Every day I wake up and can’t figure out if I look pregnant, bloated, or like I ate too much. Or all three. Getting dressed in a huuuuge pain in the butt, in this awkward in-between stage. The ever-changing weather is an added challenge!
While it was still a secret I tried to wear blousier shirts or big sweaters.Now that our secret’s out in the open and my stomach is expanding, I’m left trying to figure out what clothes fit, what clothes I need to buy, and if everyone is looking at me wondering how I gained so much weight. That sounds really vain but it’s SO weird for me to figure out.
I lost 10 lbs. before getting pregnant and I’ve gained about 5 lbs. back since based on my own scale, but I can’t do up any of last year’s shorts. My lowest-rise pair of jeans still fit but they get uncomfy by the end of the day. A wonderful friend sent me a ton of maternity pants but I don’t have enough of a belly to hold up the full panel pants yet, and in the meantime I have no butt and apparently butts are important for holding up maternitywear.
Apologies for the crappy Instagram pics and janky mirror but they’re all I’ve got in the mornings. Over to the left is an outfit I actually really liked — I bought a ton of stretchy maxis and I’m hoping I can fit into them for a few months! This dress is loose enough that even when I’m feeling bloaty it doesn’t cling. On the right, I’m wearing demi-panel maternity pants (which are ridiculously comfy) and a regular tall-sized Old Navy tee. Comfortable — but I felt gigantic!
My other strategy has been cheap, stretchy jersey maxi skirts from Urban Planet. I only have two but they’re under $10 each and they will stretch till kingdom come. These are awesome for good weather but I can’t exactly wear them in the mud, rain or cold. Floaty shirts are still my friend.
I thought I’d look forward to the excuse to buy a new wardrobe, once I needed maternity clothes, but it’s actually not that fun. I really wanted to order some Old Navy demi-panel shorts and stretchy tanks, but the duties assessed on an American ON order are insane — like $70 duties and taxes on a $70 order. Not cool. It seems like my only good Canadian option is Motherhood Maternity but almost all of their bottoms are the full panel type that you can allegedly fold down but don’t seem to work for me yet. I can’t imagine having extra fabric in the middle of August’s heat, so I don’t really want that type of clothing until it gets cold again, anyway.
All of the advice I’ve been reading is like, “Go to H&M! They have cute, trendy, cheap maternity stuff. Try Target! GAP has awesome jeans!” But alas, I’m stuck in rural Ontario — even if I drive to Winnipeg I think my only option is still Motherhood. I told Matt I’m going to bury my head in the sand and just see how long my dresses and skirts will stretch. Okay, so I ordered some underbelly shorts and a few tops from Motherhood, and I’m hoping they work out. This probably all sounds whiny but I miss the jeans and a tshirt days!
This, I think, is why the big bunny-patterned A-line dresses were so popular for expectant moms in the ’80s…