7 Things to Try Before Maternity Clothes

What do you wear pre maternity clothes?

Close-up on belly of pregnant woman wearing belly band
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Let's face it, we all reach that time period before maternity clothes where nothing quite fits and yet maternity clothes aren't quite right either - pre maternity clothes. So what can you do to stay dress before the belly requires maternity clothes?

1. Go bigger.

If you have a closet full of clothes that are a larger size or you feel like you can borrow or buy a pair or two of pants that are slightly bigger, this can buy you some time.

The problem here is that the bigger is usually everywhere and not just the waist. But if you've blossomed, you've blossomed. (You can also buy a size extender.)

2. Dress up.

Sometimes switching to skirts or dresses can be helpful. Various types of these fashions will hide a belly but are also more forgiving. It can also be more comfortable for the changing expansion you might feel as the day progresses. Some of the skirts today also have stretchier waistbands or you can simply wear a maxi dress.

3. Wear a band.

There are plenty of bands of fabrics designed to hide that part of your belly that hangs out. It covers mostly just the middle part of your body and pants, you typically let your shirt fall over it. It may show if you reach up - but it's covering your midriff as it's supposed to do. You can purchase one (like the Bella Band or the Baby Be Mine) or make one.

4. Unbutton.

Shhh. I won't tell, if you don't.

Lots of pregnant women walk around with their pants unbuttoned, usually with a larger shirt covering it up. Just watch out when walking that your pants don't fall down. You can also try to fashion a makeshift way to hold up your pants, like a belt that is larger than your normal size stretched across the opening, or a rubber band holding the pants up via the button and buttonhole.

5. Try stretchy.

Can you say yoga pants? Sweat pants? Any type of pants with elastic at the top can be helpful during this in between time. These are a staple in the pregnancy and early postpartum period. Do not worry, you will not live in stretchy pants forever, but embrace them while you can.

6. Layer.

If your t-shirt or shirt doesn't quite cover the belly or if your pants are in the unbuttoned mode, you can easily add a bulky cardigan sweater and just button the bottom few buttons of the cardigan. This is also a great way to avoid needing a sweater in the colder weather.

7. Hang out.

Oh who cares! A pregnant belly is beautiful. Why not let it all hang out and just tuck your pants under your little bulge! You won't be the first nor the last pregnant woman to show a little skin. It really has become quite acceptable to let your belly hang out, pre maternity clothes, or even clothes designed to show some skin.

So whether it's your baby or just your belly causing your clothes to expand, these tips will buy you a little bit of time before you have to make the jump to maternity clothes. For many women that is at some point in the second trimester. This may be earlier or later for you. It will also depend on how many times you've been pregnant and how tight you like to wear your clothes in general.

You should also consider building a capsule wardrobe of maternity clothes.

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