Dumb question, but how does maternity sizing work?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@hotpinkbride:  You order your regular size (so you’d order large if you usually wear large). 

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@hotpinkbride:  Typically you buy your pre-pregnancy size (has stayed pretty true for dress pants), BUT I would say to always make sure to try stuff on, especially shirts. I am finding that some shirts fit stupid, and I actually have to go up two sizes or I know my belly won’t fit in coming months.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

You should be able to buy your normal size.  It has stayed true for me, but I do read reviews online to see what people say (if it runs small or big).  I’m 24 weeks so we’ll see how well everything still fits going forward.  But they’ve been great the past couple of months.  Some shirts I ordered seem larger than others, but I bought some tees and a lot of tank tops.  I love the tank tops and most are cut long enough and have stretch that they should be fine. I’m trying to buy everything so that it works until the end but I haven’t gotten there yet.

I don’t think a L in maternity wear is equal to a XXXL in regular wear (or whatever).  Typically the shirts are cut differently (longer!!!) or with ruching on the sides so that they have room to grow.  The longer part is the best part (IMO).  Obviously pants are different because they typically have some sort of panel for the stomach.  One of my friends asked why I didn’t just buy bigger regular pants…well I’d be drowning in the legs!!!  And I’d be buying new pants all the time on top of looking like a train wreck.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

go to a maternity store and try on something, then you will get a feel for it and know what size to order online.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@hotpinkbride:  OMG whatever you do please go in and get sized for a bra at a maternity store. I am seriously living this nightmare. I just bought a slightly bigger bra back in October, and becuase I am so short on top (but bigger chested now) my straps are at the end (this is a maternity nursing bra by the way). I can’t tighten them up anymore. I asked the lady at the maternity stoire what I should do, if they make shorter straps or not.

She suggested I get fitted for the correct size and then try on at least 3-5 different styles. She said the style I have right now just may not work for my body type. They had some sports bras, which she says are the most popular, and I will probably like those, but she told me not to buy one and then get measured in it because it can cause incorrect sizing.

So my plan is to go in this weekend since now my cups overfloweth and have them measure me. I will try on a few bras and see what fits properly.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@hotpinkbride:  I hate bra shopping too. That’s why I just picked one out at first and let it go, but now I am suffering. I look like an old women 🙁

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I agree to get sized for a bra, but I hate my local maternity stores! Motherhood and Pea in Pod just don’t train their people (one associate actually told me my boobs would grow sideways if I didn’t sleep in a bra). I also would avoid VS as they have funky sizing and their bra’s aren’t comfortable or durable. I splurged on Nordstrom bras early on and have been incredibly happy and comfortable in them. And as a bonus, Nordstrom can turn any bra into a nursing bra.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

Yeah, figuring out bra sizing is weird. Definitely go in person and get some help.

I have been able to get by for most of my pregnancy using my regular bras with a bra extender – my cups haven’t changed too much, but my ribcage has spread a little bit because baby has stayed pretty vertical the whole time and – it feels like, at least – grown up into my lungs rather than outward! I tried a couple of nursing bras in my regular size, though, and no way was that going to work. I ended up buying just one to get me started, along with a couple of nursing tank tops, and then I’m waiting until I give birth and my milk comes in to see whether my cup size changes a bunch then. Once I have a better idea of where things are going to end up, I’ll buy a few more.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper

@KH:  Really!?!? How? I am really curious about this.

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@hotpinkbride:  Maternity pants run true to pre-preg size, but are pretty baggy! Mine give me a nasty case of Mom-ass.

Maternity shirts are their own demon. Some fit great, and others fit like tents. At 32 weeks, I’m a size maternity small, but am discovering that my shirts are getting to be too short! And I have a short torso. So not sure what I’m going to do when my belly gets bigger! (And I am carrying VERY small now! So shirts confuse me.)

Maternity bras are of the devil. Buy one or two band sizes up from what you usually wear–your ribs are going to explode in the second and third trimesters. I was a 32D pre-preg, and I’m wearing a 36E right now. The underwire also rubs against my belly, so I’d suggest getting one without an underwire, and preferably with plenty of padding incase you start leaking.

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