(Closed) I was sick of the belly band and none of my jeans fit so….

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
4284 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I bought a pair from Old Navy at 7 weeks. I am so glad I did. They are big and I fold the panel down since I don’t have anything more then bloat at 9w3d, but it’s better then having my normal jeans feel like they were cutting into me. Hope it gets better soon!

Post # 4
1564 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I also bought maternity jeans at I think 7/8 weeks. They are so comfy! Sorry that you are frustrated with the sizing… can you exchange the jeans for a lower size? I know that some brands recommend that you size down and that is what I did. It’s really hard to find clothes to wear when your body is changing so much!! I’m living in dresses right now.




Post # 5
693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Before I got pregnant, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Hyperthyroidism, and as a result, I gained a whopping 40 pounds over the last year or so. As soon as my levels were stabilized, we got pregnant right away. I’m over the moon excited, of course, but I’m also busting out of my clothes. I’m just as far along as you are right now, and I had to cave and buy maternity stuff too. I was already busting out of all my clothes BEFORE I got pregnant because I was resistant to buy anything in bigger sizes, thinking I would get back into my 12s (I’m 5’9″) soon enough. And even though we were TTC, I just wasn’t thinking logically about my closet. So, here I am pregnant, with the teensiest bit of bloat, and even my “fat” clothes are getting uncomfortable. I have a skirt I love with a stretchy waist band, and it fits very comfortably at my waist. But it was a struggle to pull it up and down over my hips the other day. That was my breaking point. I’m wearing maternity stretch jeans/jeggings today (I got mine on super sale at JC Penney, so maybe give them a try?) and I am so. much. more. comfortable. now that I’m wearing clothes at actually FIT! 

Also, just to clarify because I think this could help you be more comfortable during this stage, I got one pair with a full panel, and I can’t wear them yet. Like you’re describing, they’re just too big everywhere. But the pair I have on today have like a 3″ elastic band, and they are a godsend. So if yours happen to have a full panel, you may want to try to elastic band. I’m wearing these today:

Post # 6
214 posts
Helper bee

@MissFireFlower:  If you bought Gap or Old Navy jeans I’m not surprised.  For some reason Gap brands decided to make everything larger for each size about 5 years ago so I have to buy pants that are 1-2 sizes smaller than my regular size there.  I guess it’s supposed to improve our self esteem knowing that we can wear a smaller size but I just find it annoying.

Post # 7
534 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I bought a pair at week 8 and just started wearing them this week. I’ll be 11 weeks tomorrow and I’ve just started to get a belly that I can’t suck in and now… I even wake up with it! woohoo!

Post # 8
1413 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@MissFireFlower:  It sounds to me like you got the wrong size. Can you return them and get a smaller size? I have two pairs of maternity jeans from Old Navy and both of them are different sizes but they both fit me about the same because they’re different styles.

Also, I know you said you’re sick of your band but I’ve heard of people wearing their bella band over their maternity pants until they grew into them.

Post # 9
421 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Pants bought from a maternity store generally do not fit me well. Just like you, I find they’re too generous around the butt, hips and/or crotch. I have found a few fabulous pairs of pants at non-maternity stores that sell maternity clothing, though. They fit me exactly how I like my normal pants to fit.

Old Navy and Gap have been good for work pants, and I scored some really nice jeans from Gap and H&M. You would generally buy in your normal size, and look for demi-panel. I’m 17 weeks now and it’s still much more comfy than full panel, which can be a little awkward or bulky.

Maternity store clothing sizes are much more hit-or-miss IMO, and their clothes seem to be almost exclusively for later on in the pregnancy.

Post # 10
2184 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

Aw, I’m sorry you haven’t found the right fit yet. I’m rocking my first pair of maternity jeans today, and I really like them– so much better than shoving myself in my jeans with a bellyband. Maybe you just need to try more cuts? 

Post # 11
3028 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Try the below the waist ones, I can’t stand the full panel ones and they fit like shit.

At 8 weeks I had maternity pants and new bras!

Post # 12
1401 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Try the Leigh Moto ones at Topshop! They actually look better than my regular skinny jeans, which shocked me… it’s just a little stretchy band on the front half of the jeans that makes them ‘maternity’. I love them and will be wearing them even after pregnancy for fat pants. 🙂 


Post # 13
1967 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Sounds like they’re just too big. Not a fan of gap or old navy. I love jessica simpson maternity jeans. Motherhood maternity has new styles that are super stretchy & fit better around the booty. I’d just try on a few other styles. 

Post # 14
9956 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Lol, read the title and had to stop in here… just to see what you were going to do…

As most people know I am an Oldtimer Bee (over 50) so my Baby Days are over

But I have to ask… cause I’ve read this sort of thing here on WBee before, do places now only have those “gross” stretchy panel pants for Maternity wear ?

Those god foresaken things have been around since the 1960s… horrible

When I was pregnant back in the 1980s they had just come out with these expanding waist pants a button or zip system on the side where the pants waistband would move along as Mom’s size got bigger.

They pretty much looked like regular pants, except they had this unique feature hidden into the waistband.

They were awesome… and not all bunchy, stretchy, elasticy, and a hot mess that the panel pants were

(Lol, I threw my first and ONLY pair of panel pants out after one pair and went out and stocked up on these other types of pants)

Gosh someone must still carry them.  And post pregnancy they were great too… cause they looked “so normal” while my tummy was getting back to size

I mean trust me, post pregancy NO ONE really wants to be wearing what clearly is Maternity Wear… especially not stretchy panel pants

Lol, by the end of your 9 months, you’ll be uber-sick of that element of our wardrobe…


Post # 15
1967 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@This Time Round:  There’s a full panel which is amazing if purchased from good companies like pea in the pod & motherhood. There’s also secret waistband has like a stretchy piece on the hips like little kid pants & underbelly. Both of which are awful. Most women who buy underbelly love them in their first trimester but hate them after. They’re not as functional as the secret fit belly. Depending on how big you get they start to dig into your belly. The full belly also supports your back & belly as you get bigger. Maternity clothes has come along way. You’d be surprised how many non pregnant women shop in maternity stores.  

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