Post # 1
I have a question for those of you who are generally a size 2/4 (US sizing) and have been or are currently pregnant. Approximately what size were you around the six month mark?
My wedding is in December, and by that point my sister-in-law (bridesmaid) will be 6 months pregnant. She has her size 4 dress and says she hasn’t tried it on since she started showing, but thinks it will already be too tight at this point.
I bought one extra dress when I ordered the bridesmaids dresses in a size 10 (I ordered it in a size bigger than my other two maids in case either of them gained weight… plus they were only $20 on clearance so they didn’t break the budget) so luckily we have that.
Do you think a size 10 will fit a six month belly on a generally size 2/4 woman? Even if its too big thats okay… it can always be altered down. Just if its too small we need to figure something out quick. She is in the Army and lives in Italy, so she is very fit… but its going to be cutting it close because she won’t be able to try it on until a week before the wedding.
I really hope the size 10 fits!
Random thought: If the 10 is still too small, do you think its possible to have a seamstress take apart the size 4 dress and add to the sides of the 10? Here’s a picturse of the dress… its the middle one:
Post # 2
Well, first of all, women who are six months pregnant generally wear maternity clothes, which are designed so that you purchase your pre-pregnancy size. There is no size in non-maternity clothes that would “fit” a six-months-pregnant woman, since her proportions are totally different than a non-pregnant woman. That said, I think you will probably be able to make the size 10 dress work, with the help of a seamstress. It appears to flare out under the waist, so it could probably accommodate a pregnant belly. But it depends where that fitted band of fabric under the bust falls in relation to her belly.
Post # 3
I had a bridesmaid who was 7 months pregnant on my wedding day. She usually wore a size 2/4 when non pregnant. They ended up ordering her a size 16 and she needed every inch for the baby belly. They had to take a little in at the bust but she was absolutely gorgeous and gLowing. Remember every pregnancy is different, some have this tiny bump at 6 months others show much more prominently. It’s really going to be a wait and see game. Can a seamstress restructure a dress probably but you’ll be shocked at the price tag.
Post # 4
LeonardLady: Looking at how the dress is made, she’ll need more dress on the front, to cover up her bump. while mine was small when I was 6 months, I also needed to make sure whatever dresses I wore that weren’t floor length covered the front adequately enough to not show anything.
Post # 5
At 6 months, I was JUST showing with my first child and had maybe a little bit of a bump with my second. I may have been a size 6 or 8 with the belly at that time. Everyone is so different.
Post # 6
I am not a size 2/4, I normally wear a dress size 8 and 10 in pants (damn hips). At 6 mo pregnant I was barely showing and I could have worn my normal size- depending on the cut and fit of the dress. I actually tried on a bridesmaids dress at 5 mo pregnant, it was a-line style (so it flared out) dress with a high waist at about 5 months pregnant and my regular size fit so for 6 months I think one size up for me would have worked fine.
If the dress is fitted across the lower tummy/hips you will might need some more room. I wasn’t a bridesmaid until my baby was 1 month and I feel like I looked about 6 months pregnant at that time lol….I think I wore a size 14 for that Bridesmaid or Best Man dress. The biggest difference was that my hips were still super wide from giving birth (they were not that wide at 5-6 mo pregnant), as it was actually lose in my chest and waist area but super tight across my hips (this dress was fitted in the hips and more narrow than the one I tried on at 5 months pregnant- not flattering post baby)
It’s a really hard call though. I think a 10 will be fine, it might be too big and might need to be taken in at certain areas. If she’s closer to a size 2 than 10 might even be too big. How you show also depends on other things like your height or torso length, but people who are in great shape sometimes don’t show as quickly in the 1st pregnancy because the abs are still holding everything in.
And as far as maternity clothes, they are made so that you buy your “normal” size. Most people don’t just buy larger regular clothes, they buy their own normal size in maternity wear. So it’s hard to know what “regular size” you might be at any point during pregnancy. I only know because I had to go try on Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses at 5 mo pregnant (21 weeks) and had to wear one with a 1 month old baby.
Post # 7
There’s no way to really tell. It probably would have worked for me, but I have a very long torso and my belly didn’t stick out for a long time. If she’s shorter, her belly might be really sticking out, in which case she might just need a maternity dress.
I guess I would just have her try it on now, since Dec. is only 2 months away (or less, depending when your date is), see how much room there is for her to grow, and make your decision accordingly. If it doesn’t seem like there’ll be enough room, I’d just go ahead and get her a maternity dress in a similar style/color, or try to order the same dress in an even bigger size.
Post # 8
Oh, I will add that the bride had originally decided on the a-line style dress that I first tried on (super flattering) and then due to some issues with her other Bridesmaid or Best Man, she had to change to the more fitted style that I wore post-baby. So I had to go and have them switch out my dresses at about, oh, 35 weeks pregnant (8 months) and I “tried on” (lol!) some samples of the dress. Let’s just say the largest size they had (18 I think?)…there was NO point in my “trying it on” because it came nowhere close to fitting or zipping up!! So she took my measurements (don’t ever do this at 35 weeks pregnant) and suggested I order I size 18. I took a chance and got the 14 for post baby. A narrow or fitted dress will probably not be pregnancy-friendly, so I’d definitely be looking for a flowy style.
Post # 9
kes18: Yeah, she is very petite and fit at 5’0″… so I don’t know if that means she’ll show sooner or what! I really hope the 10 fits. I mean, if we have to she will be in another dress… but id rather she match :/ if anyone were to look different, I’d want it to be my sister/MOH, not her.
Butterfly6: I hope (I know its so selfish of me) that she is like you and just have a small baby bump dor the wedding! I want her to match everyone else.
mrs.joiner: Good point! Since it is knee-length well have to make sure that if it does zip/fit, that its not too short!
Sheryl0013: Ahh! Your comment scares me! I know all pregnancies are different… but I hope she doesn’t get that big! (I mean purely for selfish reasons… I dont mind people being plus size or hugely pregnant or whatever… I just want her to fit her dress properly). Gah, I wish the dress wasn’t discontinued.dI’d totally buy another in a larger size.
LavenderHouse: Yes, I am hoping that since the dress does flare out that that will give some leniency. I only worry about the waistline possibly being in the wrong place to accommodate a growing belly. Hopefully the 10 will work and we can find a seamstress willing to do alterations in a weeks notice.
Post # 10
stillme: ugh, thats horrible to read… that because she is so short she’ll probably show more. I feel so selfish! I wish I had known they were trying to conceive when we bought the dresses and I would have bought an extra larger dress to accommodate. I can’t order another because they’re discontinued 🙁 I really dont want her looking different because shes not my Maid/Matron of Honor
Post # 11
I am only about 2 inches taller than your Bridesmaid or Best Man and I was a size 2 prepregnancy. By the time I was 6 months I was still wearing “normal” clothes including fitted t shirts in my regular size. I would say that the biggest issue for me was my boobs were 3 times their normal size. I could fit in to regular size 4 jeans at the end but my belly got huge at about 7 months. I think your biggest issue is going to be sizing the dress correctly. You may measure her and have it fitted and then all the sudden her belly could get bigger overnight. That’s basically what happened to me. You couldn’t tell I was really pregnant at 20 weeks and by 28 I had a huge bump.
Post # 12
LeonardLady: Well, don’t worry too much — everyone is different and it might work for her! Like I said, I’m pretty sure it would have worked for me. Just have her try it on now (if possible). If it’s still got room, you’re all good.
Post # 13
LeonardLady: I wouldn’t worry too much about height. I actually had a very small bump until about the third trimester and then I exploded. I think as I was entering the 7th month is when I started really popping out and looking pregnant and not just like I ate too many cheese burgers. I ended up gaining 20 inches on my waist and that was all at the end. So she may not have that big of a stomach at only 6 months. I know I didn’t, many people questioned if I was pregnant at that time.
Post # 14
LeonardLady: I think it really depends on where the band falls. I started as a 2/4 and I still wasn’t showing to people at 6 months. While I was probably about a 6 in jeans and pants by about 6.5 mths, my bump wasn’t big yet, and I was still wearing all my pre-pregnancy clothes, ESP. dresses. I could still wear the same size dresses up until about 8 mths and beyond, as long as the waist band either had give or fell above the bump. I never bought new flowy dresses or skirts during this pregnancy. But I carried low and compact, and it was my first — which I hear makes a difference.
It’s really, really different depending on the woman’s body, the number of pregnancy, her weight gain aside from bump and where the dress and waistline falls on her. She could be barely showing at 6 mths or much larger than that, that’s kind of a “turning point” time. I would say a 10 would likely work with alterations, but it may not be as flattering, as a more flowing or empire waisted dress OR her original size might fit if her bump falls below the waistline and she hasn’t gained much weight yet. I would say this one may have to wait and I would try and be understanding bc it can be hard to feel feminine while pregnant in certain outfits.
Post # 15
LeonardLady: everyone is so different! I wore my regular jeans when I was pregnant with my first, into my 7th month. With my second, it wasn’t as great so to be honest, it’s tough to say! I think size 10, especially if it is ok to alter down, should be just fine 🙂