Tips and Tricks for Early Pregnancy Clothes Issues

How to Keep Your Pants Up in Early Pregnancy

The first trimester is a weird time, particularly when it comes to your clothes. You probably haven't gained a bunch of weight, and in fact, you may be down in weight. Maybe your belly looks the same, but your clothes simply don't fit as well. You are not alone.

Mothers-to-be often complain about clothes not fitting right, particularly at the end of the first trimester. In fact, the clothes might fit when you get up and slowly become uncomfortable throughout the course of the day. It's not your uterus, it's still tucked away safely in your pelvis, but that does not mean you have lost your mind. Many mothers experience issues with bloating or even constipation, all of which can alter how your clothes feel. Nothing feels as horrible as being at work in tight pants and not being able to do anything about it.

"I felt totally ridiculous, until I told a friend who said it happened to her too," explains Rosie. "My clothes were fine in the morning and by evening, I was miserable. I would come home from work and get into my pajamas or yoga pants. But you can't just unbutton your pants at work and still have a job!"

Here are some solutions to these annoyances that might be helpful. These quick fixes might alleviate some of the tightness, even if it's just a temporary fix. Be it your pants, jeans, your bra, or a skirt, one of these solutions should work.


Need an extra inch? These are designed to help you hold your pants closed for a bit longer in early pregnancy. If your pants aren't quite comfortable when buttoned, this will give you a bit of breathing room. This is also a great trick for when your pants fit in the morning but miraculously throughout the day get uncomfortable.


This staple in your maternity wardrobe will help you wear your everyday clothes longer and help you return to them faster. It is worn in two different ways and will help you both hold your pants up (think both unbuttoned pants and saggy pants), as well as cover your belly if your shirt is having issues staying down. This comes in four sizes and multiple colors.


This bra extender is a three pack with one in black, white, and beige. You use to to hook your existing bra together to give you a bit of space. This can help you hold out until you switch to a maternity or nursing bra, but it can also help you at the end of pregnancy or in the early postpartum if you're having some engorgement and need to buy some time.


This is a combo pack that includes not only buttons for buttoning pants, but hooks, like those found in dress pants. There are also five different colors for both the hooks and the buttons. These buttons and hooks also offer multiple settings for various needs. This might make it last even longer than other options.

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