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You will probably outgrow your maternity clothes!<br><br>
I'm 31 weeks now, and my belly is sticking out at the bottom of most of my shirts. My pants are too tight in the thighs and hips. Even my pajama bottoms are uncomfortable.<br><br>
Nobody told me this when I was buying maternity clothes in the beginning. I never thought to ask! So I'm here to share it with you now. When in doubt, buy a size up.<br><br>
(ps: I've gained about 20 pounds. Nothing out of the ordinary.)
 

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Thanks for posting this! I was just asking around in my ddc about this! I wanted to know whether I should jump on sales or just wait till I needed stuff so I actually knew what size I'd be. I had a feeling there'd be no way I'd wear the same size and just have a big belly! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Amen!<br><br>
They advise you to use your pre-pregnancy size. However, there is nothing "small" about me when pregnant. I find toward the end I have to wear a medium to large. The clothes I wore in the second trimester no longer fit at the end. 'Course the seasons might change between trimesters (unless you live in Florida). I echo what the OP said about sizes. Go larger if you plan to wear it the whole pregnancy, if not, just wear what fits most comfortably. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Yeah totally. When I first bought maternity pants I was thrilled because the elastic panel at the top was so much more flattering than my life time of flesh bulging out over the top of the button-fly. I was like "I'm never going back!" Well all that was short lived because none of those pants still fit me. And I have only gained about 22 pounds (in 29 weeks) ....<br><br>
More than anything I find that the place where the top of the regular pants meets the stretchy band is too tight. Especially when I sit down.<br><br>
However I am hoping that in the so called "fourth trimester" some of those early-pregnancy pants will work for me again. If they do than I will feel like all the shopping was worth it.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"> So true, so true! I am a small when not pregnant, and remain a small in the first trimester, but once the second tri rolls around, I always jump to a medium.
 

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Yep! I'm usually a M when not pg, but now I'm up to L and in some brands and XL. It's frustrating though with the XL because I need it for my belly since it's sticking straight out, but the rest of the shirt is too big for me.<br><br>
With 10 weeks to go I really hate buying new stuff, but I don't have much that fits me anymore.
 

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I've just figured this out, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Some of the pants still fit, but I think they were cut larger to begin with. I had "tested" the shirts by pulling them out to where I estimated a full-term belly would be and I was obviously delusional in some cases. I've gained 20 lbs at 30 weeks, so my growth is pretty average. I've been wearing dresses almost every day because I hate the idea of buying more maternity clothes at this point.<br><br>
Edit: oh, and even if my belly estimation had been correct, I did not take into account that my breasts would grow steadily throughout the pregnancy, not just balloon at the beginning and stay there, so I have to buy XL shirts now just to contain them.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">More than anything I find that the place where the top of the regular pants meets the stretchy band is too tight. Especially when I sit down.</div>
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agony!!<br><br>
i'm at 35 weeks now and my pants are all giving me drama.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I have two boxes of maternity clothes just for this reason. There are the small clothes in both winter and summer since I had my DD's in different seasons, and then the mediums in two seasons as well because the smalls do not work at the end. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yep! I'm usually a M when not pg, but now I'm up to L and in some brands and XL. It's frustrating though with the XL because I need it for my belly since it's sticking straight out, but the rest of the shirt is too big for me.<br><br>
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Yep. I start out in a 10 or M, and am now in a 14/L, and some even XL! So obnoxious.
 

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agony!!<br><br>
i'm at 35 weeks now and my pants are all giving me drama.</div>
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i have to give a shout out for the new maternity pants and jeans at motherhood with the new secret belly fit.<br><br>
you dont get that digging in belly like traditional maternity.<br><br>
my only complaint is since the jeans have some stretch in them, if i wear them a couple times in a row, they are a bit baggier then i like.<br><br>
but tens time better then any other maternity jean out there.
 

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I have to say, the best thing to do is just buy things as they fit. In my first pregnancy I bought a size up in a few things for this very reason, and they were always too big, even at the very end with my third pregnancy.
 
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