Second Trimester

Q&A: Finding Comfortable Maternity Clothes?

What style of maternity clothes will be most flattering and comfortable as my belly grows?

We put this question to our Bumpies... Here's what you had to say:

“The style that I find to be the best for me right now (13.5 weeks) is the ‘underbelly’ or ‘no belly’ styles found here. I've seen similar styles at gap.com and oldnavy.com.” - JnJ04

“The advice I've had from friends is that the full belly panel ends up being the best, so that's what I've gone with. I don't plan on having seperate second and third trimester clothes. The Gap roll panel is nice, because right now I can fold it over and that seems to work well.” - TheDudleys

“I really like the roll-panel for earlier on, but I need the support of a full-panel in later pregnancy — the others feel like they dig into my stomach.” - MichelleWP

“I have a lot of half panel styles, but the half panel jeans constantly fall down. I tried on full panel in the store and loved them!” - Pamela82

“I have some hidden tab jeans from The Gap which I love because they looked like real jeans. I can loosen them as I get bigger and I think they'll be good after the baby is born.” - vande2006

“Hands down, I love demi panels! I'm used to low rise pants, so I can't stand full panel, but the elastic in the demi panel is much more rigid, so it doesn't stretch out and the pants don't fall down! I have demi panel pants that I love from Target and Old Navy. I love to shop clearance racks!” - Mrs.Meyer

“I have worn a pair of the ‘no belly’ maternity pants, the one with the elastic in the back and a flat front, quite frequently. I have found most of my items at Old Navy and Mimi.” - SPBGBRIDE

“I LOVE the demi panel pants, especially from The Gap. They are terrific for those who are used to a lower rise. The Gap offers pants in longs and that is a must for me — buying a regular inseam off the rack is simply not an option for me, pregnant or not. Also, the Gap has both causal and dressier styles... I need nice dress pants for work and purchased their modern flairs with the demi panel and received compliments on them even though no one knew I was pregnant or that they were maternity pants!” - boulder,cobride

“The full belly panel works best for me. I have never liked low-rise pants or underwear and hate the feeling that my pants are falling down! It's hard to find but it's my favorite.” - sistrkate

“I have one pair of dress pants that have the expandable elastic waist (they're from JCPenney), and I like them a lot; however, I have a couple of full-panel skirts that I like even better. As I expand my maternity wardrobe (I have several tops but hardly any bottoms right now), I'll definitely be more interested in full-panel styles. My biggest change was bra style. I was a C before getting pg, and I hated padded bras because I didn't want to make them any bigger than they already were. Now I'm a D, and I'll only wear heavily padded bras because they hide my perma-nips.” - batsteph

“My favourite maternity pants are the Motherhood capris — they have elastic in the back and are so flattering and comfortable, they should sell them as regular pants. I prefer wearing maternity clothes as I actually look pregnant (but small) as opposed to just fat.” - taurusbride



By Paula Kashtan