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Who's wearing maternity clothes?

post #1 of 109
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We still haven't announced to our extended family or all of our friends yet, but my regular jeans are about at the end of their usefulness (even with the rubber band trick) and I think I'm going to either have to break down and bring up the maternity pants from storage. Either that or resort to skirts with leggings underneath for the next month. I've also had to start wearing maternity tops, mostly to accommodate my new chest size. You would think the cold wintry weather would make it really simple to hide a bump for another month, but I am not finding that to be the case for me. If I wasn't worried about people guessing our news before we made an official announcement, I could have easily worn a lot of my maternity clothes at 8 weeks!

What about everyone else?
post #2 of 109

I am wearing maternity clothes.  The only other pants that fit are some really low cut sweat pants.  I still fit in a bunch of my bigger tops but they are getting short on me.  There is no hiding this baby for me at all.  I have not announced to my church yet but am going to this week.  I missed last Sunday but there will be no getting around it by next nSunday.  I have no idea how I would hide it if I had too, LOL.  When are you planning to announce?

post #3 of 109

I need to buy maternity dress pants for work. Standing, everything fits and is not a problem. Sitting at my desk all day, pants feel like they are cutting my belly into two parts! I have been wearing the same 3-4 stretching dresses to work for the past three weeks. Probably going shopping for pants this weekend. I still don't look pregnant, just like I have a bloated belly after the holidays :irked

post #4 of 109

I just bought them last Friday and will be wearing them whenever I go out of the house.

 

I have sweats/pajama pants I can wear in the house.

post #5 of 109

I'm not in maternity yet (by baby #4 I'm not in a hurry if I can help it) but I'm starting to look silly at the gym. My shorts push my belly in just the wrong way and my tank tops make my belly look really squishy now. 

 

I've been able to stay in normal clothes until 15 wks or so for my last couple pregnancies (I'm 11 wks now) but once my belly pops, I get so enormous. I'm long-waisted to start with and by the third tri, it's nearly impossible to find long enough shirts. Thank goodness for belly bands.

post #6 of 109

I'm still in my regular clothes. I'm on baby #3, but I never needed maternity clothes until the 20s before. I'm guessing in a few weeks my pants are going to start getting tight though. Every once in a while my belt will dig in a big if I slouch.

post #7 of 109
I'm in maternity pants or wearing my regular pants unbuttoned/unzipped w belly band over it. Or wearing skirts w elastic waist. Shirts are startin to feel short and jackets feeling tight. I hate maternity clothes and still have not found any I like. I feel like they are all either business professional or yoga pants or gym workout oriented. I tend to be outdoors all the time so I wish there was a better selection of khaki pants, convertible pants, and just better colors and fabrics
Sigh
post #8 of 109
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Originally Posted by BethaniaDawn View Post

When are you planning to announce?
We aren't planning to announce completely until New Year's, but the people I see on a day to day basis all know. I have been avoiding church mostly because I don't have the energy for it, but also because that is the place I would be most likely to get questions about my belly.

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Originally Posted by amyrobynne View Post

(by baby #4 I'm not in a hurry if I can help it)
This is baby #3 and pg #6 and I hear you! I'm in no hurry, except so I can feel comfortable again.

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Originally Posted by riverbliss View Post

I hate maternity clothes and still have not found any I like. I feel like they are all either business professional or yoga pants or gym workout oriented. I tend to be outdoors all the time so I wish there was a better selection of khaki pants, convertible pants, and just better colors and fabrics
Sigh
I totally agree! I like my maternity shirts, skirts, and dresses, but I have a TON of maternity pants and I don't like any of them for wearing out of the house. They're plenty comfortable, but none of them are my style at all.
post #9 of 109

Not in my skinny, skinny jeans right now, but still in normal pants. After three babies, going up and down the scale, I own normal pants in three different sizes. That being said I shouldn't need my maternity ones until 20 weeks or so. I'm also not in a hurry to bust out my maternity because my winter wardrobe isn't that fabulous. :)

post #10 of 109

I bought 1 pair of new maternity jeans and I have one pair of pretty stretchy regular jeans that are still fitting well, the rest I already had to put away. I cracked out the new maternity jeans this weekend, they are still slipping down a bit I imagine by after xmas they will fit better but they are pretty comfy! 

post #11 of 109
Totally fitting into my tops still (now that I don't have to choose loose and flowy ones), but I can't button ANY if my regular pants. I'm in sweats and mat pants. One pair of reg jeans I'm still wearing with a Bella band only because I need them. But all my jeans were snug before igot pregnant again so it's not surprise.

I just bought a pair if thyme maternity Jeggings. Oh my, I am in love. I saw "Jeggings" and scoffed but as soon as I tried them on, I was sold. I'm the opposite of you ladies, I have lots of loose and casual type mat pants, but I went through my entire pregnancy last time not owning a single pair of well fitting jeans. So glad to have them this time!!
post #12 of 109

I'm not much into maternity clothes. I wear form fitting, yet stretchy clothes anyway (cotton long sleeve tees, yoga pants, maxi skirts), so my regular clothes still always feel much more flattering. (I love tight tops on preggo bellies!) I've yet to find a pair of maternity jeans I can get along w/, but jeans for every day use generally bug me, anyway. (tho I do reserve them for date nights, etc)

 

That said, I did just recently splurge on new clothes that I plan to have last me throughout.

post #13 of 109
I wear jeans almost every single week day, so I was quickly out of my regular well fitting jeans. I'm certain I made it to 12 weeks last time w/ baby2, and 18 or 19 with baby1. This time ... 7 or 8 weeks and I had to pull out the 'fat jeans' that live in the back of the closet (that I'd bought a month or so after my first born's birth), and by 9 weeks my smallest maternity jeans were more comfy. At 14+ weeks now, it's all-maternity-all-the-time, and still jeans every day smile.gif
post #14 of 109
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Originally Posted by SynEpona View Post
 I had to pull out the 'fat jeans' that live in the back of the closet 

LOL, after a few kids I think they live in all of our closets :)

post #15 of 109

Even I have a pair "big girl" jeans and I paired my jeans collection down considerably recently.    Wearing them now with the hairband trick that was recommended and I had completely forgotten about.  Need to look up "belly band".  Still trying to decide what to do for breast support and sweating the cost.  We're rather broke this holiday it seems and have been hemorrhaging funds to keep me fed. 
I was planning on relying on flowy dresses further along, but I did buy a pair of fleece-lined maternity leggings at Ross to keep out the cold a bit.  Looks like I could use at least another pair or something similar.  I peed the only pair I've got during last night's vomit campaign and haven't even tried to think about doing laundry. 
I may live in "sunny SoCal", but I get cold easily - especially the hands and feet/calves.  I even have a small collection of legwarmers to help.  Hoping to raid the thrift store at some point when I know better what I might need. 

Is there anything I should definitely buy new? 
Underwear is sometimes uncomfortable and I'm sometimes switching to thongs when the risk of self-urination is down.  Is it worth getting maternity panties?  They do look a bit more comfortable, but I only saw them in passing.  Anything below the belly is more tolerable.

post #16 of 109

Thinking about all you ladies in the cold..brrrr

 

 

Its summer here...so im just in flowly summer dresses...Basically Im a pretty big hippie and havent worn jeans in years.. I just wear long skirts and dresses and then leggings underneath. Other than my breast being these giant beasts, dont think im actually gonna have to buy new clothes. But we'll see how I go the better this little bump gets..Im 13 weeks today :) and since this is my first, I can tell im getting bigger but havent gotten to the point yet where people are saying " oh wow-you must be pregnant!" Although its probably quite obvious when I go to the beach, which is everyday but whos really looking right? :) 

post #17 of 109

I can't think of anything I'd totally recommend buying new, but DO buy at least a few pieces that you feel really good in, even if they're from the thrift store. 

 

I didn't buy any mat undies. I know the hiphugger ones from Thyme get -amazing- reviews, but I never felt the need. I -would- make sure you have lots of very comfy undies though, in a slightly bigger or stretchier size. (ie don't go buy xl panties if you wear a medium, but make sure you've got soft or stretchy fabrics). 

 

 

Yeah, it's freezing here. Like -6F here right now. In the morning when I head to work, I'm in full on snowboard pants, hoodie, scarf, hat, mitts and parka. But it means I get to snuggle in comfy sweaters, so I'll survive. It'll be nice to be back in tank tops and skirts when the belly is huge. 

post #18 of 109
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Yeah, it's freezing here. Like -6F here right now. In the morning when I head to work, I'm in full on snowboard pants, hoodie, scarf, hat, mitts and parka. But it means I get to snuggle in comfy sweaters, so I'll survive. It'll be nice to be back in tank tops and skirts when the belly is huge. 

We're hoping to move to an area significantly further from the coast which will improve things.  This is an older photo of me at the beach.  I was freezing.  Take a look at the lady over my left shoulder.  NH calls this the photo of "the unabomber's wife".
Happy to have others visit and tell me I'm ridiculous for being cold, but feel free to also bring your hand-me-down winter wear so I can wear it almost all year long. 
How I am looking forward to being warmer as this progresses!

post #19 of 109
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Originally Posted by Michelle Murphy View Post

  Is it worth getting maternity panties?  They do look a bit more comfortable, but I only saw them in passing.  Anything below the belly is more tolerable.
I have three different brands of maternity panties and I much, much prefer them to normal ones while pregnant. I got them all NIP from mom 2 mom sales or ebay.

I've never spent much money on maternity clothes, though I did purchase a few things new the first time around. 75% of my maternity clothes are hand-me-downs or maternity lots I got on various forums or ebay. The rest are from thrift stores and new things that were given as gifts or bought with gift certificates.
post #20 of 109
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Originally Posted by Michelle Murphy View Post
 

 

Is there anything I should definitely buy new? 
Underwear is sometimes uncomfortable and I'm sometimes switching to thongs when the risk of self-urination is down.  Is it worth getting maternity panties?  They do look a bit more comfortable, but I only saw them in passing.  Anything below the belly is more tolerable.

 

Back in 2005, Old Navy had great maternity panties that were under-the-belly and just stretchier than normal. I don't think I ever put them away. I should see if they still sell them.

 

I like getting a new pair of jeans and maybe dress pants each pregnancy and borrow/use old stuff for the rest. My jeans get worn out with use and it's nice to have some that don't droop during the 2nd tri. My neighbor has been pregnant the year before me for this and my last pregnancy and she's been awesome about letting me borrow maternity clothes. I didn't have any summer maternity from my first 2 March babies. And now my sister had a May baby last year and although she's usually smaller than me, we'll probably wear the same size maternity tops and she already handed over her maternity box. 

 

I haven't wanted to look at what I've got yet though.

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