I broke down and had to buy...you guessed it...maternity clothes.
I made it past the "4 month" mark with my normal clothes. I'm not even sure what is typical for the time to start needing a little help from the elastic fairy. I guess it's different for everyone. I can wear my normal jeans, and even button them up, but if drink even a gulp of water or eat something as much as lunch then try to sit down, I end up wearing them unbuttoned for the rest of the day due to comfort! And, I usually like to eat sitting down!
I seriously think my belly is getting bigger every day! It's amazing!
So, I bought two pairs of shorts at Old Navy - black and khaki. They were half-off for the end of summer. Oh my, let me tell you if you haven't experienced this, they are soooo comfortable! What have I been missing?!?! I secretly wonder why they don't make more normal clothes like this?!?! They aren't really elastic, and look like normal shorts, but have this stretchy t-shirt material that is attached underneath, and covers your whole belly. Pretty cool concept! I also got a black shimmery Michael Stars Materni-tee because a pregnant lady I met at the mall was ranting and raving about how great they are. I haven't gotten a chance to wear it yet because it has long sleeves.
If you've paid much attention, you know that I'm pretty much obsessed with cute jeans, it's just my thing. Some people like cars or jewelry or shoes. I like denim.
I love cute jeans, and have a hard time resisting buying new pairs when I find a good deal! It's been hard to know that I will have to give them up, but I've been good and haven't bought a new pair for almost a whole year (in anticipation of this day). I found a few super cute pairs at A Pea in the Pod, and am scouting the internet for a deal! Who wants to pay full price for a pair of jeans you will wear for
9 months 5 months? I guess if we have 3-4 kids, multiply that number by 3 or 4. I know, I know...I can't expect to wear my "normal jeans" on the way home from the hospital!
Thankfully though, the shirt styles right now pretty much make everyone look pregnant, so I blend right in!
Some other "tricks" that I have tried...
The Bella Band. This is a stretchy band you wear over your jeans so you can keep them unbuttoned without anyone noticing. It's a slick idea! Sometimes it comes up in the back when you bend over, but it's definitely more comfortable than pants that are too tight, and looks just like a tank top under clothes.
Another idea I have tried is looping a rubber band around your button, through the button hole, then back around the button. This actually works pretty well for a 2 cent solution! I have found using a ponytail holder is more comfortable than a rubber band.
There you go! That's my 4-month "maternity style!"
Now I'm just hoping I won't have to buy a special pair of maternity underwear! =)