Maternity clothing: yay or nay?

Up until week 18-19 my clothing fit fine, for the most part. A lot of my jeans would feel tight around the belly area, but the Zara jeans (which I really hate to wear frequently since they honestly don’t last very long especially considering I only have 2 pairs of jeans at a time) were the only one’s that I’d been wearing from week 13 on wards, besides my Joe Fresh velvet-like leggings which are so incredibly comfortable.

Then I got my Cuddl Duds velour pants, which I was living in, waiting for my online H&M order to arrive with all my maternity pants (I bought 6 pairs of pants/leggings, trying to decipher my preg-size, the style I wanted, etc). They arrived, I kept 2, and I returned 4 of them earlier this week. For ages I didn’t think maternity clothing was worth it. I would only be wearing them for a few months, and if/when I get pregnant again, it might be opposite seasons — thus “wasting” my money. I thought for the longest time I could do without, and buy bigger sizes in regular-wear. However I did indulge-if-you-will, in some H&M maternity jeans to get by. You’ll get sick of only wearing 2 pairs of pants for the past few months, I tell ya. I wanted to feel like I was wearing clothing that actually fit me, and I didn’t have to unbutton each time I sat down. Ha! I honestly think you can simply get away with up-sizing your tops, but for pants — I’d prefer maternity style, just for the comfort and not having anything dig into my stomach.

I also received some items from PinkBlush Maternity (thanks to my pal Megan!) that you’ve seen on the blog already, which are cute, comfortable and most of all — affordable. I don’t spend much on clothing honestly, and these I’m sure will work during, and after pregnancy.

Pink Blush Lavender Striped Colorblock Sleeve Maternity Top ($33)
H&M Super Skinny Maternity Jeans ($34)
Fossil Campbell Crossbody ($138)

How long did you use/wear your maternity clothing for? As in, post-pregnancy? I don’t have any qualms with wearing it for as long as it takes, but I’m interested in learning and hearing some feedback!

Also — has anyone bought pregnancy bras? I don’t know where to look, or where to go. Why are they helpful? I think my bras pre-preg were too big to begin with, so I haven’t had to size up (yet?). Haha!

Disclaimer: Huge thanks to my pal Megan for hooking me up with PinkBlush to be an ambassador with them too! As a PinkBlush Ambassador I get 2 points for 2 pieces of clothing to review. Each time I post = 1 point. I did not receive monetary compensation for posting about the brand. 

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  1. I totally agree! I wore normal tops for the most part (thought the last trimester I did get a few maternity tops so they would cover my belly haha!). But pants are a must. Even just having two pairs of maternity pants is amazing! Love that striped top on you. PinkBlush was my favourite brand to wear while I was pregnant!

    1. @Megan Joy: Yes! I have two pairs of maternity pants too… I’m livin’ in them. They’re so comfy. I think when I get big-big, I’ll buy a semi-fitted maternity tank or a top, and wear a big ol’ cardigan over it, because I definitely don’t want to be exposing my belly, pregnant or not hahahah.
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  2. Pregnancy pants FTW! I had a couple of maternity jeans and they were so comfortable! Don’t fight it ladies, get the maternity pants, lol!!!
    I also got a few maternity tops cause my belly got HUGE! I was lucky to get a traveling bag of maternity clothes from my girlfriends (it got passed around to the one who was carrying) so that really helped. But yeah, for me I definitely needed maternity clothes. But damn it’s so expensive!!!
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    1. @Chantal: I love hearing everyone’s thoughts on this, seriously! I actually lucked out with the maternity tops and have been working with Pink Blush on promoting them. But I do wear a lot of Forever 21 flowy tops and a nice chunky sweater that seems to be growing “well” with my belly (lol). As for the pants, I’ve stuck to H&M! Bought a pair of maternity jeans that fit flippin’ amazing and goes right up to my bra (hahaha!!) they were $34, and the H&M leggings I got a few sizes too big so they wouldn’t be see-through, and they were only $12. I’m doin’ good so far, steering clear of the expensive maternity stores!
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  3. I loved the H&M Maternity clothes, they were pretty comfy and reasonably inexpensive. Definitely a good idea to get flowy tops, I had some loose-fitting non-maternity tops that worked too, so don’t feel the need to stick with just maternity tops. One thing to keep in mind is to look for tops that will work well if you’re planning on nursing your babe (e.g. stretchy tops, etc buttons down tops, etc).

    For the second trimester, I got away using the belly bands with my non-maternity pants (e.g. They’re for pants with zipper flys (sp?), you can keep the zipper undone, and the pants stay put. I used them mainly for my office clothes so that I didn’t have to buy office maternity clothes and casual maternity clothes.

    I almost don’t want to say this, but after my babe was born, I only wore my maternity pants for 2-3ish weeks. I was incredibly lucky to bounce back so quickly, but a part of me was disappointed because my maternity pants were soo comfy, lol. I still wear some of my maternity shirts for nursing.

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