Once again Amazon.com amazes me! Here’s another case of something looking or sounding totally ridiculous but actually turning out to be something you absolutely must have as a new mom. Hands-free breastpumping bras weren’t around when I was nursing. Without a laptop or smartphone that I absolutely couldn’t put down it wasn’t too much of a problem for me to spend my 30 minutes in the lactation room with one hand free flipping through a Working Mother magazine from 1983 while the other hand held the containers.
Notice: I must warn you that the photo included with this post is intended for mature audiences. The feet shown are my actual feet and are indicative of a 50+ lb weight gain during my pregnancy. The story of these big feet is true and thankfully all involved are still living to tell the tale today.
I was looking through some old photos the other day and stumbled upon a file folder named “Pregnancy”. Since they were shown in date/time order, I could see the progression of my pregnancy unfold right before my eyes. Kind of like those little drawings you do at the bottom of a flip book to make the stick man dance and jump, I could see my body morphing into what would become the mother of a 10lb 2oz baby boy. Granted, the saggy abs that I have today are evidence that something major had happened in my past but I forget what my body had really gone through in those ten months of pregnancy (please correct people who say it’s only nine…forty weeks = 10 months!)
Let’s get real. If you are a normal woman, you don’t have a celebrity stylist dressing you through your pregnancy. In light of the length of time you will be wearing maternity clothes, you probably don’t want to spend a fortune building your pregnancy wardrobe. Here are some tips to help you get through the six to nine months you’ll need to re-route your work wear.
In the first three months you will probably be able to sneak around in your regular clothes. There’s the rubber band around the buttonhole and then wrapped around the button trick. It can look pretty lumpy under a knit shirt so adjust your tops accordingly. This will provide that crucial extra inch or two of breathing room. There are also inserts that you can add into your pants that will give you a little more wiggle room.
I had a great chat earlier this week with a close friend who is having her first baby in two months. I love a good hormone fueled conversation so this one was great! In frustration and with guilt she proclaimed, “I’m just not cut out to be one of those trendy stay at home moms who wears yoga pants everywhere and runs marathons! I also don’t want to wear pink kitty cat sweatshirts and mom jeans! Am I wrong to want to go back to work after I’ve bonded with my baby and just be me?!?!”.
I couldn’t wait to get maternity clothes. Soon I was initiated into the sisterhood of the traveling maternity pants when friends offered up their maternity clothes on loan while I was going to be in need. The first bag arrived and although I was only two months along, I just knew that I was huge so I tried them on immediately. I was disappointed when everything seemed too loose. (Keep in mind that I had only gained five pounds of the total of the fifty that were coming!)
So a few weeks passed and my pants were finally getting snug. I stopped by Target after work and was glad to see in the maternity section some black and khaki pants that would be great for work. The stretchy panels were even on the side in v shapes so they didn’t look nearly as hideous as those disgusting jean/pants things that I always saw expectant mothers resorting to. (Keep in mind that I eventually broke down and wore some hand-me-down disgusting jean/pants things because that was all that would fit. Light wash “jean” material with a royal blue knit panel in front. S.E.X.Y!)