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Petite Frumpster! Maternity Wear

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thumbelina03 Sun 05-Nov-17 12:17:16

Hi All,

I'm currently about 9 weeks pregnant and have begun to feel my clothes are feeling tight. I've been online to look at the lovely selections of maternity wear on offer, but they all cater to average sized women! I stand at a mere 5ft and struggle to find clothes to fit at the best of times.

I've Googled petite maternity wear and have found a site called funmum, which offers about 5 items and also Next that carries about 2 pairs of jeans in a shorter leg.

I'm already feeling fat (not put on that much, but being short it always shows more), and I also feel so unattractive and frumpy right now and the clothes situation is not helping me to feel any better about myself.

Would sizing up be my answer?

Apologies for the whinge, but first pregnancy and have to say I am not really enjoying it so far!!!


allthecheese Sun 05-Nov-17 13:02:20

I've been living in stretchy jersey dresses from H&M (£12.99 each) which would be fine for your height and just normal tights that come up over my bump. I think you just need to find stuff that stretches rather than specific maternity wear.

Banania Sun 05-Nov-17 13:21:31

Asos do a maternity petite range. But i agree that stretch jersey will see you through mostly.

Smurf123 Sun 05-Nov-17 13:26:49

I went to mothercare and their short leg fits me.. Also 5ft.. 🙂 sizing up didn't work for me as just made me look worse!

thumbelina03 Sun 05-Nov-17 14:07:52

Thanks ladies. Hate clothes shopping at the best of times. Just been on H&M - never shopped there before - how do their sizes come up? Do you you mean these?

hometownunicorn Sun 05-Nov-17 14:09:25

I’m short too and Asos petite works for me - I wear their jeans normally and have just got some maternity jeans from there which are a great fit. Topshop also do some petite maternity wear.

thumbelina03 Sun 05-Nov-17 14:18:11

That's what I am worried about @Smurf! I've always been very weight conscious, which is why I am finding this so hard.

JohnLapsleyParlabane Sun 05-Nov-17 14:22:18

I had funmum stuff. Good quality but basic. Some H&M stuff fits well too. I'm still wearing their nursing vests most days! (I'm 4 foot 11)

Nessiej78 Sun 05-Nov-17 14:30:26

I'm 4 foot 10 and had similar issues. I also got a pair of jeans from ASOS and some from h&m which fitted surprisingly well as I thought they'd be too long in the leg.
While I was at work though, I tended to just stick to non maternity leggings, which stretched over bump well, with longer tunic style tops or dresses. Again, these weren't necessarily maternity clothes. They worked best for me and I never felt particularly huge in them.

Afreshstartplease Sun 05-Nov-17 14:32:44

I am also short

Best maternity jeans i had were new look, i found next one burried me

I would steer clear of topshop as there maternity sizing is crap and i was ooutgrowing it at just a few months

Rkay2 Sun 05-Nov-17 18:52:12

I'm 5ft and had this dilemma too. H&M is quite good and fits fine. Just get your normal size - or best try on in the shop.
I've got a couple of dresses from there.

Also I shopped on asos but not specifically their asos petite maternity. The dresses that I bought have like either an elastic waist or a tie - but the elastic sits just under the bust and the dress goes over the bump. If you see what I mean?

I'm usually a size 8-10 and picked sized 10 or medium in asos petite, and other non petite maternity brands.

I have new look maternity leggings and wear either normal medium tights or maternity tights in s/m.

And also uniqlo have some stretch jersey dresses which work quite well over the bump.
I'm currently 20 weeks and been wearing since about 12-13 weeks!

LittleWingSoul Sun 05-Nov-17 20:06:03

I'm around 5ft 2in and just the other day bought some bodycon type jersey dresses from primark for a fiver each. I just went up a couple of sizes to normal. They are so comfy and they had a few colours so.can rotate with a baggy jumper or cardigan. They are short-ish on my frame but I don't mind as my legs aren't bad. And as pp have said, with maternity tights and boots, you have a winter maternity wardrobe sorted! On the cheap!

LittleWingSoul Sun 05-Nov-17 20:07:14

Oh, I went up a couple of sizes to make space for the bump as I'm 31 weeks now but at 9 weeks you may not need to.

f1sher Sun 05-Nov-17 21:28:03

I’m 5ft and bought a few dresses from JoJo Maman Bebe - the stretchy jersey dresses fit above the knee and are really comfy!

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