Mothering Forum banner

1 - 11 of 11 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,485 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
So, after my last one I sold ALL my maternity clothes with the exception of one shirt that I plan to keep thru all my PGs as it fits the WHOLE way thru and afterwards as well. So, now I am unexpectedly PG <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Anyway, I am trying to decide what exactly I need to buy this time around. What type of pannel do you prefer? Why? Where did you shop at to get your maternity stuff? I am due in January, so I will need both summer and fall/winter stuff, but I may be able to make due in the summer w/ only a few pairs of shorts/capris? What about those belly bands that expand the life of your regular clothes? How do they wear? Are they comfy? And I know the old rubberband trick, but I don't think I'd want to go out w/ it, around the house it's fine, though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
501 Posts
Haha, I love your sig. All of your smilies pretty much sum up the range of emotions we went through when we first found out I was pregnant (it's my first, but it was a big surprise!!). BTW, congratulations on your little surprise!<br><br>
I have one pair of jeans that I've been wearing since about 6 months on (I'm 8 1/2 now). They are from Old Navy, and they aren't a panel pant but have the elastic band all the way around?? It's really big, so you can fold it over (under the belly) or pull it up (over the belly). The band has a little flowery design on it. I love them...the jeans fit right, and they are really stretchy which has been <i>awesome</i>. I had another pair of jeans, more of a panel pant, from Motherhood and those were ok 'till about a month ago. The jean part isn't stretchy at all, and they just became too uncomfortable. I say go for stuff with stretch!! It made a big difference for me to have the stretch not just in the belly area.<br><br>
I've shopped mostly at Old Navy, Target, and Motherhood for my stuff. Mainly because that's whats available in my area. I liked Motherhood for dressy tops for work, but I didn't like their bottoms so much. I actually had the best luck for dress pants at Target. I also like Target's plain t-shirts. I haven't found any capris I like yet...still searching for those, even though I'm so far along--it's getting pretty warm here and I think I'd really like one pair of pants that are a little cooler than my jeans! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I never tried any of the belly bands, but I've heard good things about them. I wore my regular pants 'till about 5 or 6 months along w/a rubber band. Don't be afraid of the rubber band in public!! It's a great trick! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> As long as your shirts are long enough, it works great. I liked being able to wear my regular jeans for as long as I could. I ride horses, and I rode up until I was about 7 1/2 months along...not so easy once I had to wear elastic waisted jeans. They kept sliding down while I was riding! But my rubber-banded jeans worked great.<br><br>
I've gotten along so far without buying too much. I have three pairs of dress pants and about 4 or 5 dress shirts for work, because that's what I need the most of. I have the two pairs of jeans (of which, like I said, I only wear one) and a couple of t-shirts for casual stuff. I haven't bought much casual stuff because most of it is really not my style...just a little too "cute" for me, but that's just me. I prefer simple and black. And besides, I'm at work all week so I don't need too much in the way of casual stuff...if I'm at home I just wear sweats or yoga pants or whatever.<br><br>
I think you could get away w/just a few shorts/capris/jeans and just rotate them. I found it helpful to have more shirts...then I can wear the same bottoms w/a different shirt so I'm not wearing the same outfit every day. And of course you'll probably get some use out of some stuff right after the baby, too, when you're not quite ready for your regular clothes.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
76 Posts
I really like the <b>low rise</b> pants/shorts/skirts. I bought a couple of mid waist and late in the pregnancy they were sooooo not comfy. As far as shirts go I bought a bunch of different colors tanks, t's, and a few sweaters. Over all I only spent about $115.00 on clothes, but I still have all of them.<br>
In TN they have a "Motherhood" store and they have great prices.<br>
I usually do not indulge in shoes, but I bought a great pair of comfy clogs from Dansko. My DH would laugh because he would come home (4wks from due date) and I would be in a bath robe and my clogs eating on the porch.<br>
To be honest that was my fav thing to wear.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,311 Posts
I order a lot of stuff online, but with maternity clothes, I really needed to go try things on, so I was limited to stores in my area. We have both Motherhood and Mimi (BTW, Motherhood, Mimi, and Pea in a Pod are all the same store, just less, more, and most expensive/trendy). I ordered some used items off Ebay, but the fits were terrible. That's when I decided to do hands-on.<br><br>
I like a variety of waistlines, actually. I personally don't like the low-rise because I have a big butt <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> and they tend to slide down in the back. As it is, I bought a pair of maternity suspenders to keep my maternity jeans up. Now those are great! The belly band helps keep things up early on, but that paired with the suspenders gives me a much more secure feeling.<br><br>
For summertime, I just bought two pairs of pedal-pusher length pants, and I LOVE them! They're long enough to wear to work but short enough to let my legs breathe.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,085 Posts
the bella bands were useful for that time period when regular pants don't fit but maternity pants (esp. the jeans from old navy) slip down.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,724 Posts
Bella Band - <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
I like the demi panel best, then the roll panel. They last the longest and are most comfortable until you get huge.<br><br>
Online is the best place, with lots of selection in lots of sizes. My current favorite is gap.com, especially for pants and jeans.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
336 Posts
I hate to admit it, but all the my best, most useful maternity clothes have come off the $3 rack at Walmart. I love Old Navy for tops, but their pants don't fit me right. I think you must need to have hips to hold them up, and I'm kind of lacking there. I'm planning on taking the pants I bought and hemming them into shorts for the summer.<br>
Otherwise I'm all about rummage sales. I can't stand maternity clothes, so I sort of refuse to spend money on them. I do love the yoga pants, though. I think I'm going to live in my Target yoga pants until I have this baby. It will be an amazing test of Target quality.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,695 Posts
I really liked Gap.com for my maternity pants...but I am pretty short so I needed someplace that had "ankle" sizes..and the Gap does! I tried Motherhood maternity..but nothing there ever fit me properly..<br><br>
I used a bella band (LOVED IT--I Had three of them!) for about the first 20-24 weeks and then I HAD to get some maternity pants. I ended up with one pair of jeans and one pair of khaki pants...both from Gap. (I also have 2 skirts and a pair of gaucho pants...but I am going to be pregnant mostly in the summer, so you may want more long pants!)<br><br>
I personally HATE the feeling of anything on my belly, so I like the low band pants (demi panel or something like that?) and the no panel maternity pants.<br><br>
FYI: GAP MATERNITY IS HAVING A HUGE SALE RIGHT NOW!!! some things are like 75% off!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
The Gap maternity shirts have been a different story for me personally....they are just too short and lose their shape very easily (I bought one and washed it..never worn because it had already lost its shape <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> ).<br><br>
Target shirts never fit me properly either.....but I know other love them!<br><br>
For shirts I have been absolutely IN LOVE with Shade clothing maternity shirts....someone on here posted about them when I was first pregnant...and they are wonderful. I still fit into the regular small (I am usually x-small, so one size up) and the small maternity shirts are lovely (I just got a few of them!).<br><br>
They are really comfy and are actually long enough the entire time (!!!) and do not lose their shape at all. They also have really good sales sometimes and often have deals on shipping. ..they are also nice enough looking that I can put them with work clothes or weekend clothes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><a href="http://www.shadeclothing.com/product/Products.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.shadeclothing.com/product/Products.aspx</a><br><br>
Hope this helps! I had a horrid time figuring out maternity clothes and getting things that actually fit me, felt hip and did not cost three million dollars.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,137 Posts
I found a summer dress at Old Navy and its been my favorite piece of clothing so far. I really don't like anything around my waist at all. One tip though, if you buy a dress, make sure its a little generous on the length, the bigger my tummy gets, the shorter the front of the dress gets<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I made the mistake at first of buying several maternity tops and jeans that I ended up growing out of very quickly! What a waste of $$.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,309 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>supermuma</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/8149553"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">For shirts I have been absolutely IN LOVE with Shade clothing maternity shirts....someone on here posted about them when I was first pregnant...and they are wonderful. I still fit into the regular small (I am usually x-small, so one size up) and the small maternity shirts are lovely (I just got a few of them!).</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
Hey, I think that was me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I discovered them at a mall kiosk locally in the first trimester and I am STILL wearing those shirts at 30 weeks. They are positively fabulous - for pregnancy and otherwise. Very flattering and comfy, too.<br><br>
As far as bottoms go, practically every pair I own I picked up used (from $7-$10 per pair) at a mother/baby store in my area owned by a local lactation consultant. Check around and see if you have any used/consignment options in your area. I find the stuff is in super condition and it's nice to try on all different brands in one place. I highly highly recommend not buying any pants/shorts online. Trying stuff on has been essential. Fit/sizing across the brands varies enormously, of course.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,695 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>luckydog</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/8150951"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">Hey, I think that was me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I discovered them at a mall kiosk locally in the first trimester and I am STILL wearing those shirts at 30 weeks. They are positively fabulous - for pregnancy and otherwise. Very flattering and comfy, too.<br><br>
.</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow2"> Well, THANK YOU so much for recommending these shirts. I absolutely LOVE them!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/luxlove.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="throb"> They have made my maternity clothing experience so much nicer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.
 
1 - 11 of 11 Posts
Top