Maternity clothes tips

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’m living in maxi skirts/dresses right now. I don’t feel bad buying them because I used them before pregnancy and can easily wear them afterwards. I just bought a belly band so I can extend the life of my shorts.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m 27 weeks now. I invested in a pair of good maternity leggings and then just wear a lot of dresses. Maternity clothes are ridiculously expensive, so I just buy normal dresses with a bit of stretch or that are loose fitting.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Get your hands on used stuff. I inherited almost an entire wardrobe from my sister, and did a lot of shopping at a maternity consignment store near my parents’ house. I got a bunch of great stuff there on the cheap! Anyone who has kids was pregnant at some point (obviously) … and many of them will still have bins/boxes of maternity clothes hiding in their house somewhere gathering dust. Take advantage!!!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

  I’m a little over 14 weeks, but I’ve been doing some shopping. One thing…if you shop online from Motherhood Maternity, make sure you really like what you buy, because if you return in-store, you will only get store credit back. You can mail in your return to get a refund, but you pay for shipping.

  I’m also enjoying seeing all of these posts! Keep them coming!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I started wearing maternity clothes (pants mostly) at around 8 weeks because my pants were hurting me even with the hair tie method. I’ve found that most maternity jeans tend to run a little loose (unless it’s fresh out of the dryer) so I wear a belly band with them to keep them up and snug. I think with maternity pants, you really have to try them on in person because I’ve found the fit to vary quite a bit between brands. I think the full panel ones (coupled with a belly band) have a longer shelf life than the ones with the tighter, but lower cut, bands. For jeans, the GAP maternity ones have been my go-to and I own multiple pairs. I’ve gotten compliments on them from people not knowing they’re maternity jeans. They go on sale a lot so wait for that! When I got mine, it was 50% off each pair.

I bought maternity maxi dresses from Old Navy because they’re relatively inexpensive and the patterns are generally pleasing to the eye. I think depending on your size and stature, you may be able to get away with regular maxi dresses. The main issue would be the bust area, not so much the tummy area. I am petite so the maxi skirts have been a hit or miss with me.

As for tops, I wore a lot of drape-y, loose tops prior to being pregnant so I’m still wearing those at 26 weeks. I did pick up maternity tanks and tees but depending again on your built and stature, you may be able to continue wearing your normal tees (but they’ll look shorter) and tanks. The difference IMO is that the maternity tees/tanks emphasize the baby bump more because of the ruching on the sides.

I would stick with less expensive, non-maternity-focused stores, like GAP, H&M and Old Navy, rather than maternity-centric stores. I find that those tend to be pricey (for example, there were $200 maxi dresses at one I went to and they were NOT flattering at all) and not necessarily better fitting. The non-maternity stores tended to have better sales, although the selection in store is small. GAP has the greatest variety and often change the product mix.

Belly bands will be your friend if you wear a lot of pants. 🙂

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I found a bunch of stuff at Kohl’s, and my mom found me a clearance coat that was regularly $100 for $25 since its the middle of summer right now. I also got lucky because my cousin and his wife just had a baby, and she ave me a TON of clothes. She’s a medium and I’m a small, but I’m making it work since I don’t really feel like buying all new clothes!  She got most of her stuff at Motherhood, but Target is good too.  

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@squishycupcake:  My sister and I aren’t really the same size either (I’m 5 inches taller and was a size 6 to her size 10) but oddly enough, a lot of the clothes work just fine on me. Definitely at least give her stuff a try — you might not be able to wear ALL of it, but I’m sure there will be some stuff that works for you, and every little bit helps!!!

I also second everyone saying go for the cheap stores. I LOVE Old Navy maternity. Basic stuff, quite cheap.

Also second the vote to try on any maternity pants before you buy them. Everyone told me the full panel pants were better, but my two favorite pairs of pants are actually demi panel … go figure! So you really don’t know until you put them on. And then do some squats, sit down, stand up, pretend to tie your shoe, etc. See how badly they fall down before you spend a bunch of money on them, haha.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

I liked the article on Babycenter that listed the Perfect 10 Must Have Maternity Pieces. I’ve been shopping at regular stores but in the maternity section (Target, Old Navy, etc). The specialty stores like Motherhood seem a bit pricey.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@iarebridezilla:  That’s interesting that you like the demi panel. I wonder if it has to do with how you carry? I carry really high and I’m really petite with all of extra weight I put on as a baby bump in the front. As such, only the full panel is comfortable on me because it fits over the bump. The demi panel was fine when I was first pregnant and my bump was less pronounced but now it would just cut right in the middle of the bump which isn’t very comfortable.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@lilbluebird:  I think I misspoke — it’s not demi panel that I like but the really small band of elastic just at the bottom. Not sure what that kind is called! I am also slender and carry entirely in front, so I kind of like that the panel just stays down out of the way. I like to wear mostly fitted tops, so at this point I feel like with full panels, the elastic line of the top of the panel is always visible through my shirts! And I have to wear tank tops under anything light-colored or else you can totally see the panel. Haha too many layers for this heat!!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@iarebridezilla:  Yes, that’s a good point. I don’t wear anything TOO tight fitting aside from ribbed tank tops (usually maternity with ruching) so I’m not as concerned about the band showing but it does show on occasions. I wear a belly band (and occasionally a maternity band) so I get what you’re saying about having too many layers but at least a belly band isn’t a full tank top. 🙂

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I don’t know about suits as I never needed one.

When I was pregnant last fall and winter, I lived in maternity skinny jeans with boots and fitted maternity tanks under open cardis.

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