Post # 1
I’m 6 weeks as of today and though I haven’t gained any weight, I’ve been eating well-balanced healthy meals – you know, not my usual black coffee all day, salad for lunch, small dinner with cocktail diet – and feel sooooo BLOATED. 🙁
I hate wearing pants anyways but now it’s really hard.
All of my work pants are pretty fitted, like I can’t even wear them on my bloated period days… and it’s too cold here (40s) to wear skirts just yet.
Does anyone know where I can get some pants that have a more forgiving waist? I know places like the Limited and Express used to have things like this, but I can’t find them now. I’m trying to keep things hush at work for at least 6 more weeks – my office is really small and nosy and kind of terrible when it comes to being pregnant, sick, etc.
And bras…?? omg!
and this is just the beginning…..
Post # 3
Try the bella band, they let you unbutton and even unzipper a bit without having to buy a new wardrobe. You can get them at target or a bunch of other places. It worked for me for a long while even though I felt super bloated right away too.
Post # 4
@troubled: actually I did buy one at Target but feel like it would be a dead giveaway at work :/
I think I need to invest in some longer shirts or layers… I usually wear button-down shirts with a blazer and dress slacks with heels to work, dress code is business professional.
I can’t wait until it warms up a bit and I can wear skirts/dresses. I’ll be so much more comfortable.
Post # 5
No one ever could see my band. Mine was in skin tone and my shirts always went down far enough to cover the band, especially at first when all you need is the button undone. I also wore an under tank top to go overtop of it so it really wasn’t visible. But I agree longer shirts kept me going in normal clothes a lot longer.
Post # 6
Ugh, I totally remember that feeling. Honestly, drink a ton of water and see if you can make to about 11-12 weeks without doing anything drastic. The bloated feeling does go away and for me between 12-now weeks I’m still buttoning my normal pants (although I do think that may be a short lived affair). I am not a huge fan of the belly band thing. My Mother-In-Law foisted one on me, in white of all colors, and it’s still in the package. I do know that some of my lawyer friends were able to get some really nice looking dress slacks-styled panted from the Gap that have an elastic waist and I was never the wiser. Might want to go and look there, especially if you can get away with something like that instead of a suit.
Post # 7
Buy some cute longer tops- they are totally in style now anyhow. It won’t attract attention right now- it will look like you are just buying some new spring clothes.
They will cover the waistband of your pants.
For the pants themselves you can use an elastic band to give you some additional room. Fold it in half and thread one end through the buttonhole- then pull the other end of the band through so it is attached to the buttonhole. Then just loop the other end over the button of your pants.
Post # 8
I was able to use (and probably still could) a bella band with my dressy work pants up to about 28 weeks and it really isn’t that noticable. Otherwise, perhaps start shopping for some maternity pants, they are so comfortable.
Post # 9
I’ve been using bella bands (at 11wks now) and it’s been really effective. No one knew the button of my pants were undone, and no one now even knows that my pants are totally unzipped. Just get a color or style that will look like the bottom of a cami, so if it should happen to show somehow under your top (as you’re reaching for something, etc.), you’ll be fine. The dead giveaway will come eventually when your tummy starts to bulge, but the bella band won’t add to or detract from that.
Post # 10
@julies1949: that’s a good trick! sadly most of my work pants are fitted and have those metal sliders, dammit :/ hehe
I went home on my lunch break and got a jacket that’s more of a wrap and am using the bella band – muuuuuch better
My jeans are no problem, but it’s because the waist is much lower.
I also ordered some work skirts that are stretchy and still professional! haha
Post # 11
@lilsneakers: you can still use the elastic band. you run it through the bar as if it were the buttonhole attach the clip to the other end. You can find the length of elastic that works for you.
Post # 12
I am not pregnant yet, but my girlfriend really struggled with the same issue when she was in her early pregnancy. She ended up buying a few pairs of the “before and after” style maternity pants, that have a wide elastic back, and have a lower front. She wore them from like 8 weeks to about 20 weeks if I remember correctly. She also loved them from delivery until she was back to her pre-pregnancy size, so they weren’t a total waste. They just made her more comfortable, and you can’t really tell that they are maternity pants unless you look really closely.
Post # 13
I love my Kohls maternity dress pants. They are so comfortable! I had the same issue with dress pants hitting in the wrong spots early on like that and it wasn’t worth it to be that uncomfortable all day long.
Definetly look at some longer shirts. Most maternity pants I have found sit very low on the hips so you will want shirts that cover the elastic panel section.
Post # 14
The bloated feeling definately goes away. Mine went away after about week 12 or 13. But i felt like nothing fit in the meantime.