If The Maternity Pants Fit: When Pre-Pregnancy Pants Don't Quite Cut It Yet

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If you could catch a glimpse through the walls of our home, you'd find a lot of things, but perfection isn't one of them.

In my wildest dreams, I'd love to be that mom who is the sought-after pinnable image on Pinterest, but I'm sure you can tell from the title of my blog that I'm not one of those moms. I don't hop out the door every day in my designer shoes, skinny jeans, and Kate Spade handbag. Most days, out of necessity, it's t-shirts or simple knits and jeans; lately, still maternity jeans.

And this has been the source of a lot of frustration for me!

When I roll out of bed most mornings, it's been a long drawn out process that usually ends with a pile on the floor and possible cursing at or kicking off of clothes. It's hard enough to get my two boys changed, dressed, fed, and happy (so that I can put on something besides PJ's) that when it's time to open my closet and find something to wear, I'm beat down.

Let's start at the bottom!
Currently 2 pairs of my pre-pregancy pants fit me. No slacks, khakis, capris, or even skirts. I have 1 pair of black yoga pants (the antithesis of the mom uniform) and 1 pair of dark denim jeans. And when I say they fit me, what I really mean is they can stretch over my enormous hips and sit on my waist; just loose enough to be comfortable, but just tight enough to accentuate my deflated pregnancy pooch that's taking it's time after its second round of stretching.

So what does that leave me with?

Maternity Pants.

Maternity Jeans
Credit: calliope.

That's right, two months after baby, I'm still wearing maternity pants. And not the kind that could pass as regular pants minus the belt loops and zipper. I'm talking full belly coverage maternity pants.

So to hide the fact that I've just put on maternity jeans (and the lovely stretch material that goes with them), it's all about strategy up top.

High-Water Tops
When choosing a top, it needs to be long to cover the stretchy material when I'm standing, sitting, bending over or running after my kid. But the problem is, maternity material starts under the belly to allow for growth, which would be like planning your wardrobe around low-waisted jeans. What mom still wears low-waisted jeans?

Almost all of my shirts are about two inches too short. I'm frequently feeling a draft around my midsection if not kept properly pulled up (which I have to discretely do every 30 seconds), and I often flash to the whole world that I'm still in maternity pants.

What's a girl to do?
I don't want to buy new clothes for this odd transition period, but when every morning ends in tears over a mountain of hangers, I feel like something's got to give.

This isn't the way to start my already chaotic day!




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