(Closed) Help with Pregnancy Clothes!

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@travellingfool:  I second the full panel pants.  I’m 7 months now, and at around 20 weeks or so I started hating anything with a semi panel.  It was so uncomfortable to have a tight, thick band of elastic squeezing my lower belly.

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I bought some maternity clothes at Ross. Also, there also lots of tutorials online on how to turn regular clothes into maternity clothes. The thrift store idea works well with this. As long as you can handle some basic sewing just look for those tutorials.

 

I mist add that I did splurge on one pair of maternity jeans from Motherhood. They were about $40 and sooo worth it! The full over the belly stretchy fabric was by far more comfortable than any of the other maternity pants from other stores. I wore those jeans all the time and bonus, they were cute!

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

motherhood maternity has tank tops (they are like $13 each) in a bunch of different colors. i bought about 7 of these and a few pairs of maternity jeans and i wear these everday with a different color tank and a sweater (non preggy).  i work in a casual office thank goodness… but yea! i havent spent too much on maternity clothes and i am comfortable and i feel like me 🙂

i never got into the long sleeve shirts because i overheat as is so tanks/ layering was the answer for me.

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i also recommend a full panel… much more comfy! and just buy in your regular size… i have worn mine from 13 weeks… i am now 38 weeks and they still fit fine 🙂

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Rustic mill, historical site

^That was at 30 weeks, I think

I stayed really tiny up until like, 25 weeks, you really couldn’t tell I was pregnant and nothing in the maternity stores fit me because I was too skinny.  I went to a thrift shop and bought a few pairs of jeans in a size up for comfort, and I bought a meter of plain knit fabric that I cut into bands and sewed over the bottom of the zipper leaving the pants unzipped and unbuttoned underneath the pannel… It’s kind of hard to explain, let me see if I can find some pictures or a tutorial (I can’t be the only person who’s done this)  But anyway, I wore these pants right till the end.  I did buy a few cute tops because I got a gift card to a maternity store, but I could have gotten away with wearing regular clothes in a size up.   There are lots of looser tops in fashion right now, loose in the middle but still has a waistband.

 

 

Ok, here you go.  I did pretty much this (except I didn’t buy a belly band, I made my own with stretch knit fabric, and I just stitched right over the fly of the jeans and left it open underneath.   After I had my son, I just ripped the stitches out and removed the band, and wore the jeans normally until I fit back into my old ones)

http://www.nattybydesign.com/2012/02/tutorial-diy-maternity-jeans.html

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@DaneLady:  I did just the same! Grabbed a few pieces in clearance racks here and there. Have used some more than others. But it is definitely great to have clothes to choose from since I work full time every day and for the weekends. Have tried to just get ‘staples’ that I can mix and match but I ended up buying a few sweaters that I haven’t used much. This is my first pregnancy so its been a learning experience so far. I will continue to wear some of the clothes after the baby and then it will get stored for my next pregnancy (some day).

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m around the same point as you, only comfy in my fat pants…  I bought a pair of maternity jeans and a pair of maternity pants, both with full panel.  The pants are awesome, but the jeans slip down a little and I have to yank them up as the day goes on.  I expect that issue to go away as my belly grows, but I still wear them as I don’t have good fat jeans sitting aroind at the moment.  So I say…go for it and get some nice maternity clothes that you can wear for the next six months.

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I got maternity jeans & pants around 13 weeks due to bloat and I was not comfortable in bella band. The jeans are still holding fine at 28 weeks but no longer wearing pants as its too cold. If you are going to buy maternity clothes you might as well get them now and max use of it. The maternity clothes come in same size as regular so I got usual size but if you are worried you could go up a size to be safe. I prefer the half panel but full panel works better to smooth my outie belly button.

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I bought maternity clothes at about seven weeks because I was really bloated and uncomfortable, but also because I didn’t want to stretch out and ruin my work clothes. I am really petite and the clothes fit fine. Maternity clothes are built to fit through all stages of pregnancy and they have loads of stretch in the butt and thighs too. I shopped sales and found them to be inexpensive, or at least far less expensive than my usual clothes.

Post # 27
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I got jeans really early on (around 12 or so weeks), I found these dug in first and were super painful. My work pants lasted a little longer.

I bought 2 pairs of dress pants and a pair of chords for work (business casual) and a pair of jeans as well. All of them full panel, I find these the most comfortable and they stay up the best.

I’m 18 weeks now and I still have lots of room to grow. You’re suppose to buy in your current size (or a little larger if the maternity version of your size is snug) and the elastic with stretch with you through pregnancy. Most stores also have foam bellies you can try on which show what the pants will fit like later in pregnancy.. I forget exactly how many months they add though.

My jeans are my favorite and they were $25 at walmart. My other pants were all much more expensive but worth it too. So far I have 1 maternity top and have just been wearing stretchy tanks/tshirts with open cardigans and such. I’ll need some tops soon though.

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I HAD to wear maternity pants starting at 12 weeks…I had 1 pair before that as well! However, I don’t have a job where I could get away with wearing my prepregnancy things that still fit (sweatpants that I can push below my belly, etc). 

I bought pants in basic colors (black, khaki, gray, jeans), and just rotate them. I can still wear some of my prepregnancy dresses over maternity leggings, which are not super expensive. I don’t have as much variety in my wardrobe as before but, meh, who cares? 

I just would buy some basic colored maternity pants (at 20 weeks I can still wear many of my prepregnancy tops as long as they were longer), and skip the stuff that isn’t super versatile (I was strongly tempted by a pair of red skinny jeans, but honestly, it’s not like I could wear those with tons of stuff. )

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I would also recommend getting some maternity pants, at least.  I got my first pair of mat jeans a little after 13 weeks, and I was amazed at how much better I felt.  I used the bella band for a good while, and did the hair tie trick, and that was fine, but the mat jeans were SO much more comfy.  I got the full panel skinny jeans from Old Navy in my normal size, and now at 17 weeks they show no sign of getting too small. I also just got a nicer pair of black jeans from Pea in the Pod and I am obsessed with how comfy they are!  My Old Navy jeans do sag a bit, but my Pea pants don’t.  I had a gift card so they were worth the splurge!  Another thing about wearing mat clothes is, you actually look thinner.  I tried the buy bigger shirts thing, and in those shirts, I just look frumpy.  The mat clothes are much more slimming, and in some cases allowed me to hide the pregnancy better.  

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I manage a maternity store and I’ll tell you most clients start shopping around 13/14 weeks. My suggestion would be to get a tummy sleeve. It’s good for those not ready to commit to maternity clothes. You can leave your old pants unbuttoned and slide it over top to hold your pants in place. I will say maternity pants are incredibly comfy and if you shop when there’s sales you can get pretty good deals. When I was pregnant I lived in my full belly jeans! 

Post # 31
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I bought maternity pants at 12-13 weeks.  But I also made my regular pants work with the hair elastic trick until 16 weeks or so, making sure to wear a longer top/cami with them.

I personally love maternity camis and will probably wear them after baby is born.  The ones I’ve bought don’t have those annoying shelf liners, and are nice and long.

I still have a few sweaters and sweater dresses that work at 34 weeks (and trust me, I’ve got a belly…I’m not one of those tiny pregnant ladies).  Some of the dresses I need to wear leggings with, but others are fine.  Pre-pregnancy cardigans are good, too.

I also had really good luck hitting the nicer resale shops in the area, especially the ones targeted more towards kids’ clothes.  I picked up a lot of things for work for very reasonable (2 pairs of pants, 3 dresses, 3 tops for $50 or so).

 

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