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post #41 of 98
Ok...tmi, but I wonder how much of my bump is because I'm fairly constipated. Ugh!
post #42 of 98
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Originally Posted by Tear78 View Post

Ok...tmi, but I wonder how much of my bump is because I'm fairly constipated. Ugh!

yes, I had that problem too. I take traditional medicinal smooth move tea and the next day I don't look pregnant any more! More significantly, I find that having a fresh start in that department really significantly helps with the nausea.

post #43 of 98
Oh! I need to get that Smooth Move tea, I think it will help me out a lot. I finally went last night after 6 days! That's just obnoxious. How fast does it work? Do I need to stay near the toilet or is it super gentle?
post #44 of 98
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For me, it seems to work wonders. No, I don't think you need to stay near a toilet...though...tmi...when you finally do need to go you may need a bit more time than normal. I sometimes get cramps too which can be uncomfortable for a few minutes. Usually it works the next day for me and is fairly gentle. I say fairly gentle, but it actually does cause me to empty everything out. There is no mistaking that I've taken something to help me along, it's no coincidence to poop that much if you know what I mean! Oh pregnancy. I take one cup with one tea bag in it that I let steep for about 10 minutes. It actually tastes nice and sweet. Good luck!

post #45 of 98

Boo on the constipation!! I've had a little, but nothing like you ladies are describing. I'm still dealing with late afternoon/evening bloating, which is the pits. Kinda makes sleeping (already) uncomfortable. Thank goodness I can still sleep on my stomach, at least for now.

 

So I'm convinced that at least some of what I have is baby bump. I've gained 1 pound during this pregnancy so far (I'm 11 weeks), and yes I need to work on this. I love not gaining weight, but I'm a little concerned about how little I have gained as I'm nearing the end of the first trimester. Anyway, I digress. I went to put on a pair of yoga-type pants that I have and had worn during my early months of pregnancy with DS. Got them up to the waist & then nada -- no zipping, certainly no buttoning. What a disappointment!! I'm still not showing enough to warrant running out to buy maternity shorts, but it looks like some more stretchy waistband pants will be needed. I think I'm going to get a box out today and start packing up all my pants that no longer fit. I think I'll also bust out the box of maternity clothes and just start seeing what I can start wearing now. There's a cold front moving through CO - all the way down in the 80s - which I'm hoping might stick around so I can transition into my longer pants and forego worrying about shorts all together. I have 3-4 pairs that fit now, so I guess I'll start rotating them. 

post #46 of 98

Can I make a suggestion about the constipation? You ladies should try a product called Natural Calm. It's basically a magnesium supplement (which is good for you anyways) and will provide a more gentle solution for getting things moving. People usually just use it as a mag supplement, but it also helps with that department. 

 

I'm one of those people that can have cramping and unpredictability with something like Smooth Move, but I really like Natural Calm. Plus, you can take it every day without getting dependent on it.

post #47 of 98

Nearly 12 weeks now (with my first baby), and I think I am starting to show.  I mean, only really when I'm naked-- I can't imagine anyone else can tell.  For reference, I am NOT skinny (40-30-45), but I do have a (relatively) trim waist and tummy.  I like to think I am fairly familiar with my naked body as I model nude for art schools.  Sheepish.gif

 

I've been second-guessing myself for a week, though, because my weight tends to fluctuate and I gained about 10 lbs in January/February, then lost a couple, gained a couple, etc.  But I'm pretty convinced that my slightly larger belly is actually part baby, because I realized today that I can see more ribs than I could a couple months ago, yet my belly is not nearly as flat as it "should" be when I can make out more than a rib or two.  Er...  That sounds weird, but I am just one of those people whose ribs are somewhat visible (when naked) even though I am overall QUITE "thick."  Like if you've seen Christina Ricci in Black Snake Moan-- you can count every single rib under her clothes, even though she has big boobs, etc.  Granted, she's pretty skinny in that movie, but you know when she's thicker, you'd still see some rib action.

So...  IDK.  lol.gif

post #48 of 98

I'm not showing yet, but I'm a teacher and this is the time of year when I normally update my work wardrobe and replace worn out items.  I don't know what to do!  There are online stores that tout things like "here's a starter set of maternity clothes to take you through all trimesters!" but that could just be a sales pitch.  

 

so ladies!  Is there anything I can look for now that really will take me through all trimesters, or will this totally be an adventure of constantly shopping for bigger clothes?  


runner, teacher, and 11 weeks along with my first baby

post #49 of 98
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Originally Posted by cactusita View Post

ladies!  Is there anything I can look for now that really will take me through all trimesters, or will this totally be an adventure of constantly shopping for bigger clothes?  


runner, teacher, and 11 weeks along with my first baby


I just went to Gap and bought a pair of their maternity Long and Lean jeans... They're super comfy, and I have heard from others that they'll last all the way to the end. Maybe try those? Although I don't know if jeans are okay for work wear.
post #50 of 98

I just bought a maternity cardigan from Old Navy when I was throwing other stuff in to my (virtual) cart-- but that's about it so far.  I mean, it was $10.  Fits okay, plus obviously tons of extra belly room.

 

I will say though-- ON (and most other brands that sell both regular and maternity) goes by the whole "if you're normally a Medium, order a Medium maternity" thing, implying that they cut their maternity for someone "Medium" who gains 30 lbs, much in the belly.  Which makes total sense.  Only one thing-- my boobs have already gotten bigger and I expect they'll continue to grow.  bigeyes.gif  So the cardi is a little more snug at the bust than I thought it would be, and when the time comes, I'll probably wear it unbuttoned (at least partially).  I don't know how much of the issue is unusual boob growth and how much is the usual "5 different Mediums, 5 different fits" issue.   

post #51 of 98

My dilemma is that I'm plus size (like size 22/24) and petite (short legs) there are just not a lot of great maternity options out there! :( Last pregnancy I was smaller, and Old Navy Maternity worked awesome. So I'm trying to figure out what non-maternity bottoms might work for me... with my first pregnancy I got really stretchy pants from LLL Bean (courdoroy stretch) but I remember they did fit weird as I got really big...

 

What is a "minimal" maternity wardrobe to you? I sort of need to think outside the box. I think I will need to get a pair of maternity jeans, and then maybe a pair of maternity slacks, and then some just plain old comfy stretchy pants (like size 3x instead of 2x). I'd love to get a skirt too, but then I think it'll be winter, not sure how that'd work. I feel like summer maternity clothes would be easier to figure out than winter! I don't remember buying maternity shirts at all, I already wear baggy knit shirts and they tend to stretch OK.

 

I've started using the rubber band trick on my pants, just feel more comfortable, though I'm not sure why it helps lol... I think I have gained 3-4 lbs so far, probably that is carb bloat since I've been eating more grains/carbs.

post #52 of 98
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Originally Posted by cactusita View Post

I'm not showing yet, but I'm a teacher and this is the time of year when I normally update my work wardrobe and replace worn out items.  I don't know what to do!  There are online stores that tout things like "here's a starter set of maternity clothes to take you through all trimesters!" but that could just be a sales pitch.  

 

so ladies!  Is there anything I can look for now that really will take me through all trimesters, or will this totally be an adventure of constantly shopping for bigger clothes?  


runner, teacher, and 11 weeks along with my first baby

Welcome back to teaching! I'm a teacher too, but taking this year off. I got luck when I was pregnant with DS in that I was teaching PE & could get away with wearing yoga pants for work. But, I also had to buy some other clothes for my work as an athletic trainer where I had to dress up more. My suggestion would be to buy a few things as you go along. I know that for the first trimester & into the second, I couldn't wear maternity clothes (too big). So, I bought pants that were about a size up and/or had a bit of stretch to the waist. I also bought belly bands and some long tanks/camis to help hide when I needed to undo the button on the pants. I have a couple of skirts that are really nice, but also happen to have an elastic waistband (J Jill sells a lot like this & gives a teacher discount), and these got me through the conferences and BTSN's. Once I really needed maternity (at about 20 weeks), I went to Old Navy/Gap/Kohls and got some pants. I personally couldn't wear the pant that went over the belly until well into my 3rd tri. Finally, if you want shirt that can "grow" with you, get some tighter knit tops that will expand with your belly. And cardigans. Looks like you're a runner, so I'm sure you're in great shape and will have a cute bump. You can use the cardigans early on to help hide it if you want. 

 

Finally, if you find pants that you like check out ebay. I got some really good deals on jeans that were in great shape because they weren't worn very long! HTH.

post #53 of 98
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Originally Posted by BetsyPage View Post

My dilemma is that I'm plus size (like size 22/24) and petite (short legs) there are just not a lot of great maternity options out there! :( Last pregnancy I was smaller, and Old Navy Maternity worked awesome. So I'm trying to figure out what non-maternity bottoms might work for me... with my first pregnancy I got really stretchy pants from LLL Bean (courdoroy stretch) but I remember they did fit weird as I got really big...

 

What is a "minimal" maternity wardrobe to you? I sort of need to think outside the box. I think I will need to get a pair of maternity jeans, and then maybe a pair of maternity slacks, and then some just plain old comfy stretchy pants (like size 3x instead of 2x). I'd love to get a skirt too, but then I think it'll be winter, not sure how that'd work. I feel like summer maternity clothes would be easier to figure out than winter! I don't remember buying maternity shirts at all, I already wear baggy knit shirts and they tend to stretch OK.

 

I've started using the rubber band trick on my pants, just feel more comfortable, though I'm not sure why it helps lol... I think I have gained 3-4 lbs so far, probably that is carb bloat since I've been eating more grains/carbs.


Oh, I have the same problem. I'm a fluffier mama (around size 18) and short (like 5'4"). I have lots of mamas who offer to let me borrow maternity clothes, but I'd have to hem them...

 

I don't know if I'm showing, but I saw my in-laws, and both of them were like...you look different...did you lose weight? LOL! I haven't told them yet, mostly because we don't get along. I probably will, though, soon...

post #54 of 98

I am starting to show (11 weeks) in an annoying, belly looks bigger, fluffier and maybe pregnant.  Still awkward looking... lol.  But give me a month and I will DEF look preggo in a for real way!  :)

post #55 of 98

I'm nearly 10 weeks and totally showing.  Part of it is bloat because I have to eat so much starch to feel human, and my insides don't get along very well with starchy stuff, particularly grains, but part of it is definitely baby.  With DD I didn't really show until about 15 weeks or so, but I was also a bit thinner to start with and eating starch regularly anyway.  But everyone I've talked to said they showed way earlier with #2 so I'm not terribly concerned.

 

I'm already out of one pair of "early maternity" shorts though :-(  And they were nice, and it's really hot here now and I don't have enough shorts & skirts to wear.  But it's also mid-August and there's no way I'm forking out money for something I'll wear for less than a month.  I will just have to do more laundry.  I do have lots of long pants so once the weather cools down a bit I'll be fine.

post #56 of 98
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Originally Posted by cactusita View Post

I'm not showing yet, but I'm a teacher and this is the time of year when I normally update my work wardrobe and replace worn out items.  I don't know what to do!  There are online stores that tout things like "here's a starter set of maternity clothes to take you through all trimesters!" but that could just be a sales pitch.  

 

so ladies!  Is there anything I can look for now that really will take me through all trimesters, or will this totally be an adventure of constantly shopping for bigger clothes?  


runner, teacher, and 11 weeks along with my first baby

I am in the same situaion!  I seriously don't think I'm going to be fitting in any of my workclothes, but don't really want to wear mat clothes yet.

There are a few stores that have "waistless" pants, that is, the waist is a stretchy band, with no buttons and zipper.  They are not maternity pants, as the band is the same material as the pant (as opposed to mat pant bands that is just a cotton jersey), and depending on your body, you could wear them pretty late.  I also loved them post-partum, where you still have the pooch but just can't stand the thought of wearing your maternity pants one more minute!!!
 

I also have a maternity band, but honestly have never worn it (it was given to me before I had my last loss and never got to that point), but I think I might be relying on it alot this fall, as long as my butt still fits in my pants!!!

post #57 of 98

Wow!  Thank you so much babytoes, buko, betsypage and maydaymom10!  You've helped me so much already.  

post #58 of 98

I have a suggestion re: the bloating. Probiotics have helped me immensely! I can't say enough good things about them . I take Garden of Life - Primal Defense brand. So much relief from bloating, gas, indigestion, nausea, and constipation.

 

In terms of clothes - I've been living in yoga pants from Old Navy. They're not maternity, but they fit my bulging belly really well and they're cheap. Just wish they came in more colors. Here is a link: http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?searchCID=68131&vid=0&pid=633125&scid=633125332 . I also have the capri pants http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?searchCID=68131&vid=1&pid=633126&scid=633126472 . I also love these "tamis" found here. They are nice and long and come in lots of colors (they only show three online, but in the store, they have black, white, grey, blue, green, red, and purple - possibly more). Not sure if these clothes are dressy enough for teaching, but they're perfect for lounging, shopping, errands, exercise - even sleeping. So comfy!

post #59 of 98

Thumbs up to the wide, fold over waistband!!! During my last pregnancy I only ended up buying ONE maternity skirt. Aside from that I wore my pre-pregnancy pants, skirts, and dresses. I had a couple of Patagonia brand dresses (high waisted) that got me to about 7 or 8 months. I had one Patagonia skirt (I think the vitality?) that I wore the entire pregnancy. The waistband is stretchy but snug - worked great under the belly when I got big but it was also nice for "holding things in" a bit postpartum (think Spanx). I'm actually a bit sad because I just checked out their website and it seems that this skirt is no longer made, which means that I can't get a second one!

 

Oh, if you're into yoga capris then you MUST check out these by Sweetskins. I promise, I'm in no way affiliated with the company - these pants are just magical. I've been buying them in various colors for years and they were the most absolutely perfect pants throughout my entire pregnancy.

 

I don't know what the heck I'm going to do to stay warm this winter when I'm hugely pregnant, though (my last baby was born in August). Skirts are so comfy, and they're easy to dress up when you need to look nicer, but I hate the idea of wearing thick tights to keep my legs warm because I just can't stand the high waistband and all that fabric rubbing right up against my tummy. Maybe I'll invest in some thigh high wool socks... Or I could knit some leg warmers... And I'll definitely need to get some warm boots that are easy to get on without bending over - does such a thing exist?????

post #60 of 98
I thought I saw showing a lot bigger and earlier than with DD1, but now that I'm 12 weeks, maybe not. Thought my husband felt my belly the other day and almost wistfully said, you're not as firm as with DD1. eyesroll.gif
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