Post # 1
When did you start needing to wear maternity clothes (or items, such as Bella bands, etc). I’m bloating like crazy, and I’m having a hard time with my pants being uncomfortable tight around my middle. Because its all bloat and no baby yet, I don’t want to rush out and buy anything, especially if the bloat is going to go away.
Post # 3
@redsmarties: With my first baby I needed maternity clothes my the 3rd month. Probably by 10 weeks really. (I am 5’2″ though, so there isn’t much room for the baby to grow except for out). With my second baby I needed to wear maternity clothes almost as soon as the second pink line appeared. (I am not kidding)
Post # 4
Well, I starting buying mat clothes pretty much right away – I know I’m going to be bigger in the summer, and the clearnance sales for summer items are awesome right now. I’m still in regular clothes at 7 wks, though – we’ll see how long that lasts.
So much food. So little time.
Post # 5
@redsmarties: If you go out and buy maternity clothes now its longer that you will get your money’s worth out of them. Im almost 12 weeks and have Bella bands but I don’t like wearing them (they block off my pockets of my work pants and it annoyed me). I’m in between maternity clothes and regular clothes. The non maternity pants are my main problem. I only have 1 pair of maternity jeans and they get a lot of action in my wardrobe. I just bought some sweaters on sale a size larger than I normally wear so that I can get through winter with them hopefully. Old Navy maternity has been my best friend for pricing.
Post # 6
I needed maternity pants by the end of my first trimester. At 18 weeks, I’m starting to wear some maternity tops and maternity tanks under my more roomy pre-pregnancy tops.
I wore a lot of dresses with leggings before I actually went out and bought new pants. I couldn’t stand my too-tight jeans.
Post # 7
I’m 8 weeks and I broke down and bought 2 pairs of maternity jeans. I can’t button my jeans and having to fix my belly band whenever I stand up is really getting on my nerves. I know it’s just bloat but I’ve got to be comforftable during the day.
@MrsDW: I hate how my bands block off my pockets too!
Post # 8
Maybe around 20 weeks ? I was about 14 weeks pregnant when we got married & you couldn’t tell. People who didn’t know didn’t believe me-us. Buy things a little bigger that way you can use them longer. I personally think maternity are expensive so if your not gonna be able to wear long do not splurge.
Post # 9
@redsmarties: I think the rule could be, if you are uncomfortable, grab something to make you comfy. I am coming up to 13 weeks now and I couldn’t wear my jeans but I can wear some of my more stretchy pre-pregnancy clothes like tunic tops etc.
I wanted to wait till about 14 weeks before I bought anything, partly because I am superstitious (pointless, I know) but also because although buying maternity clothes does seem fun now, we will be stuck wearing them for a long time. So I thought, while I can kind of make do with my normal attire, I may as well!
Good Luck and I hope you are enjoying your pregnancy!
Post # 10
I’m 15 weeks and still in normal clothes! But I’m pretty tall and have a fair amount of room in there so baby isn’t pushing out much yet. I am down to only one pair of jeans that fits (they are very low rise and hit under my tiny bump) and I’ve been wearing a lot of leggings and roomy normal shirts lately. Once I start to feel uncomfortable it will be time for maternity clothes. So if you’re feeling uncomfortable now, I’d probably get a few things. You may lose the bloat in a few weeks and be able to wear normal clothes for a little while again ( I lost my bloat around 12-13 weeks), but you might as well have them for later on anyway!
Post # 11
i skipped the bella band and went straight o maternity pants at about 12- 13 weeks. i was just too uncomfortable. i got mine on sale at kohls and a used clothing resale place so it wasnt too expensive. i’m still wearing regular long tank tops (most are from h&m) and sweaters with my maternity pants (at 33 weeks) so i havent spent an aweful lot on clothes 🙂
Post # 12
@MrsDTMajor: I thought I was the only one annoyed about the pockets! I hate adjusting them every time I stand up too.
Post # 13
@redsmarties: If you’re not comfy in your clothes, go ahead with the maternity stuff. Honestly I bloated at 6-14 ish weeks, had maybe a week where I “slimmed down” and then was back to having a belly this time because of baby. If you buy maternity now, you can probably wear it throughout the pregnancy and if you have a few weeks where you aren’t bloated before you really fill out maternity stuff, you can wear your prepregnancy clothes.
Post # 14
I bought my first pair of maternity pants loong before the 12 week mark…I can’t remember exactly now, but I want to say that it was between 6-8 weeks. I was SUPER bloated.
I also gained a little weight before getting pregnant (oops), so my own clothes were tight anyway. I bought more maternity stuff at 12 weeks, because that point I honestly did not fit into any of my other pants, even the ones that I had bought a few weeks earlier that had an elastic band in the back.
I didn’t go crazy though, I only bought 1 pair black pants, 1 pair khakis,1 pair gray pants, and 1 pair jeans. I supplement those with some leggings, etc that still fit.
I will buy more, but I’m not due til May and I don’t want to overload on winter stuff when I know I’ll be at my biggest in the spring months.
Also, I wear maternity tops, but my own tops still fit, just maybe a bit short. (I’m 15 weeks now.)
Post # 15
I didn’t read the answers of others, but I saw BUY THEM WHENEVER YOU WANT!!!!!! You’re preggers – you’re going to need them eventually so the longer you use them, the more use you get for your $$.
Put it this way, a friend of mine at work was explaining to me that when she POAS’ed and found out she was pregnant with her second child, she went straight to her closet and dug out her maternity leggings. Her husband looked at her and asked her what she was doing. Her response? “I’m pregnant so I get to wear these now and no one gets to judge me.”
On the more practical side – the bella band was helpful to bridge the gap during the bloating times. But really you’re going to need all this stuff eventually anyway – so why not buy now?
Post # 16
I think I transitioned to maternity jeans around 7-8 weeks because they caused me pain when sitting down, and with being nauseous I couldn’t stand anything tight on my stomach and then just now at almost 14 weeks I’m going in to maternity work pants. No maternity tops but I have a feeling a lot of my tops will work for quite a while.
My vote is whenever you are uncomfortable! There’s no right answer because everyone’s body changes and grows at different speeds.