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A Wardrobe that Works:
You're getting dressed for the day, and decide to pull on your favorite pair of pants – the ones that fit like a glove and make you feel great every time. You slide them up over your hips, but when you try to button them, you feel a small problem. Those pants, which fit like perfection the last time you wore them, are suddenly just a bit too snug. You take a deep breath, suck it in, and hope for the best. You wonder at the intelligence of that decision when lunch has come and gone, and the pants that were slightly snug this morning now feel like they may cut off your circulation any moment. You suddenly panic, wondering if they are cutting into your uterus. Could this be hurting the baby? Now what?
Find a rubber band. Loop the band over the button, through the button hole, and then back over the button. Saved! Once you make it through the day in your now not-so-perfect pants, it is time to start thinking about maternity wear.
The rubber band trick will work for some clothes for a while, but if you are looking for some other ways to transition, wearing your regular clothes a bit longer, you might also want to consider a belly sleeve, or belly band. Many companies are offering these products now, but the basic idea is the same. It is essentially a stretchy ring of fabric, which fits over your stomach and the top of your pants, allowing you to wear your regular pants for a bit longer by holding your unbuttoned trousers in place. You can also use them to hold up your maternity pants, which sometimes have a tendency to stretch and sag. Of course, you can also experiment on your own. A stretchy cotton tube top can work the same way. Or you crafty mommas can sew your own bands, choosing the colors and patterns that work for you.
At some point, you will probably find that you are ready to give up the buttons and zippers and graduate into the world of maternity wear. Where should you start? Which styles are the best? How much should you spend? A few tips:
Beg, Borrow, and Pass It On
Have any friends with little ones? Often, you'll find that friends who aren't currently pregnant, but might be again, are willing to loan their maternity clothes out in the interim. Make sure that, if you borrow from someone, you know what belongs to them and whether or not they want it back. Some people may be done with their clothes and ready to pass them on altogether. Take what you can use, then pass them along when you are done.
Big Style, Small Cash
Maternity wear has a short shelf life, in the sense that you'll only use these clothes for a few months. You don't want to overspend on this wardrobe. Of course, everyone else only wears them a short time as well, so it is easy to find maternity clothes in good condition at consignment stores, and the like. If you lack the time or the inclination to shop used, most department stores and major discount retailers stock their own maternity lines. Some carry only the basics, but others work with high-end designers to provide a budget-friendly line of pregnancy wear. You can easily put together a fashionable, workable wardrobe, without making a huge investment.
Keep in mind, as you shop, that you will get bigger. Don't buy everything early on, because you'll find that the shirts, which seem like massive tents right now, may barely cover your belly a few months from now. Just like your tummy, your wardrobe needs room to grow!