(Closed) How to buy maternity clothing??

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Most maternity clothes come with a good bit of stretch to them.  I got most of my stuff from Target, Kohl’s, and Burlington Coat Factory (the caveat being that I wear scrubs to work so I didn’t get a great deal of professional clothing).  Motherhood Maternity/Pea in the Pod have really cute nicer clothes and if you catch a clearance sale it’s not terribly expensive.


Post # 4
1406 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

for pants, i bought the same size i always wear and they stretch with you. My favorite jeans were from motherhood. Skinny jeans with a nice wide elastic band. 

Post # 5
7649 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Mrs.Moser: Welcome to the club, lol. I am 13 weeks and buying maternity pants because all the other ones get bigger in the legs and butt, and I don’t need any room there.

Anyway, typically you buy according to yuor pre-pregnancy size BUT I tried on the belly at Motherhood Maternity, and I do not fit into my pre-pregnancy size with a huge belly, so I would go one size up. I guess it does all depend on how you carry, but for a little while you will be ok if you just find your pre-pregnancy size.

Post # 6
893 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Mrs.Moser:  seems to me like leggings and long sweaters will be your best friends during maternity….. I would get size 16. But you should also see a nutricionist to be careful with your weight.

Post # 7
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Mrs.Moser:  Definitely go try them on. I’ve found them to be sized very odd. 


Since you’re so early in your pregnancy, I would really only buy the bare minimum in case you end up growing out of them.  They’re super expensive.  Luckily, they tend to be very stretchy though.  I’d be more inclined this early to buy 1-3 pairs of pants to get you through the week and try and get by with your shirts you have or buy some cheap non-maternity flowy shirts in the next size up.  


Also, invest in a bella band or belly belt like this (http://www.monstermarketplace.com/crib-bedding-and-baby-accessories/a-maternity-pant-extender-by-fertile-mind-belly-belt-combo-pack) if you can still get your pants over your hips!  


ETA – also, your weight gain at this point is probably just bloat!  

Post # 9
1564 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Typically, you should get the size that you were pre-pregnancy. I’d definitely invest in a pair of jeans in the beginning as regular jeans start to get uncomfortable quickly even with the band. Keep your eye out for sales especially this weekend as it is Columbus Day on Monday.

Post # 11
3520 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@Mrs.Moser:  One of my favorite pieces of clothing is a long A-line black skirt made of jersey with an elastic waist.  I think I got it at The Avenue or Lane Bryant.  You can wear it like pants, with any top or sweater and it’s a nice neutral “bottom”.  When you go back to regular size, you’ll still be able to wear it.  I bought one for my cousin when she was about 3 months pregnant and she was able to wear it the duration of her pregnancy.  Maybe get something like that in 2-3 colors and various tops with stretch/give in them.  Don’t underestimate the power of a cardigan!

Here’s something they carry at The Avenue right now:


Post # 12
408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My sister is about your size, and was able to find some things at Motherhood (note: I have found that motherhood items run pretty true to size, and their Pea in the Pod items run small) and Old Navy.  If you don’t have a Motherhood near you, Macy’s and Kohl’s both carry their own Motherhood lines (I can’t remember what they’re called though).

Post # 13
2183 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

I really like Motherhood Maternity. I’ve looked other places, but always end up there. I bought my pre-pregnancy size. I’m 32 weeks, and I’m fairly certain everything will still fit for the next 8 weeks or so. They do have a plus size line. I would order online– the selection is better and more organized. The store itself makes me dizzy! 

For the second trimester, I was able to buy one size up in regular tops, and they worked… but as soon as I hit the third, none of my non-maternity shirts covered my whole stomach. For pants, I would definitely go maternity. I fought it with a belly band for a while, but the maternity pants are so much more comfortable. I’ve had to buy clothes with the seasons… but mostly just for fall/winter, since my work dresses have some stretch and still go over my stomach. 

Post # 14
1151 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Mrs.Moser:  I’m 17w today & started wearing maternity bottoms around 8/9weeks. They are SO cozy!!! I picked up leggings & a couple pairs of jeans at motherhood maternity. I was wearing a 12 went I got pregnant & have their jeans in a medium & a large. Right now the mediums are more comfy for me, the large pair fits nice right out of the dryer then get super lose fast on me. I’m still able to wear my normal shirts but I do love their “bump start” line of shirts. I also picked up some maternity tunic tops at target that I love. I’ve been getting basic colors, white, black & gray in most things because I feel like I can accessorize them and wear them a ton of ways. 

I’ve heard that some bee’s have picked up great “lots” of maternity clothes on craigs list for a good price, might be worth looking into also.

GL and congrats!

Post # 15
2874 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

i am now 22 weeks and ive found all the things i bought 13-15 weeks are getting to be too small. its a combo of my stomach and boobs mainly

so id try to get bare minimum stuff at the beginning!

Post # 16
1285 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I love Motherhood for work cloths. I haven’t found much other than tank tops, t-shirts and maxi dresses at Target and Kohl’s doesn’t have a great selection either. Pea in the Pod is overpriced for what it is, but worth the splurge if you think you will wear the item very regularly and post-partum. Be sure to try on the cloths before you purchase because brand to brand they tend to differ. Also, Motherhood, while reasonably priced, it’s hit or miss if the clothing will last through to pregnancy 2.

Good luck!

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