(Closed) What size of maternity clothes?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: What size?
    Size 10 : (9 votes)
    56 %
    Size 12 : (5 votes)
    31 %
    Other, please comment : (2 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @Monny:  at both shops I have been to and bought from you buy in whichever size you were pre-pregnancy. i am an extra small in most tops and about a 0-2 in pants and have bought all my maternity clothes so far in an xs or s. Some shops offer pants in a regular or long fit as well so something to keep in mind. Hope that helps!! 

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I think you’re asking what size you need to buy in the US based on your UK size? Your question isn’t all that clear though. I can’t be much help because I’m from Australia, but US sizes are quite different to UK. most shops should have sizing charts to help though if you can take your measurements?

    Post # 5
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    1401 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I totally know how this feels. I used to live in a really rural village in Asia (working for an NGO), and ordering clothes from home was always such a gamble with sizing! 

    US sizes typically run 2 smaller than the UK, so if you’re normally a 10, that’s a US 6. Places like Gap run big, so a 6 would probably be more like a UK 12 or even 14. I’m an 8/10 in the UK, and I used to wear a US 2 at Gap. My XS maternity stuff from Gap fits me now (though I’ll probably grow out of it in a few weeks) even though I’m almost 6 months pregnant with twins. Meanwhile, my bump is starting to suffocate in my UK 12 Topshop maternity leggings! All things considered, I’d say to go for an 8. You’ll want room to grow, and as you begin to gain weight, you may find that you don’t just put it all on in bump. Loose is definitely most comfortable in pregnancy! Too loose may mean that you feel frumpy, though, which is no good. 

    I’m American but live in the UK, so I could probably tell you how lots of store sizes compare. What store are you looking to buy from? 

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’m a size 4 or 6 and small in shirts or dresses. I bought mediums when I bought maternity clothes even the size charts said to buy small. I just felt like I had gained weight, not just normal baby weight, so I wanted to make sure the clothes weren’t too small. I wish I’d stuck with the size charts though and bought the smalls because the clothes, especially the pants,  are definitely a little too big. So, I say stick with whatever your normal size is when buying! 

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’m usually a size 2 in pants (pre pregnancy) and I have been buying small in maternity jeans/leggings. For tops, I’m usually an XS or S pre-pregnancy – for maternity tops, it depends on the store – I mostly buy smalls, but if its a tighter fitting shirt, then I will buy a medium.

    I would just buy what size you normally are, but as you get further along you may find you have to size up, especially if your boobs get a lot larger. (Mine only went up a cup size, but I’m now 30 weeks pregnant and a lot of the tops I bought when I was around 16 weeks are a little tight now.)

    Post # 8
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    664 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Try to figure out your US size first. My sister is 5’3″ and 130lbs and she definitely doesn’t wear a 10 or 12. I think she’s closer to a 6 or 8.

    Post # 12
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    3697 posts
    Sugar bee

    What do the women where you’re living do for maternity clothes? Maybe you could find a local seamstress and have a few things made up that would be tailored exactly to you?

    (I’m hoping to sew at least some of my maternity clothes.)

    Post # 13
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    Go with your pre pregnancy size!  All my clothes still fit at 36 weeks following that suggestion

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    @Monny:  Aha! I think the guidelines are to go with pre-preg sizes, and I think you’ll be fine with Next or New Look as the maternity stuff seems pretty generous. The only place I’ve had to move up a size or two is Topshop, but that’s only because the leggings go over my bump, which is bigger than usual. Cute stuff, though–have you considered buying there as well? 

    I do think that some women just put on pregnancy weight differently. It’s probably a good idea to wait and see how you start gaining before buying specific sizes. I know lots of women who put on a pregnancy booty or pregnancy thighs more than a belly, in which case you’d need a bigger size. With things that have less ‘give’, maybe get a few items in the next size up as well, just so you’ve got something comfy to grow into if necessary?

    Post # 15
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    920 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I would say you would be a small.  I know maternity clothes here are small medium large

    I am 5’4” and was a size 6 pre pregnancy – weighing around 135 – and am still in small maternity pants at 32 weeks.

    Post # 16
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    664 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @Monny:  Oh, got it. Then definitely order your pre-pregnancy size. I have some maternity clothing my size and some a size up (just because I’m really small and it’s hard to find things my size) and I look like a little girl playing dress-up in the ones that are a size up.

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