I am only 14 weeks but already have a bump and look a lot further along than that. I have just been living in leggings / jeggings and loose tops or vests and cardigans. But think I am going to be able to but some maternity stuff now as I do have a defined bump lol x
I remember it well !! I got some maternity jeans from H+M (on offer £20), a few maternity vests from topshop (£6 each) + a pair of maternity leggings from asda (£5) at 16 weeks and am literally still wearing them now (33 weeks).
I think 15 weeks of wear, considering the amount I worn it all (mixed in with my normal cardis / tunics / a line stuff made it an investment that I would make all over again.
I would advise getting a bit of proper maternity stuff (staples that you will wear a lot, like jeans, if money is tight) because there is no substitute for things that feel like they fit properly.
You'll be surprised how the maternity things fit you once you start trying bits on, even without a bump. In fitted vests etc, your normal size should be just right.
When I wear loose-fitting, normal clothes (or in a bigger size up) - which I do quite a lot, I always feel a bit scruffy and like it doesn't quite fit properly. Straps slope off shoulders, puckers a bit around the bump, gets twisted etc
Try over the bump maternity jeans....very comfy even with a little bump. I like h and m ones. Layering long vest tops under normal baggier tops is also good, again h and m do cheap non maternity ones. I have a couple of empire line dresses that are brilliant too.
I'm 20 weeks and just getting a bit of a tummy. Can squeeze into normal jeans but they are a bit tight. Bought some side elastic panel under bump boot cut jeans from mamas and papa on sunday. They're really comfy and there is an extra elastic exPander thing on each side. I have on tightest setting and they fit really well. DH says look just like normal ones. £40 but I wear casual for work so need a few different options. DH is very keen on me getting clothes that make me look and feel good......on his credit card
BentleyBelly , probably a silly question, but what do I do with the over the bump bit on over the bump trousers with no real bump to pull it over? I've been tempted by these trousers, but the bump bit is just big and flappy and I'm not sure what to do with it...?