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Maternity Clothes?

post #1 of 23
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When do you think you'll be ready for maternity clothes?
Where do you get your maternity clothes? (Borrowed, bought second-hand, etc)

 

It's been a few years since I've needed maternity clothes, and I was a teenager that time... Plus I'm a completely different shape now! So I'm on the lookout for a completely new wardrobe this time around.

I'm also curious about when I'm going to NEED maternity clothes!  I only started looking pregnant around 16-18 weeks with my first, but with my first m/c at 7 weeks, I was already expanding out of my pants.

 

post #2 of 23
I'm on pregnancy #5 and am bloating so badly that I already look like I'm showing. Maternity clothes just make it even more obvious and the weather isn't consistently allowing for layering or bulky clothes to hide the bloat. I wore a maternity shirt and belly band to a BBQ yesterday, but am not ready to break out the entire maternity wardrobe just yet.

I don't borrow maternity clothes because I don't trust myself to give them back in good condition. Most of mine were bought from eBay (most used, some new but very cheap), and I've picked up a few entire wardrobes from people who were done having kids. However, I'm about 15lbs heavier now than I was with DS#2 and I'm afraid that means I'm going to have to get a whole new size of clothes anyway despite the 3 tubs of smalls and mediums I have in the basement.

As far as when, I'm wondering the same thing. I'm ready to break out the yoga pants now, but am going to try to hold off on the really obviously maternity clothes while out and about until we announce at 12 weeks or so.
post #3 of 23
I only bought one or two new maternity things last time, and got the rest second hand. Bought a few new staples for this time already but will mostly work with what I've got on hand. I've outgrown my regular jeans already though so had to buy a cheap pair in a bigger size as I'm not nearly ready for maternity clothes yet. I'm a thrift store shopper anyway so if I need to get more that's prob the route I'll go.
post #4 of 23

I just got a ton of maternity clothes at a garage sale on Saturday, I wasn't even looking, they were just there waiting for me :) I refuse to buy clothing from Thyme/ Motherhood or Destination maternity because they sell your information to formula companies then apologize after the fact if you become upset. (I know I could just NOT give out my information to them but it is the principle of the matter for me, I won't support companies that do things like this) Last pregnancy I bought everything used off a buy sell site, but found I really DON'T like maternity pants. I might just get a few more pairs of yoga pants in a larger size (Honestly I wear yoga pants all the time) I was thinking about buying some maternity clothing from H&M but have never shopped there so I know almost nothing about them as a company, so I will have to look into it a little bit more. I think I will be ready for maternity clothes between 12-14 weeks but not exclusively.

post #5 of 23

I am wearing maternity pants right now, lol!  I am a goof and get kind of excited about it, haha.  I bought these at Target and the only ones I found that fit were denim capris with a full coverage belly.  Well, today is the first day I went walking around a lot in them, and omg I am not ready for these, they were sagging SO much and I just can't deal.  But my normal jeans aren't comfy anymore either.  I think I may go the Yoga pants route, or look for something with an elastic-waistband.  Or maternity pants with a low waist.. semi-coverage or whatever it's called.

 

Maybe even some cool pants from these people:

http://www.mishuboutique.com/#!pants/cgh1

 

The really ridiculous thing is that I gave away all my maternity clothes, thinking, of course I'll lose weight between now and next pregnancy!  And, even if I don't, what are the chances I'd be the same trimester pregnant to match the clothes (like seasonally, I mean)? 

 

Well my last baby was born in Feb and this one is due Jan and I didn't really lose much weight at all, so ALL of my old maternity clothes would have fit.  Bah!  Not that I had all that many but dang.  Oh well.

 

This time around I'm going to get new bras really soon, because I thought I  could wait, but I can't.  And I am going to get some of those shirts from Target with the ruched sides because I love that look, and they have some cute colors.  Also, maternity bathing suit is definitely going to happen.  I so want to take advantage of being in the pool as soon as ours opens (once it's warm enough, it's still rainy and 60s here in the Seattle area). 

post #6 of 23

I'm already in 'em.  Bottoms at least.  I'm just wearing my longer t's.

post #7 of 23
This is my 6th pregnant and I will be 9 weeks tomorrow. I have been wearing leggings, summer dresses and yoga pants for at least 3 weeks. I picked up a couple pairs of maternity pants last week. I look now like I looked at 4-5 months with my first. LOL
post #8 of 23

I'm in them too and wear mostly dresses and skirts. I wear regular t's until 20 weeks usually. I am going to need some new stuff, new or used, since I did not lose 25lbs left from Esca and sold my bigger stuff last time. I just got asked yesterday at the store when I am due.

post #9 of 23

I didn't wear maternity clothes full time until around 24 weeks last time. I have a long torso and I didn't even look truly pregnant until I was at least 6 months along. This time around, maybe it'll be earlier, since it's the second pregnancy? 

 

At any rate, all of mine were either bought at a maternity/baby consignment store (if there is a Once Upon a Child near you, they sell maternity clothes) or were hand-me-downs. Because it took so long for me to need them, I was glad I didn't buy any.

 

Oh wait--I take that back. I did buy a pair of jeans that I wore all the time, with the stretchy band for a waist.

 

The other thing that really helped was the belly band--that way I could keep wearing my regular pants, and then it also helped keep up my maternity pants because those elastic waistbands tend to slide downwards!

post #10 of 23
I can't wait to fully get into maternity clothes... I LOVED it last time around for many reasons #1 being that I wanted to tell the whole world I had this miracle, this incredible gift inside me! but a big bonus, not gonna lie, is that I am one of those girls who carries all her weight in her stomach. I mean my arms and legs are so thin and then my stomach is like bah-boom! I have had people ask me if I'm pregnant when I'm not! Even before ever getting pregnant. Ugh! So my dilemma is that I would love to put on maternity clothes now and I would absolutely fit, but I know people will ask when I'm due (expecting closer to 6 months preggos) and I'll be so embarrassed. I wish I handled stuff like that better and could just be confident and secure in my own skin but I really struggle there. :/ Not sure what to do... especially because I hardly have any clothes that fit right now period from the weight I gained with my dd... so do I continue to wear baggy clothes and look like I'm more overweight than I really am? Or do I wear maternity clothes and look like I'm in my 2nd or 3rd trimester when I'm really in the beginning of my 1st? Lol. What do you guys think?
post #11 of 23

Philothea,

 

I think that the most important thing is that you are comfortable. You should wear whatever makes you feel good. I know that it hard, somethings very hard, but try not to worry about what silly people think. hug2.gif

 

I bought maternity pants at the second hand store the other day and I am not due tell the 21st of January, the most important thing is comfort. Now all I have to do is figure out how to deal with this nausea, and everything will be fine :/.

post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by Philothea View Post

I can't wait to fully get into maternity clothes... I LOVED it last time around for many reasons #1 being that I wanted to tell the whole world I had this miracle, this incredible gift inside me! but a big bonus, not gonna lie, is that I am one of those girls who carries all her weight in her stomach. I mean my arms and legs are so thin and then my stomach is like bah-boom! I have had people ask me if I'm pregnant when I'm not! Even before ever getting pregnant. Ugh! So my dilemma is that I would love to put on maternity clothes now and I would absolutely fit, but I know people will ask when I'm due (expecting closer to 6 months preggos) and I'll be so embarrassed. I wish I handled stuff like that better and could just be confident and secure in my own skin but I really struggle there. :/ Not sure what to do... especially because I hardly have any clothes that fit right now period from the weight I gained with my dd... so do I continue to wear baggy clothes and look like I'm more overweight than I really am? Or do I wear maternity clothes and look like I'm in my 2nd or 3rd trimester when I'm really in the beginning of my 1st? Lol. What do you guys think?

Right there w/ you. I am wearing maternity and look 4-5 months along, better for myself than wearing baggy clothing which is something I could just never do.

post #13 of 23
Smokeinhereyes and Mamatoabunch- Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement! From your advice, I just threw on a maternity top and skirt and went with it today as I ran errands with my daughter. It felt so good since they are way more comfortable (esp since im bloated) and by choosing not to be insecure and caught up in how flattering/unflattering my outfit was, I was free to wear the style and color that I liked best. Plus my maternity clothes are way cuter than the regular clothes I have right now bc I wasnt buying anything until I lost the 'baby weight' from my last pregnancy.

Mamatoabunch- congrats on having so many kids! What a blessing! I'm from a real large family and always loved it. Do you mind me asking how you handle those situations when someone asks you when you're due? It's really helpful to know I'm not alone and I'd love to hear how you seem so cool and secure with yourself and just wear what you want. It's an inspiration!
post #14 of 23
Philothea, I'm right there with you too!! I have a definite belly. The last time I was pregnant my baby belly sort of had to grow nd meld into my belly fat until it all kind of rounded out together!! I'm a huge believer in being comfortable though and so I say wear whatever you like. I have gotten some 2XL shirts that fit well when I usually only wear XL. But they look pretty good! I may get sime cute skirts with elastic waists.

People would ask when I was due the first time around and I'd sometimes just tell them and sometimes I'd word it as "not for a while yet!" Many people said are you sure there's just one in there? Most peoole said you must be due soon! Just assuming. And I'd just respond, "we're excited for whenever he gets here!"

Hope that helps!
post #15 of 23

Philothea, yeah for being comfortable and feeling good about yourself!

 

meg007, "we're excited for whenever he gets here!", that is great smile.gif and so true too.

post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by Philothea View Post

Smokeinhereyes and Mamatoabunch- Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement! From your advice, I just threw on a maternity top and skirt and went with it today as I ran errands with my daughter. It felt so good since they are way more comfortable (esp since im bloated) and by choosing not to be insecure and caught up in how flattering/unflattering my outfit was, I was free to wear the style and color that I liked best. Plus my maternity clothes are way cuter than the regular clothes I have right now bc I wasnt buying anything until I lost the 'baby weight' from my last pregnancy.

Mamatoabunch- congrats on having so many kids! What a blessing! I'm from a real large family and always loved it. Do you mind me asking how you handle those situations when someone asks you when you're due? It's really helpful to know I'm not alone and I'd love to hear how you seem so cool and secure with yourself and just wear what you want. It's an inspiration!

 

 

I am so glad you felt good! I just say January. I have had all means of comments, like is there two, no already had two, feels like one, to which they don't know what to say b/c I don't mention U/S's so that hushes them. Or you are not going to go that far, you will be early to which I respond saying this is 10th, 11th, all my singles have been born at term and they don't know what to say after that. I look like it could be only my first or second, then they hear 11th, LOL. I love my belly and I will not be embarrassed about how glorious carrying a baby is, no matter how I look. All mama bellies are different. 
post #17 of 23
It's true, carrying a baby is awesome!! We should be able to let ourselves feel fabulous about that, whatever shape we are.

People are a little weird when they tell you stuff about your body. If people tell me I won't go that long, I may tell them "join the pool!" like for bets. Or I may launch into a long scientific explanation about the benefits of babies being born at term and risks of arriving early. Maybe they'd think twice before commenting to other pregnant mamas lol! wink1.gif

That's awesome that people don't know what to say when you tell them about your other 11 kids, mamatoabunch. Love it!!

Smokeinhereyes- (as I'm typing, my phone suggested "smoke in here, yes" hehe), thanks I'm glad you like it, too. smile.gif
post #18 of 23
" I love my belly and I will not be embarrassed about how glorious carrying a baby is, no matter how I look." <
that to me was huge!!! Brought tears to my eyes. Thank you Mamatoabunch. I will keep repeating that to myself whenever I start to be self-conscious.
post #19 of 23
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...People are a little weird when they tell you stuff about your body...

Yeah, like calling the babe a 'parasite'? Oh hell no. Back off! >:|
post #20 of 23
Hello Mamas,

I'm definitely into tunic dresses or long tops over stretchy leggings, as anything tight over my tummy doesn't help with eating and digestion.

I found some great items at the local flea market and op shop / thrift stores; wrap dresses are great and ballet wrap cardigans are good as you can adjust them to fit comfortably each day as you change.

I'm also buying clothes in a size larger than normal or even just a plan large to make things last as long as possible; it's coming Into winter here so loose layers are great.

The first thing I had to get was a maternity bra, as my humble C cups went up to DD in the space of a few weeks, I managed to get some sale bargains on the most comfy bras so that helped alot.

Lots of love x Imogen
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