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At first, being preg. was a lot of fun. I was totally okay with the getting fat part. I mean, what's not to love? For the first time, people EXPECT you to get fat.<br><br>
Okay. That novelty has officially worn off. I hate being pregnant. I want to be done.<br><br>
NOTHING fits. Apparently, I'm gaining more weight than what is "appropriate," b/c even though everything I've read says to buy your pre-pregnancy size in maternity clothing, that's not working for me. Which also means that all the size 10/medium clothing that I bought the first couple months no longer fits me. And do you know what's available in size XL maternity clothing? I suspect you do.<br><br>
And that's IF I can FIND maternity clothing. All I have nearby is Walmart and Kmart, which are desolate waste lands. There isn't much to choose from and what there is all fits me funny across the boobs/chest/shoulders (apparently I'm too broad). All the tops they have contain spandex, which isn't something I should be wearing NOT pregnant, much less 7 months along. And the pants! All they have are those stupid ones I hate, with just a 3 inch waistband of elastic. Do you think I can find a pair of old-fashioned, full panel pants around here? Only if I go to Goodwill or the second hand store. And when I DO find a pair of full-panel pants, they're all high rise/flood pants on me. I'm 5'6". This should not be a problem.<br><br>
I'm down to about, oh, 2 pairs of jeans, 1 denim skirt, and 3 tops that fit nicely. And I can tell at least one of those tops isn't going to fit nicely for much longer. Not a vast wardrobe. And what DOES fit looks like a freakin' tent/muumuu on me. I'd be better off wearing a barrel.<br><br>
I used to never understand why pregnant women always seemed to let themselves go and wear the ugliest clothing. Now I do. First of all, all that you can get is ugly clothing. I'm not sure why we're supposed to throw our fashion sense out the window once we get knocked up (unless we have bucu bucks to spend), but apparently that is the case. I've finally gotten to the point where I don't CARE what it looks like, I just want it to completely cover my stomach and be somewhat comfortable. And it's pretty hard to convince myself to do my hair/makeup when the rest of me looks like shit. Seriously, what does it matter?<br><br>
And I miss crossing my legs. And sleeping on my stomach. And not being breathless from going up and down the stairs. I miss being able to shave my "nether regions." Hell, I haven't SEEN them for a couple months now.<br><br>
Okay. I just needed to vent. There's only so much my boyfriend can take. Thanks for listening <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I feel ya.<br><br>
It seems that every day is a new challenge...I've got the breathlessness (and not the sexy kind), snoring, aches and pains (some really bad!), swollen fingers/calves/feet, aching knuckles and joints, heartburn that might just kill me yet, bruised ribs, and none of the cute maternity clothes that I bought at the beginning fit me anymore. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Yes, I feel ya. I must say that I still love being pregnant, mainly because every time she moves I just stop and smile, even when I look/feel like crap. But I never thought I would look forward to the pregnancy being over, and I'm definitely starting to get to that point. You are not alone!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"> We're almost done....very soon we'll be able to start paring down again.<br>
I hear you....I only bought the same size maternity clothes as I wore in my first pregnancy (and still didn't fill them out) and guess what? They are already tight....I just figured it would be about the same as last time...I guess not!<br>
I see cute clothes but I cannot rationalize spending the money on clothes I'll only wear for a few more weeks. I am basically wearing the same two pairs of soft gauchos that I got at Old Navy and the same few blouses. This is especially awkward because I work in a semi-professional office environment where casual attire is generally not appropriate. No one has said anything to me yet!<br>
I was in Mimi Maternity the other day (just looking) and saw all of these cute blouses for $50 and $100 and I kept thinking, "Are these people nuts???" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
I too am looking forward to being able to bend forward without feeling like I'm being strangled and shaving my legs without feeling like I've run a race.<br>
Love to you,<br>
Mel.
 

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Maternity clothing is insane as far as pricing. Any of the decent stores charge an exhorbitant price for anything decent.<br><br>
I bought a used maternity clothing lot on Ebay for about $170 for about 30 gently used pieces, enough clothing to last me the pregnancy (I thought). I've supplemented with other pieces like shorts, some tops, and more pants. Some of my pants leave me panting because every two steps I have to hitch them up because they don't want to stay positioned on my belly.<br><br>
Any day I stay in the house, I'm in yoga pants and a long-sleeve t-shirt. I have a few Old Navy pairs (non-maternity) of yoga pants that I bought a few years ago. They are wonderful and have draw strings so I cinch them under my belly and they actually stay put unlike all of the elastic maternity nightmares. Then I bought some mens long sleeve t-shirts at Wal-Mart because all of my t-shirts stopped fitting. So I look like a slob, but at least I'm comfortable. I've also started raiding my husband's shirts because he is considerably larger than me.
 

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The whole maternity clothes thing is my current rant <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I have one pair of jeans, one pair of dress pants for work and three tops. That's it! I do have a WHOLE BIN of maternity clothes but none of it fits right and/or is the wrong season. I have no idea who decided that you should fit your pre-pregnancy size during pregnancy but no one I know has accomplished that. I don't understand how I am 30 weeks into my SECOND pregnancy (both winter babies) and have no clothes! My MIL said to me, and I quote, "Maybe you wouldn't have such a problem with clothes if you bought a bigger size?" Her response to the tight fit maternity stuff--- I was a 10/12 pre-pregnancy and am wearing XL maternity. I had to tell her that I can't easily GET bigger maternity clothes!
 

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I grinned when I read your title. I couldn't agree more. 7 months is long enough.<br><br>
FWIW I just bought another pair of pants. They were $10 at a discount store and I'm pretty sure they were there in the first place because the size was mismarked. They are bigger than I normally wear and a little baggy. The belly comes up to my boobs. Essentially they fit like a sack. But they are comfy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Do you have a Ross nearby? They get maternity stuff and I've never seen anything for more than $12. You might get away with your dh/boyfriend's pants, depending on the size difference between you. Otherwise, if you know anyone who has been pg in the last year or two you might ask her if she's got anything she might lend you. Maternity clothes get passed around and around in my town.<br><br>
(((hug))) 2 months or less to go. A friend of mine said pregnancy takes 9 months because by the end you'd do *ANYTHING* to get the baby out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I think she might be right.
 

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Yep!<br><br>
I certainly don't stay the same prepregnancy size - I don't know who comes up with that hooey. Seriously, does anyone stay the same size? Is that possible? I start in the same size and end up 3 or 4 sizes larger..... I went and bought a bunch of new maternity clothes at Old Navy last week because everything I had was wrong season or not fitting.....I just want to look cute, KWIM?
 

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If it makes you feel any better on the clothing topic. I am 29 weeks and measuring almost 40 with the twins. i am as big if not bigger than I was at the end with my daughter. I have NO IDEA what I am going to be wearing over the next 7-12 weeks - SCARY thought.<br><br>
Although even in the rough times I try to relish being PG - I really do love the experience!
 

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I hear ya, loud and clear <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> It's one of my biggest frustrations about pregnancy, that ridiculous 'buy your prepregancy size' in clothing. That simply isn't an option for me, I seem to grow exponentially in pregnancy. I'm lucky if XL maternity clothes fit me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: Thank goodness for yoga pants! LOL!<br><br>
All I have to say is thank god we're not elephants, gestationally speaking i mean <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Ok, I'm about to make you want to throw tomatoes.<br><br>
I don't even have any maternity clothes. I'm still in my prepregnancy clothes, though admittedly not the closest-fitting of them. This is possible only because under normal circumstances, I have to buy pants that are too big in the waist in order to fit my hips. And because I'm tall, my waist is only a few inches larger now than it was before I was pregnant. Oh, and my shirts still fit because I don't like a really tight fit to begin with, and I have a big chest. My belly still doesn't stick out as far as my chest most of the time.<br><br>
That said, I probably would own some maternity clothes if I could find anything I liked. Grr. I have this feeling I'm going to wind up wearing elastic-waist pants the last 6 weeks or so; perhaps I should sew a couple of pairs from random fabric I have lying around the house.
 

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Oh my... you have nailed it on the head... fortunately, I have a friend who is 3 weeks ahead of me (but who was also a larger pre-pregnancy size) who has been nice enough to hand-me-down her clothes. So about the time I outgrew those jeans I bought in my pre-pregnancy size, I transferred over to pants that are about 4 sizes bigger than my pre-pregnancy size (but were made for 1st-2nd trimester) but that fit very nicely. Only problem I'm having now is that my hips are disappearing and some of these pants wouldn't take a whole lot to fall down... I'm also fortunate that I live in TX and its been in the 80s all week, so people don't look at me weird for wearing capris and "summer" stuff... I've also started to have to wear my tennis shoes all the time as I have unbearable hip pain when I wear anything else AND none of my other shoes fit right anymore!! Capris and tennis... yeah... I'm definitely NOT looking professional.<br><br>
Lets not even get started on what I wear at home.... pretty much, if its just DH and I, everything but by underwear and bra come off... and I'm not even normally a naked person... there's just only so much clothing horrors you can take in a day, I say!<br><br>
I'm just glad there's an end in sight!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Moo. Former medium (size, not profession) wearing XL here as well.<br><br>
Also, because where else would I put this rant, one of the supervisor's I work with (although not my OWN supervisor) asked me with flagrant sensitivity yesterday, "why is it that some women don't seem to get very big in pregnancy, and others, like you, really do?"<br><br>
Gee, I don't know, ambassador of tactfulness, why don't you ask me some more questions, like will my breasts ever look normal again? or am I worried it could be twins?<br><br>
Gaaaaah!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shake.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shake">
 

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Amen to that! I'm totally over it with my hurting hips, sciatic nerve, rib cage stretch and all that it entails. Done, done, done.
 

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I got a couple of very stretchy, soft cotton jersey skirts at Target that are working for me. I have a pair of jeans that aren't going to last much longer, as the elastic at the belly is starting to get too tight and uncomfortable. I have a pair of size large corduroy pants from Old navy that fit well ( go figure, I was a 6-8 pre-preg and now the larges are the most comfy). We only have about 2 months to go. With the holidays, I think it will go fast. I'm trying to relish the sweet moments of pregnancy while I can. Pretty soon, it'll all be over.
 

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The novelty is gone here too... I am still savouring it though.. b/c this is my last pg. Somehow being pg the first time was alot more fun!
 

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Not trying to minimize- just a little humor! I'm right there with you mama!<br><br>
Just be glad that you're not an elephant- 22 months of pregnancy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I normally wear an XL, sometimes 2X depending on the fit, when I'm not pregnant. To be on the safe side I bought most of my maternity clothes in 2X. They no longer fit. The pants are too tight and the shirts are too short. 3X pants slide off me and the 3x shirts are still too short, but they're also way too wide. I'm screwed.<br><br>
I've been wearing velour drawstring non-maternity pants from Old Navy and just letting the bottom part of my stomach show.
 

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Thankfully, I haven't had much of a problem with maternity clothes. I've been checking out garage sales, thrift stores, and rummage sales. I got a lot of really cute, professional looking clothes. I was so happy last week when I found a pair of maternity jeans that fit me good! I've been wearing maternity slacks, GAP slacks, and my gaucho dress pants all the time. It's really cute, but sometimes I just want to go out in jeans and a T-shirt. I got a plain white maternity blouse, and some non-maternity long undershirts, and a non-maternity cardigan along with some regular blouses in a larger size that I can still wear and a cute cashmere/wool blend blazer. My BF is a big guy, so I raid his shirts sometimes.<br><br>
Today I'm wearing some maternity camo cargo pants with a brown maternity T-shirt. It's my "chill day" outfit. I love it.<br><br>
For shoes, I got a cute pair of knee high boots that have a low heel, so it's super comfy and I'm not worried about tripping all over the place.<br><br>
Check out thrift stores. I haven't spent more than $20 total on my maternity wardrobe, and I'm often told that I dress really well (heh... that's when I want to). One thing I learned after my 3 other pregnancies is that you don't have to buy maternity. With my first couple pregnancies, I only wore maternity clothes. Now, I get slacks with elastic bands in the back that have a real front, and I wear a belt with it to keep it up if it's really too big. I got a couple big turtleneck sweaters (with the big loose neck), and a cute poncho... it's adorable! Accessories are fun. I have a cute floppy hippie hat I love to wear, a colorful fluffy scarf, a sheer headscarf, and miscellaneous stuff that adds a little fun to my outfits. I don't feel too bad about my style in pregnancy as a result. And a lot of the pieces I'll be able to wear AFTER the pregnancy as well, and especially during the transitional period.<br><br>
As for how I'm feeling... the pregnancy itself isn't taking too much of a toll on me. I feel comically huge right now, though, and it does take me a few tries to get up from sitting or lying down. I'm now able to deciper the body parts that are waving at me through the belly. The other day, I actually had enough energy and lack of pain to be able to bound up the stairs at a shop... something that hasn't happened for me in YEARS.<br><br>
I dread the pregnancy being over. That means I'll then have a new baby, and I'll be in a lot more pain.
 

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Another wearin XL here...<br><br>
I started out this pregnancy much bigger than I did the last one, so my own maternity clothes didn't fit for long (and I had to wear two sizes last time, becasue I gained 65lbs!!!) This time, I have only gained 23 lbs so far, so at least I don't think I will have to change sizes.<br><br>
I was really fortunate this time to have two friends who both wore xl in their pregnancies who bestowed upon me their LARGE and actually stylish wardrobes! I am better dressed now than before I got pregnant!!! It really has been a godsend.<br><br>
For just lazing around the house though, I am absolutely in LOVE with these fleece pants I got at Target (I bought three pairs.) They are not maternity, just in the pajama section, but they are so soft and comfy...I wear them constantly. An XL fits me great, though it sorta sits below the tummy.
 
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