*All pictures have been taken at 29 weeks, although the clothes tell the story from the 2nd trimester.*
Well, here I am at 29 weeks 2 days pregnant, but I’m looking much more pregnant. In fact, last week at my OB appointment, my belly measured in at 35 weeks pregnant. So maternity clothes are just about the only things that I fit into (except for a few lounge pants).
With the pregnancy heat and growing belly, this summer I found that my old clothes simply weren’t cutting it anymore. I was lucky that my clothes lasted for as long as they did. A year and a half ago, I was 30 pounds heavier than at the start of my pregnancy. I lost the weight in the months leading up to getting pregnant, so that when I was actually pregnant, I could use my “heavier” clothes, as they were already a little more baggy on me. Sure, it didn’t present the most flattering picture of myself, but it was free, and I like to save money.
Then, at about the last week of school (12 weeks pregnant), I had a co-worker tell me that I needed to show off my bump, especially since the rest of me was so skinny (doesn’t a girl love hearing that?). So, to celebrate the start of summer, I went to Eddie Bauer (oh, how I love thee) and got 7 new slim-fitting tank tops in all kinds of fabulous colors.
That same day, Tim and I went to Motherhood Maternity to try on maternity clothes for the first time. Well, I had a bump, but not one that would fill out the maternity clothes. Maybe I was trying on the wrong size (surely I wasn’t an XS when my whole life I had been a M), but the dresses and shirts fit me all kinds of weird. The armholes were were worst. Apparently, when you get pregnant, the area under your armpits get really baggy and fat. That has to be true, because that is where I had the biggest problems with fit. Oh, that and the tummy. Yes, I had a bump, but it wasn’t enough for the shirts I picked out.
So, I just stuck with my tank tops. Fair enough.
Fast forward 4 weeks to my 16-week anatomy scan. I definitely had a bump now, and I celebrated finding out they were a boy and a girl with my first maternity purchases: 2 ruched scoop-neck shirts. Simple, soft, and divine in the summer heat. Plus, they were still form-fitting to show off the bump.
So now, my wardrobe consisted of my tank tops and my 2 scoop-neck maternity tees. Totally enough to keep me going.
Then, at 18 weeks, while we were in Cleveland, we took a quick trip to Target. Ah, Target! The land of maxi dresses, soft jersey fabric, and inexpensive maternity clothes. I’ll take it! Plus, Mom was paying (for those of you who know my mom, the fact that I got her, my brother, and Tim shopping with me was nothing short of a miracle). Score! I ended up with 2 dresses and 2 tops, and I LOVE THEM!
Then, we got to 19 weeks. My “fat” shorts were more and more snug. Sure, I could do the rubber-band-around-the-button trick with my shorts and pant, but I knew that this is only a temporary fix. And summers in Virginia are long. So, I went back to Motherhood Maternity to try on their shorts. Let me just say that they are amaaaaaazing. Why didn’t I find these before? Every girl, both pregnant and not should own maternity pants and shorts. I kid you not, they are so comfortable. I actually told Tim that I was feeling really underdressed, and he didn’t understand. Wonder why? Because they felt like exercise shorts when they were really looking like regular shorts. I fell in love!
Once the weather started getting cooler, I got some jeans, 2 pairs of leggings, and a whole bunch of longer tunics and sweaters.
I still have two dresses that I can wear from pre-pregnancy:
So which is your favorite look?