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Letting It All Hang Out

Letting It All Hang Out

After last month’s article on all the things I didn’t like about pregnancy, I thought it only fair to acknowledge there are a few perks that come with being with child. No cleaning the cat litter is a big one. No lifting “heavy” objects (and pretty much everything is heavy when you’re pregnant) is another. But my favorite has to be maternity clothes. I KNOW, it sounds crazy but hear me out.


Recently, I downloaded the What to Expect When You’re Expecting app on my iPhone. It’s full of all kinds of useless information and tips such as:

Dads and Sex: Be sure you realize during these early weeks that she might be too nauseated to be in the mood.

REALLY? Is there a man alive that needs to be told that hitting his wife up for sex while her head is in the toilet is a bad idea?

Anyway, I downloaded the app because I like the Countdown Tracker – Only 25 weeks and 2 days to go! Plus, I can’t get enough of the Baby Size Estimater that tells you how big your baby is in relation to fruit. 12 weeks = lime; 13 weeks= lemon.

Then, the other day I got this good news,

Congratulations, you are now entering your 2nd trimester. By now you’re probably looking more pregnant and ready to buy some maternity clothes as your baby moves up from your pelvis and into your abdomen.

THANK GOD! This has to be my absolute favorite perk of pregnancy. It is finally socially acceptable to let my gut hang out after years of having to suck it in.

Are most maternity clothes horrendous? Yes.

But look on the bright side. For the first time in your life since you were a toddler, you can walk around with a big old gut and people think it’s adorable. Enjoy it Mama! Plus, our options are a million times better than what our mothers had.


Looking for your own maternity fashions? Find some great online inspiration at our Pinterest board or check out this list of local stores that carry mom-to-be styles. Did we miss one of your favs? Leave it in the comments and we’ll add it to this list.

  • Old Navy at Bridgestreet
  • Kohl’s (Madison and Jones Valley)
  • Target
  • Burlington Coat Factory


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  • I agree, not having to worry about letting your tummy hang out is definitely one of the perks of pregnancy! I loved the nice, big maternity tops, but had issues with the jeans. When I was pregnant with my daughter (11 years ago), the jeans were the old-style ones that came up around your waist and had the elastic band. They were great–yes, I know, MOM jeans! But by the time I was pregnant with my son (7 years ago), all I could find were the low-riders. It was the most aggravating thing! Every time I bent down, I felt like I was exposing myself. I finally just gave up on being fashionable and dug out the old jeans, which at least stayed on my butt. You’re already cranky enough without having to worry about your pants falling down!

  • I was just thinking about this yesterday! I’m 2 weeks postpartum and back into that “suck-it-in” phase. No longer is my fluffy belly cute! :(.

  • Any suggestions on apps or sites for a woman expecting twins? My SIL is due in June.

    • I have twins. I am a contributor for RCM, so she can look me up and message me through my blog. There is a local MOMs group (mothers of multiples). It’s a wild ride. Tell her to equip herself with as many multiple moms friends as she can 😉

  • I just ordered some maternity clothes (on clearance) from Boden online. They have lots of dresses/tunics and leggings.
    Also, I don’t think Snickerpoodles is consigning maternity anymore, but maybe there are other consignment stores that are – perhaps Play it Again?

    • I don’t know about Play it Again but the seasonal consignment sales certainly have lots of maternity wear. I’ll have to check out Boden.

  • Asbury Thrift Store always has an assortment of random and sundry maternity clothes…cute stuff…but you have to rifle through the non-maternity stuff…..also, while you are thrifting, cotton empire waist dresses were my preggo staple! Enjoy….I let my gut out today and I looked about 7 months pregnant. Sad.

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