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Okay, I will be 10 weeks on Friday. I am not really big enough yet for maternity clothes but my regular clothes are startin' to fit a little snug. I have quite a bit of maternity clothes as this is going to be baby #4 for us. I went on-line to look around and I can't blieve how much the panels have changed. What do you find to be this most comfortable fit??? Under the belly, roll-over panel, full all around panel, belly panel, real waist..... I am confused by all the options now!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: ANyways, I need pants because I have never been pg in the winter. I'm in FL btw, just a wimp when the temps head below 60!
 

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Well, I'm just about 10 weeks and I went ahead and broke down and bought some maternity clothes today.<br><br>
2 pairs of pants<br>
2 shirts<br>
1 dress<br><br>
Sears was having a sale...and I have a charge card. LOL<br><br>
Anyway, I'm not showing really or anything like that. I haven't even gained a pound yet. But I've rearranged the pounds I have and none of my clothes fit. They are too snug indeed.<br><br>
I opted for the pants with the lower-belly panel...the kind that come up just over the bottom of the belly, like half way. I'm wearing a pair right now, and they're pretty comfortable. I never liked the full-panel pants, they felt too constricting and confining.<br><br>
I say go try some on...that's what I did. You should be able to tell pretty well whether or not you like the various styles in the fitting room.<br><br>
Have fun!
 

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I'm in FL too, SW FL <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I'm in maternity clothes already, my regular pants are just too tight and anything pressing on my uterus bothers me. I prefer the over-the-belly panels so nothing is digging into my lower belly. For some reason most of the maternity pants now are the lower belly band type <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: The stretch waist pants are ok for now but I know I'm gonna have to buy some over-the-belly pants for when I get really big.
 

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Still no maternity clothes on the horizon for me, and I'm about 11 weeks along. I do know what you mean about the weight rearranging though. I haven't gained any weight yet, but it certainly has moved around. All of a sudden, the legs of my pants are much looser but the waist is much more filled in. What an odd sensation, since I always used to carry my weight in my thighs.
 

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I got the under the belly panel last time and liked it until the last month or so when I was so big there wasn't so much room "under" for the band to sit and they just kept riding low/faling down (not litterally, but close). I just picked up a pair of over the belly second hand for this time around in the last month. Otherwise I'm in the stretch ones now becasue there is no possible way my regular pants would fit now. Probably everyone has their own prefernce, but this is my two cents. My annoyance is with shirts... my regualr ones are too short now to cover maternity pants but maternity ones are like balloons.
 

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I've gotten a few things from friends online and I put in an order on Motherhood's site the other day. I'm in maternity pants completely and I don't have time to shop the sales this time. I wasn't really showing until late spring with my son so all of my maternity clothes are for summer. I hope to get by with two pair of jeans and a rotation of tops.
 

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Jilian, that was my challenge too... finding full panel jeans that weren't totally ugly. LOL! I found some online on Motherhood's site and Old Navy. Motherhood was cheaper. I hate the under belly and even half-panel jeans, they really dig into my belly. I prefer full panel... guess I'm old school!
 

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i'm just in yoga pants and stretchy pants, which always feel like they are falling off! but it's better than tight on my waist.<br><br>
i saw a friend the other day who is in her third trimester, and she had this great striped shirt on and i asked her where she got it...she said she shops for her tops in the *junior's department* at target or wherever, where the style is for the shirts to be long! so a L or XL fits perfect, covering her belly adequately but fitting more tightly, which i think is cuter than the A shape of maternity shirts. i thought that was a great hint!
 

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I love the roll panel stuff. I've never had it when I was actually big and pg, but a friend just lent me a pair of gap roll panel jeans because while my regular jeans still "fit" they are tight enough to add to my nausea. I'm wearing them now and am not showing at all, but they are really comfy. My friend told me she wore them all the way through and actually had to wash them before lending them to me because she still wears them periodically even though her baby is 9 mos old now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
I had a pair of under the belly pants last time and I hated them. They always felt like they were falling off. I'm really short waisted though so maybe that was the problem.
 

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I'm fully in "maternity" pants - if you include yoga pants in that category. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I wear yoga pants at home, and maternity pants/jeans out and about. I absolutely cannot even consider wearing my regular jeans. I've actually lost about 7lbs due to the morning sickness, but my belly is expanding, and I can't button my regular pants without putting pressure on my already queasy belly. Ick!<br><br>
I think the low rise panel is what I have. Just a big stretchy elastic waist that sits below the belly. They work nicely for most of the pregnancy, but they do tend to fall down at the end. I don't like to wear the full panel stuff early on, though, because the pressure on my belly makes any queasiness/gassiness/whatever seem worse. So I have a few pair of the below-the-belly jeans for the first 7 months or so, and a few of the full panels for when I outgrow those.<br><br>
Luckily I'm going to be pregnant in exactly the same seasons as last time, so all my favorite maternity clothes will be appropriate this time, too. (This baby's due date is one week after DD's birthday!) Now if only I could nurse in my maternity dresses... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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For some crazy reason I am still in my regular jeans........ dont know why.... it may be that because I am carrying quite a few extra pounds but have started walking on a regular basis now things are slimming down just enough lol... Shirts however are a different story! this is number two and the upper part of my belly looks very pregnant! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: you know the part i'm talking about, the part where the baby is NOT! lol...i guess it's just all those fun internal organs being pushed up and it's making me look more pregnant than I am.<br><br>
I too am Full Panel all the way!!! ha ha, especially when you are on the bigger side to begin with. They don't cut in all the wrong places and my below the belly pants i had last time around use to ride down quite low on my rear end... lol not some thing that was easily adjustable in the third trimester!!! But they were great postpartum!!!!<br><br>
Target has some nice materinty clothes and the summer stuff is on sale!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave">***Dont forget ladies, we are going to probably be HOT <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/af.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="aunt flo"> in late May and June (depending where you live) and summer maternity clothes are on SALE right now!!! I got a few tank tops from target for $2.49!!!***<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave">
 

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I'm another one who found the full panel more comfortable by the time I was in maternity clothes last time. (Since I was due in November, and I wear loose clothes all summer due to hating the heat, I didn't buy maternity stuff until August--6 months along--when even my loose tank dresses started to be snug.)<br><br>
I feel like the full panel softly holds me together, whereas anything that cuts across my pregnant belly is painful/nauseating/irritating. I really loved my snuggest pair of full belly pants AFTER I had DS. I felt like they held up the big, slack, empty belly!<br><br>
But I wore dresses more than anything because there was NO constriction and I was always too hot. Not actual maternity wear, but A-line jumpers and loose shifts from Deva clothing. They have a catalog and website, but I don't remember the URL offhand.<br><br>
This week, I just got an order from Motherwear (they make maternity, too.) They have a sale on now plus free shipping. Woo hoo! I did order a couple of pairs of the below-belly capri pants. $11 for well-made maternity pants? I couldn't pass them up. With my boots, I can pretend they are fashionable gauchos instead of summery capri pants. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> They feel great for now, actually, because they don't push on the sensitive part of my tummy. However, I have to wear a tucked in shirt with them (or a giant maternity top--not yet!) because my stretch marks show if I let any skin be visible. Not pretty.<br><br>
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I am glad I am not alone, I have felt like maybe I was feeling these things too soon. My jeans are tight, but this years work pants, I went all courdoroy (spl), I bought a size up because they were good and stretchy, so they are very comfy. I only have one pair of wearable jeans, and before the baby thing happened, I was going to buy a new pair, but once I knew I was pregnant I figured buying a new pair wasnt a good idea. So I am saving my money for maternity clothes. I have a belly panel pair of jeans. I have put them one twice buit never wear them outside the house because I dont have shirts long enough to cover. It is annoying. I dont know what I will do. My big breasts make most shirts too short. Ahhgg!
 

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I'm starting to see the "poundage migration"...the scale has only moved one pound but the waistbands on things are getting a touch snug. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I have a few pairs of "transitional" pants from Liz Lange (via Target) that I kept from my last pregnancy...they have an expandable waistline with some elastic in the back but buttons on the inside of the wasitline that allow the pants to grow by about 4 inches. I used them for a few months last time ramping up to full-on maternity wear and then ramping down after dd arrived. I'll probably go looking for a few more pairs since they were really flexible and work-appropriate.<br><br>
For me, I like the below belly band style pants...I can't stand having anything on my belly and the kangaroo style pouch that pulls all the way up over the belly drives me nuts! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Though I found that by the very end I needed to wear some sort of camisole or shirt tucked in in order to prevent my pants from falling down (there just wasn't enough of me left "under the belly" to keep them up otherwise!). I really hope to carry a bit differently this time round, maybe gain a bit less weight...<br><br>
But I alwasy have good luck scouting the discount maternity racks at Target and sometimes Old Navy.
 

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You all are sooooo helpful. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I am not going to be able to shop for another week ot two as I need to save money. I noticed that old navy has tall legnths for some of their jeans. All through my other pg's I liked the front panel types of shorts but at the end everything was horrible. I love when you are recommended to buy your "pre-pg" size and nothing fits in the end. I want to order on-line but I think I will have to actually see how I look in the stuff I want. Ahhhhhh, the joys of a changing figure!!!
 

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I can't stand things on my belly during pregnancy, either. I decided that this time, I'm going to buy some cute maternity things - not just raid dh's closet for shirts that are huge on me and don't hang quite right on a pregnant woman.
 

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Right now, I'm digging the under belly pants. I started wearing at about 10 weeks (I'm 14 now) and I'm happier I did! There's only so long you can wear them and they are so much more comfy. I figure, I paid for them and I'm going to use them up. I did not like the full panel, and I'm still not a huge fan, but I'm sure I will appreciate it the more I fill out. Anything that was sliding down, I just pulled a <a href="http://www.bellaband.com/" target="_blank">Bella Band</a> over to hold them up. I also use the Bella Bands with my regular pants as I have stocked up on the pants, but they are all still with the tailor. I am a shorty and I need to get them all shortened. ALOT <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. I hope they are ready soon.<br><br>
The Bella Bands/regular pants combo are not the most comfortable option, but it's better than any of the alternatives I have right now. They are actually great over loose maternity clothes, though. They also help with the short shirting problem. I have large breasts that I swear have at least doubled in size...<br><br>
I've been mostly getting boring stuff at regular stores but I was hoping to find some pretty stuff that's kind of funky and not really expensive? Pretty dresses and skirts with some flow and such?
 

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So far I have been doing the rubber band around the button trick and its been working ok for now except sometimes the rubber band rubs against my belly and doesn't feel too good. I seriously want to wait as long as possible before wearing maternity clothes because I got so sick of wearing them with my 1st 2 pregnancies. I have several pairs of pants with elastic waists which I hope will last me a while. Sadly I gave away many of my maternity outfits because I thought we were done having children. Maybe I can track them down again, I really don't want to buy many more clothes, although who can resist buying a couple cute maternity outfits!!
 

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I broke down today and went out in search of some maternity basics. I found three nice, basic shirts and one cami that were all on sale. I'd actually gone out looking for pants but was completely out of luck. Apparently stores don't think you can be both short and pregnant...
 

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Have you tried Old Navy? They have some pants in the short length that worked well for me last time. And their jeans (also in short) are what I'm wearing now.<br><br>
I also had really good luck with a few items from TravelSmith.com. These aren't maternity clothes, but I just bought one size up from my usual and selected stretchier fabrics. Their "Passport Pants" (available in regular and petite lengths) actually fit me through the whole pregnancy, right up to the end! They're a little more than I like to spend for maternity, but I've actually used them in the 17 months since her birth as well. They're great for work. (I don't mean to sound like an advertisement. They were just my absolute best find last time around, and I'm kinda proud of myself. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )
 
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