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post #1 of 26
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So, I've decided to skip the whole maternity clothes thing, and am getting by with mostly regular clothes. I prefer longer tops anyways, so I have plenty of those. And a lot of my dresses have stretchy empire waists that I can still wear. Skirts are also stretchy or wraps that also easily accommodate my baby bump. I also had a lot of nice flowy fancy pants with elastic waistbands, but nothing really casual. I just hate the way maternity jeans sit, and that huge band around the top... ugh. So, I've had to actually "splurge" on something I never thought I would wear... Pajama Jeans. And, I thought I wouldn't like them, but I do so much. They're cozy, they're adjustable, and not a single person can even tell that they're not regular jeans.

 

What about everyone else? Are you getting by with your "old" clothes? Are you mixing and matching? Did you go out any buy a whole new maternity wardrobe? What's your preggo mama style?

post #2 of 26

um 6 weeks in my old cloths were getting too tight. i went from a 10 to a 12 then started wearing 14 and 16.  now i just wear large maternity pants, i dont like low rise jeans.  and i prefer maternity tops, they just look cuter.  i do have some non maternity shirts though and i do wear all my old lounge pants though

post #3 of 26

i have been buying maternity clothes at the thrift store. i never buy new clothes, ever.

 

but in still pretty small so i can get by with a lot of my regular clothes too. i also like longer tops and am nowhere near needing maternity tops, though my boobs have grown so much that my collared work shirts dont fit accross them anymore. i cant wear my regular jeans anymore, but maternity jeans dont stay up very well yet. 

 

my big issue is bras though. cant wait till i can afford a new bra or two.

post #4 of 26

Just went out and bought jeans recently.  Had to hem several inches off.  Bought another pair today.  Just the skinny black flares from Old Navy.  I despise blue denim, need black.  I also bought a couple maternity shirts elsewhere.  That's it.  I'm still mostly wearing non-maternity.  Wrap skirts, below the waist cargos, turtleneck sweaters, leggings.

 

I can't wear thrifted clothing.  Too hard to get detergent/softener/febreze residue out these days, what with the "new improved" fragrance molecules used in that stuff.  At least the sizing in new clothing/fabric washes out with time.

 

post #5 of 26

I've gotten one pair of mat. pants from the thrift store and a few long tops with empire waists.

 

My saving grace has been the belly bands I held onto from nursing DS....half the pants I wear I can't actually get done up so those become the makeshift maternity band.

 

I'm keeping my eye out for used mat. clothes though 'cause they'll be needed this time around.

 

 

post #6 of 26

For around the house I'm just in tank and big t-shirts and my normal pants rolled down or one of my two pairs of maternity pants. For leaving I have two pairs of regular leggins that I removed the elastic band from. I hold them up entirely with my bella band and it works great and is really comfy. I have a black, tiered, summer dress that I wear with my leggins with a button up shirt over it (left open). I also have one regular shirt that I got from target that still fits me because it is really, really long lol. I'm not wearing maternity clothes at all besides my two house pants. Obviously it is a very limited wardrobe but I can't bring myself to buy anymore because next winter I'll weigh about 50lbs less and none of it will fit. I don't know what I'm going to do when it warms up though. I'm thinking capri leggins and short dresses that I can wear as tops. I have a long skirt that I made for being in the third tri in the summer but I have since discovered that I hate wearing long skirts because they wrap around my legs. Maternity clothes never work for me, they are never long enough to cover my belly if they fit around my shoulders right and the pants always cut into my belly and cause contractions. Last time I just ended up wearing my sarong all the time at home. 

post #7 of 26

I'm having a lot of trouble with this too. i finally broke down and bought a few maternity shirts, but I still can't seem to find pants or skirts I like. I don't wear pants in general, i am a skirt and dress kinda girl, so my dilemma has become my boobs mostly. I have quite a few really cute empire maxi dresses, but they don't fit my gigantic boobs. 

also because pre-pregnancy I have a super tiny waist very few of my skirts still fit. And my shoulders/back are too small for maternity dresses. So very annoying!

post #8 of 26

I have a few pairs of maternity pants that I wear repeatedly during the work week. During the weekend, I pretty much live in pajama bottoms and yoga pants. orngtongue.gif Shirts and bras are the bane of my existence right now. I have a couple of maternity tank tops and long-sleeved t-shirts. They're a little casual for work, but I'm wearing them anyway (mostly under a cardigan). I love all the cute empire-waist maternity tops, but my boobs (which have already gone from DD to F) are just too big for most of them. Can't find a decent bra in my price range, either. I'm still stuffing myself into a very worn, stretched-out pre-pregnancy bra. Ergh!

post #9 of 26
There is no way I would be able to get away with not wearing maternity clothing. My breasts and hips both need them, not to mention the big belly! I am mostly wearing jeans and basic long sleeve maternity tops. I wear a nursing tank or a long and lean tank from target as undershirt.
post #10 of 26

I outgrew my pre-pregnancy clothes by the time I was 8 weeks.  I couldn't even wear them with a bella band or I felt like I was being cut in two every time I sat.  I couldn't even fit my boyfriend's clothes with a bella band after 10 weeks, and those lasted me until about 16 weeks last time.  I know they tell you to buy maternity pants based on your pre-pregnancy size, but there's no way a woman that was size 3 pre-pregnancy should be outgrowing small maternity pants this early in, especially as they lasted me to birth on the last two pregnancies.  Thankfully a friend of mine gave me a bunch of medium maternity clothes, so I have stuff that fits.  Thankfully, I also have some stretchy tops, a stretchy dress, and a couple of sun dresses that work, but even my elastic waist stuff isn't comfortable anymore.  Even the work-out clothes I had for dance that sit low on my hips and below the belly are too tight, which wasn't a problem until right before my due date the last time.  I have to admit, I hate maternity clothes, but they're a life-saver this time around!  I'm just glad I have a friend give me a bunch of them.  It would be pretty rough if I was stuck in what few smalls I had left over from my last pregnancy...

post #11 of 26

I'm loving maternity clothes!!  Clothes that fit right feel so good.  I couldn't imagine trying to fit into regular clothing.  A few of my pj tops are starting to creep up when I sleep and it's so annoying.  I just got back from a huge shopping trip so I should be set until the baby arrives.  I'm not worried about buying too much maternity as I'll use it again for baby #2 and i'll also lend it my BFF when she is ready.  Thankfully we are the same size.  I need to dress somewhat nice at work, pretty casual office, so durning the winter months I've been able to get buy with two pair maternity jeans and 1 pair cords.  I've bought a few sweaters and long sleeve tops.  Actually was able to get by wearing non maternity sweaters for awhile which really helped.  Now i'll keep wearing my jeans with long and short sleeve tops till it's nice enough to wear my new jean capris, jean skirt and jean shorts.  I love denim :D  When I get home from work I slip on yoga pants and they've become really tight on the tummy.  I bought a pair of maternity yoga pants, OMG heaven!  So comfty!

post #12 of 26
I'm wearing maternity pants but mostly regular shirts still. I've been doing the solid-colored fitted tee/cardigan look mostly. I do have a few maternity shirts, but I need to get a couple more.
post #13 of 26

I'm big everywhere and have never had any luck with maternity clothing; IME they just don't make it for big women, they make it for tiny women with bellies. Target is the worst. Before this pregnancy I wore a large in shirts. By 9wks pregnant I wouldn't even fit into a 2x maternity shirt from target though I could still wear a 2x regular shirt and have room in it. The maternity shirts won't even fit around my boobs and I'm only a C. Where are you ladies getting your maternity clothes from?
Even when I have found maternity clothing that fit at this stage it didn't fit at all by the end, nothing will. I have bags full of maternity clothes and the shirts are too short by the time I'm full term and the pants all sit so weird on my belly that they keep pushing down and irritating the bottom of my uterus. The fully belly panel pants always have a nasty seam at the bottom of the panel that cuts into my belly. I hate, hate HATE pants when I'm pregnant. I can wear big regular sweatpants folded down now but by the end nothing works. My uterus is too sensitive I guess because most people wear the maternity pants with no issues. 

post #14 of 26
Motherhood maternity jeans have the most comfortable full panel EVER. They have no irritating seam and the material is very breathable and comfy. I love mine. I won't buy maternity jeans anywhere else. Old Navy's are the WORST as far as comfort.
post #15 of 26
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Originally Posted by KristaDJ View Post

My uterus is too sensitive I guess because most people wear the maternity pants with no issues. 


 

I don't know if it's that your uterus is sensitive, or just that the pants cut weirdly.  I can't stand anything that starts to cut into my lower abdomen even a little bit.  It doesn't even have to be a lot of pressure either, just enough to be annoying.

 

I personally love skirts and dresses.  I just wish I had some that still actually fit.  Even my lose, elastic-waist ones are either cutting across me when I sit or I have to pull them over the belly, in which case it feels like my ribs are being crushed.  I just wish there were more comfortable options than trying to make regular clothes fit and maternity clothes which never seem to fit quite right and are so expensive for how long you wear them.

post #16 of 26

I switched to maternity pants around the time I hit my 2nd trimester.  It wasn't really out of necessity at that point, but I found a few pairs of Japanese Weekend and Gap maternity pants at a thrift store for super cheap and I have to say they are about 1000x more comfortable than wearing regular pants.  Particularly the Japanese Weekend jeans are AMAZING.  While I wouldn't pay the $100 they cost new, I would be tempted after trying them on.  They are seriously more comfortable than leggings. 

 

I'm still mostly in regular shirts, although I'm moving more towards wearing Old Navy maternity tanks with a sweater over it because they do feel like they give me just a little more coverage. 

post #17 of 26
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Originally Posted by Sarasyn View Post


 

I don't know if it's that your uterus is sensitive, or just that the pants cut weirdly.  I can't stand anything that starts to cut into my lower abdomen even a little bit.  It doesn't even have to be a lot of pressure either, just enough to be annoying.

 

 


Same here. I think my belly is also lower than most women's because those "under belly" pants do not go under my belly. My uterus is hard and sticking out from right above my pubic bone on up, there is no under belly lol The seam in maternity pants is always right there on that most sensitive spot that makes me contract. That is why I got regular pants and took out the waistband. I can have the bella band down low enough that it is actually under my belly (for now). I tried all the motherhood maternity pants and non of them worked, they all cut into my belly. I just replaced my pre-pregnancy wardrobe with huge regular clothes but I'm truly scared of what I'm going to do this summer. I know I can do really flared dresses as tops but bottoms...... I have never found anything that is comfortable the last three months. 

 

post #18 of 26
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Originally Posted by KristaDJ View Post


Same here. I think my belly is also lower than most women's because those "under belly" pants do not go under my belly. My uterus is hard and sticking out from right above my pubic bone on up, there is no under belly lol The seam in maternity pants is always right there on that most sensitive spot that makes me contract.

 


 

That's exactly how I tried to explain it to my boyfriend and midwife last time.  There's a tiny bit of under-belly, but I don't count on it being there for much longer.  I guess my babies just don't tend to rest all that high.

post #19 of 26

I can no longer fit into my work pants or jeans, only sweats or yoga pants fit.  I have been lucky and have been able to buy mostly used maternity pants and skirts.  My longer shirts still work well, but I picked up a few new shirts when they were on sale for $10 at the Gap around Christmas.  I am hoping to be able to sell back my clothes after this pregnancy as I am planning this to be my last.  We have a great yahoo listserve in our area for moms buying and selling things and it has really made buying things second hand easy.

post #20 of 26
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Originally Posted by KristaDJ View Post

I'm big everywhere and have never had any luck with maternity clothing; IME they just don't make it for big women, they make it for tiny women with bellies. Target is the worst. Before this pregnancy I wore a large in shirts. By 9wks pregnant I wouldn't even fit into a 2x maternity shirt from target though I could still wear a 2x regular shirt and have room in it. The maternity shirts won't even fit around my boobs and I'm only a C. Where are you ladies getting your maternity clothes from?

Even when I have found maternity clothing that fit at this stage it didn't fit at all by the end, nothing will. I have bags full of maternity clothes and the shirts are too short by the time I'm full term and the pants all sit so weird on my belly that they keep pushing down and irritating the bottom of my uterus. The fully belly panel pants always have a nasty seam at the bottom of the panel that cuts into my belly. I hate, hate HATE pants when I'm pregnant. I can wear big regular sweatpants folded down now but by the end nothing works. My uterus is too sensitive I guess because most people wear the maternity pants with no issues. 

I was a large before pregnancy, 5'5" and 173lbs. Size DD chest. Right now the basic large maternity long sleeves from Old Navy fit well. They are very long, but I fully expect to be in an extra large in the next few months. Oh and my chest is now an F cup.
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