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Maternity coat?

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Assuming you live where it's going to get cold soon, do you plan on getting a maternity coat? Or somehow make do with something else?

I really don't want to buy a maternity coat, it seems like such a waste and the ones that I have seen are not warm enough. I guess I could get a coat that's larger than my usual size, but that kind of seems like a waste too.
post #2 of 24
Last time I made do with what I had. My coats were bigger than I thought they were! But I was also due in June--so didn't wear them at my biggest. I'm hoping I can make do this time too because I really don't want to have to buy a coat.

Last winter in NC it was not very cold, but my grandma says the Farmer's Almanac says we're going to have a cold winter this year. Who knows.
post #3 of 24
I'm due in March and Jan/Feb are the coldest times in Tx - and I'm a wienie. So I'm gonna hit the thrift store and get a coat out of the men's dept that'll fit my big belly - when I'm done with it, I'll donate it to the homeless shelter. Seems like everybody wins that way.
post #4 of 24
maternity coats can be excellent for fastening up around a front carried baby, too. i spent all last winter with my lo in a moby or beco and my maternity coat keeping her warm.
post #5 of 24
I'm planning on wearing a large coat that I already own with a large scarf over my middle if I need it. That and probably a fleece blanket in the car should do.
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post #6 of 24
I'm waiting until I outgrow my normal coat before even considering spending the money on it. DD was a May baby, but I was able to wear my normal coat all winter with her. I'm also kind of waiting until I see how the winter plays out. last year I didn't really need a coat after mid-January, but some years I need a coat until April. I figure if I get desperate I can wear one of DF's hoodies over one of my hoodies or something.
post #7 of 24
My old coat doesn't work for me and I already needed one up here. I bought the Old Navy one. I like it and it's super comfy and relatively inexpensive. It's not as warm as down but since I am like a furnace, that'll probably be ok. I got a medium and there's plenty of room to grow but I'm not swimming in. I'm on the tall side and was a small/medium before this pregnancy. Old Navy always has sales & specials if you get on their list so I had a discount on the price.
post #8 of 24
I bought a new pea coat while 6 mos pgs with my second. I got one with a belt and made sure the arms were the right length. I looked liek a funny little bell, but it fits right now too. When I got about 9 mos, I couldn't get any of the buttons over my belly done, but the belt helped keep the bottom closed.

Unless you're prone to get huge or are going to be like 6-7-8 mos over the whole winter, I wouldn't worry.
post #9 of 24
I have an old wool swing coat from high school or college that looks a lot like this:

http://www.ballyhoovintage.com/16/16211.html

It has accommodated me at every weight and when I visited family in the midwest in pregnancy, and with the baby in a Bjorn under the coat at Christmas.
post #10 of 24
i got one off of craigslist.. i'm not a cold lover and in a new wetter climate i need to be warm
post #11 of 24
That's me with DS (2 months) in 2007 in my swing coat.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/87756949@N00/2233989722
post #12 of 24
oh, and here i was about to try to sell or give away an over big peacoat that has been taking up space! i'm glad i saw this thread to remind me that i'll need it even if for just one winter
post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by Lyss View Post
That's me with DS (2 months) in 2007 in my swing coat.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/87756949@N00/2233989722
so cute!
post #14 of 24
DDCC (Well, my EDD is somewhere between March 29 and April 1).

We live north where it is winter for 4-6 months of the year - I'm in winter garb from November to April - and our city is one of the most humid in the country which makes for bone chilling cold (in January/February, it's not unusual for it to be -30 to -40 celsius, which is around -22 to -40 fahrenheiht). A winter coat is pretty much a necessity, so I definitely bought one as I'll be my biggest in the coldest months of the year.
post #15 of 24
With DD who was born end of May I managed with my own coat - barely... I think my the end all the buttons were loose and I had sew them back on later.

This year with the babe being due in March that mean from about now through the due date there is potential for needing a winter coat (last year our first snow was early Oct.). So I am pretty sure I will not fit in mine and that should happen during the really cold parts of winter.

I plan to try on one of DHs coats and if I don't think that will work I found a used maternity store that I plan to visit soon and see what I can fine.
post #16 of 24
I'm really not looking forward to it, especially since the maternity coats I'm seeing in stores are expensive. I figure I'll try and make due with a warm sweater I have that will fit my bit belly and an unzipped jacket and scarf, and see how that goes. If I feel like I do need one, I'm hoping the winter stuff will have gone on sale already.
post #17 of 24
I've been trying to figure out what to do, too. My thoughts are:
  • use one of DH's coats
  • buy a babywearing coat that also works for pregnancy, like Suse's Kindercoat

Suse's Kindercoat looks amazing for front and back carries, and for pregnancy. I'm really tempted.
post #18 of 24
Thread Starter 
Yeah I am thinking I could make do with my husband's coat. He rarely wears it, anyway. I on the other hand DO always wear my coat. It won't be super cute or anything but it will be warm!
post #19 of 24
My MIL found me a men's down 3/4 length coat at a thrift store for $10. I wore it the whole winter with DD in the moby wrap (she was born in Oct). I loved not having to bundle her at all that winter. We never even used the 0-3 month snowsuit we were given. Here's a pic of us in it. http://skitch.com/catherinedinim/dhike/iphoto
I'm going to use that....I hate being cold!
But it won't work for the rain and it rains here a lot in the winter. I was thinking about sewing a simple panel with zips down each side that I could zip into my gortex raincoat. There's a store close to here that sells outdoor fabrics and I wouldn't need too much. Anyone tried that?
post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by Caterina View Post
My MIL found me a men's down 3/4 length coat at a thrift store for $10. I wore it the whole winter with DD in the moby wrap (she was born in Oct). I loved not having to bundle her at all that winter. We never even used the 0-3 month snowsuit we were given. Here's a pic of us in it. http://skitch.com/catherinedinim/dhike/iphoto
I'm going to use that....I hate being cold!
But it won't work for the rain and it rains here a lot in the winter. I was thinking about sewing a simple panel with zips down each side that I could zip into my gortex raincoat. There's a store close to here that sells outdoor fabrics and I wouldn't need too much. Anyone tried that?
dunno, but what a cute pic!!
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