A wardrobe suggestion for the ladies

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   Posted 1/2/2010 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I was reading a corporate fashion blog and someone wrote in asking for advice for maternity wear when one has to wear suits.  Someone responded that wearing a belly band can let you wear too tight pants unbuttoned or wear over too loose pants to keep them up.  It just looks like a tank top poking out from under your shirt (if it shows at all).  http://www.ingridandisabel.com/bellaband.html  I would consider getting one so that when I get bloated I could unbutton my pants at work and have them still stay up.  The other "essentials" they sell on there also look great, like the maternity black pants and leggings that are supposed to be so versatile.  I have a black trendy skirt from old navy that noone knows is a maternity skirt.  I love it because it is made out of legging material and fits me no matter what weight I happen to be.
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   Posted 1/2/2010 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
You've inspired me, Fitzy. I think I might start checking out the maternity section from now on, esp as I'm going through a very bloated phase too.
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   Posted 1/2/2010 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Ha!  Ha!  I was on prednisone for autoimmune hepatitis, (I also have Crohn's)  and I was developing the large frontal stomach.  I didn't fit right in pants, as my rear remained relatively small.  I went right to the maternity section, and got maternity pants.  I am 57, so the clerk really gave me a curious look when I asked for the department!!!  I didn't explain, and the mystery remains.... Plus acne...I got to be a pregnant teenager, with the irritability and moodiness to boot!

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   Posted 1/3/2010 9:36 AM (GMT -6)   
they are great!!! Many on the ostomy forum swear by them to 'conceal' :-) Target even has a less expensive version yeah

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   Posted 1/3/2010 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been wearing maternity shirts for awhile. My stomach isn't "huge" but its always a little bloated so the shirts cover it up. Hugs!
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   Posted 1/3/2010 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I was thinking the other day about checking out maternity pants. Not because my stomach is so big, but because having jeans that are tight make my stomach hurt after a while. I'll have to check out some maternity pants and see if I like them.

Pix-I like you gain weight in my belly, but my rear stays the same size...jeans always fit my waist and end up baggy in the butt...ugh!

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   Posted 1/3/2010 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I like the yoga pants they sell at Lululemon, the kind with the wide waistband that you can fold over if you want or wear up (when worn up it looks similar to maternity pants only more comfy and stylish IMO). I don't even have a bloated tummy anymore but I still like comfort around the waist...I like low waisted jeans as well.

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   Posted 1/3/2010 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I thought it had just been my little thing buying Maternity wear. I always feel so bloated and maternity a least fits my butt right. My stomach seems to go up and down so much that it just made sense for me to look in that section. :) I really don't care anymore...I just want to feel good and there are days when I don't want anything touching me!
Gonna have to check into the belly band deelio' sounds like it would work great...does anyone know if they come in colors...Thanks for the post!
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   Posted 1/4/2010 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey Fitzy...here's another maternity idea I stole for my bloat.  My friend who was a CPA owned many expensive suits and could not get a whole new wardrobe for her pregnacy.  This works for skirts and pants as long as you wear a shirt that hangs over them.

Use a rubber band through the button hole and put both ends of the band around the button.  It gives me stretch in the pants and I can change the rubber band to a different length if needed.  Most zippers will stay partially zipped in place, but I use a safety pin if it does not.

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   Posted 1/4/2010 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Early in my pregnancy I got a couple of pairs of maternity jeans that had like a 1.5" elastic waistline. They were great! If you wear a shirt to cover the waist, nobody knows they are maternity pants. I (jokingly) told my hubby I was going to keep them hanging in my closet to wear for Thanksgiving and Christmas...more room to eat!!! I don't think I'd wear the ones that have the full panel, though when not pregnant...those things just wouldn't work.
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   Posted 1/4/2010 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
i love maternity pants! i've only recently switched back to 'normal' jeans and they are not as comfortable. one reason i love them is that they hide me post pregnancy flab and the love handles!i think today i will wear my mat pants. :) my hubby just laughs at me when i wear them though.
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