather anyway… I’m sure I’ll have to buy maternity clothes at the end of the Summer (it gets cold here), but by then I’ll have a better idea how big I’ll get!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m 10 weeks along and my tight, fitted tops aren’t looking so great on me right now, so I’m wearing more floaty style peasant blouses. Ann Taylor Loft had a really good 4th of July sale, so I bought 2 tops I can probably wear throughout my 2nd trimester. I bought size small and extra small, but the small was way too big so I kept the extra smalls. I’ll wear the tops paired with skinny jeans, and I doubt someone who doesn’t already know I’m pregnant would be able to tell.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

double post sorry

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  missstarling. Reason: double post
Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

I’m just short of 14 weeks and I am showing quite a bit but most that don’t know and don’t know me well just think I have put on a few pounds. I’ve got some stretchy treggings and skirts which I have worn with flowy blouses and a suit jacket until this point. I found that that worked very well for hiding the bump. I’m not sure where you are but I have found that H&M has lots of longer and roomier blouses at the moment for a very decent price and you can wear them afterwards too. It seems to be quite in fashion at the moment here in the UK anyways so has worked out well for me. I have started getting some maternity clothes now which includes some skinny jeans with under bump elastics and a nice jersey dress for work or nights out where you want to look a bit more dressy. I got both in my pre-pregnancy size with no problem at all and, as they are stretchy, I think I will be able to wear them throughout my pregnancy.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

When I was still hiding my pregnancy, I wore my regular pants with loose shirts I already had in my closet. As my belly grew, I bought a belly band that I wore with all my regular pants without closing them. When I  got really big, I did end up buying maternity pants a size bigger than my usual because my hips stopped fitting into my regular ones. Besides that I got maternity leggings, which I practically lived in outside of work. But what I wore the most to work were non-maternity stretchy dresses. And after giving birth I can still wear them! Oh and I did end up buying bigger size bras, as well as nursing bras which are great for breastfeeding. But I don’t suggest buying those in advance because you don’t know how big your chest will get.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

FrenchNewlyWed:  for me, target and old navy offer the best value and most wearability. i ordered more high end stuff from destination maternity, zulily, and ann taylor loft and i hardly ever wear it. i wear the stuff i bought from old navy and target ALL the time.

start with some basics. motherhood has basic casual clothes called “bump start” that comes in sets of 2 or 3. it usually includes t-shirts and leggings and open sweaters with no buttons (good for layering).

i have to wear formal business attire to work so i struggled for a while to find a good selection of clothes but honestly i ordered some great liz lange dresses from target and i pretty much wear the 6 that i have like a uniform.

i had a coworker who told me she spent too much money on too many clothes when she was pregnant and ended up wearing the same things every week so i learned from that. most of the clothes grow with you so don’t worry about size. just buy the clothes in your street size (s, m, l) and you should be good to go.

 

good luck!

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

I’m 24 weeks, and I bought way too many shirts early on. Except for my pants, I can still wear a LOT of non-maternity clothes. I was surprised how many shirts I had which did a pretty good job hiding the belly (some people suspected, but no one said anything until I “came out” at 4 months.) I have a couple of skirts with elastic waist-bands which I’ll be able to wear throughout the summer.

If you want good prices, try eBay or motherhoodcloset.com. I’ve never been big on consignment clothes, but when you can get 3 pairs of maternity jeans for $25 for less than what one costs at Target? Yes, please!

I bought a 3-pack of bra extenders, and that’s helped- I’m just now at the point where I have to upsize (but I had some room in my bras to start) I bought maternity pants/jeans in my regular size, and they’ve been fine.

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