Post # 1
I am almost 8 wks pregnant (after 18 months trying we are ecstatic!) and will be interviewing for a medical residency soon. I am completely lost as to what size suit to get. I will be doing 10-15 interviews from 11wks to 24 wks pregnant. I am normally a size zero and I don’t want to buy anything so big that I look frumpy at the beginning, but I also don’t want to buy 2-3 suits for each stages of bump. It’s also my first pregnancy so I have no idea what to expect in terms of belly size! I have been considering getting a size up, but that will literally fall off my hips right now. I’m also considering having panels put in later as I grow but don’t know if this is realistic. I was hoping to spend $200-300 on the suit(s). What would you guys do?
Post # 2
I would buy dress maternity pants (or a skirt), and a maternity blouse. Then a blazer in my current size and wear it open if needed.
Post # 3
Try rentals for maternity clothes, like
Post # 4
I would not accentuate the bump with maternity clothes in an interview. I would wear maternity pants and a non maternity shell top. No one in my office knew I was pregnant until they saw me at 8 months. You can wear a blazer over the loose fitting shell top.
You want the focus to be on your professional skills and nothing else.
Post # 5
Try gap and old navy maternity. I recall having stretch panel pull up suit skirts. And suit pants. Loved the gap maternity dress pants. Anything with a stretch panel will accommodate you as you grow.
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Post # 6
Thunderstorm : congrats on the pregnancy! I hope this helps, and obviously everyone is different, but I was also a size 0 when I got pregnant. I’m 23 weeks now and honestly, I have a barely there bump. You might not need any maternity clothes during that timeframe. Of course it’s possible but you never know how quickly you’ll start showing, especially if it’s your first!
Post # 7
I’m 15 weeks and not showing at all, I can still wear my business suit. I’m pretty petite too – 5’4″ and 113 pounds. I bet I won’t need maternity pants until I’m 20 weeks at the earliest. I would wait a while, you might not even need them!
Post # 8
Thunderstorm : I am not or ever was preggo …but i just wanted to jump in. I agree with above, I would not what-so-ever accentuate the bump. Unfortuantely as much as we all want to think there are laws against discrimination when hiring, you will have some odds stacked up if you reveal your pregancy belly (I’m not saying it’s right). Just keep that in mind when picking a outfit (also note, do not tell your potential employer about baby in the interview and you been at the job 3 months if at all possible).
Post # 9
Thunderstorm : I had to wear formal business attire to my job when I was pregnant with my first daughter. I wore maternity sheath style dresses and blazers. They don’t hide the bump but they camoflauge it so it’s not as out there. I also lived in my pencil skirt with the stretchy waist (I think I got it from Motherhood). My dresses primarily came from Target Maternity. I’m not petit. I’m average size with hips and thighs so Target Maternity may run a little big for you. Motherhood has a petit section and smaller fit clothing.
Post # 10
I was only able to hide my bump easliy until about 4 months and I was a size 00 prior, so be aware of that fact, it can go either way.
Post # 11
That first trimester is difficult especially with your first as you just feel a bit fat and wish people knew you were pregnant not overweight ! I would ear a blouse and a skirt with a bit of give in it, not necesarily a maternity skirt but just not too tight / full cut.
Post # 12
If you already have a suit I wouldn’t buy a new one until later as you may not be showing for a while. If not, I’d still probably get a suit in your regular size. I’m about 16 weeks and still able to wear all of my current skirt suits but need to wear pant suits unbuttoned as the waist is lower on the pants compared to the skirts. I’m hoping my current clothes fit for several more weeks before I need to buy a couple of new suits.
Post # 13
I would wear your normal tops and jackets and maybe get maternity pants or regular pants in one size bigger. I was barely showing a 20 weeks. It seems like people are either totally showing or not at all.
Post # 14
I am going to second purchasing a couple of pairs of maternity pants and pairing them with non-maternity tops and blazers for interviews. I wasn’t really showing until about 20 weeks (5’3″ and 114-115 lbs when I got pregnant) but by week 14, my regular pants were very very uncomfortable due to bloating and a tender tummy. I was very grateful for the maternity pants even though no one could tell. I am 29 weeks now and have to wear suits/business casual clothing to work (depending on client). I still live in maternity pants, non-maternity tops or blouses and my regular blazers.
Post # 15
It depends what specialty you are applying to. Is it a family friendly one? Or make dominated? I personally would get a skirt if possible and a jacket with room to go up a size (don’t worry about buttoning it. I interviewed for fellowship at 37 weeks pregnant. I did not wear a suit. Rembrr that you want to match somewhere that is going to support you as a person.