Post # 1
Hi ladies! I am about 5 weeks pregnant with our first child. This is all new to me! Anyway I am incredibly bloated so my jeans are not my friend right now, I’ve been wearing leggings mostly…luckily its the fall and leggings are in right now! 🙂 When did you all start wearing actual maternity clothes/jeans etc? I am planning on buying a bellaband this weekend but thats it for now. Where did you all buy your clothes? I would prefer not to spend a lot so will probably stick to Target and Old Navy. Were your typically the same size in maternity clothes that you were in regular clothes? (ex. I wear an Old Navy S should I buy maternity size S? Will probably shop online). I’m also really hoping all of my pre pregnancy cardigans will still fit. My “uniform” at work this time of year is typically jeans/tank/cardigan/pretty scarf. I’m hoping I can keep this going by just buying maternity jeans and basic tanks. Any experiences/places to shop etc would be great!
Post # 3
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Honestly, Target is bitch ass expensive for maternity clothing. Motherhood has much better prices and frequent sales. I find Old Navy’s amternity pants extremely uncomfortable. I thought I was getting a deal on a pair of jeans for like $12, but they are so uncomfortable (at the belly–it’s the way they make the band) that I really just wasted those $12. Old Navy tops are fine, but the plain ones are very thin and look liek crap pretty fast. You are supposed to wear the exact same size as before, so if you wear small, buy small, but you really may want to try things on. Eventually, you will need new tops. You may be okay with sweaters left open below the bust, but everything else will be too short. You cans tart wearing maternity clothing right now. It’s designed to wear for the life of our pregnancy and a few weeks postpartum.
Most of my maternity clothing is Motherhood. I have some thigns from Gap and Pea in the Pod, all purchased at redicilous clearance. I have a few items from Target and Old Navy.
Post # 4
First, Congratulations! With maternity clothes, you order your pre-pregnancy size. So, if you wore a small Pre-pregnancy, you’d order a small in maternity. Maternity clothes are made to grow with you and they are so comfy 🙂 Old Navy & Target have good prices. I usually look for clearance and have scored some great deals! Also, Motherhood maternity has very frequent sales and some nice pieces as well. lately, I have been loving asos maternity section online!
Post # 5
Belly bands are great for those first few weeks especially if you can still pretty much fit in your pants. I switched to full on maternity pants around 9/10 weeks and was so glad I did. They make really cute maternity clothes these days and they are so comfortable.
I bought my first 2 pairs of jeans from motherhood maternity (look for sales, I bought when they were buy one get one free so 2 pairs for $40) and i really love them. They are my favorite out of all the ones i’ve bought. They run fairly true to size so get the size you normally wear. I found old navy jeans to run a bit small. for instance I got a small in motherhood jeans and they fit fine (i think a small is a 4/6) and I got a 6 in Old Navy and they were a bit snug. Surprisngly enough I’ve even found some great maternity jeans at goodwill! it doesn’t hurt to look!oh and check consignment stores too!
I’m 25 weeks and i’m at the point now where some of my regular shirt are just not fitting and I don’t want to stretch them out so I’m starting to buy longer shirts or maternity shirts but I’m pretty happy about making it more than halway through my pregnancy in regular shirts – pants are the important part!
Post # 6
@mrsSonthebeach: you are so right about the bands on old navy jeans! I bought my first pair of skinny maternity jeans (so i can wear my winter boots) and the band cuts into me. The pants fit fine but the band is killer! I like the motherhood bands better.
Post # 7
I cheated a little bit and used a hair tie through the button hole and looped over the button on my regular jeans & shorts. I’m 12 1/2 weeks now so it’s about time to go buy maternity clothes but I haven’t yet. Also, I love my yoga pants. Luckily I wear scrubs at work so I am ok in my regular scrubs for now.
Post # 8
Thanks everybody!! We have a Motherhood Maternity at our local mall, I’ve never been inside but maybe I will check it out this week! I would rather spend more money and get a quality pair of jeans then cheap ones that I won’t wear anyway so thanks for the tips! I work with kids ages 1-4 (pediatric SLP) so I am always on the floor playing. I can wear yoga pants at work which is wonderful but I also love my jeans! It looks like there is some cute stuff online at Motherhood- shipping is only $6, anybody know if you can return online purchases to the store?
Post # 9
Definitely try things on, especially depending on what kind of clothes you wore before. I always wore juniors and had very few womens clothing. My jeans were a 9, but I ended up in a small from the maternity store.
Everyone will be different when they start wearing them. I just started and I’ll be 20 weeks tomorrow. I bought a BeBand from Target at 17 weeks, only because my belt buckle was rubbing and causing irritation (I’m allergic to cheap metals). I could be in my normal jeans still but just got sick of the button rubbing and the BeBand sliding (I’m up and down all day at work).
Now, I lost a bit of weight (still down around 10lbs pre-pregnancy), so that is partially why I am in clothes a bit later. I know a lot of people that seem to go into them around 10-12 weeks.
Go to different stores and just see how it feels. I did Destination Maternity, as I hated the pants at Kohls and Target. I’m going to try Old Navy, as friends of mine said they like it.
Post # 10
@Ballet513: Congrats! I started wearing maternity pants at about 5 or 6 weeks. I was on meds that made me super bloated and none of my pre-preggo pants would fit.
I shopped some at Old Navy and liked them ok. I got 2 pairs of work pants at Target and Love them. I didn’t find them to be too expenseive.
Post # 11
I didn’t start wearing maternity pants until 6 months. I still can get away with the rubberband holding the button together though. I got all my maternity clothes at a consignment store that specializes in babies and maternity. I couldn’t justify spending so much on clothes I’m only going to wear a couple of months.
Post # 12
I needed maternity pants at 10 weeks. I never used a belly band, just went straight from regular pants to maternity pants. They are so comfortable I may never wear real clothes again.
I’ve bought work clothes from A Pea in the Pod, which is pricey (especially considering that this is temporary wear), but I have to wear business attire to work and wasn’t having any luck finding well-made, professional looking tailored clothing at better prices. I still fit into some of my pre-pregnancy tops, but at 14 weeks, those won’t fit much longer.
For casual clothes, I am trying to get by with maxi dresses and leggings for as long as I can get away with it. I’m not going to spend a lot of money on maternity t-shirts, shorts, and jeans. Gap maternity has some pretty cute stuff, and if you can catch it on sale when they have an additional 20-25% off sale prices, it’s a good deal.
Post # 13
I’m 13.5 weeks and started wearing maternity pants this last week. I did the belly band for a few days until I could get out shopping and I really disliked it. I’m up and down all day at work and just found it moved around too much. For now I’m just wearing my long shirts. I will switch out of those before I stretch them all out. I don’t want to end up ruining my regular clothes.
Maternity pants are so comfy!
Post # 15
FWIW, my friend told me that during her pregnancy, her pants wouldn’t button during months 2 and 3, but once the bloating went down she actually started being able to wear them again throughout month 4 until her bump showed up for real….
Maybe try the hair elastic trick too – loop it through your pants button of your normal pants–gives you some ‘give’ during these very bloated days (I am at the same point as you and yeah, my pants are not my friend.).