Post # 1
I’m almost 13 weeks, and so far I’ve been making due with my regular clothes. However, they are starting to get tight and I can pretty much only wear my “fat pants” comfortably for the whole day. So I’ve only got a few things I can actually wear at this point. I’m still trying to conceal at work for a few more weeks.
I need to get some more clothing for work and weekends, but I’m not sure what to get since I’ll be growing for the next 6+ months. I don’t want to spend a ton of money on clothes that I will just outgrow in a month or 2, but I really don’t want to lose my style just because I’m pregnant.
What are your suggestions? Should I start getting maternity stuff already? Will the maternity pants even fit me at this point? I’ve also thought about getting a few things at the thrift store in regular sizes, just a bit bigger.
What are/were your pregnancy staples that you wore a lot and were worth the money? Specific suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
@babymakes3: I think your thrift store idea sounds best. Go ahead and buy a size up in a couple pair of pants, sweaters, and basics. Most you could spend would be $30 at a thrift store for that kind of stuff.
Then in a couple of weeks start looking into maternity clothes.
Post # 4
I say go for it! I bough a few things here and there, since I had/have no idea how much bigger I’ll be getting. I picked up a pair of half-panel maternity jeans on clearance around 12-13 weeks. Also, I used the “hair elastic-through-the-button hole” trick more than a few times.
I shopped the sales racks at Kohl’s, Old Navy, Target, and Motherhood Maternity and picked up things like tank tops, another pair of jeans (with a full panel), and some basic t-shirts and a few sweaters.
As I’ve grown, I have grabbed a few more pieces here and there so it wasn’t a giant upfront expense. I got a nursing bra when my cheap-o transitional Target bra got too tight. I picked up a few sweater dresses that I can wear with leggings and boots.
I also still wear workout or yoga pants that are not maternity because they are so comfy & fit under my bump. I don’t have a winter coat yet either, but anything more than an open fleece makes me feel like I’m so hot I’m about to burst into flames (thank you, hormones) so I doubt I’ll be getting a heavy coat at all.
Post # 5
I think I started wearing maternity pants around 13 weeks! I have a pretty complete maternity wardrobe, but its not a lot of stuff! I just bought things I could mix and match. I would recommend basic tees and tanks from Target. You can layer your regular cardigans, jackets, etc over them and just don’t button them. My maternity pants are all from Motherhood and GAP, but watch for sales! My GAP maternity jeans were only $10 each. I also got a lot of cute stuff from ASOS that I can wear throughout my pregnancy and after baby is born. I got them in season-neutral styles (think 3/4 sleeves etc) so I can wear them whenever I want. I have a couple of things from Old Navy, but the quality isn’t my favorite and the cut isn’t flattering on me. I also got away with my regular jeans from weeks 12-16 by doing the ‘hair tie trick’, i.e., looping a hair tie through my jeans buttonhole and fastening it on the snap. I just bought a couple things here and there as I got bigger, keeping in mind what I already had to work with.
A lot of people tell you to buy a belly band like the Bella Band brand, but they didn’t work for me at all. They compressed my tummy and made me feel awful, and it also tended to roll on my hips. Try one on before deciding! For some people they work perfectly!
Post # 6
@ellebeerob: So when you do the hairband trick, do you just wear one of the long tanks or tees to cover it?
Post # 7
@babymakes3: Yep! I got away with it for quite a while 🙂
Post # 8
I liked to layer a tank top with a t-shirt (short, 3/4, or long sleeve) so I would tuck the tank into my scrubs or regular jeans, and leave the t-shirt over top of my waistband to cover the hair elastic. I could still zip my pants all the way up though, so my pants weren’t hanging wide open or anything.
Post # 9
You can also get basic dark skinny jeans at walmart ( I know, gasp!), but you can just buy them in a giant size that feels comfortable and then you can basically give them away when you are done!! They were 11 dollars! I think most skinnies are pretty basic so nobody would know!
Also I heard chidren’s resale shops sometimes have a maternity section – you could always check it out!
So far I have only gotten a pair of maternity jeans from the Loft and some normal dresses that will double as a maternity shirt.
Post # 10
I loved old navy jeans prepregnancy… Now the maternity ones don’t fit right and keep falling down. I would not buy cheap pants because my motherhood maternity ones are amazing. I buy old navy & target for shirts. And the sales racks at motherhood.
Post # 11
I had to transition to maternity clothes right around that same time. I haven’t bought a ton of things, but my wardrobe staples have been: two pairs of jeans (I can wear jeans to work, I got a pair of skinny jeans with a demi panel and a pair of full panel bootcuts. Both dark washes to dress up or down), a few tank tops that I layer with open cardigans (non-maternity), stretchy empire waist dresses (non-maternity) with leggings, and a few simple maternity tees that I got on sale. Thrift/consignment stores are a good option, since maternity wear isn’t used for very long.
Post # 12
As @ellebeerob said, it’s a bit different for everyone, but the Belly Band worked great for me during my first trimester, it kinda looks like just the bottom of a tank top so it tricks people into thinking I’m just layering, but it’s made of a stretchy material that holds my pants up and I can just leave them undone.
But when you do decide to go ahead and get maternity pants, they really should fit for just about your whole pregnancy if you get the right kind – the top has a super stretchy panel that should fit at pretty much any point in your pregnancy.
Post # 13
I’d go ahead and start buying maternity pants. They’re designed to fit through your entire pregnancy, and you’re going to need them eventually, so you may as well buy early and get your money’s worth.
I’ve had to spend a lot on work clothes because I have to wear business attire and I have to look polished. So I’ve bought dress pants, skirts, and a couple of jackets at Pea in the Pod. It’s expensive, but I haven’t found good quality professional clothes anywhere else.
Casual clothes are easier. I have a couple pairs of maternity jeans for when I’m not at work, but to keep my spending down I’m also wearing a lot of pre-pregnancy leggings and yoga pants that fit under my belly, and tunic tops or peasant tops that I’ll be to wear post-pregnancy, too.
You can find some great deals on casual and business casual stuff at Gap Maternity… seems like they are always having additional % off sale promos.
Post # 14
@babymakes3: Congrats on the baby : ) I actually never had to go and get maternity pants (don’t hit me), but I also didn’t go full term (7 months before I delivered). I did, however, need new shirts for work. I bought a lot of tanks (1-2 sizes up) that I wore under sweaters, cardigans, etc. I also like really flowly shirts (bohemian style) and because they are flowy, I could fit into them really easily.
Post # 15
I caved and bought maternity pants pretty early on. I just folded the panel down. I LOVE them and don’t ever want to go back. I wear a lot of pre-pregnancy cardigans over maternity tanks with a scarf or a fun necklace. That way, you’re just wearing maternity pants and a tank, and it saves you money. I’ve been lucky to get some hand me downs, which has really saved me some money. Target has some great stuff for cheap. As does Old Navy. That’s where most of my stuff has come from.
Post # 16
@jaci326: I do kind of want to hit you 😉 I have HAD to wear maternity pants since before 20 weeks.
My theory is that if you are going to have to buy them at some point anyway, you might as well get more use out of them. So buy them early. I suggest the fully panel ones because at about 7 months I had to stop wearing the semi panel ones– they became uncomfortable. We have several maternity and baby thrift stores nearby me (I live in a large metro area) and found several very cheap pant options. As far as shirts, since I tend to wear long shirts anyway, I still have plenty that are not maternity that I can wear. And I am pretty big now at 32 weeks. 🙂 Good luck!