I recently tried Morphmaternity products and I must say that I am impressed. Purchasing some nursing items ahead of time, in your second or third trimester, can save you some trouble. For underpants, you can either purchase maternity briefs that will come up over the belly, or simply buy your usual cut and fit in a larger size and wear under the belly.
When you'll start wearing maternity clothes entirely depends on the person. Here's when it happened for some Bumpies:. Some of it is just way too big still and some of my regular clothes are too tight, so I'm in the awkward transition stage. It was just baby bloat at that point, but it never really went away, and at 18 weeks I have a nice firm baby belly!
And I ended up buying several other items, including a belly band. I have been interspersing some maternity items with my regular clothes, as I can still wear most of my normal clothes, some with the belly band and some still without. Luckily, regular non-maternity styles are fairly maternity friendly empire waist tops and dresses, stretchy gauchos, etc , and it is easy to mix them into a maternity wardrobe. I am 15 weeks now. I'm not sure when I'll start in maternity clothes yet, but absolutely every woman is different and among my friends I don't see any trend for who will show sooner.
I expected to be obviously showing by now because I'm so short waisted, but I haven't gained any weight and I'm looking normal. Well, normal with boobs that have nearly doubled in size I held off wearing them at work until closer to 18 weeks. I outgrew my shirts first because my boobs just could not fit into a regular shirt! I wore over-sized sweaters through February. I saved the best for last. Some you likely know.
Gap Maternity is a classic favorite among many expectant moms. Old Navy is a great place to shop for maternity clothes. ASOS has a great maternity line with great prices. Their prices run a little on the high end though still within reach and their maternity collection is fabulous. The site is great for scoring handmade or lightly used maternity gear and from an independent artist nonetheless.
Jennifer got her French Sole ballet flats you remember, the ones she practically lived in her third trimester at Nordstrom. It offers a great maternity line. And their maternity clothes are awesome for the price! This is a store Jennifer wishes was around when she was pregnant. It has some great designs for the price, and the quality is pretty darn good. I love everything on the site.
Old Navy-You can get some great maternity clothes cheap if you look at Old Navy. You will likely need to buy them online but maternity clothes are easy to size (just get your regular size in S, M, L etc.) and usually fit a variety of body types well. Maybe you're dreading buying maternity clothes. (We swear, cute maternity dresses do exist.) Or maybe you can't wait for those stretchier fits and—finally!—a legit excuse to go shopping. You can buy these at Target, Walmart, and pretty much any maternity clothes store. HOWEVER, the best place, in my opinion, to get them is from the Mother’s Lounge. They sell the Belly Button Maternity Band, if you use my code cd4, you can either get two free belly button bands, or one free belly button body (all you pay is shipping!).