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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.


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

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