When did you have to start wearing Maternity clothes?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 31
2606 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

A lady in my online pregnancy group just had her second child, and hasn’t had to buy ANY maternity clothes.  I hate her.  LOL!  KIDDING!  But I AM jealous!  Another lady and I are a week apart, and we’re both different body types, (I’m now 36 weeks, short and round, and she’s 35 weeks and tall and slim), but we were both in maternity clothes before the end of the first trimester.  Seriously, though, they are SOOO much more comfortable, especially as your bump grows.

Several stores, including Target and Old Navy, sell belly bands that hold up your pants without them being fastened.  They will probably help you get through the colder weather with your current pants then you can transition to leggings/dresses as it warms up.

Also, if you can find a maternity store near you, they will have MUCH more selection than a department store.  I went to Motherhood Maternity and in the fitting rooms, they even had a fake bump you could wear under the clothes you were trying on to get a better guestimate as to how they would look/fit as you grow.  In contrast, the Old Navy in the same mall had ONE rack of maternity pants and two different shirts in a couple different colors each.  Target, Kohl’s, Old Navy and the like do have a pretty decent selection of clothing online, though!

But don’t let your friend determine when you make the switch, and don’t let her make you feel bad for switching “early,” either.  Your COMFORT should be the deciding factor, not one woman’s personal opinion.

P.S. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on my maternity coat and several of my tops, and I’ll probably wear them even when I’m NOT pregnant, because they’re CUTE!

Post # 32
2606 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

MechEBee:  Or I’ll just end up at target with a rope holding my jeans together. That sounds like a classy option too.

No no….go to WAL-MART, so you can be the first “Bee” featured on People of Wal-Mart! 

Post # 33
1159 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Miss Apricot:  Deal. I’ll get my husband to follow me around with his GoPro.

Post # 34
203 posts
Helper bee

I bought maternity type dresses around the 10 to 12 week mark, but I didn’t really need them yet, they were just comfortable to wear and I already was wearing that style of dress anyways. I started wearing the maternity pants at about 24 to 25 weeks. I’m 32 weeks now and I still fit into certain work skirts and dresses I was wearing pre-pregnancy. It all depends on your body. I was definitely not small to begin with, so my clothes have been very forgiving and I haven’t gained too much weight since my doctor did not want me to and naturally I’ve been able to keep it at bay. But the bloat was definitely real in the first trimester especially. I say go with the flow and don’t listen to others when it comes to your body.



Post # 35
1586 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Daizy914:  I started wearing a belly band around my jeans at about the 11-12 week mark and was permanently in maternity pants (i think) around the 19-20 week mark. I probably could have been wearing them earlier though, they are WAY more comfortable than the belly band… I wasnt pulling at my clothes as much after the upgrade haha. As for tops… pretty much all my basic tanks still fit me (i’m 30 weeks) but my T-Shirts and most swearters needed to be upgraded around the 20 week mark as well.

Select basics, things that will go with everything so that you have a ton of mix and match outfits. 

Hope this helps. 

Post # 36
978 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I never had too with my 2nd but I also carried low (I could button my jeans under my belly lol) and wore scrubs to work. Everyone is different and everyone carries different. With my son I was looking at bigger clothes at 12 weeks lol, with my daughter I never needed them. Dont feel bad about yourself, your creating a life! And whatever you wear doing it doesnt matter, as long as your comfortable.

Post # 37
6399 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY

With my first regnancy I used my regular clothes until I was almost 20 weeks; with my second, until I was 17-18 weeks.

Post # 38
3755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I know plenty of ladies have weighed in (heh) but I just wanted to add my two cents. It’s never too early to start wearing maternity clothes!!!! Don’t let any smug chics tell you otherwise. Pregnancy is hard enough as it is, you might as well be as comfortable as possible. I suffered through with hair elastics holding my work pants together and when I finally got maternity pants it changed my world. Next time I know better!!!!! 

Post # 39
4575 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Daizy914:  oh your friend is being silly! Everyone grows differently and some us will start wearing maternity clothes early and some of us won’t. I began using them at almost 20 weeks but I honestly felt bad about it. I felt like I wasn’t gaining like supposed to. I am sure you are growing just fine and perfect!!! 

Post # 40
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I bought a pair of regular jeans one size larger than I normally wore around 9 or 10 weeks. I was in maternity pants full time around 14-15 weeks. First baby. Wear what’s comfortable! The only person you should listen to about your weight is your OB. 🙂

Post # 41
35 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

At this point I’m only 8 weeks and I’m using a hair tie to keep my pants buttoned! I’m all for stretchy pants!

Post # 42
2211 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I was so bloated from weeks 5-7 that I had to keep my pants unbuttoned, but that calmed down a bit since.

However, now that my uterus is starting to push more things around, I do have more of a gut again, but I wouldn’t really call it a baby bump yet. 

I totally said f*ck it and started wearing the maternity jeans I got on sale (Black Friday) mid week 11.  I’ve worned them twice more since (now 12 weeks, 1 day) Just buy some; they’re so comfy!

Your friend is very rude.  She should just keep that shit to herself.  Nothing wrong with being comfortable.

Post # 43
391 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I was so bloated i stopped fitting in my regular pants by 8 weeks. Just wear whatever is comfy, who cares.

Post # 44
635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I was able to wear all my regular clothes until week 20 – except for jeans.  By 24 weeks I was in mostly maternity pants – but can still do some of my pre-pregnancy tops.  Even now at 30 weeks I still wear my normal tops (although they are definitely getting a workout).

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