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Im 38 weeks PG, and growing out of my mat gear (which is all stretchy over bump stuff) and I've put on 4 stone (said I would make an effort not to, but oh well)
So what do I do clothes wise? What vital bits do I need to see me through back into my old clothes?
Last time I lost the weight very quickly 5 stone in 3 months (thats a relationship break down for you and meeting the OW in your house when you get back from Tesco...[disclaimer:im not bitter. Promise.
Similar stats to you to start with. Got within 5 lbs of original weight after first. Second time round, it's been slower, but at 7 months I'm back to my 'between babies' weight and back in a size 12, apart from my boobs which are massive. But it's been bfing that's taken the lbs off in the last few weeks, so I won't complain about my 32FFs too much!
The biggest diff (or shock) second time was that my tummy did not shrink back as quickly. My sister asked why I still looked pregnant at 8 weeks.
Was in maternity jeans for a lot longer after second, just liked the support for my tummy TBH. I think if I have a third, I'd invest in one of those postnatal corsets as it's supposed to help the muscles too. As it is I got by wearing supportive vest tops with dresses or skirts over the top, as I hate the feeling of loose tummy muffin top over jeans. So I guess my tip is buy loads of lengthy vests!
I would go to DP or New Look or somewhere and get lots of cheap pairs of jeans in lots of different sizes - so you have plenty to try on at home when you've had the baby and then just take/send the stuff that doesn't fit back.
I learned the hard way. First time, NOTHING fitted me post baby (nothing at all, not even pjs) and in an emergency I HAD to buy horrendous jeans from Bon Marche because no where else had anything to fit me and my BCT group were meeting up. I still shudder when I think of them (the jeans, not the nct lot!). I almost wish I'd got myself a disclaimer T-shirt to wear with them. I went into town in basically pjs that looked a bit like jogging bottoms, but were in fact pjs, and barely fitted, desperate times.
Anyway, this time around i bought lots of long tops, and about 20 pairs of jeans a week before so I had some options to try at home when I'd given birth. I also got a new nice pair of shoes to look down on as I waddled about, cheered me up.