I’m not going to pretend that I think I’m super fashionable, but I do enjoy shopping and feel like I know “my style.”  Finding maternity clothes that fit my desires was a bit of rough task.  Well, at least rough in terms of the fact that I didn’t want to spend lots of money on clothes that I would likely only be wearing for less than a year.  There are some SUPER cute maternity clothes out there, if you have an unlimited budget. Also of note: this post is long and lots of words.  So if you aren’t interested in what maternity clothing I like and dislike, I don’t blame you for not reading.

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The first piece of maternity clothing that I felt I really needed was pants.  (I’m assuming this is a similar situation for most people.)  Most of my shirts still were fitting alright, but there was no way I was fitting into my normal jeans without feeling completely squished the entire day. When it comes to maternity jeans there are several varieties – the ones that are basically just jeans with an elastic waist band (these), ones that have partial tummy coverage (these), and ones that go all the way up (these).  The first ones I bought were the elastic waist band type.  At the time they seemed the most comfortable, and reasonably priced.  (I think I found a pair at Target for around $25)  Those worked for about a week until they stretched out and didn’t stay up anymore since the waistband was below my growing belly and I have no butt or hips to hold them up.  After that I opted for the full coverage.  I was lucky and found I pair that I love at Kohls on the first trip. It seemed a bit excessive at first to have a large extra panel of fabric, but now I love it.  They stay up, and they are SO comfortable.  I now have a pair of capri length, bootcut, and skinny jeans.  (They are all the Oh Baby! by Motherhood line with the Secret Fit Belly from Kohls. I also didn’t buy a single one at full price, which pretty much is a rule when buying anything from Kohls.)

I tried to make my non-maternity tops last as long as I could.  I really wanted to make my current wardrobe work as long as I could, so I went through every week or so and got rid of (by that I mean sorted to either donate, or put in a box to be stored) a few items that were definitely not working anymore.  There are actually still a few larger sized non-maternity tops and tunics that I still wear and work pretty well. Particularly a Pure + Good Long and Lean Tank that I bought on sale at Anthropologie in 3 different colors (I believe they were around $20 each on sale, of course they aren’t there anymore) close to the beginning of my pregnancy because it was big and flowy and hid my tummy when I wasn’t telling anyone yet, but also had plenty of length and width to grow with me.

As far as maternity tops go, its been pretty hit or miss as far as sizing, and things that are more interesting looking than a plain colored t-shirt. (Luckily, I don’t have to really dress up for work, or I’m guessing I would have an even more difficult time finding things!) I do have several plain t-shirts that I’ve gotten at Target and Old Navy.  I prefer the Old Navy to the Target, only because I’ve gotten some t-shirts from Target that either are shrinking in the wash, or not long/wide enough to fit me much longer. And it kind of seems to be random, I have some that are still good, I have some that appear the same but are soon to be too small.  Old Navy tends to run large, but I guess I’d rather have something a little big that I know will fit me for the next few months than something that I wear only a few times because I grow out of it quickly.

Other than the three stores that I already mentioned (Kohl’s, Old Navy, and Target) there is one other place that I have bought maternity clothes – with mixed results – Destination Maternity. Destination Maternity has its own brand, but it also includes the Motherhood Maternity (lower end) brand, and A Pea in the Pod (higher end) brand.  We actually have a Motherhood Maternity store in town, but it seems to be slim pickings for sizes, and I haven’t heard great things about the quality. (especially considering it is generally more expensive than Target or Old Navy) I ran across an awesome online sale at Destination Maternity where I scooped up maybe 10 pieces of clearance clothing that were not only on sale, but also buy one get one free! I don’t think any one piece that I bought ended up being more than $30, most of them were $10 or $20, and some of them were regularly priced up to $100! Some of my favorite pieces are from that haul – Splendid 3/4 Sleeve Scoop Neck Coin Pocket tee, Pea in the Pod Luxe Essentials leggings, and Pea in the Pod Scoop Neck Colorblock Maternity Long Sleeve Tee.

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(Celebrity pregnancy style that I wish I had. (source) (source) (source) )

As far as bottoms go – besides the jeans that I already mentioned – I also have been wearing leggings with dresses/tunics. (and I have a feeling this will be more of a staple as the weather gets cooler) I have some from Old Navy, Target, and Pea in the Pod.  The order that that is written is lowest to highest price – and the reverse order of how much I like them.  The ones from Old Navy may be the cheapest, but since they are are much more cotton based than the others, they don’t stay up as well, and I just think in general they don’t fit as well.  The ones from Pea in the Pod are definitely my favorite.  I currently have them in brown and a darkish grey.  They have much more stretch to them which makes them more comfortable, and they are longer than the others which is great for someone with long legs like me.

I’m still on the lookout for good sales on maternity clothes of course, but I think I have a pretty solid selection right now. (Though, I should probably get a Winter jacket that actually zips, I’ve been using my old one unzipped for now, but once there is snow and below zero temperatures, I should probably have something a bit warmer) The next maternity shopping experience will be when I have to buy fancy clothes for baby showers and holiday parties….but I guess I will tackle that project when I get there!


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Some random thoughts on the second trimester up until now (21 weeks)

  • Do I really need to buy maternity clothes already at 13/14 weeks?! I feel like my normal pants fit just fine last week and now they are incredibly uncomfortable by the end of the day. Must purchase maternity pants ASAP.
  • After three different pairs at three different stores, I finally found some maternity (capri) pants that fit me well! (They are Oh Baby! by Motherhood from Kohls.  I have since gone back and bought a pair of pants of the same brand as well)
  • The second trimester seemed so far away when I first found out, I can’t believe I’m a couple weeks into it already!
  • Week 14/15 So glad my appetite is mostly back!  It still is sometimes hard to get myself to eat things, but that is mainly when I’ve let my hunger go too long and any amount of work to make a meal is out of the question because the hunger is that urgent.
  • Our air conditioning went out, and it happened to be on the two days of the Summer that it was 90+ degrees.  I wouldn’t be happy with it even if I was not pregnant, but now even just a few minutes in the crazy heat makes me miserable.  Good thing it was only out for about 24 hours!
  • Week 18: I caught the cold that my husband had. 🙁  I don’t know why I thought I could avoid it, but it has hit me hard. And it seems so much worse because I can’t take the medication that I am used to because it isn’t pregnant lady friendly. Luckily my work is flexible so I chugged all of the water, and worked as little as possible for the week and things got better.  Slowly but surely.  Being sick and not being able to take anything for it was one of the most frustrating things about being pregnant so far.
  • Week 18/19 Yep, definitely looking pregnant now. Or at least I think I am.  I think it is still at the point that strangers would hesitate to ask, but I’m definitely growing out of clothes and starting to put away ones that can no longer be worn.
  • I knew that my stomach would obviously prevent me from wearing “normal” non-maternity clothes, but I guess I didn’t realize my boobs would play such a factor too! Sometimes I feel like they are growing faster than my stomach.
  • Baby was super uncooperative during the 20 week ultrasound and I there was a chance we wouldn’t be able to find out the gender.  Luckily the ultrasound tech got a good view towards the end – its a girl!  Since baby was so uncooperative we got no good face/whole body images, but the tech told us to stop back during our next visit and she will try to get us some better ones.