Post # 1
I have a potentially silly question. I’m pregnant for the first time, and living in an area where there are not really many options for purchasing maternity clothes, so I will likely have to order online. My question is, how do you buy maternity clothes? Do you order in your regular size? I’m a medium pre-pregnancy, so will I order medium clothes that are maternity? Or do I go a size or two up? Help!! 🙂
Post # 3
@NLbride: Regular size. So if you’re a small pre-pregnancy, you’re a small in pregnancy, because they leave room for the belly. I guess if you gain a lot of weight all over, you might have to go up a size. But most maternity clothes aren’t that form-fitting to begin with.
Post # 4
Yes, you’ll usually order your regular size. One suggestion I have is to buy shirts that seem really long right now because you will grow into them. A lot of the shirts I bought early in pregnancy were XS (pre-preg I was XS or S depending on the store), but by about 32ish weeks those were too short. Now at 37 weeks, the shirts that are fitting me are some S and M and the ones that I was originally able to wear with leggings because they were nice and long. Now those shirts are normal shirt length.
Post # 5
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@NLbride: You can also just buy regular clothes in a bigger size.
14 years ago, when I was pregnant with my first, they didn’t make all the cute clothes they make now.
But most department stores have a maternity section now, even if it is a small one.
Post # 6
I asked the sales girl at the maternity store I went to when I first found out I was pregnant this same question. She said since I’m a true size small to just keep buying a size small, she said I might go into a medium in tighter t-shirts when Im 30+ weeks. I’m 23 weeks right now and all the size XS and S things I’ve bought still fit me. The size medium stuff I got from my sister is still way too big. So, start off with your regular size mediums and later on in your pregnancy, if you need to you can buy a few more shirts in a large to get you through! 🙂
Post # 7
@MrsRichard: Thanks, ladies!! I appreciate the advice!
Post # 8
I would also suggest in ordering small amounts at a time. I’m at 30 weeks and still having to add to my wardrobe since I no longer wear my pre-pregnancy size (I was a M too and now I need to buy L). Plus it is fun getting things throughout the entire pregnancy vs. buying it all upfront- you get sick of seeing the same things in your closet month after month!
Post # 9
@MissTatas: This is a good suggestion. I will probably only buy things as necessary. I have a wedding this summer and I’m keeping my eyes open for a nice dress, but not sure how big I’ll be at that point, but knowing a general rule of thumb should help. 🙂
Post # 10
I agree not to buy too much at once! Unlike a lot of women, i put in a lot of weight on my thighs and ass as well as my bloaty stomach so by 13 weeks i couldnt wear my regular trousers even with a belly band. Then, around 22 to 22 weeks the stuff id bought wasnt fitting anymore. And again at 35 weeks! So you either need to buy big or a few things at a time!!
Post # 11
I am pretty tiny. Just at 5’0 and I guess around 125 lbs right now at 10 weeks. I am planning to just buy oversized clothing because as soon as they slap on that ‘Maternity’ word on clothing, the prices seem to skyrocket! I feel I can easily do L, XL etc till the end of my pregnancy. Or even a ‘regular’ size at a plus size store. Just minus the outrageous pregnancy price tags.
I also do not plan to buy a lot because I will likely not wear them again for a LONG time until my next pregnancy.
Oh and since I will be my biggest during summer time (for a Sept 2014 baby), I plan to buy a lot of loose, flowy dresses.
As for trousers, I need to get some more stretchy pants. These can even go well under my loose, flowy dresses should I feel like wearing something underneath them in case of umm… sneeze ‘accidents’. I have been sneezing a lot since being pregnant.