I just don't want to wait to go shopping too long...it won't be any fun when I'm really enormous and I have the feeling I'll be really busy after baby comes
On the other side of the coin, I do have friends who didn't gain much weight during pregnancy and were back to pre-pregnancy size within a couple months or so.
I'm sorry I can't really provide more info, but it's really difficult to say how each body will be affected by pregnancy, or even how a single woman's body will be affected by each individual pregnancy.
I hope you have a great time at your reunion...and just think of the wonderful baby pictures you'll have to show off! :-)
I started at 170(around a size 12-14) and ended up near 220pds with my first.... It took me 8 months to lose the weight because I was starving while nursing and ate a lot in the PP months. I think I was down 15pds by 6 weeks...that was it. And my boobs didn't get big until my milk came in. I went from a 36C do a 38 DDD in one night!! You should see the stretch marks!
They were gigantic(to me ) until the 12 mos PP mark and started to slowly go down to a 38D. I have never gotten back into my old bras. And my boobs balloon up with every baby now....oh well.
I am in the exact same situation as you...my 10yr reunion is happening 4w PP in July and I really don't want to look saggy and flabby but what the heck...I just had a baby....
Crunchy Mama to 3 boys '06 and '08 and '10
And a brand new baby born 4/12
Our family is now complete
I was an A-cup pre-pregnancy and only a B-cup while nursing, so don't necessarily count on being chesty. I tend towards being bottom-heavy if I gain weight. I gained 50 lbs. while pregnant and was never bigger than a B-cup. And no, I was nowhere near pre-pregnancy weight 6 weeks post-partum.
It really depends on your body type and how much weight you gain while pregnant. Pinoikoi's advice on buying a few different dresses is good.
My waist, on the other hand, yikes! A lady I used to know called it the "post-partum trucker belly" and that was a very accurate description for me, each time. Scary stuff.
Chaotic mama to 5 plus a bonus one on the way.
I'm due June 21 - my 20 year HS reunion is July 30!!! GAH. (I'm not sure I'm going to be able to go - it would require all of us to fly ... and me to go to the dinner with a newborn in a sling or figure out some way to have baby so close by that I could nurse at least once in the night ... we'll see.)
But - I totally feel your pain. I considered waiting a few months when we were TTC b/c of my reunion. Nope! Baby had other plans.
I can say that with DD (back when I was a youthful 30) I was back in pre-preg clothing in about 2-3 mo. I was flabby but could squish into them. But, I dropped weight VERY fast. I know lots of other moms where it took a long time. My pre-preg breasts were a "nearly A" and went to about a B-C. NICE! .
I'm going to wait to shop (and decide if I'm going) until after I have the critter, even though it will mean I'll get hosed on airfare. Either way I'm sure I'll be relying on a good pair of Spanx!!!
Me (40) DH (49) daring DD (9) and darling DS - almost THREE! (born June 25, 2010 in an amazing, unplanned
If you are bringing baby with you, you need to think about nursing accessibility - ie. shirt/skirt, or nursing dress. Even if you aren't, I would personally wait until 4 weeks or so after the birth. 6 weeks is so soon after and everyone is so different!
Cindy, loving wife of 15 years
homeschooling mama to 4 wonderful girls, and 1 boy! praying for #6, sch, due 4/14/2013!
I think it is very individual...perhaps you could ask a sister/mom about there experience, since it seems like women from the same family often have similar weight-gain and loss with babies. Good luck!
Before DD i was 98kg (i can't do lbs, sorry!), i was 101kg at term, 95kg 4days PP and 76kg at 4 months PP. I can't remember much about 6 weeks PP except that nothing fit. My breasts were 36F before pregnancy, 36G during and 34J when i was nursing. They shrank as i lost my milk to 34E when i was 6 months PP. Despite losing the weight really fast i was at least 3kg lighter that i'd needed to be before for anything to fit because i totally changed shape.
This pregnancy the weight gain has been totally different (began at 88kg, went to 95kg almost right away, and now seem to be hovering there...) and i'm prepared for the pp period to be different too. Sorry it's so unpredictable!
SIL got married 3 weeks after DD was born, & I waited till the week before to find a dress. In the end, I was pretty much the same size as before, with RIDICULOUS breasts. I could fit into my pp bottoms but a lot of my dresses/tops wouldn't meet over my breasts.
I strongly recommend a nursing dress though. In my sleep deprived haze I thought it was fine for me to breastfeed at SIL wedding with my breast out over the top of my dress. I know lots of people here will disagree with me but I regret that now! All most people will remember of me is a gigantic blue veined milk dripping boob
Depending on how your Mom, or a sister, lost weight after pgcy, that may shed a tiny bit of light on how you will. Or it may not.
In my family we lose our pgcy weight immediately. With DD I was down below my pre-pgcy weight 10 days after birth and very skinny. I know, its not very fair to all of you that struggle with baby weight. Of course, this is with breastfeeding.
So for me, after DD, I needed new shirts because the bigger BBs were just WEIRD for me (I was just barely a B before DD, but after grew nicely into a C cup and stayed there). However, I needed different pants as none of my old pants stayed up.
Everyone is just so different... if you can check with immediate family members that might help... or my recommendation is go shopping with baby at 6 weeks PP or so.
If that's impossible, they do make lots of very pretty empire waisted shirts these days. Just get one with some extra room in the chest. But something like that would work, if its fancy enough, paired with dressy black pants or a skirt and heels.
Lis ~ Married to my favorite boy and raising "our" three ~
DS 14 (his) ~ DD 9 (mine) ~ toddlerDS 2! (ours)
I would wear something that conceals the bottom and shows off the top.
This time, I'm due 6/23 and I am a bridesmaid in a wedding on 9/3. Decisions about the dresses needed to be made before we even knew were expecting. But since we were TTC at that time, I ended up ordering a size 10 (and would normally order a size 4), thinking I can just have it altered as it gets closer to the date. This might not be as practical in your case, but if you found something you really loved on sale, maybe you could get it a few sizes bigger and then have it modified before the big day.
However, as to the SHAPE of my body, I think that is forever changed. My belly is larger and floppier. So while you may get back down to your pre-pg weight, you might not fit in the same size.
SAHM to DD1 9/18/08 DS 6/11/10 DD2 6/21/12