Pregnant and confused about dresses!

posted 4 months ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
1485 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I would definitely wait to order the dress as long as you can. Your body could drastically change and you don’t want to foot the big for a big alterations order.

Post # 3
2406 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Agreed with pp, and depending on the cost of the dress and alterations, could you buy more than one size and return the one you don’t use?

Post # 5
770 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I had to order my dress when I was like 16 weeks pregnant with my second baby the wedding was for this August when I will have a 3 month old. It ended up postponed of course. The fact that it was a loose dress, I just ordered what would be about my normal size. I was able to fit into it at 6 months pregnant haha, so I assume it will fit by next year, and because it’s loose anyway hopefully won’t look too large. At 2months pp I’m back to my normal weight and mostly normal size, besides a tiny bump and fluctuating boobs from nursing haha, but it’s so hard to predict. 

Post # 6
1546 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - City, State

What does the dress look like? Not all dresses can work for a pregnant body! Sounds like a huge gamble to me. 

Post # 7
909 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2020

I will say I ordered a dress through David’s Bridal back in March and only JUST got it last week (when I was originally told it would only take about a month). COVID is definitely causing massive delays and unpredictability so I would have to agree with the rep that it is better safe than sorry. I had this big worry that DB wouldn’t survive the shutdown (they’ve had bankruptcy concerns in the past) so I’d hate to see them go under in a year and you never had a chance to get the dress! Obviously it may be perfectly fine, but it is a (paranoid) concern.

Post # 8
2697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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@lindenlady:  I’m 32 weeks pregnant, and it’s a total crapshoot. Sometimes a larger size in a regular dress works, and sometimes it just doesn’t. I went up a band size and two cup sizes in bras with pregnancy, and I’ve gained over 20 pounds, but it’s all boobs and belly. Some dresses look ridiculous on me in a size or two up, because the rest of me is still the same, and I was a size 4-6 pre-pregnancy. It’s not as difficult with dresses as it is with tops and bottoms, but I’d go for a maternity sized dress if you can, because then you just go with your pre-pregnancy size. 

Post # 9
601 posts
Busy bee

so the wedding is 9 months after you give birth?  i’d probably just go with a size up from your pre-pregnancy size as a best guess, in case you have larger breasts from breastfeeding or are still carrying some extra weight from pregnancy.

Post # 10
792 posts
Busy bee

I have a wedding 12 weeks after my due date and I bought the dress one size up and will have it altered to fit whatever shape my body will be in at that time.

Post # 11
6978 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

So you’ll be 9 months post partum by the time of this wedding, is that correct?

I’ll be honest, it’s going to be a total crapshoot what your body will be like by then. You could be totally back to normal. If so…you suck! Just kidding, sort of 😉 But you could be totally fine by then. Or you could be like I was around that time and have lost all your pregnancy weight BUT not in the right places, if you get what I mean. My boobs were still HUGE. I was breastfeeding then, but for me it took about 6 months from when I stopped breastfeeding for my boobs to go back down to a normal size. And I just carried the weight differently than I did pre-baby. My tummy wasn’t big anymore, but it was still very much out of shape. None of my clothes from before fit right. So even though the weight was off I didn’t feel back to normal shape-wise until much later (like maybe when my son was about 1 1/2). 

But if I had to order a dress this far in advance I would do like PP suggests and order one size up from where I’m at now and then hope to have luck altering it if need be. What kind of dress is it?

Good luck! 

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