with my first, i was really bloated the first few weeks, which then subsided. My clothes did feel tighter, but I didn't really need maternity clothes for a while...and when i did it was because my hips widened. i also think i had some clothes hanging around that were the next size up rather than going straight to maternity. that way i had some "normal" stuff for post partum...i knew i was going to gain a lot of weight in pregnancy, and that it wasn't going to all come off right away, so for me it was worth having some "in between" clothes besides maternity.
this one, i don't think it will be all that long before i need to unbutton some pants....i also opted for some belly bands....they aren't fool proof, but they are cheaper than buying multiple sizes in clothes.
i hate spending a ton of money on clothes, and since i knew we wanted another baby, I have been buying things that i know will stretch or will work okay for maternity for a little while. i'm bummed that i am pregnant opposite seasons to last time
This being the 5th baby we are expecting in 8 years, my maternity clothes are still hangin in my closet. My closet has a casual section, a work clothes section, and a maternity section! When I need them, there they are. I got a few new items last pregnancy but some of my clothes are really old. I'm sure I'll add a few items when it's time. I may make my first visit to the maternity store today though because I desperately need a new bra before I leave on a trip tomorrow. I like the thick ones that they have there (no nipples showing through and if I leak a little after birth, it won't get to my shirt.) Sorry if TMI, but these are seriosly important issues in pregnancy!
I'm hoping not to need to put on the maternity clothes until at least 3 months along. I usually just phase in some shirts and eventually the pants become a necessity.
I already have a little stash of maternity clothes that I've been buying with rewards points from a credit card. They're all just Old Navy, nothing fancy or expensive, but it's nice to have some stuff that actually fits me. Last time we were dead broke and DH didn't have a job for almost half of my pregnancy, so I had to wear mostly hand-me-downs. It was a huge blessing to have them available, truly, but I'm short and small and we couldn't afford to tailor any of them, so I just felt dumpy and fat. I'm excited to have the ability to buy things that fit my growing body this time around.
love this blog. I've been reading for the last year or so, so not while pregnant. I found a lot of really useful info and am looking forward to reading what they suggest for pregnancy.
here is a post for the first trimester