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Embracing Maternity Clothes – Why Did I Wait So Long?

By EmilyBMalone |

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Maternity clothes enhance and accentuate that beautiful growing belly.

Each day of pregnancy seems to bring new surprises and changes.  As I made the slow transition from my first to second trimester, I felt like I woke up to see something new in the mirror every single morning.

I’ve written before about how it has been a slow adjustment to learn how to love my new pregnant body.  Pregnancy has been such a blessing, and something I have wanted for so long.  But that also doesn’t mean that it has necessarily been easy or always comfortable.

I realized recently that a big part of my problem was that I was inadvertently fighting the changes happening to me, continuing to wear all my old clothes that pulled and tugged in all the wrong places, and consequently I felt terrible about the way I looked.  All it took was one little change to suddenly transform me from an uncomfortable and cranky pregnant lady, to a glowing mama-to-be who was proud of her growing bump…


After one particularly bad day of cramming into a too-small t-shirt, I grabbed my purse and headed out the door to Target.  I spent about a hundred bucks, but after that shopping trip, I felt more like a million.  Why did I wait so long to make the leap into maternity clothes?

I was already wearing nice maternity jeans and shorts that were big and comfortable, but for some reason I had a mental block against buying maternity shirts, assuming that you only really needed those once you had a sizable bump that people could ooh and ahh over.  As I pulled on the shirts with the gathered sides and extra long fabric, I instantly went from feeling like a frump who didn’t really quite look pregnant, to suddenly loving my reflection in the dressing room mirror.

Pregnancy is an experience that I can’t compare to anything else.  When you first find out you are pregnant, you immediately dive into reading and researching any and everything possible – wanting to soak up all the information you can.  On the inside, you feel like your whole world has changed, but on the outside you look exactly the same.  I remember wishing I could wear a sign that read “I know you can’t tell, but I’m actually pregnant.”  For so long I was frustrated that I had this huge life change happening, but no one could see the difference.

And then came the day when my body actually started changing, and I suddenly longed for my formerly flat stomach and jeans that weren’t quite so snug.  Now 21 weeks pregnant, I have passed the transitional “is she pregnant?” stage, and am in the blissful “look at my belly!” phase that will (hopefully) last until delivery.  My advice to any new mom is to embrace the changes early.  Maternity clothes are not an extravagance or an indulgence (although the price tags can be shocking!).  They are a necessary accessory to a gorgeous body that is creating a new life!  I only wish I had figured it out sooner.

Pregnancy is beautiful, and maternity clothes are designed for you to feel just that.

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Emily Malone shares her adventures in cooking and parenting on her personal blog, Daily Garnish. Read bio and latest posts → Read Emily's latest posts →

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7 thoughts on “Embracing Maternity Clothes – Why Did I Wait So Long?

  1. Anita says:

    Great subject. Please keep the posts coming on how to look fab when pregnant – because you certainly do.

  2. Lynn says:

    I couldn’t agree more. I’m also 21 weeks and made the transition a few weeks ago. I also found that it takes much less time to get ready in the morning when you are only choosing from 10 outfits that fit, as opposed to the hundreds that don’t. In fact, I moved all my maternity wear to a separate closet so I wouldn’t even have to look at my old clothes.

  3. Miriam says:

    I have a different problem. I’m only 10 weeks pregnant but I already have a baby bump and my clothes are all too tight. I would love to start wearing more comfortable maternity clothes already, but I can’t – it’s too early and I haven’t even told our close family members yet that we’re expecting!

  4. Sara says:

    Miriam, I switched to maternity pants at about 10 weeks. I’ve already got a little bit of a tummy, so I didn’t have any room to grow in my jeans. It felt great! I started showing pretty early for a first timer, and I got to feel cute and pregnant right from the start. I would recommend it to anyone.

  5. Stacia says:

    I need to invest on more maternity clothes- I have ONE shirt, and 3 tanks, and one set of jeans that while too loose around the waist and belly, are too short leg wise. Look ridiculous and I hate wearing them, but can’t wear normal pants anymore. (29 weeks!) I have a good selection of flowing, soft, loose dresses I can’t wait for weather a bit warmer to wear. I absolutely believe a woman should get maternity clothes as soon as needed, and a lot of stuff especially now looks like normal summer clothing if you’re trying to hide a bump early on. The loose tunics and such. :)

  6. Jenny says:

    Although I’m not pregnant right now, I love this post. I read Emily’s other blog and am currently thinking about children (my husband and I are in the planning stages). I can see body changes during pregnancy being a big hurdle for me. On the one hand, I can’t wait to get pregnant, yet on the other hand it’s a ton of changes at one time. Thank you for bringing up the body image issue. It shouldn’t be a problem to say that all those changes have an effect on your self-esteem and it certainly shouldn’t influence the happiness of your pregnancy.

  7. Debbie Butler says:

    Great article. Maternity Clothes can be expensive but you can also get some great deals out there and some lovely looking clothes. Here in the UK there is a comparison site, which really does a great range from all worthwhile online retailers and promotes discounts and offers that these merchants have. You can get some great deals and really expand your maternity wardrobe.

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