I’m not going to lie: one of the first things I thought about when dealing with pregnancy was clothing. Clothes shopping is not always an insanely fun activity for us tall folks, and without any friends to lean on in times of crazy questions, I felt like I was on my own for figuring out what in the heck would work out. I mean… I’ve got Dr’s/books/etc. to cover the rest of my questions… but this whole clothes thing is a mystery in itself!
So after the initial freak out, I naturally put the issue to the side… until the nastiness known as “the bloat” appeared out of nowhere one day around week 6/7. I went to slip on a pair of shorts, and suddenly, there was no way to button those things up. I looked in the mirror to see an inner tube around my waist, and panicked about what to do. Obviously the only solution was find the biggest pants/shorts I owned, layer with a tank top, and cross my fingers that no one noticed the bulge at my waistline when I left the house. Oh… and I immediately went out to order 2 of these puppies (in white and black):
Why they’re so awesome though? Well… around week 12/13, the bloat just up and left. Suddenly, I was back to normal size, fitting in normal clothes, maybe just needing the top button undone instead of everything. Had I run out to buy maternity clothes, I would have ended up with crazy sizes, because during the bloated times, my midsection grew every which way, not just out into a baby bump.
Now, just as a personal warning, make sure that you buy the REAL BellaBand, and not the BeBand from Target. I only say this out of experience, because the two are not created equally. My mom was kind enough to send me a replacement white BeBand for my BellaBand that was lost among a sock or something around the house. While it’s comfy and works, it’s not as roomy and breathable as the original. While that hasn’t been too much of an issue so far, as the belly has been growing, I know that my BeBand isn’t as comfy as my BellaBand anymore. For the $10 difference, I’d choose the BellaBand. ($26 @ Amazon.com or BareNecessities.com [code: BNFSNJ5E for free shipping or RETAILMENOT09 for 15% off; and use ebates.com for an extra 5% off)
I’ve got to say that it makes me feel good that I can wear my normal jeans and still be pregnant… and it takes a bit of the edge off of the consumer-driven maternity/baby spending spree.