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If I was a 12 when I got pg shouldn't I be a 12 maternity? Or is my a$$ THAT fat already? I'm so upset! I went to Target and the 12 with the big ol' belly band (which I think is too much for me at this stage but I figured what the the heck I'll try it) was too small! I mean, actually it fit, but it kind of hugged my curves a bit too much. Am I fat already? I'm really distressed. I feel huge. No, I haven't been exercising cuz I've been nauseous and tired and my yoga teacher banned me from class til my second tri...but can I get that fat that fast? Augh!<br><br>
Sorry for the vent...but is anyone else having trouble figuring out their sizes?
 

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I'll be curious to see if my Old Navy jeans are still fitting by the end of the summer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Maternity jeans, that is LOL I've been out of real jeans since the day I got the BFP.
 

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it varies...the old navy maternity stuff is HUGE on me, but i always have to buy a size up in the reg. o.n. stuff!<br><br>
target sizes run small...walmart seems to run about right for me. i've got big hips/thighs, so i tend to have to buy bigger sizes or shop in the women's section, though.<br><br>
g/l...i KNOW my mat. stuff from last time is gonna be too little. i still had 15 lbs to lose LOL
 

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I guess it depends on how much weight you've gained. If you've already gained more than what's recommended (I think it's about 5 lbs. in the first tri) then you could have moved up a size. If not, then I'd say the sizing just runs small. Get what's comfortable. Forget about the size. Most maternity stuff just says small/med/large, etc. I'll make you feel better. I found a pair of jean maternity shorts (low elastic waist band) from my last pregnancy. They were a small, so I imagine I got them early on and only wore them the first half (I was an 8 then). I'm a size larger now and about 12 lbs. heavier and they fit me quite tight already. I could wear them, but their a bit too tight on my stomach. And they're frickin' maternity clothes!!!
 

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I was a 10/12 last time round and found that I wore mostly size L maternity clothes (which are generally around a 14). This time I'm starting off as a small 8, so I've tried on some size M maternity clothes and they've fit fine. I still have some L stuff around and will keep in for later, as I found that the L was getting too small by the end last time, so the M likely will too.<br><br>
So, yes, in general, I find that I have to go a size up in maternity clothes of all brands. Not sure why.
 

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Went shopping yesterday for things I can wear right now. I have some bigger maternity clothes that I was lucky to get from FreeCycle, but I'm "in between" sizes right now and figured I'm about the size I will be after I give birth, so I splurged a bit on finding some cute things, AND I had some gift cards left from the holidays, so it was more fun that way.<br><br>
Old Navy- nothing too cute in the maternity section, but lots of their regular tops in L and XL and even 2XL would be fine for me now and probably 2 months down the road. I found all sorts of cute things, including a tank top that says, "Create" with little vines growing all around it that hubby said I had to have!<br><br>
Kohl's- expensive, but their Oh Baby! line of clothes was all buy-one-get-one-free. I got 2 tanks with the shelf bras for $16 and a pair of jean capris and a denim skirt for $36.<br><br>
I did notice that things I thought looked HUGE on the rack were actually fitting me (sigh) but I carry most of my baby weight in my hips and boobs rather than my belly, so I guess I shouldn't be TOO shocked. Hubby asked yesterday if I wasn't sure the baby was in my butt??? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br>
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Yes, the belly I was prepared for...expanding in the butt and thighs, well those are too big already, KWIM? Yeesh!<br><br>
I guess it would make sense to buy some clothes for this size for post-partum. I've got a little more energy these days so maybe I'll make it to the mall this evening. M a y b e. (The exhaustion hits suddenly when it hits though.)<br><br>
Thanks for all your replies. I just hate the period-before-you-look-pregnant when you just feel BIG.
 

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It's normal! The same thing happened to me with dd. I was shocked. And I hadn't even gained a pound then! This time I was more prepared for it. It's amazing what our bodies start to prepare for so early!
 

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For me it really depended on the article of clothing in question. I just dug out all the old maternity clothes from the last time, and there are clothes there from medium to XL.<br><br>
BTW, be careful washing the stuff. I read somewhere else that some manufacturers' clothes (Motherhood, maybe?) shrink big time in the dryer. I line dried all my maternity clothes just in case, and they all look brand new still.
 

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I also got frustrated by the Target maternity stuff because it ran really small. Like the XL shirts were already skin tight... not just on my chest but on my belly too!<br><br>
I was losing weight before I got PG, and taking measurements regularly... I know as of last week my waist had grown 1 inch but nothing else had changed. So I'm not sure who those clothes are made for! But I went to Motherhood Maternity and fit into mostly L, some XL stuff. Same at Old Navy. Much more "normal" size for me... so don't give up and don't feel bad! Just don't shop at Target anymore!
 

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Thank you! I had pretty much decided before the pregnancy (sometime last year) to stop buying cheap clothes and was really enjoying that, both for the aspect of sizing and for getting stuff that wouldn't fall apart on the second washing (or before!) but everyone says not to buy expensive maternity clothes. Well I wouldn't go expensive, but if I plan to do this a few times, can't I spend a little bit? I'm thinking of going to the mall next time I get a chance. I hear Macy's has a maternity section with some motherhood stuff, and also sears (not so high-end but I'm not looking for designer, just stuff that won't fall apart...not sure where Sears lands there.).<br><br>
Before I got pg, Target and Old Navy were two of the stores I wasn't going to shop at any longer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I think I had a similar freak-out at Target just before my honeymoon in January. When will I learn!
 
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