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Old 02-23-2011, 04:09 PM
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Switching to Maternity Clothes?

I know everyone is different, but about how far along were you when your jeans/pants stopped fitting? Just curious if I can hold out for maxi dress season or not
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Old 02-23-2011, 04:26 PM
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I know everyone is different, but about how far along were you when your jeans/pants stopped fitting? Just curious if I can hold out for maxi dress season or not
I never wore maternity clothes, didn't need to NOT because I wasn't huge but because I picked my clothes wisely (lol) ultra low savoy's, true religion joeys & bobby's, etc those all sat low enough & I just kept sizing up as I got bigger. I think that if anything old navy had the cutest maternity clothes (I never bought any) but to me going cheap but nice would be the way to go because I personally couldn't see spending 100+ on jeans to wear for 3 months (because the last three months for me was when I would have 'needed' them) With all that said I think a maxi dress would be cute even at 9 months aren't they loose anyway?
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Old 02-23-2011, 04:39 PM
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I got a pair of ON maternity jeans from a friend, and they were huge until I was 9mo... at which point, wearing DH's jeans was more comfortable

Ash, I just bought normal jeans in bigger sizes as needed (that way they work when you're losing baby weight too), and when I couldn't button them, I used a hair band as an extender to hold them "closed" and wore belly bands down below the zipper. You couldn't tell that they weren't buttoned.

ON maternity tanks are cheap too, but with all of the tunic lenght tops that are everywhere, you can get away with regular stretchy long shirts until the end

I'd bet if you bought a few different belly bands, you could get away with your jeans until it was maxi dress season there.
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Old 02-23-2011, 05:24 PM
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Personally, I gained a LOT of weight fast, and although it was my first (and only) baby, I started showing almost immediately.

I sized up in jeans and cords (like a LOT - I am normally sz 26 and got to size 31 in the second trimester), but then I just gave up trying to keep up, and started buying some maternity clothes.

Gap and Old Navy maternity stuff is really nice and cheap. All you need are 2-3 good outfits, IMO.

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Old 02-23-2011, 06:50 PM
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I pretty much did what Debbie did as well -- I think a lot of it depends on how you grow. I was lucky enough to be all stomach, so all my regular jeans still fit, right up until delivery. I used an elastic hairband to keep them "buttoned" and when I wore a shorter shirt, I would slip a Bella Band over my jeans or pants. For shirts, I stuck to longer, stretchy shirts, tunics, empire tops, etc. I did buy a few maternity pieces... mostly winter stuff. Old Navy was my favorite place for cheap, reliable maternity clothes -- their stuff runs TTS to large, so stick with your normal pre-pregnancy size with them. I also loved Gap, but they were a little more pricey for essentially the same stuff.

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Old 02-23-2011, 08:14 PM
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I'm 16 weeks and my 24/25s stopped fitting a couple weeks ago. I'm still wearing the few 26/27s I still have for now. For some reason when I try to wear the BellaBand the button of my jeans hurts my stomach Maybe I'm wearing it wrong. I agree about Old Navy! I got some non-maternity leggings that are really comfy. There's also a Motherhood Outlet near me that has some good deals, although I have to find the smaller sizes. I may buy one pair of maternity jeans and go with leggings, tunics, long tanks & maxis this summer.
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:01 AM
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I started wearing maternity pants around 16 weeks this time. I just found them more comfortable than buying bigger pants. I also bought some non maternity tops that were mediums and most fit through 40 weeks. I got several pairs of jeans that were converted to maternity by time of my life and just got 2 sizes bigger because my hips definitely widened much sooner the second time around even though I gained way less weight!
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Old 02-24-2011, 07:06 PM
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I began wearing maternity clothes around 16-17 weeks, I really think it all depends on how you are carrying the baby, I carried low. Target has cute maternity clothes too
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Old 02-24-2011, 07:13 PM
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I started wearing them sooner with the second baby as well. My tummy got HUGE! I was able to wear my jeans until 14 wks or so. WR Savoys and Frankie B's were awesome since they are low rise.
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Old 02-25-2011, 05:55 AM
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I had three pairs of maternity jeans, one from Target and two pairs passed on from a friend (TR & COH). I didn't touch them until my third trimester. I wore my own jeans and a few pairs I had in the size up with a Bella Band. I had no problems with my bands and wore them all the time! You definitely need to get a couple. I only had probably 2-3 maternity tops. I was more comfortable in my own clothes and BF's tshirts. Every pregnancy is different though so you may not be able to do this, I was told that I was very tiny for being preg. One of my professors told me he had no idea I was pregnant during my third trimester when I brought him a Dr. note. I hope you luck out like me too so that the clothes situation will be easy for you to!
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