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So I'm a few days shy of the official end of my first trimester and I'm already showing, although my little bump cannot be seen when I'm wearing clothes. Even though I've been told that I don't look pregnant, I feel VERY pregnant, haha. I'm crazy bloated and down to about two pairs of pants I can wear comfortably still and two other pairs that I can wear mostly comfortably when I loop a hairband from the button hole to extend the waist.
I REALLY want to be comfortable this summer and not have to use little tricks to stay in my clothes. I love maxi dresses but have had difficulty finding them in my size (pregnancy or not). I have two that I purchased pre-pregnancy and I think they will be awesome for the summer. I'd love to incorporate some basic pieces that will go from summer to fall and maybe even winter to get more bang for my buck.
Before I go shopping this weekend, does anyone have suggestions for pieces I should invest in?
Good tips already. I agree to not buy all at once. You never know! My boobs got HUGE with my first. This time, no. So I have all these mega bras ill never wear again. Leggings are a good idea. And I agree about tank tops. I layer all year round. I think old navy has good, affordable stuff. There is a used clothing store near me that is a good place for nicer tops and dresses.
I agree with the tank tops and leggings! I have a couple of short dresses I will be able to wear most of the summer with leggings. Another nice thing about tank tops is if you do have to cover up for work, etc. you can throw a cardigan over it. The cardigan doesn't really need to be big enough to cover the whole belly.
Shop around for what you like. A lot of stores carry maternity clothes - Sears, Target, JC Penney, Old Navy, etc. Definitely buy in stages. What works now may not be as comfortable or as cute in a few months with a rounder belly.
Welcomed daughter Miranda on December 18, 2013
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Just like regular jeans, try many brands and styles of maternity jeans on before buying. This is my 4th and I'm still on the hunt for decent fitting maternity jeans.
Maxi dresses work great. Very comfy and you don't have to buy maternity, you can just get regular size. I just bought 4 of them from Old Navy in my normal size and they're roomy enough that they should last me until early fall.
I, personally, have the most luck buying maternity from Old Navy and Kohls. Target has decent, inexpensive stuff, too.
I was shopping over the weekend and noticed that Target has some nice maternity dresses. I also went to Kohls and got a few dresses (not in maternity section) that I think will stretch with a growing bump - also very affordable. I got a maxi dress, a knee-length dress, and a t-shirt for $30.
If you can, search around (maybe craigslist or a local sale page) for someone selling their whole lot of maternity clothes. Great way to get a load of lightly used clothing for cheap.
For summer, there are a lot of dresses out there that are not maternity but have either enough flow or stretch to suit a growing belly. Buy one size larger than normal. Maternity dresses look like a tent on me!!
Buy at least one good quality pair of maternity jeans. I love the GAP maternity jeans the best by far and I have tried lots of them.
For tops, I like stretchy, fitted maternity t-shirts. They fit all the way until the end and will be good for layering in the colder months. I also like the way fitted maternity clothes look rather than loose.
December 3, 2013 at 433 pm
7 lbs 6 oz, 21 inches
Check out inexpensivematernityclothes [dot] com. Its a great resource for finding stylish and inexpensive maternity clothes. The articles I found most interesting were "8 Clothing Items in Your Pre-Pregnancy Closet that Convert to Great Maternity Clothes" and "Where To Find Inexpensive Maternity Clothes". When my bump started growing I was surprised at how I didn't really need very many items and how many of my pre-pregnancy outfits I was able to re-purpose. I am 28 weeks along now and have survived on a handful of new items. I don't thing I will be buying any more maternity outfits for the remainder of my ..
Just got a gorgeous maternity dress at Goodwill! I am hoping to borrow tops from larger friends rather than buy. Since I was pretty slim pre-pregnancy and like to wear my clothes a little tight, I am running into problems. This is my first pregnancy too!