Where and how to shop for maternity pants and bras?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Congrats!  I’m 16 weeks, and I’m mostly in maternity clothes by now.  I’ve liked Old Navy for shirts, but I honestly hate their pants – I find the way they design their panels to be very awkward and uncomfortable.  My favorite pants are from Motherhood Maternity – I love their Secret Belly Fit full panel pants (I have both skinny jeans and leggings with that style of panel).  I’ve also found a pair of jeans at Target that work for me because they have a very similar panel – it’s just stretchy elastic all the way up to the bra line, instead of having a binding elastic band at the top.

As far as bras, I can’t help much other than to say that I do believe they will continue to grow – from what I understand, most women have growth spurts at a few different points during pregnancy.  So far I’ve been getting by with just using a bra extender on the new bras I had just bought before getting pregnant, but I think they’ve grown more recently and that’s not going to be able to work much longer.  I would say not to buy nursing bras just yet – that was my initial instinct, but you might not even be able to use them once baby comes and your milk comes in if they don’t fit anymore.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I would suggest going to Motherhood Maternity and Target to just look at some bras and try them on. Figure out your size then look on eBay! Those things are expensive so try there or some swap pages on Facebook 

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I’m still working out the bra situation; I grew a lot at the beginning (1-2 cup sizes) but have just been muddling through. I’m 25 weeks now and decided I actually needed some new bras. I got two underwire bras from Motherhood Maternity. If you are comfortable with soft bra / wireless styles, you have a big more leeway as far as fit. (Personally I can’t stand wireless except for maybe sleep/nursing bras when the time comes.) My friend recommended I get a nursing tank top from Target, and I LOVE it! (This one: http://www.target.com/p/basics-women-s-felicity-slimming-nursing-cami-7402/-/A-14579249#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=nursing+cami ) I can wear it under other shirts as a foundation garment, and also it’s long enough to cover the first/early second trimester belly. (I’m actually still wearing it now at 25 weeks, it’s super stretchy.)

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

I would suggest checking out Motherhood Maternity. If you have a Gordman’s near you, they usually have a nice sized maternity section. I had actually lost around 30 pounds before I got pregnant, so I just wore my older bras from before I lost the weight (I went from a 36D to a 34B and right back to a 36D). I would suggest just buying cheaper bras as you grow or investing in some nice nursing bras. Dita Von Teete has a BEAUTIFUL maternity/nursing line at destination maternity. Also, I found a belly band to be a great purchase too. I bought mine at Target and I was able to stay in most of my pants up until my last trimester. Good luck!  

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Motherhood maternity has good pants/leggings. For nursing bras I got these at walmart or used Camis with built in bras. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I am almost 8 months along now and haven’t bought any “maternity” clothing except for thongs and panties from Thyme Maternity. The absence of elastic bands is amazing and so comfy. Otherwise, I have just been wearing tights and leggings with a waist that isn’t too tight and then folding the waistband under my belly. Then I’ve just been wearing dresses and oversized shirts and sweaters overtop. Or shirts that are form-fitting yet stretchy and long enough to cover my crotch/butt in the leggings. It’s fortunate because the loose-fitting, ‘oversized’ look is in style right now so there’s a lot of selection. I’ve just been finding cool stuff at thrift stores, random boutiques, and also places like Nordstrom. My goal is to have to buy as few maternity garments as possible and more stuff that I’ll still be able to wear when I’m no longer pregnant. 

As for bras, I’ve just been getting cotton bras with no underwire with a little extra room to grow. I’m pretty much going to wait almost until baby is born to get nursing bras because I just don’t know how much I’ll grow. I made the mistake of buying a nice supportive bra thinking I would grow into and I outgrew it in like two weeks… and I’m not even growing that much, and I was an A cup to begin with. 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by  sara.anna.
Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Wow, I just used the word ‘grow’ about 6 times in that last paragraph. lol

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m 24 weeks pregnant, and my favorite maternity clothing has come from JCrew, Seraphine, and Gap. It costs more, but the fit (at least for me) is better and more flattering. Plus I’ll eventually be able to consign it at an upscale maternity boutique and recoup at least a little bit of money.

As for bras, I just bought 2 cheapish ones from Target 2 weeks ago. My breasts have been fuller since pregnancy and my ribcage expanded, but I only went from 32B to a 34B. It didn’t seem worth it to me to invest in anything expensive when a). my breasts will probably grow more b). I’ll either be a new size post-pregnancy or I’ll be able to fit back into my regular bras. I’d buy bras on an as needed basis, and I’d get only what I absolutely needed.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by  Bride2BeeVA28.
Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

greenidlady:  A bra extender is just a little piece of fabric with extra sets of hooks – so it doesn’t add any size to the cups, but it might help your bras last a little longer as it gives you more room to let the hooks out if the band is feeling tight.  I got a set of them at Target in their lingerie section. (I was a 34D pre-pregnancy, and so far it’s still working to wear those bras with the extender, but the cups are very full, so if I grow any more I know I’m going to need to just buy a couple new bras)

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

If you’re only eight weeks, there is a good chance your breasts will continue to get larger, so I wouldn’t spend much on new bras yet.  You want a bra that fits and is comfortable, but you don’t want to shell out major bucks for something that’s not going to fit you in a month or two.  I would buy one or two for now that aren’t going to break the break, then you can buy a larger size(s) if needed later on.

Stores like Old Navy, Target, and Kohl’s have a decent selection of maternity clothes online. However, they have very little selection in-store, (the Old Navy near me seriously had ONE rack of maternity stuff when I stopped in).  They also have decent return policies, so if you’re not sure of what size you’ll need of something, you can buy two and return the one that doesn’t fit.  Or if you’re like me and you buy a shirt that look adorable online, then it arrives and you try it on and it’s so long on your short self it makes you look ridiculous….   I have a woman in my pregnancy group who worse her own clothes the entire pregnancy, and never needed maternity clothes.  I, however, felt soooo much more comfortable in them before I was even out of the first trimester.  Several stores carry belly bands that you can buy, as well.  They are basically a tube of fabric you wear over your hips and belly, and they keep your pants up and allow you to stay in your old pants longer, (you can leave them unbuttoned and/or unzipped under the band).  I used those for a bit, especially at work, until my body told me I needed to buy actual maternity pants.  

Motherhood Maternity is awesome, especially if you have a location near you so you can try on stuff.  They had a neat fake belly in the dressing room you can put on while you’re trying on stuff. When I went, I was barely starting to show, so it gave me an idea of how the clothes would fit over my belly as my pregnancy progressed.  They are a little more expensive than the other stores, but because maternity is all they do, they have a wonderful selection.  

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Not sure about bras, but pants wise most of my friends just size up in regular pants because they find them more flattering and less matronly. Also, they live in leggings and dresses, etc. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

for bras do you live by tj maxx or marshals? they have super cheap bras

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

I got my maternity pants at motherboodcloset.com and ebay- cheap is good! Bra extenders are well worth it-I’m using them again at 37+ weeks. I got measured at motherhood maternity somewhere after 20 weeks when I was spilling out. Bought a couple there, and also went to Gap Body and Target for sale bras. My favorites have been the more sports-like/cushy bras.

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