Some of you know, some will probably find out: I’m 5 months pregnant, so maternity clothes have become an often talked about subject in our household. I’m usually pretty skinny (5.57 feet and around 114 lbs. – OK, 120 now), so it’s pretty difficult in general to get myself good clothing. I’m an S or XS or, if I buy jeans, 27 inches waist is my ‘number’.
As expected, pregnancy will affect my looks (it started already) and, since getting into my 20th week (am in 22 now), my pregnant belly is showing. I can still fit in my regular clothes (my jeans are low-waist, so they come under the bigger belly), even if my t-shirts are now pretty ‘bumpy’.
My husband has been nagging me for weeks to start creating a special maternity/pregnancy wardrobe, something that many ‘normal’ women would be happy to. I didn’t yet jump to the occasion yet, since I don’t want to over-spend with this (we’re already paying a lot for the things our daughter will need, so my clothing is not a priority for me).
So far I got some sports pants to wear at home (got them 3 sizes bigger than what I usually wear) and today I purchased my first (and probably last) maternity pants, that are still looking pretty loose, even if they’re an S size. I plan on wearing them when I can’t fit my ‘rear’ in the regular jeans, so probably in 1-2 months time.
Working from home has its huge advantage, since I don’t need ‘work’ clothes. I wear my ‘trainers’ all day long and a t-shirt. I joked that, when I can’t fit in my tees, I’ll start using my husbands’ wardrobe and he was amused by the idea (and, weird enough, didn’t have anything against this).
My main reasons for being this ‘stingy’ are not that weird (I’d say):
- I don’t need a big wardrobe – am working from home, so I can wear my normal stuff here and it won’t be an issue that I am wearing husband’s t-shirts
- I don’t plan on becoming too big (am eating well and gaining as much weight as is healthy for me). Some of the clothes I have (the loose ones) will probably fit OK for most of my pregnancy
- I don’t plan on remaining ‘big’ – as soon as it’s safe for my child, I’ll get back to working out and shedding the baby weight. Am planning on getting back into my regular clothes as soon as it’s OK for both me and the baby
- I am still very ‘small’ – I’m in my 22th week and fit perfectly in my skinny jeans and most of my regular clothing, although many expected me to be bigger. Sure, I will grow some more (as it is normal and I don’t plan on starving myself just to fit in my clothes), but I’d rather wait to see how much I grow before spending money on clothes I might not wear too soon anyway.
This was my first purchase (and so far the only one) regarding maternity clothing. I don’t expect to not buy anything anymore until my due date (in February), but I’m not rushing to the store now to buy a lot of stuff, since I still want to see how much I’m gonna ‘expand’ and what I’ll need to purchase when the time comes.
Am I really ‘bad’ with this? Does it make sense to wait and see what my real needs are and then make the purchases? How much did you spend on maternity clothing?