Post # 16
I’m 22 weeks now and my stomach has gotten pretty big. My jeans started feeling tight very quickly into the pregnancy. I’ve been wearing mainly leggings a size up from my usual size. I think they’ll fit me for a while longer, they’re very stretchy, but after that I’m going to need some actual maternity pants.
Pink Blush has some cute and reasonably priced maternity clothes. I do find their stuff runs small, though.
Post # 17
I decided to wait until I really needed maternity clothes, and in the meantime to stick with loose dresses with tights for work and leggings with tunics/sweaters everywhere else. I’ll be 39 weeks tomorrow, and I’ve gotten three shirts as hand-me-downs from a colleague, but otherwise still haven’t bothered. Every pregnancy is different, so how important those clothes end up being to your comfort is hard to predict. The way I’ve gained my weight and bump, designated maternity clothes just never became necessary, but I never would have known that five months ago.
Post # 18
They’re designed to last you your whole pregnancy. I really liked buying maternity clothes because it felt like an opportunity to refresh my closet since most of my clothes are getting pretty old. I think I bought my first round of maternity clothes around 15 weeks, when I wasn’t showing yet. I also bought a belly band and continued to wear my regular jeans with the band and a hair tie throughout my entire pregnancy. I also still wear my maternity leggings and pants now that I’m postpartum. I just fold down the belly panel and they work just fine.
Post # 19
I wore Old Navy jeans prepregnancy and found that their maternity ones in the same size fit me perfectly. I have 4 or 5 pairs (I wear jeans every day to work and most of the time on the weekends this time of year). I had most pairs from my last pregnancy but bought one more this pregnancy. Last time they fit me all the way up to birth. Currenly I’m about 27 weeks with no. 2. I like them because they hold up. I have hardly bought anything this pregnancy since everything from last time is still in really good condition. Which is good if you plan on having any more kids.
Post # 20
Literally online shopping right now for maternity work pants/leggings. I am 19 weeks and finally caving. I have the Blanqi maternity leggings and they are great! I am buying a couple pairs of pants from Motherhood Maternity since my regular work pants no longer fit comfortably. Hopefully they will get me through to spring/summer so I can just wear loose dresses until the baby comes!
Post # 21
I find that maternity jeans have a lot of give – I wore mine from week 8 (at that stage I’d roll the band down) and can still wear them now (week 36). I also got pants from H&M and I was week 18 and although I can still fit them, they press on my belly too much =/
I mostly wear the maternity leggings I got from Old navy and maternity stockings from H&M – I wear them with dresses.
I don’t get why women wait so long before they buy maternity clothes – my philosophy was, I’d rather buy early, be comfortable, wear it for longer and that way won’t feel bad for buying new clothes… because eventually you will need to buy maternity clothes (I also bought regular tops but bigger sizes).
Post # 22
Honestly… maternity clothes, especially pants, are one of the best things about being pregnant!!! My favourite pair of jeans were from Motherhood and I grabbed them off the sale rack. I personally preferred panels that were a thinner material and sat lower. The other option, the thick cotton panels that almost wrap around the entire belly are less versatile if you end up wearing them in warmer weather.
It’s been 2 years since my son was born and I’m still tempted to wear the maternity shorts I got (also from Motherhood) because they are soooo comfy and flattering.
Post # 23
MrsAl14 : I actually started buying maternity clothes a little before the 12 week mark due to all the Thanksgiving sales! The bella bands worked fine for me until closer to 20 weeks – it got uncomfortable having the jeans button digging into my belly. So I finally got maternity jeans a few weeks ago and I LOVE them. Easy to pull up and the stretchy panel fits nicely over my belly. If you’re worried about your hips/butt area getting bigger later, you could go up a size, or make sure to buy a pair of jeans that are super stretchy to help accommodate later growth. I’m still wearing all my work pants unbuttoned though. 😛 (I’m 21 + 6 today.)
Post # 24
Thanks ladies for all your input! I think I will check out a couple consignment shops this weekend and then head to the maternity store in within the next couple weeks. Hubby and I are taking a European vacation early-mid-March and I will definitely be needing some maternity clothes by that time.
pinkcorsage : I keep seeing Pinkblush and their dresses look adorable, I cannot wait to get some! I’m ready for Spring now…lol
LondonAutumn : That’s kind of how I feel, I can get by with the belly band, but I’m already kind of over it. I can still button maybe 1-2 pairs of my pants, but it’s not comfy at all and I don’t want them getting stretch out so I just use the band. I think I will head to Motherhood in the next couple of weeks.
professorplum : I think I’m going to invest in some maternity leggings for sure. There’s also a few consignment shops local I may check out considering maternity clothes can be gently used!
Jewelieee : Haha, my pants are always unbuttoned right now too! Some of my pants I could button if I tried, but it’s definitely not comfortable and I don’t want my nice jeans getting all stretched out. Then there’s a couple pairs that wouldn’t button even if I wanted too.
Post # 25
I bought my maternity clothes early because I had a lot of abdominal discomfort and the waistbands are so soft and gentle on a tender tummy. I didn’t buy maternity jeans but I loved the Motherhood Maternity leggings and shorts and wore them with the side ruched tees and tanks throughout my pregnancy. I also had some comfy cotton Jersey dresses for summer and my baby shower!
Target makes the best lightweight maternity tops. I wore many of them until six months postpartum.
I am a small person who was carrying a large baby so I swelled up pretty bad starting around 26 weeks. I suggest having some comfy flip-flops handy just in case you start swelling early. Sanuk yoga mat flip-flops were my favorites.
Post # 26
I would say get them. I gained 35 lbs while pregnant and the jeans I bought at Target around week 14 fit me all the way through (and I am still wearing them 23 weeks pp). You will likely need them afterwards bc unfortunately your old clothes don’t just magically fit after you give birth and it’s tough to wear dresses when you are bleeding for 8 weeks…lol.
Post # 27
I was so excited to go try on maternity clothes and they were too big for me, pretty much through my entire pregnancy (I was all belly). So I just got larger tops to wear with yoga pants and leggings and/or wore long dresses. I was glad I went that route- I ended up being able to wear a lot of that stuff for MONTHS during postpartum, too (a lot of the tops were v necked and great for nursing.) Then I just switched back to my regular clothes.
Post # 28
MrsAl14 : I still fit comfortably into my regular pants with a Bella band through about 28 weeks, and regular flowy shirts through 28-30 weeks, but I bought a couple pairs of used maternity jeans and dress pants and a few shirts and they are super comfy. I would have bought them earlier if I had known how much more comfortable I could be! So I say go for it, especially if you can find some things on sale or secondhand.
Post # 29
I’m 16 weeks and am still ok in most of my clothes, but I’ve already bought a few maternity clothes. I ended up buying them on ebay as a lot of Mums are getting rid of their pregnancy clothes and it works out a lot cheaper than buying brand new. Now they’ve arrived I’ve found that a lot of them are things I would probably be fine wearing post-pregnancy as they just look like loose fit normal clothes when wearing without a big bump.
My main concern is work as I work in an office and whilst it isn’t strict officewear dress code, there is an expectation to look smart. So I’ve ordered a few blouses and also a few dresses to wear in spring/summer. My out of work clothes mainly consist of leggings and oversize tshirts/jumpers so I’m not as concerned there.
I’ve noticed quite a few maternity dresses/tops which double up as nursing clothes, so if you are planning to breastfeed these may be more worthwhile.
Post # 30
jpbee : I think I am going to check out some second hand stuff as well. I can relate on the work portion, we have a casual dress code so jeans are totally fine, however I manager the HR department so while I wear jeans some days I try and keep it more dressed up. I’m with you on the outside of work clothes! Bring on the athlesiure wear! I have seen some super cute maternitity/nrusing dresses on pink blush that I intend to buy a few of once spring is officially here.