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What I Wish I Knew Before I Bought Maternity Pants

I have repeatedly been told that I’m pretty petite for where I am in pregnancy, in fact, I’ve been told it so often that I have developed some decent replies. But despite the seemingly slow growth, I struggled to wear my normal pants by my 10th week of pregnancy. It just happens that my body type and the way I’m carrying the baby has made non-maternity pants a total impossibility and surprisingly, as I get bigger and bigger, even maternity pants are not all working for me anymore.

When I first started struggling to fit into my pants, I went to a maternity store and bought several pairs of work pants. My thought was, they are on sale, they’re a brand I trust, they fit right and I can just get myself all set up now. So, at the time I bought a pair of black pants, a pair of gray pants and a pair of khakis. Thanks to a friend, I have multiple pairs of maternity jeans that fit like a glove.

And for a while, I was all set.

However, as the bump has continued to grow, and continued to be very, very low, the maternity pants I’ve bought have stopped working so well. I bought only the “demi panels” because at the time, the idea of the full panels seemed totally ridiculous to me. I mean, really, pants that go over the entire bump? That’s just nuts. I assumed that the demi panel would work no matter how pregnant I got because it could just sit below the bump.

Wrong.

My maternity pants have become so uncomfortable that they’re unwearable. They still fit fine, it’s not an issue of size, it’s an issue of where the demi panel hits. It puts a lot of pressure on my belly and it’s really pretty uncomfortable. And, even more frustrating, all day long I’m having to unfold the demi panel because my belly keeps folding it over every time I sit down or bend over.

As much as I am reluctant to spend another dime on work pants, I also have begun to realize that there’s no way I’m going to be able to wear these pants much longer. I can only imagine that if they are this uncomfortable at 24 weeks that they’re only going to get worse as I get bigger. Last week I tried on a pair of full panel slacks (at Target) and it was like a whole new world. Yes, it still seems crazy to wear pants that go up that high, but darn if they didn’t feel and look really good.

If you’re just starting out in this pregnancy journey please learn from me. The way pants fit you at 11 weeks will not be the way they fit you in a month or two. Don’t buy expensive pants while pregnant (period) and definitely don’t try to outfit yourself for your whole pregnancy before you even have a noticeable bump. Your bank account will thank me later.

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