Pregnancy is a wonderful time, but one of the most maddening things about the whole progression is outgrowing your own clothing and then trying to find maternity clothes. Generally, you begin to not fit into your usual clothing around the time you reach three months, or twelve weeks, of pregnancy. This is largely due to bloating and not actually due to weight or baby yet, nevertheless it is a struggle. This time is particularly difficult because you normally are still too small for maternity clothes, but you certainly have a hard time fitting into your old pants. For a short time, instead of wearing maternity clothes that fall off wear yoga pants or wear longer shirts with my old jeans unbuttoned. It is not the perfect solution, but to spend money on maternity clothes that will only last a few weeks is impractical.
Once you get to the next stage of actually fitting comfortably into maternity clothes, then the fun part starts of truly trying to find some to purchase. The real problem comes in if you are short or tall and are trying to find pants that do not cost an arm and a leg…it essentially will not happen. If you are lucky, you might be able to find at least two or three pieces of maternity clothes that will fit you so be prepared to wear them to a thread.
Towards the end of pregnancy, you reach a point where even maternity clothes do not fit over your ever expanding stomach. This is when you see women begin to wear their husband’s shirts, or just completely give up and let their stomachs hang out. It is a sore and uncomfortable stage, and you definitely won’t be a fashion stylist during this time, but be appreciative it only will last a few weeks.
Once pregnancy is over, you may be able to get back into your old clothing, but for many women they still need to wear maternity clothes for a few weeks while their body readjusts. Don’t worry, though, for the reason that it won’t last for long. Within a few weeks the old comfortable clothes will come out of the wardrobe again!