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14.5 weeks
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So cute Famermomma! What number pregnancy is this for you?

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Pregnancy #2. Thanks!
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This is my 18 week picture. I'll be 19 weeks on Sunday and I feel even bigger. Getting socks and shoes on sucks!

 

We're expecting twin boys May 5 :)

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Here is a photo of me from 16 weeks. I'm running behind, as I'm actually 18 weeks now! My belly has finally really popped and people can tell I'm pregnant. (Although, I've thought it was obvious for quite some time now! Haha)
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700

 

Me today at 15 weeks and 4 days with baby number 1 =) 

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17 weeks, 3rd baby. I would have thought I would be bigger by now, but I have a long torso. And I hate maternity jeans, so I love that my regular ones still fit!

 

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Here's my 19 week shot. I feel like I grew even more - this is the same shirt I was wearing in the previous photo and it doesn't pull all the way down anymore. I need to get a bigger size zip-up sweatshirt (what I wear around the house) because the one I have is totally stretched out!

 

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I just had the same thing with my shirts. I had to get an actual maternity sweatshirt now.

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Thread Starter 

will def be posting a pic once I hit 20 weeks, as I have finally popped :)

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Yeah my 5 year old told me baby Wow is pushing my shirts up and my pants down. Lol.
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Yeah my 5 year old told me baby Wow is pushing my shirts up and my pants down. Lol.
lol.gif Also crap I keep forgetting to get my camera into work where I have a cord to hook it up, maybe I'll just take the cord home tonight!
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So what's the best way to handle needing larger pants?  Should I buy a size or two up or give in and get maternity pants?  I'm trying to think long term and after the birth what I might need to minimize the expense.  Sad thing is I lost weight last year and got rid of all my pants a size or two up, those would have come in handy right about now.  Darn selling house and moving encouraging me to purge.

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Amanda, I don't remember if you were in this conversation earlier, but I got a Bella Band and have been really happy with it - hoping to keep wearing my pants for another few weeks at least...

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I vote for maternity pants.  The Bella Bands help extend the wear of my other pants (and I like them for a light belly binder post partum) but my hips spread and my thighs get too big eventually.  I'm a 2 when I'm not pregnant and I would guess about an 8 or 10 for a while after, no amount of unbuttoning is going to make my pants fit over my thighs and hips at that point.

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I was a 4 before I got knocked up and and now mostly fitting in a 6 as I think I put on some weight in my hips or they spread but I wore them all pre-pregnancy too.  The 6 pants I have are starting to get tight around the waistband in front as I'm starting to get a little belly and if I bloat (which I do constantly).  I've thought about a bella band but I'm not sure I'd dig having my pants unbuttoned.  I may get a mix of both, maternity pants and a size up, trying to get the size up on clearance or used so I don't spend too much.  

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This is my 17 week belly pic... still have yet to take one this week (18 weeks).
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Originally Posted by AmandaLynnH View Post

So what's the best way to handle needing larger pants?  Should I buy a size or two up or give in and get maternity pants?  I'm trying to think long term and after the birth what I might need to minimize the expense.  Sad thing is I lost weight last year and got rid of all my pants a size or two up, those would have come in handy right about now.  Darn selling house and moving encouraging me to purge.

I would definitely start shopping around now and get two pairs of maternity pants (you'll need them eventually anyway). I shop at mom & baby consignment shops, clearance racks, sales, etc. I held off last pregnancy and didn't realize how uncomfortable I was until I got into the maternity pants! Like a pp said, my thighs and hips also got too big for my regular pants. Once all the swelling went down postpartum I was back into my regular jeans anyway, some with the help of a belly band or rubber band wink1.gif By then it was summer though so I bought some forgiving cargo shorts and capris that worked great for my fluctuating size smile.gif
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Originally Posted by AmandaLynnH View Post

So what's the best way to handle needing larger pants?  Should I buy a size or two up or give in and get maternity pants?  I'm trying to think long term and after the birth what I might need to minimize the expense.  Sad thing is I lost weight last year and got rid of all my pants a size or two up, those would have come in handy right about now.  Darn selling house and moving encouraging me to purge.

 

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Amanda, I don't remember if you were in this conversation earlier, but I got a Bella Band and have been really happy with it - hoping to keep wearing my pants for another few weeks at least...


I got some pants that are just 2 sizes up as soon as I couldn't fit into my regular jeans. They were super baggy in the butt and upper legs but I noticed this morning they were not really baggy in the butt or legs...great...haha orngtongue.gif.

 

I second the bella band. it has lasted me through 2 full pregnancies plus this one. It is a white one and is pretty dingy looking now so I might get another one, but it is still just as elastic-y.

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I also vote for maternity pants. I tried the bella band, but with my body shape (big hips, small waist) it kept riding up which defeats the purpose. Plus I ordered the right size according to their chart, but it was on the border of too tight at 13 weeks. I'm normally a 2 and currently up to a 4 in the waist, so was solidly in the middle of their size zone) A few of us chatted on this earlier and agreed that bella bands are not the best solution for curvy ladies - although now that we have lost our waists, maybe they could work. 

 

I got a few pairs of maternity pants from Craigslist - I bought them in lots of outfits and ended up with 4 pairs of pants and a bunch of mostly stay-at-home shirts for under $50 total. I'm glad I went that way since there are so many styles of maternity pants and I can try several styles to see what I like. I found out that the two pairs of jeans I got only have enough elastic power to stay up on my hips for half a day, then start to sag. another pair has elastic on the slides and a real zipper fly, and could probably bring me back down to normal size without too much trouble.

 

My biggest debate right now is professional wear - I'm trying to hold off on a maternity business suit but don't think I will be able to. I had a presentation last week and haleluja my size up pants (normally waaay too big and I need a belt to hold them up - I've had nightmares of having them fall down at airport security) fit my belly all day and the corresponding skirt fit decently yesterday. However, I know they won't fit any more in January.

 

Good luck!
 

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