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Any tips for transitioning to maternity clothes? Did you put away “normal” clothes that didn’t fit or choose a section of the closet for maternity and bigger sizes? We have limited space, but I also don’t want to get too cozy in my new size large clothes and forget about all of the pretty, smaller things I used to be able to wear. 😩 Only first trimester but have already had to go up a size and feeling scared.

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Ok - so I hate to be the bearer of bad news, and this isn’t everyone’s experience, but I will never be my pre baby size again most likely. I was a 24 in jeans pre pregnancy - my hips have widened and now I’m a comfortable 26. I’d advise buying as little “maternity” clothing as possible and focus on more loose fitting clothing you can wear both during and after pregnancy (with the exception of most jeans/pants). Align leggings are the GOAT and you’ll never go wrong with some cozy oversized sweaters.

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I thought i would be able to get right back to my pre-baby size because it was already larger than my “normal” size. I’m 10m post partum and just had to buy a 16 at old navy. The weight is not coming off. Some friends had the same experience and many lost no weight after that initial first few weeks postpartum. Some said it took a year for their body to start responding to diet an exercise. I personally gained close to 100lbs while pregnant. I was tracking my calories/ macros so there was no way it was all “fat.” I lost 40-50lbs without trying in the first 6 weeks and the scale has not budged since.

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I like to physically put away all the stuff that definitely won’t fit me during my pregnancy (e.g., jeans with a real waistband) and focus my main closet on things I can wear during the pregnancy. But I do have the luxury of lots of space. I would second someone above who said to buy some stretchy stuff that will also work in the months post baby. I have a bunch of athleta pants that I love for that reason. Also not to be annoying but to bring a different perspective, I got back to pre baby weight pretty quickly. You lose a ton during the birth itself (like…the baby, placenta, a bunch of blood, etc) and breastfeeding is great for burning calories (but does make you more hungry too which is the double edge knife).

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Same M1!

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Get a Rubbermaid tub and put your small clothes away. It will be awhile and maybe a different season when you’re able to get back into them - so it could be 2 years! Do this for bras too! (Which btw I never got my bra size back even though I’m basically the same size/weight in everything else - the shape of your body changes even if the size does not - had mine at 38). Sometimes I have to remember “I gave up my old body for this new body AND my child’s body.” And I wouldn’t have it any other way

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For that awkward second trimester transition I bought those belly band things from like Target or old navy that kind of hold your waist together when you unbutton your pre-maternity pants. Sounds weird but it worked and was comfy!

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I am 39w pregnant now, so take it with a grain of salt that I haven’t had the postpartum experience yet… I fit (with belly bands and similar adjustments) into my pre-maternity clothes up until about month 5. I was around a size 4-6 before pregnancy, depending on the brand. At that point, it just wasn’t an option anymore. The reality is that you’re growing a person and that requires SPACE in your body. I ordered probably $300 of maternity clothes from Amazon and they’ve been excellent. I have enough outfits for about a week and it takes up two drawers in my nightstand. We have a good amount of closet space, so my pre-baby stuff is all in there, still hanging where I see and miss it every day! My plan postpartum is to keep wearing these things and to try to get back to pre-pregnancy weight within a year. I’ve gained about 50lbs, and I expect probably 30 of it to fall off with birth + BF and the other 20 to be a lot more intentional work (diet and exercise). I know it’s scary to see such dramatic physical change in your body, but try to appreciate that it’s doing something incredible. You’re literally creating a person in there!! Cut yourself some slack and trust that you’ll be able to get it back off. It doesn’t happen overnight - the gaining or the losing - so just try to keep healthy habits and go easy on yourself. This is (in a very literal sense) bigger than us as individuals! 💗 Congrats, mama!

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Put away the clothes that don’t fit. Try not to stress about your weight— you are growing a human. Things are going to change. I got back to my pre pregnancy weight pretty quickly but my body shape was just different. The old clothes didn’t fit because I needed different cuts (like things fitting in the shoulder but not the chest). Having the pre-pregnancy clothes taking up space was depressing. Pregnancy or not- dress for the body you have, not the body you had or the body you want. You’ll feel better in the long run.

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Put them away! It’s going to be a while until they fit you (just being honest) snd there’s no reason to look at/ dig through clothes that don’t fit you right now. A lot of the weight gain/loss isn’t going to be fully up to you and your choices. Some moms don’t lose weight while breastfeeding. Some moms drop all their weight immediately due to breastfeeding. Some moms are so nauseous they can’t eat. Other moms are so nauseous but have to eat non stop to avoid throwing up so they gain more weight. Do your best to be HEALTHY. Don’t focus on the scale or clothing size. I prefer buying sized up/flowy/stretchy clothes vs pure maternity so that you can wear them after baby comes. I have two may babies and I didn’t fit into any of my normal summer stuff either time. I still wore mat shorts or non maternity stretchy shorts sized up. I was back to my normal size on their first birthdays, so it was just one summers worth of weird sizing.

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I had to get rid of all of my pre-pregnancy clothes once I was back at pre-pregnancy weight and realized my bones had widened and nothing structured fit anymore (shoulders and hips both). My biggest recommendation is to fill your closet with clothes that make you feel good right now. Holding onto the old stuff was fine, but when it was visible in my closet it just always made me feel bad. But you shouldn’t. You grew a human being! Bottom line, pack them up and put them away once they don’t fit. Re-evaluate later if any of it returns for good. And like a few others mentioned, align leggings are life.

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The beauty of being pregnant while remote. I was able to wear my normal leggings and yoga pants well into my second trimester. Bought a handful of pregnancy leggings and one or two pairs of jeans. Since I’m working from home, I can be more casual and I just do laundry more often. I try to pair basic pregnancy tank tops with open front sweaters and cardigans where my stomach size matters less. All together, that stuff only takes up a small drawer. Haven’t really needed to clear out regular clothes. Honestly, it’s tempting but don’t buy too much, you will go back to wearing the same basics for the most part!

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I bought very little maternity clothing but didn’t need to go into an office because of the Pandemic. I purchased flowy dresses and tops that i would wear post-partum and things that didn’t cost a lot so that i wouldn’t feel pressed to save them. Some people struggle with postpartum weightloss so having stuff that fits though that period as well is worth it. I invested in things that made sense with my lifestyle during pregnancy. For me that was maternity leggings/ things with bump support for when i was moving around. ASOS was great for cheap maternity stuff and i basically tossed it all after. I used Seraphine maternity for dresses and stuck to sales / created a per item budget. I bought way more tops than bottoms because i found a few plain black pants/jeans went a long way when you could swap out tops. Gap has a lot of oversized clothes that I used as maternity. 5-10 tops, 2-3 dresses, 3-5 pairs of pants worked for me but i did lots of laundry. I kept the dresses and a few tops. I think I kept maybe 1-2 pairs of pants.

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Cost per wear is what should matter most along side with being comfortable. I too waited to buy maternity clothes thinking I could squeeze into some loose blouses and dresses, but the shape really is very different. Don't try on old clothes when alone at home as I had to get "rescued" by the hubby when I couldn't pull off it over my head. Get a few blouses from Target, a pair of maternity jeans, a maxi dress and some comfy leggings. That should be enough. Between the horrible symptoms and the stretch marks, taking a shower and looking kinda nice will do wonders for your mental health when pregnant. Here were my favs: Maxi dress: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KW4XPM9?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share Jeans: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08RD61V2R/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_apip_MN6R7H5gK9Odz Leggings (softest ever!):

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These leggings were lifesavers. So comfortable and black makes them easy to mix and match! I made do with two pairs of leggings. One black and one grey

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Had a November 2020 baby and purchased one pair of maternity jeans (motherhood mat) and a flowy dress from madewell. I was able to fit into a lot of my lululemon for everyday wear and some dresses I already owned. I’m a size up in jeans post baby so I bought a few new pairs in Jan/feb.

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Are we the same person?! I was a size 27 and gained 10ish pounds during COVID before getting pregnant. I’m now 3 months postpartum and have 20 pounds left to get back to my pre-COVID/pre-baby weight. This is baby number two and losing the weight again is going okay, but I will say it is SLOW… like a pound a week slow. I recommend some great maternity jeans and I also 100% recommend the Align leggings. I wore them all 9 months I was pregnant and it was so great to having something NOT maternity to wear after having the baby (don’t buy the “dupes” - there are no true dupes). For me, that’s the biggest thing… having tops and bottoms that aren’t maternity that you can wear after giving birth. So definitely pick up some Align leggings, some larger size jeans for after baby, and some bigger non-maternity tops. I also bought a bunch of cheap gap maternity tops for when I was pregnant and those were great.

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Honestly getting pregnant during the pandemic put a total damper on my wine habit. Such a bummer to be stuck inside for a year without any wine! I just sat in my chair and glared at my husband if he dared to drink a beer! (Only partially kidding…) I also never owned a pair of aligns until I got pregnant and they are amazing. Worth the money. With my first baby I didn’t have ANY clothes that fit me after having the baby that weren’t maternity, so it was a priority for me with the second baby. Good for my mental health.

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I found buying a fee maternity items & then more post partum was better. Post partum youre self conscious and generally feeling like you are not a person / human / individual so having the clothes that look great for that year or however long it takes to get close to pre baby aize is so helpful

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