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Q&A: Finding comfortable maternity clothes?

What style of maternity clothes will be most flattering and comfortable as my belly grows?

Re: What style of maternity clothes will be most flattering and comfortable as my belly grows?

The Bump Expert

We put this question to our Bumpies... Here's what you had to say:

“The style that I find to be the best for me right now (13.5 weeks) is the ‘underbelly’ or ‘no belly’ styles found here. I've seen similar styles at gap.com and oldnavy.com.” - JnJ04

“The advice I've had from friends is that the full belly panel ends up being the best, so that's what I've gone with. I don't plan on having seperate second and third trimester clothes. The Gap roll panel is nice, because right now I can fold it over and that seems to work well.” - TheDudleys

“I really like the roll-panel for earlier on, but I need the support of a full-panel in later pregnancy -- the others feel like they dig into my stomach.” - MichelleWP

“I have a lot of half panel styles, but the half panel jeans constantly fall down. I tried on full panel in the store and loved them!” - Pamela82

“I have some hidden tab jeans from The Gap which I love because they looked like real jeans. I can loosen them as I get bigger and I think they'll be good after the baby is born.” - vande2006

“Hands down, I love demi panels! I'm used to low rise pants, so I can't stand full panel, but the elastic in the demi panel is much more rigid, so it doesn't stretch out and the pants don't fall down! I have demi panel pants that I love from Target and Old Navy. I love to shop clearance racks!” - Mrs.Meyer

“I have worn a pair of the ‘no belly’ maternity pants, the one with the elastic in the back and a flat front, quite frequently. I have found most of my items at Old Navy and Mimi.” - SPBGBRIDE

“I LOVE the demi panel pants, especially from The Gap. They are terrific for those who are used to a lower rise. The Gap offers pants in longs and that is a must for me -- buying a regular inseam off the rack is simply not an option for me, pregnant or not. Also, the Gap has both causal and dressier styles... I need nice dress pants for work and purchased their modern flairs with the demi panel and received compliments on them even though no one knew I was pregnant or that they were maternity pants!” - boulder,cobride

“The full belly panel works best for me. I have never liked low-rise pants or underwear and hate the feeling that my pants are falling down! It's hard to find but it's my favorite.” - sistrkate

“I have one pair of dress pants that have the expandable elastic waist (they're from JCPenney), and I like them a lot; however, I have a couple of full-panel skirts that I like even better. As I expand my maternity wardrobe (I have several tops but hardly any bottoms right now), I'll definitely be more interested in full-panel styles. My biggest change was bra style. I was a C before getting pg, and I hated padded bras because I didn't want to make them any bigger than they already were. Now I'm a D, and I'll only wear heavily padded bras because they hide my perma-nips.” - batsteph

“My favourite maternity pants are the Motherhood capris -- they have elastic in the back and are so flattering and comfortable, they should sell them as regular pants. I prefer wearing maternity clothes as I actually look pregnant (but small) as opposed to just fat.” - taurusbride



Paula Kashtan

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Japanese Weekend--anything in their Luxe Jersey line, especially. They are a bit pricey, but worth every cent! Definitely the most comfortable maternity clothes I've come across.

kep |

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I hate the Gap normally, but their maternity clothes are fantastic! I love the demi panel khakis - very very comfy and surprisingly flattering. I don't like pants with the adjustable waist though - the elastic digs in and is very uncomfortable.I also have some comfortable pants with a normal front and comfy stretchy back - found them on babystyle.com and bellydancematernity.That jersey or lycra stretch panel on pants is soooo comfortable.

Mrs.RMR |

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Gap is definitely my favorite place for pants. The panels are very comfortable and light and the shape and style of the pants are still flattering. I love the Liz Lange line at Target for maternity tops. Their online selection is much better than in store, with better deals too. I've found great capris and shorts at Old Navy online. They also fit like my pre-pregnancy pants but with comfortable panels. Now if I could find a maternity swimsuit that didn't scream "maternity" I'd be happy. Even the ones at Pea in a Pod are pretty awful.

staryeyes |

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My favorite maternity jeans have been Citizens of Humanity Maternity. It feels comfortable, and it still looks like jeans I used to wear pre-pregnancy! They flatter your new body shape just like they did before. Worth every penny!

jmedy10 |

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can anyone recommend where to buy maternity clothes for petite women?

Judarell |

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I'm 5 feet, pre-pregnancy size 0, and finding petite has been hard. Best luck for pants at GAP, but needed to order online. Motherhood has had a couple of cute things too, but very few places I've found stock anything for thin, short women. My sister bought me a belly-band, so we'll see how that works with my regular clothes...

kbd421 |

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I LOOVE the new Secret Fit jeans from Motherhood...they're a little supportive, but not restrictive like the mid-panel. And since my son HATES anything putting the slightest pressure on my tummy (or he thinks it's a punching bag...no way to tell), even the seat belt, they're much more comfortable when he starts pushing outward-which he does constantly, making my stomach look more like I have a massive tumor than a baby belly...but that's a separate issue :-)

BrennaZ |

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Love the shirts that I bought from Thyme Maternity. So comfortable and will be able to wear a few of them after baby gets here. Next time I do this I am going to avoid half panel jeans because they roll down in the later weeks of pregnancy and anything that has a button that will press into my belly. It's incredibly uncomfortable to sit down in at 41 weeks :(

susanelainegray |

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I'm just getting into my maternity clothes, but my hands-down favorites so far are the roll-top yoga pants from the Gap. They're a heavyweight jersey, so I can wear them into the office, and they are soooooooo comfortable! I just ordered 2 more pairs so I can use one for workout, one for work, and one to lounge in at home. I'm also loving the crossover nursing tops from Gap - the crossover parts are really supportive of my growing and heavy bust, and it creates an empire waist that's really flattering.

formossissima |

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Everyone should go RIGHT NOW and buy the Bella Band, it's the best. I'm at 9 weeks now, and I already had to get one (for bloat, etc.) and I'm confident that I'll be wearing this well into my pregnancy. Wear with old pants unbuttoned, maternity pants that are too big...heck, it's supposedly even great for after pregnancy, when maternity clothes are too big but your old clothes still don't fit. I'm definitely buying another one...best $20 I've spent so far!

NewlywedNVA |

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I've found the secret belly panel pants from motherhood are really comfortable! Some of my regular pants still fit but these pants are so comfortable and you can roll the panel down. My mother-in-law got me one of those bands to wear with your regular clothes but I haven't tried it yet. I think if you are going to have to spend money on maternity clothes why not go ahead and buy the clothes early and get more use out of them. The pants with the secret belly panel fit great and the panel expands and stretches as your stomach does. I got my first pair of pants at 12 weeks when some of my regular pants started to get a little tight and they fit perfect then.

ash138 |

Q&A: Finding comfortable maternity clothes?

target, any department stores you just have to go and try them on, there going to get bigger once you get bigger, but its best to sit there and try them on you will find the perfect fit.

mssammay |

Q&A: Finding comfortable maternity clothes?

You have to try instylematernity.com. They have great, superlow prices, a return policy, which is better than the mall stores and super quick shipping of their cute stuff! Save your $$ for diapers and look great when you shop at instylematernity.com!

fouracorns |

Q&A: Finding comfortable maternity clothes?

My problem is that I've always had problems buying jeans. So, maternity jeans are 2000 times more difficult to buy! I have LONG legs... say 34-35 inch inseam. And then on top of that I have a short crotch. So to fit the crotch, a full panel works wonderfully, but to get the length, I have to go with an underbelly, which doesn't fit the crotch & constantly falls down (i.e. while putting on the shirts in the dressing room the pants have already fallen enough to be uncomfortable and difficult to walk in.) Any suggestions?

carriecasey |

Q&A: Finding comfortable maternity clothes?

I am on my second pregnancy and can't even with the annoying band on my belly any more! Why must I have that itchy thing on my belly with my pants falling down. A girlfriend just told me about Vivique so I just bought some pants and they are so much better and wicked comfortable. While the bella band was good in the beginning, these are much better now that I am bustin out!

DucNV |

Q&A: Finding comfortable maternity clothes?

during my first pregnancy, i was in maternity clothes by the time i was 7 weeks. i found alot of attractive clothing at old navy, and i'm only 5 feet tall the lenght of the pants were fine also. early in my pregnancy i would only where the "under the belly fit" as i started showing more, i had to have the full panel. it was more comfy to me. now i'm on my second pregnancy and i'm 13 weeks.... and i am still in my normal clothes!! it's crazy too, because they aren't even getting tight yet....

1ontheway1nheaven |

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With my first pregnancy I did everything possible to avoid maternity clothes all together. I pulled the rubber band trick with most of my clothes until I just couldnt anymore. By that time I was in my 3rd Tri and wore cute dresses since it was spring and summer. I am now in my 3rd tri with my second little girl and my new favorite thing to wear are maxi dresses with a cute sweater over it. Its comfy, loose, and I get compliments on how cute I look constantly. I dont even buy maternity maxi dresses, just larger sizes in normal ones! And now that I am no longer in denial about maternity clothes i wear full panel secret fit belly pants from motherhood! They are SUPER comfy and still flattering because it holds you in more. Motherhood has been my go to shop for pants on this go round!

CamberB |

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I am a plus size mommy and was wondering any could tell me of any sites that I could buy maternity clothing?

ezziriah |

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OldNavy.com has a plus size maternity section now. I just noticed it recently while shopping on their site. Not too sure of any where else. Good luck!

showac0501 |

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My 1st pregnancy I worked full time so I needed more work/dressy clothes. I really relied on Motherhood for nice inexpensive comfortable maternity clothes. For my current (2nd) pregnancy I am a stay-at-home mom, so I kind of needed a whole new maternity wardrobe. (1st pregnancy was also in the fall/winter, this time around it's spring/summer). Now I have mainly shopped at Oldnavy stores and their site. If you can catch a sale you can get great prices on maternity wear. Their clothes are comfortable, wash well and look good. Be aware that most of their items run app. one size bigger than normal, but I have found some great pieces that should get me through the warmer weather months. Also, check your local children's clothing consignment shops. You can get some great higher-end maternity wear for atleast half the price. Especially if you need something for one-time wear, like a dress for a special occasion.

showac0501 |

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I'm a big fan of mens dress shirts with maternity leggings and dresses - especially maxis, and at 22 weeks, am still capable of fitting into non-maternity maxis, but I've gotten dresses and leggings from A Pea in the Pod and Nordstrom. Gap has great basics and comfy separates, too. I just like sniffing around on the net, mostly cotton and linen pieces, as I definitely can attest to feeling warmer and easily irritated now, and of course a little spandex is needed at these times. I know DestinationMaternity.com and Motherhood.com carry an array of plus sized selections.

LaDeaCaelestis |

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Forever 21 now has a maternity line that is super cute and super stylish! And the best part is that its very affordable! Blazers are very in right now... and look cute with a baby bump and a pair of maternity jeans!

tff_18 |

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I can't seem to find jeans that fit!!! I have tried the belly band thing, and while every one else seems to swear by it...it is not working. I have even purchased a full panel pair of jeans and tried it over that panel, folded over, not folded over...they are falling down, and I'm not a toothpick! Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm miserable!

LaLeeLee |

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You could also go to some local plus size stores like Lane bryant or I recently found a store motherhood maternity. It is awsome! You could also make your own maternity clothes with a sewing machine. When I started to show I went through my husbands closet.

Leigh37 |

Q&A: Finding comfortable maternity clothes?

Wanted to throw this out there for all you cold climate mamas and mamas to be: http://www.mcoat.squab.ca/index.php It's a down coat, made in Canada that expands for pregnancy, can hold baby in front, and can also fit when your figure is back to normal. Pretty pricey but not just maternity! I'll definitely be buying one as I'm moving to frigid Eastern Europe and baby is due in January.

lizandlens |

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Isabella Oliver for luxe layering basics and gorgeous party dresses that will last multiple pregnancies. Forever 21 maternity for fun new prego clothing (who cares if it only lasts a few months) Shop both online. Mavi or Hudson pregnancy jeans at Destination Maternity online or in stores. Skip the Ingrid & Isabel bella bands, but don't miss the awesome belly leggings.

elucki |

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You can also rent maternity clothes at minefornine.com. I have 4 weddings to attend this summer & I've been renting dresses so I can fit my quickly growing belly & not have to wear the same thing over & over again. Rentals are mostly all under $30 & some are as little as $17!

jenipr |

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The two most affordable stores that I have found are Sears and Babies R Us. Sears carries the Two Hearts brand and Babies R Us carries the Motherhood brand. Both stores carry very fashionable clothing at great prices, they have an easy return policy as well.

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I went with leggings all winter while I was pregnant, worked so well because they stretched and all I had to worry about was tops. Highly recommend leggings or jeggings! Saved me a lot of money

jnzettle |

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It's different for every lady of course, and it changes whether you are in the first trimester or the third- for me, gained 45 lbs and had to buy several sets of clothes along the way- these days a few companies are renting which seems a great way to try out what works without breaking the bank or driving all over town. I like Fashion Forward Maternity- they have bamboo tops that are SO soft, plus a ton of other options, and is a company that is run by moms.

XMMama |

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I found anything that was under the belly to be most comfortable. It bothered me to no ends that something was touching my belly so I would either fold panels down or searched for anything that was underbelly. I also lived out of dresses and leggings. I got most of my stuff online at Xpecting Maternity. I was able to call them a couple times and they walked me through a couple of their styles and sizes. www.xpectingmaternity.com

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Q&A: Finding comfortable maternity clothes?

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I love the full panel everything else feels like its digging in... I actually want to some in smaller sizes after baby comes to keep me comfy and hide my new love handles

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I have found some decent maternity clothes at Babies R Us with their new Thyme maternity line and they even had petite sizes for me which have been hard to find. Old navy has some good stuff too and Target but more of a selection online. I also plan on wearing a lot of maxi dresses this summer!!

heathermintpatty |

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christineconway1 |

Q&A: Finding comfortable maternity clothes?

www.HMandBB.com has cute, comfortable, high quality maternity clothes. Good luck on your exciting journey :)!

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bobbydee1 |

Q&A: Finding comfortable maternity clothes?

You can find cute comfy and affordable clothes at resalematernity.com

shoelover11 |

Q&A: Finding comfortable maternity clothes?

My pants stopped fitting around 10 weeks. Instead of going straight to maternity clothes, I just got pants that were not technically maternity, but had a flexible waistband. So I could wear them comfortably through most of my pregnancy and they were actually PERFECT post-maternity as well! I got several pairs from Felton Hill that I still wear today. HIGHLY recommend them!!

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