Post # 1
I am 14 weeks pregnant today and sitting here at work I feel really uncomfortable in my clothes. I have a “bump” that I would probably characterize more looking like I have a beer gut or ate too much chinese food for lunch. I have my bella band for my pants but I just can’t seem to feel comfortable in any of my clothes anymore or with what I see in the mirror! Pre-pregnancy I was a size 2/4 pants and wore small size shirts and not too many things that were loose or flowy. So all of my clothes at the moment are getting tight. When I look in the mirror my rational side says “you are pregnant, your baby is growing, you look great!” but my irrational side says, “geeze you look big and those clothes look terrible!”
When did everyone start wearing maternity clothes? Any suggestions for this middle time where I’m getting bigger but not so big? Anyone else a bit shocked with the new image they see in the mirror?
(It also probably doesn’t help that a guy I work with said to me earlier in front of several co-workers, “I knew you were pregnant for a few weeks now. I saw you have a pooch and I knew.” JERK)
Post # 3
Go get yourself some maternity pants. It’s a little bit of a psychological hurdle to get over actually tranferring over to the maternity clothes, but you will feel and look so much better. Wearing proper fitting clothes will make you look smaller. Think about those people on shows like what not to wear who try to cram themselves into too small clothes and how much better they look after they get some clothing that actually fits. Obviously this situation is a little different but same concept. Plus, not having something pressing on your belly will make you feel better. I think I started wearing mostly maternity pants around 12 weeks.
Post # 4
I felt the same way– full blown maternity clothes looked a little silly on me when I started showing around the same time. I just ended up purchasing some looser cardigans and a couple cheap tops in a larger size until my body fully transitions. I did pick up a pair of maternity pants, which are completely fabulous and super comfy 🙂 Congrats, btw! (and your coworker is a complete a-hole.).
Post # 5
I got big fast, but I still struggle with how my body is looking. Switching over to maternity clothes did help me, but based on how you felt about the comment from a co-worker, it may not help you. When I started wearing maternity clothes, most people knew that I was pregnant, and not just gaining weight. I would much rather people know I was pregnant, then assume I drank to much beer.
I suggest purchasing some maternity tanks first. They are longer and will allow you to wear them under things to extend your wardrobe a little bit longer until you need actually maternity clothes. Give in and buy the pants. It makes a world of difference.
Post # 6
I fully transitioned to maternity clothes around 20 weeks. I was already in mostly maternity tops for the added length, but got sick of the bella band. (uncomfortable and HOT)
And I definitely went through a several-week phase where I just didn’t like looking in the mirror. At the gym, I did my free weights in an area with no mirrors so I didn’t have a gym-time breakdown. Once the bump became more “bump-like”, it got easier because only my tummy looked big, the rest of me still looked normal.
ETA: don’t wait to buy maternity clothes – you’ll get more use for your money if you start wearing them earlier.
Post # 7
I switched to maternity pants pretty much once my regular pants didn’t close anymore. I just wasn’t comfortable working all day in pants that weren’t buttoned even with the bella band. I really did not wear any maternity tops my entire pregnancy. I found a lot of regular clothes that I could wear if I got a bigger size. (They are a lot cheaper than maternity tops, which can be over 40 bucks for a t shirt!)
If you have Discovery stores near you, they have a ton of inexpensive tops that will work for you, especially the longer tanks.
Post # 8
I love maternity clothes but of youre not ready so
E plus sized clothes might also depths trick. Most are made oversized to hang loose and therefore hide tummys and such. With pants though def get maternity cause nothing else feels right oN the belly.
Post # 9
I agree with mwitter80, maternity tanks are amazing. I used clothes I had that were looser until I was about 17-19 weeks with bella bands and mat tanks. Pant wise, I have a 2 pairs of jeans (non mat but 2 sizes bigger) that are slip on but have a good amout of give/strech that I still wear as well as yoga pants that are amazing. I started gradually buying maternity tops and wish I would have sooner, they make me feel much more pregnant and much less bloated. If you can find reasonable deals it may be nice to start buying a few each week or two to build your wardrobe slowly. Like Goldlocks1107 said, it it nice to get use out of them.
Congrats and good luck!
Post # 10
Watch Old Navy and Gap.com – they always seem to have sales on maternity clothes. That’s when I stocked up on tanks.
Post # 11
I was super excited to buy maternity clothes, but not much of what I bought really worked for me. I bought them when I was around 16 weeks.
What might work for you, depending on your budget, is instead of buying maternity clothes now, is to buy regular clothes a size up (this is also helpful for after baby). I went to Maurices and bought a pair of work pants a size larger than normal and I wore that at least once a week until I had the baby (I rotated that with three pairs of actual maternity pants). I raided the Target and Old Navy clearance racks for Large sized tank tops, t shirts, polos and button down shirts to wear over the pants. Seriously, a polo from Motherhood Maternity was like $30. A L polo from Target was $7. Guess which one I bought? It might sound wasteful to buy clothes you may grow out of, but I spent about $100 on maternity clothes that I hardly wore, and about $100 on regular clothes that I wore every day.
Post # 12
@Tatum: Yeah I think this is what I might start doing. I have a pair of jeans that I accidentally bought too large that I’ve been wearing. I’ve looked at the maternity clothes around different places but just feel like I’m not at that size quite yet!
Post # 13
i started wearing maternity clothes at 25weeks, but everyone and every body is different. you will get more for your money if you buy now!!
Post # 14
I recommend buying some maternity clothes. Japanese Weekend makes a line called “During & After” that is designed to be worn (duh) during and after pregnancy. They work well for early pregnancy when maternity clothes seem huge and they are made for nursing afterward when you have a 3 month old and still look pregnant. They will fit you well now and aren’t a waste if you’re planning to nurse later. Kind of expensive but they are very well made and will last through several pregnancies.
Post # 15
I’ve been wondering for a while, but what do you do if you have to wear suits/panty hose/heels? Do they make maternity suits? Or do your offices make and exception for you because you’re pregnant?
Post # 16
I’m about to hit 15 weeks and having the same problem! Weekends are sorted for the time being – I’ve invested in some comfy lululemon pants (figured if I was going to live in gym gear it might as well be nice!) but I got back to work yesterday after a week’s holiday and was so uncomfortable sitting all day in my work pants. Today I’m wearing a wrap dress with tights under it which is better but not perfect. I’m so annoyed at myself for donating a whole bunch of too-big pants to charity late last year! I thought it was way too early to think about maternity gear but the posts here have me thinking otherwise – for now I might buy a couple of cheap pants a size bigger which should do after bub comes too, and a friend is offering to bring me some of her old maternity clothes too. I really didn’t expect to be so uncomfortable so soon, I still just look like I haven’t lost any Xmas weight 🙂