Since my belly is getting bigger (for some unknown reason), I find that most of my pants no longer fit or don’t fit comfortably. As is the example to the right, I can’t zipper or button most things. (I apologize for the paleness of my belly in the pic and in general – it’s blinding in certain lights so be careful.) Behold – my baby belly at 3 months, 1 week (super close up, after I’ve been sitting for a while, and devoid of any sun exposure)!
In lieu of buying maternity clothes, I’ve purchased some belly bands. These stretchy tubes of fabric cover the unbottoned-ness and hold up the pants. These bands, which I have in black and white, have been a life saver. Many different brands make them and I love mine – can’t remember the company though. This way, I can keep wearing my normal pre-preggo pants comfortably, which I will do for as long as I possibly can. The second photo is obviously with the belly band on. Kinda just looks like a tank top under my regular shirt.
I don’t really want to go out and purchase maternity clothes, at least not new stuff, because I’ll only wear the stuff for a limited amount of time, that stuff is expensive, there’s not a great variety, and it’s not necessary when I have belly bands. I have, however, been on the lookout for stuff at Goodwill because my grandma found me a pair of maternity pants in great shape from there. That’s called recycling, which I’m a huge advocate of. Why buy new when you can either make do with what you have (belly bands) or find some gently used stuff and recycle?