Pregnancy is a wonderful time, but one of the most annoying things about the whole process is outgrowing your own clothing and then trying to find maternity clothes. Generally, you begin to not fit into your regular clothing around the time you reach three months, or twelve weeks, of pregnancy. This is mainly due to bloating and not actually due to weight or baby yet, but nonetheless it is a struggle. This time is especially difficult because you generally are still too small for maternity clothes, but you certainly have a hard time fitting into your old pants. For awhile, instead of wearing maternity clothes that would fall off of me, I would just wear yoga pants or wear longer shirts with my old jeans unbuttoned. It is not the ideal solution, but to spend money on maternity clothes that will only last you a few weeks seems ridiculous. Once you get to the next stage of actually fitting comfortably into maternity clothes, then the fun part starts of actually trying to find some to purchase. Maternity clothes seem to be this unattainable hallucination, where you think you might actually be able to find something that is cute and flattering when nothing could be further from the truth. The real problem comes in if you are short or tall and are trying to find pants that do not cost an arm and a leg…it basically will not happen. If you are lucky, you will be able to find at least two or three pieces of maternity clothes that will fit you well and you will wear them into the ground. Towards the end of pregnancy, you reach a point where even maternity clothes do not fit over your ever expanding stomach. This is when you see women begin to wear their husband’s shirts, or just completely give up and let their stomachs hang out. It is an uncomfortable stage, and you certainly won’t be a fashionista during this time, but be grateful it only will last a few weeks. Once pregnancy is over, you think you will immediately be able to get back into your much missed old clothing, but many women still need to wear their maternity clothes for a few weeks while their body readjusts. Don’t fret, though, because it won’t last for long. Within a few weeks you should at least be able to wear pants that button once again!
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