How do you dress when you have a bump!

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
856 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Get staples in maternity clothes. I didn’t buy regular clothes (but larger) because I’d never wear them again. Maternity could potentially be saved. You buy your regular size but in maternity.

I start out with black leggings, a great pair of jeans (, a skirt, tanks, and dresses. Don’t buy too much early on because you’ll get huge and then need to buy more. Stick to dresses if possible early on because they’ll last longer than jeans will (Size-wise). 

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Post # 3
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

In the early stages, I had a lot of maternity clothes that I got second hand or saved from my last pregnancy.

Now that I am 34 weeks, I just want to be comfortable, so I have been wearing maternity pants and I have lots of long, tunic-style tank tops. They’re nice and long, so they cover my belly.

Post # 4
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Chrissy26:  I hope this doesn’t sound creepy, but you are the most gorgeous pregnant lady ever!

Post # 5
4583 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 has started doing weekly posts of maternity wear, as she is currently pregnant with her second child. You could check out that website and see if you get any ideas from upcoming posts her Kate – her blog is wonderful!!

Post # 6
8483 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Maternity clothes are sized so that you are supposed to buy your normal size. 

You can buy clothes that are just bigger, but it might be more hassle than it’s worth and not look as nice.  Maternity clothes have a lot of stretch and give, plus they are longer so they cover up your belly at the end!  In general, I would not recommend buying bigger sized normal clothes.  Some non-maternity wear that are loose fitting will still fit for probably half your pregnancy, but they definitely don’t fit at the end.  I put on some of my normal shirts and while they may have “fit,” half of my belly would have been exposed…

I was pregnant over winter (due April) so I wore maternity jeans and leggings and a lot of maternity tank tops that I layered with long (non-maternity) cardigans.  I got almost all of my stuff from Old Navy or Gap online.  I don’t wear much dresses over the winter so I didn’t end up buying any.  I had maternity jeans, leggings (the best thing ever), workout pants, work pants, and then tops and tank tops.

Post # 7
1893 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

Chrissy26:  Your bump is adorable!

Post # 8
856 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

lovekiss:  hahaha not creepy aallll 🙂 thank you

Post # 10
2580 posts
Sugar bee


lovekiss:  I was thinking the same thing some people look amazing pregnant!

Post # 11
3432 posts
Sugar bee

When I was pregnant, I wore a lot of dresses.  I just wore regular dresses with some give to allow for boob expansion haha.  But just basically maxi dresses, which hid the bump when it was small and I just looked like I ate a few cheese burgers and then accuentuated it when I was really large as seen below.

Post # 12
4163 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

I’m almost 28 weeks, and I’ve found that I still can wear a number of my tops (although I have two boxes of “post-baby” clothes), and I’m still wearing a couple of regular skirts with elastic waists. Maternity pants were a must, and I bought them in my regular size. Ebay is a GREAT resource for inexpensive maternity clothes- I got 3 pairs of jeans for $25. I’m usually not a big fan of consignment clothes, but both baby and maternity clothes are going to be gently worn, and you will save a ton of money. I’ll probably have spent around $200-$250 total for maternity wear, which I’m going to resell afterwards (we know we’re just doing this once.)

To help extend the life of clothes, I bought a bella band (used for about a month for my jeans), and bra extenders. A couple of weeks ago I had to get refitted for bras, and got several sports bras as well, since they’ll allow me to “grow” a bit more. If you get tunic-length tanks, you don’t need special maternity ones. Every time I go to Target, I check out the clearance racks (for me and baby). I needed a new bathing top, and instead of maternity one I got a tankini top one size larger today for $5.

I made the mistake of buying too many shirts on consignment early on ( And I bought two maternity sweaters (baby due in Nov), which I really didn’t need- if you have draping/long sweaters, those can go a long way.

Hope that helps!

Post # 14
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m 15 weeks and I’m still wearing my normal clothes. I’ve gained about 6 lbs so far, but somehow I’m still fitting into my skinny jeans (although just barely at this point). Some days my abdomen is fuller than others so on those days I’ll use a rubber band. I’ve been wearing peasant tops and tunics all summer and if I hadn’t announced my pregnancy at 12 weeks, I really don’t think anyone would be able to tell even now.  I highly recommend non-maternity loose fitting blouses and tunics for early in the pregnancy that can be worn post-pregnancy, leggings, and dresses.

Post # 15
3047 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m at 25 weeks and I still wear my normal tops, just paired with pregnancy jeans. I also have a couple of normal shorts that still works and any dress with a little bit of stretch is totally fine as well, only thing is you do get a bit of a high-low effect that wasn’t there before! 🙂 Not the best photo, but you get the idea from this image – the hem used to be even (this was about a week and a half ago, but since I’m holding my belly the effect is a little enhanced):

The only clothes I’ve packed away at this point are cotton dresses and shirts/blouses with no stretch.

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