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Underbump or overbump work trousers?

(58 Posts)
Misscocopops Wed 12-Feb-14 20:02:04

Hi Ladies,

I know this will probably be more of a personal choice thing but I am needing a pair of maternity work trousers.

I am only 8 weeks gone so at the moment its more massive bloating over bump but I know bloat will soon be bump so just going to get a pair anyway to stay comfy.

So do I order overbump or underbump? Any advice is going to be much appreciated.


FirstLoveMama Wed 12-Feb-14 20:03:20

I had overbump and they were so so comfy! Loved them smile
And they covered your tummy incase your top comes up, I had a very small work shirt to squeeze into! grin

supadupapupascupa Wed 12-Feb-14 20:04:03

i couldn't bear to have anything over my bump. So everything went under smile

Cariad007 Wed 12-Feb-14 20:04:50

I find overbump gives a smoother line under tops.

supadupapupascupa Wed 12-Feb-14 20:05:02

I used bump bands a lot too. Normal trousers undone but held together with a bobble, bump band and normal tshirt type top

ChaffinchOfDoom Wed 12-Feb-14 20:06:20

I got a pair of each, both comfy in different ways, overbump keeps you warmer if your workplace is chilly, underbump quicker going for a wee grin

evelynj Wed 12-Feb-14 20:07:15

overbump deco but at 8 weeks you will just need long tops and a hairband to go round your button so you can wear your normal trousers for a while.

And congratulations ;)

RedCountryRoads Wed 12-Feb-14 20:10:42

I much prefer overbump, they don't dig in as much. smile

mrsbug Wed 12-Feb-14 20:10:47

I wore under bump till about 25 weeks then overbump were comfier later on in pregnancy. For the last few weeks I needed overbump ones in a size bigger.

SweetPea86 Wed 12-Feb-14 20:15:10

Over bump I got under at first every time you bend down there flashing your crack lol and would pull my under wear off. Over bump keep u nice and warm and are much more comfy I guess it depends on the person lol

andadietcoke Wed 12-Feb-14 20:16:53

I got New Look under bump as I could tighten them in at the sides. Even with a twin belly the over the bump ones would never stay up!

Sammie101 Wed 12-Feb-14 20:29:47

I had an underbump pair of work trousers and they were very uncomfy. I didn't have a huge bump, I just looked fat, so the trousers cut across my tummy (because my bump didn't stick out much) and everytime I bent over they dug into my tummy hmm

Wish I had gone for overbump trousers!

Mim78 Wed 12-Feb-14 20:39:40

I have over bump and they look v silly if i try to tuck anything in! Also look scruffy if untucked so hard to choose.

BUT at least there is no bit of tummy showing...

They are old ones from when m and s did maternity though.

Cakebaker35 Wed 12-Feb-14 20:43:20

I went for under bump as anything over my bump just made me so boiling hot I thought I'd pass out!

Mummytobe2014 Wed 12-Feb-14 20:45:51

Over definately for me as alot more comfy

greentshirt Wed 12-Feb-14 21:08:36

Mim why on earth would you be trying to tuck something into over bump trousers?!

I've got a couple of each, the under bump jeans from topshop are great, feel and look like normal jeans, love them! I don't get a line like some people have said, but I favour layers in tops so maybe wouldn't notice.

My over bump ones are from h&m, the pretend waist digs in something wicked and baby doesn't approve, I've had to stop wearing them! They also make me feel like I'm boiling alive.

Over bump leggings are fab, have lived and died in mine!

BlanketSky Wed 12-Feb-14 22:45:11

think it depends how you carry as well, I have no stomach muscles after massive DS so my bump is too low for under bump, and I have to be careful how they're cut or they still dig in!

You might find you'll struggle to get overbump to stay up now, they need something to hold them up ime!

BlanketSky Wed 12-Feb-14 22:46:38

I have an H&M skirt like that green, aggravates PGP as well. Shame as it worked just about ok the first time round!

MummytoMog Thu 13-Feb-14 09:03:41

I always had underbump - could never get overbump ones to stay up and I wasn't a 'dainty' pregnant person, I had a massive fat bump (and a fat arse which may have been the problem). I really liked New Look underbump office trousers, nice and comfy and they're not expensive at all. Combined with belly bands to avoid flashing, they worked perfectly, although I did leap into maternity dresses as soon as humanly possible.

Overbump leggings though. They're awesome.

KimmyKim Thu 13-Feb-14 09:11:33

Certainly depends on how you are carrying in my opinion...

Mothercare have some nice styles at the moment:

Mothercare - Maternity Trousers

Foxeym Thu 13-Feb-14 11:00:46

I preferred over bump as the under bump ones kept falling down

RaRa1988 Thu 13-Feb-14 13:31:45

I've got over-bump ones, but atm (23 weeks) they're still a bit big and I have to wear a belt with them so they don't fall down.... Feel slightly ridiculous, but they are very, very comfortable!

x0gawjus0x Thu 13-Feb-14 13:35:26

I use overbump leggings and trousers, can always fold it down if your feeling in comfy xx

Pixielady83 Thu 13-Feb-14 13:40:35

I preferred overbump for winter and underbump for summer. In late pregnancy both ride down on me though which is annoying...

MissRainbowBrite Thu 13-Feb-14 13:40:56

I had some lovely under bump ones from Next, they were yoga style roll over ones so really comfy but smart enough for work. I wore them right to the end.

theborrower Thu 13-Feb-14 20:59:38

I've only worn under bump, which are fine, but I prefer the ones with a good strong elastic band. I had jeans from new look last time that had the stretchy pockets but they were always falling down. This time I got ones with a band and they are loads better. Same with work trousers, I prefer ones with a band. You do have to be careful about showing your bum, but a proper maternity top or vest under normally sorts that out as they're a bit longer.

Bridezilla3521 Thu 13-Feb-14 21:50:26

Definitely over bump for me!! So so comfy and I think they have more give as well for those last few weeks!! I found the underbump ones so uncomfy, especially as my bump dropped quite early.

emjwill Wed 19-Mar-14 14:10:21

Just go to h &m and buy some elastic waistband pants, they currently have black work pants and more casual jersey pants , top shop I also liked as you could wear the afterwards so not to waste money on clothes you wear a short time. Enjoy shopping!

emjwill Wed 19-Mar-14 14:11:13

Just go to h &m and buy some elastic waistband pants, they currently have black work pants and more casual jersey pants , top shop I also liked as you could wear the afterwards so not to waste money on clothes you wear a short time. Enjoy shopping!

ChicaMomma Wed 19-Mar-14 14:28:45

I'm carrying REALLY low and definitely favour over bump.. cant deal with the underbump ones at all. That said, i really can only cope with dresses it seems- trousers are just never comfortable. They dig into me somewhere or other, it's a pain.

hazeldawn Wed 19-Mar-14 17:02:32

I prefer over but bump isn't really big enough yet so wearing under good thing is under will do the first few Weeks after birth as well do long as they have an adjustable waist

fionnthedog Wed 19-Mar-14 17:21:57

Personally I found that underbump were better at the beginning but once I got to around 25 weeks they just became uncomfortable (especially if you're sitting at a desk all day like me) and then overbump became my friend! Although they do make you even hotter!! Which could be a problem in the summer...

Congrats x

wm3010 Wed 19-Mar-14 17:32:54

Agree with those saying underbump better in the early days and overbump for later on. I have excellent underbump trousers from Gap which I lived in from about 8 weeks until about 28 weeks, however at that point the underbump band started to cut in under my bump so ended up getting overbump ones. They were still from Gap, they had a 30% off promotion running so came in at about �23 which I thought was reasonable. I know that you can make do without "proper" maternity clothese but it is really important to me to have comfy clothes, I think there are too many other niggling pregnancy things to be bothered with any extra!

babybear2468 Wed 19-Mar-14 18:33:51

over the bump leggings were best for me as else the pressure on my bladder was too great. so to avoid needing the loo more than normal over the bump is best imo :-)

mostlyconfused Wed 19-Mar-14 18:57:45

Over the bump for me all the way. I have one pair of under the bump jeans and I hate them!

Iwillorderthefood Wed 19-Mar-14 19:39:44

Overbump every time I bend over the under bump ones slip down worryingly at the back. I am 28 weeks so not huge.

Jcb77 Wed 19-Mar-14 19:45:30

Have a pair of each. Love my over bump ones. Comfy and snuggly and also don't flash anything. Under bump I find a little uncomfy (the tight waist sits round the bottom of my bump), they slip down (have quite a boyish hips and bum sub bump) and flash. Also as I'm quite tall then I have to get really long tops to cover any gaps, which is less of a problem with my over bumps. Wouldn't go for under bump again unless I had braces!

Boogles91 Wed 19-Mar-14 20:25:46

I prefere over bump, i need to get a size up now only for the bump though, from the hips down im still a size 12 but the pair i have the strechy bump bit is too tight when i sit down now and baby doesnt like it, seems to rumple about loads lol x

noseymcposey Thu 20-Mar-14 15:03:31

Underbump fall down terribly on me and I've come to HATE them so just invested in a couple of pairs of overbump. Even though they're my normal size they're enormous! I am currently 29 weeks... but at least I am comfy!

Agree over bump leggings are a good investment.

Howly Thu 20-Mar-14 20:00:47

My next under bump ones are uncomfortable, great on the legs, but tight exactly where baby is lying and she doesn't like it, kicks be all day long!!

PrincessOfChina Thu 20-Mar-14 20:18:00

I much preferred under-bump. Over-bump only even vaguely fitted when I was anout 37 weeks and I wasn't exactly small!

I'm thinking about babies again and I've been pleased to note lots of elasticated waists on the high st.

JustDanni Fri 21-Mar-14 09:29:46

I wear over bumps. simply cause I hate the feeling of anything under my bump. Makes me want to pee!!
I find over bump stay up better too as my weight is always up and down but bump is only gonna get bigger.

Racal7 Fri 21-Mar-14 09:36:18

I have overbunp ones from Mother care. Really comfy x

wispaxmas Fri 21-Mar-14 12:02:15

I know the OP is probably fine regarding mat trousers now as she posted this over a month ago, but for anyone in a similar situation, I found that under bump were far better until about 26 weeks, but now I'm living in over bump stuff. My bump isn't massive, but the under bump band doesn't lie flat anymore, especially between sitting down and standing up all day. It's not a flattering look, and the over bump makes the bump look more like a bump and also is far more comfortable now.

Standinginline Fri 21-Mar-14 12:05:29

I had under bump and all I will say is either wear leggings underneath OR make sure you're well groomed down there ,lol. But then that might depend on whether your bump is high or not ;mine was quite low. When I wasn't working I just used leggings as they went over bump and give you a smoother look smile

misog2000 Sat 22-Mar-14 20:06:22

I'm worrying about work clothes as I get bigger (only 13 weeks ATM so still in my normal clothes) as I have stupidly long legs and have to buy from tall ranges and no one seems to do tall maternity!! Guessing I will have to wear dresses all the time once I get to that stage. I have to be smart (suits etc) in my job so won't get away with leggings and long tops etc.

Any tips greatly appreciated

weebairn Sat 22-Mar-14 20:23:46

misog (hello!) I had some from red herring last time (ordered them from debenhems) that were over bump and very smart and comfy. Looked exactly like work trousers when worn with a longish top. They did me short length ones so I presume they do long ones too!

Generally there is very little on the high street but quite a bit online - which is a pain because you don't know how it will fit till you get it - so i ordered most stuff. Asos is good for maternity gear, generally, they also do petite so I presume they do tall too?? (sorry am a shortie so don't take note of tall clothes!) Actually asos is for tall people in general I think, all their maxi dresses you'd have to be like 6ft to wear.

For the in-between bit where you get a bit bigger but don't really have a bump I found bump bands were great, just worn over your normal trousers with a button undone.

weebairn Sat 22-Mar-14 20:29:17

Can't stand leggings at the best of times.

I mostly lived in short skirts (with elastic waists) and longline maternity vests… for work I was in scrubs last time which was very comfy smile

greentshirt Sat 22-Mar-14 20:31:55

How long are your legs Misog? Mine are 34" inside and I found most shops fine, but im happy with skinnies, so they can be a bit shorter. If I wanted anything bootcut (so needed longer) it would have only been long tall sally

weebairn, asos is ok if you arent short, but being 'tall' is different, once you are 5'8 and above you only have about 3 shops to choose from for trousers in general, let alone once you add maternity into the equation too!

weebairn Sat 22-Mar-14 20:33:26

Sorry, I am a midget, I have no idea! I think red herring and asos do long lengths though

weebairn Sat 22-Mar-14 20:36:21


I think these were the ones I had last pregnancy, they do long & short lengths too

Asos don't seem to do long in maternity after all, sorry.

weebairn Sat 22-Mar-14 20:38:09

(but their models are all 5'11" grumble grumble)

greentshirt Sat 22-Mar-14 20:39:34

haha, im 5'10 and its one of my biggest frustrations in life when shops say they do a longer length and its 32" !!

SirChenjin Sat 22-Mar-14 20:42:19

Overbump. I found the under bump ones cut into the bump and I was constantly hoiking them up as they seemed to slip down my bum. Plus I occasionally flashed a big, white, veiny stomach which wasn't nice for the poor, unsuspectinng viewer.

weebairn Sat 22-Mar-14 20:42:24

Indeed, I buy short trousers and still have to turn them up smile And let's not even get started on the fact the high street thinks no one has boobs bigger than a fecking C cup!


misog2000 Sun 23-Mar-14 12:42:44

Let's buy the same ones weebairn, you can cut the bottom off yours and post it to me to sew on lol

randdom Sun 23-Mar-14 17:31:15

I have over bump ones. Really comfy and supportive

Becibec Mon 24-Mar-14 08:40:59

I'm 5ft 11 and now 39 +5. I think the under v's over bump thing does depend on height. I bought overbump all the way through, but did roll the elastic bit down at the start until about 20 weeks.
ASOS is probably the worst site I found for tall maternity as the bodies of all the tops are so short. That with under bump trousers would have been upsetting for all. I ended up buying mini dresses from topshop and using them as tops. Gap is awesome for tops.
Work trousers - as soon as you get pregnant is seems you're expected to go to work in leggings and t-shirts (not ok where I work). Next has been my favourite for long trousers in maternity, only discovered them at 30 weeks and wish I'd found it earlier!

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