Post # 1
I’m 8 1/2 weeks and getting larger. No real belly yet, just softer and… wider? I’ve gained 5-10 lbs depending on the day and the bloat. I know that I’m not supposed to have gained that much yet but I think its a combo of being underweight, less active, eating more dairy and meat (I was almost vegan prior) and taking extra progesterone. I finally had a mini breakdown this morning when nothing fits except one pair of fat jeans that are uncomfortable and some leggings that give me muffin top. I want to hold out on buying anything until I hit the 12 week mark but that might not be an option.
Have you bought maternity clothes this early? What do you suggest buying first?
Canadian bees, where do you shop for mat wear?
Post # 3
@bella128: I started buying stuff at 10 weeks, so no – you’re not crazy for wanting to get into something now. Honestly, it’s better to go and buy a few key pieces so you can be comfortable as you’re only going to get bigger. You’ll have lots of time to “grow into” mat clothes too.
My biggest advice – don’t buy too much. As the seasons change and your body changes, you’ll want more/different things to wear. I bought a TON of summer clothes and now that it’s cold (i’m in Ontario) I wish I had bought a few more pairs of pants and sweaters and not as many pairs of Capris and tanks. I’d say buying 3-5 pieces per season is more than enough to get by on, at least it was for me.
As for what to buy – I’d go and buy a pair (or two, if there is a deal on) of maternity jeans. I like the full panel style as i found the lower/ 1/4 panel just felt funny and never sat right. You’re probably going to be fine wearing regular tops for a while, so i’d save your $ on those. Get a nice pair (or again, two if you can find some sales) of work pants so you can be comfy 24/7. Since boot season is here (if you wear fun boots 😉 ) I’d get a pair of regular jeans, and maybe a pair of skinny jeans to get you through most of the winter!
I shop at Motherhood Maternity and Thyme Maternity. I find the Thyme stuff to be less expensive for the most part, but less selection. Motherhood has some really nice lines (they carry Jessica Simpson maternity jeans which are h-e-a-v-e-n-ly … I just bought a pair of JS Maternity skinny jeans at 37 weeks pregnant and they are a DREAM!) and they have lots of selection. They often have a BOGO event on, lots of styles and decent sales and clearance racks. Also, if you are on a tight budget, check out Kijiji adds – lots of people sell all their maternity clothes as a lot for cheap (like $100 for all their stuff!). Whatever size you were pre-pregnancy, will be your maternity clothes size – if you were a size small before, buy size small maternity clothes etc.
Good luck, and congrats!
Post # 4
I started wearing maternity clothes around 8-9 weeks. I’m 13 weeks tomorrow and have only gained 5lbs, but I bloated really bad, quickly.
I didn’t want to buy anything new at that point either, so I got all of mine second hand I used Kijiji… thrift stores will also have some, as will once upon a child, and other childrens second hand stores. Mom to mom sales are also a great place to pick up second hand toys once your baby gets bigger 🙂
Post # 5
@bella128: I got my first pair of maternity jeans at 9 weeks. I got the demi panel jeans at old navy and they were wonderful for about 6 weeks when i traded them in for the full panel.
We all buy maternity clothes at different times but dont feel down on yourself. I had some bloating and weight gain in the beginning but I have still only gained about 15 lbs and I am 28 weeks pregnant. I dont know how much you plan to gain but I was hoping 25-30 total.
Post # 6
- Wedding: April 2012 - Chateau Briand
I started wearing maternity clothes very early on (I don’t remember exactly when but def before the 12 week mark). Honestly, the way I see it is: you’re going to eventually have to buy maternity clothes; why not get it early so you get the MOST use out of it?
Post # 7
@bella128: I bought my first pair of maternity pants at less than 8 weeks because I couldn’t fit into any of my new scrub pants. I had to continue to purchase as weeks went by. I would cave and buy some maternity pants. They are seriously comfy. I am at 16 weeks and just bought my first wto pairs of leggings/yoga pants last week because I am having a hard time with my dang sweat pants now.
Post # 8
I think I got some maternity work pants and leggings around 13 weeks. I could wear my jeans much longer with the rubber band/hair tie but my work pants don’t work like that. I was luckily not to get any bloating until about 11 or 12 weeks though. I’m running out of time on my jeans though so I need some ASAP (I’m 18 weeks Thursday). I got my work pants from GAP since I usually have good luck with their jeans. I’m trying to wait for a sale to get jeans but having no luck so far.
I love the leggings though, it’s mostly what I’ve been wearing around the house/weekend the past few weeks.
If you need them, get them! I would just advise to buy one or two pairs of pants and then wait on anything else. Because some people grow out of those eventually and need something new. I got the full panel pants because I read they were more comfortable later on…even though they seemed like they might be uncomfortable early. Right now I still have the panel folded down so it works great, when I’m big I can use the full panel.
Buy them in your normal size.
Post # 9
Hello! I was in maternity shorts this past summer fairly early on. I started out pregnancy overweight and just about ready to bump up to the next size anyway. Honestly…first trimester can be miserable enough, I say wear what makes you comfortable!
Some advice I took from my husband’s cousin was that near the end, all she wanted to do was live in dresses/skirts and leggings. I focused on spending money on those types of things, especially since some can change seasons fairly easily with adding a cardigan. I also second (third?) the full panel versus demi. The demi panel slips really easily.
I’ve actually really liked Old Navy’s maternity clothes. I feel like they were made better than their non-maternity items. Their jeans still fit me weirdly (they never really fit well to begin with), but I splurged on a pair from Gap.
Post # 10
I started buying at 10 weeks too b/c of the bloat, by 13 weeks it was turning to bump.
I’m plus size but did get some cute things at Thyme Maternity and Motherhood Maternity. And most recently got some amazingly cute sweaters and shirts at Old Navy in their itty bitty maternity section.
Post # 11
I’m 10 weeks and went and bought a couple pairs of half panel maternity pants around 7 weeks because of a major amount of bloat. I’m also craving carbs bigtime and although nauseous all the time, haven’t gotten sick very often so am not losing weight… gaining for sure. I swear though, my maternity jeans will be my thanksgiving dinner pants for years to come. I’m canadian … old navy is the only good spot around my area.
Post # 12
- Wedding: March 2014 - Narrawallee reserve/beach & Mollymook golf club
@bella128: While it is highly unlikely that you’ve actually got a legitimate bump yet, bloat is a VERY common side effect. I was using elastics on my pants at 8 weeks for work and not long after invested in some maternity leggings as well. Stocking up on maternity clothes early isn’t a bad thing either – I wish I had’ve sooner! There is a very limited choice for young pregnant women!
Post # 13
I bought a bella band for the early weeks (around 7 or 8?). That way I could still wear all my old pants but leave them unbottoned and even if my tops started to ride up, it just looked like I was wearing a tank top or something under. I think I bought official maternity pants around 14 or 15 weeks.
I also prefer the full panel. In the beginning I thought the demi panel was slipping because my bump wasn’t big enough, but they never stayed up – even now at 37+ weeks. Or maybe I just bought the wrong size?
Post # 14
@bella128: I was already buying maternity clothes at 8 weeks. Nothing fit anymore! I gained 11 pounds the first trimester and am still at the 11 pound gain at 18 weeks.
Post # 15
Buy maternity jeans with the demi panel. You will feel so much better and no one will be able to tell that you are wearing maternity. I bought my jeans in week 11 after suffering for a couple weeks and feeling like everything was too tight. Once I started wearing the maternity jeans, I was so much more comfortable! I’d make that your first purchase and then see what you need to buy as you go on.
Post # 16
I would buy a few maternity clothes but don’t buy too much just yet. Your body goes through a lot of changes when you’re pregnant and the maternity stuff you buy now might not fit later on in your pregnancy (I found this out the hard way). Maybe I’m just cheap but I found Motherhood Maternity and Thyme to be VERY expensive. There’s no way I’m going to spend $50 on a t-shirt! I have bought most of my clothes either at Old Navy, H&M or second hand (Kijiji, thrift stores, second-hand kids clothing stores).