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Say What? You Didn't Buy Maternity Clothes?!

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Sure, we've all thought of it. Could we get through our pregnancy without buying maternity clothes? One mother did, and told us her story.

Everly Grey Maternity 'Mia' Stretch Charmeuse Dress

Here's what you had to say:

Nice in theory, but it didn't work for me. The low-rise pants under my belly just ended up falling all the way down. And I never could get back into them postpartum. My body is completely different. If you can do it, more power to ya, but it isn't for everyone. -- Andrea

I don't agree with the author. I'm not a small woman, nor am I huge. I did have to invest in two work pants because my regular pants would not close, and two casual summer pants to take me into the spring/summer. I do get away with most of my stretchy blouses and stretchy dresses, but you will need to invest a little $$ in maternity clothes at some point. Large women's clothes don't cut it, as the bust is too large and made me look boxy with my small bust line. -- Gigohead

Um, what's the difference in buying maternity clothes and buying a new wardrobe of bigger-sized pants and dresses? Not all maternity clothes are incredibly expensive! -- Renee

This definitely doesn't work for everyone, especially me. I'm tall and thin. I had some of the items at home that were described in this article, and at 4.5 months, I can't wear them. I carry my babies low, therefore "under the belly" means below crotch level for me. I do try to buy non-maternity tops to wear with maternity bottoms though. Works great, since baby-doll styling is currently in-fashion. -- Anonymous

Purchasing loose tops instead of maternity tops are a good investment if you plan on breastfeeding. The extra fabric will allow you to be discreet and drape over your side/belly while only exposing what is necessary for the baby. But they won't be as huge in the belly as maternity clothes, so people will notice when you start to get your pre-pregnancy body back. -- Anonymous

I did a mix of non-maternity and maternity. I shopped where clothes aren't that expensive -- Kohl's, Target, and Old Navy each offer maternity clothes and regular clothes. Getting a bunch of inexpensive clothes worked for me because I didn't like wearing the same things several times a week. I also borrowed as much as I could, but to each their own. -- Barb

Did you wear maternity clothes when you were pregnant?

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kris August 3, 2009, 10:58 AM

Yes I do wear some maternity things but very little. I have tried the maternity clothes thing, and it just didn’t work, all or most were to big. It’s hard to find an extra small. I have maternity clothes from two years ago that didn’t fit when I was 9 months. So I go out and buy the larger size because I don’t want to waste the money on expensive maternity clothes that don’t and won’t fit.

Secret Mommy August 3, 2009, 1:14 PM

I LOVE maternity clothes! Seriously, with all the places to shop for maternity wear now, I don’t buy the “maternity clothes are ugly” speech. While I can see how they might not fit someone of unique proportions (really tall or very petite) for most women I would think they are just perfect. For me, the maternity tops continue to fit me in my shoulders and bust (something buying larger clothes would not offer…and I’d feel sloppy) but they are cut to make room for my huge (already at only 5 months preggo…) belly. I lived in maternity clothes from about 5 months on with my first pregnancy and in this second one I started wearing them at about 4 months. I do still wear non-maternity yoga pants and other stretchy tops and bottoms that fit and look good, but what’s the stigma with maternity clothes? They’re cute, can be cheap, and FIT! Yippeeeee! :)

Nicole August 4, 2009, 3:55 PM

I did NOT wear maternity clothes with any of my three pregnancies!

Anonymous August 15, 2009, 1:43 AM

I had one pair of maternity jeans that I bought from the clearance rack at the only maternity store we have around. Other than that, Walmart and Old Navy had horrible selections of maternity stuff, so I bought shorts a couple of sizes big and made it work. Toward the end of my pregnancy, I had oversized uniforms from work (they were huge on me to begin with, so actually started to fit a bit by the time I was really big and pregnant!) and at home I’d wear my one pair of jeans or sweatpants and short and pjs all the time. Shirts, I could wear all the way through - tank tops and tshirts were no problem at all! Now my only problem is that my hips and thighs are much bigger even than when pregnant last summer… so those shorts I bought a few sizes too big are now too SMALL.

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