Post # 1
My sister is getting married in FL next May. I’ll be about 7-8 weeks post-partum (assuming things go well) at the tiem of her wedding. I’m wearing this dress.
I’m a size 12 pre-pregnancy. I tried it on at 13 wks pregnant, and a 12 was tight, a 14 was pretty loose (a solid 1+ inches around the chest , and I was swimming in a 16. My boobs have already grown a cup size since gtting pregnant. I was going to order a 14, but now I’m worried that if it’s too small, it’ll be too late to order the dress. My nana is a great seamstress, so alterations aren’t a huge deal, but if I do lose the weight, I don’t want the dress to look weird since it was altered down so much. The dress is a halter top, so that helps with being able to adjust the chest section somewhat.
Any advice? What size should I buy?
Post # 3
I think it depends a lot on your chest. Mine grew 2 sizes and it took a while to come down. I miss my giant chest.
Post # 4
I say order the 16 to be on the safe side. It’s way easier to alter it down.
Post # 5
I am also a size 12 pre-pregnancy and gained about 45 lbs during my pregnancy. I lost 25 within a few weeks and could wear my normal dresses if it wasn’t for my breasts. I recently went looking for a few new ones to hold me over while I’m breastfeeding and I had to go up 2 sizes just to fit my chest. The thing is that even if the top has some extra room in it, it might be showing more cleavage than you want.
Post # 6
If you are breastfeeding, you are likely to need the 16. I’m @ 6 weeks, and I’m up I think 3 cup sizes (wearing “stretchy/flexible” cups still & have yet to get measured but have one handmedown that fits…) If you are doing formula, 14 is probably OK. As others said, though, it is always easier to alter down (or get a miracle bra) rather than pouring out, lol.
Oh, and if you are Boyfriend or Best Friend, you might have to get a slightly padded bra to hide your breast pads (or get lilypadz), and that will add a tiny bit of bulk, too.
Post # 7
My Maid/Matron of Honor had a baby in Feb, and at our wedding in June she was back to normal size and had just stopped pumping.
Post # 8
Plan on some good Spanx or something – if it’s your first baby you might lose most of the weight by then, but stuff is shifted around and your tummy can be wobbly! Plan on some extra chest room if you are nursing.
Post # 9
I’m due Feb. 22 and am in a wedding April 30. The bride’s sister is also due about a week apart from me. We recently ordered birdesmaid dresses and we both ordered the size dresses we were able to fit into that day, for me that meant probably a size larger than I normally wear. I really expected they would advise us to order a size up from what we could fit in that day so we could alter down later, but the alterations manager said to go with what we could wear that day.
I’m hoping things work out. David’s Bridal said if I needed a larger size they would try to swap for me, but it would depend on availabilitiy.
Post # 10
How have the women in your family been size-wise after the baby?
My sister and mother both were still about the same size post-baby (my sister wore her pre-pregnancy jeans home from the hospital after her first kid). So if it were me, I would go with my pre-pregnancy size or maybe 1 size bigger becaues of my family history.
But you may be different, your family members are probably your best guide.
Post # 11
My sister is 3 months post-partum for my wedding in 2 days. She was a size 6 pre-wedding and had to get her size 12 dress taken out in order for it to fit. If you’re breastfeeding, it will take longer for your dress size to decrease. And of course it depends on how much weight you gain while pregnant, and how dedicated you are to exercise postpartum. My sister hasn’t lost much of her pregnancy weight so she ran into a little trouble with the dress. We all thought she’d have to have it taken in, but we were happy she had a great seamstress!!
I’d suggest erring on the side of caution. And if you go to David’s Bridal, they have a great exchange policy!!
Post # 12
I think I’ll try them on once more, but will probably go with a 16. At 7 weeks post partum, I don’t know that I will have been cleared by the doctor to exercise. I eat pretty healthy and am pretty active, but I do plan to be breastfeeding and pumping at the wedding if things go well.
Thanks for the input, it’d definitely helpful. I didn’t want to be naive and think that just because I was breastfeeding, I’d lose the baby weight quickly.
Post # 13
My mom’s due date with my younger sister was my aunt’s wedding day. My mom (the MOH) swore to my aunt that my sister would be early, and that she would fit her dress. Luckily she was right!
If you’re really worried about it, just order the 16 and plan on having it altered. You’d PROBABLY be OK with the 14, but the last thing you want to be worrying about is fitting the dress 🙂
Post # 14
You bring up a good point about exercise! I really wanted to exercise earlier, and I was told I really had to wait until my 6 week checkup. So, if you go past your due date, that could be right around the day of the wedding.
Plus, I’m pretty “sporty”, but I’ve been exhausted, and I’m told I have an EASY baby…so I haven’t wanted to exercise too much. If this is your first, it is good to have intentions to exercise but don’t count on it…you could have a colicky baby and not care at all about your weight…just praying for sleep. 😉
Another thing is…make sure you have comfy shoes in possibly a larger size. I went on my first post-baby date w/ Darling Husband and wore the shoes I wore to my Dec. graduation. I had walked around in them a bit in December and almost got the 1/2 size smaller…well, 4.5 weeks post baby the shoes were KILLING me…I was having to brace DHs arm to walk, and we really didn’t even walk a ton that night! I wasn’t even one of those women whose feet noticeably swelled, but I could tell a little bit in some shoes in my 3rd trimester.