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14 weeks – out come the maternity clothes

Thoughtfully penned on October 18th, 2007 and generally concerning J, Pregnancy

The last few days – seemingly all of a sudden – my jeans have decided they won’t button. I’m surviving with a ponytail holder looped over the button, through the button hole, and back over the button; it works but isn’t the most attractive or effective way of keeping ones pants up.

So, right now there is a load of pants in the wash that includes my new maternity jeans and a pair of black maternity pants. On the laundry room floor, awaiting their turn in the wash, is a load of maternity shirts.

During my first pregnancy I didn’t wear maternity clothes until 17 weeks; I knew it would come sooner this time around but thought I might still have a week or two. Little was a late-summer baby which means my wardrobe consisted mainly of shorts and summery tops. This pregnancy requires me to start basically from scratch; that’s a good thing because it means lots of new clothes, but a bad thing because I haven’t done much shopping yet. I guess it’s a good thing that Fall is being slow coming to West Tennessee.

If you happen to know of a good source for petite or short-length pants, I would love to hear about it.  Pants are the hardest part because several places don’t carry petites at all, and the ones that do usually only have a couple of styles.

Noise from the peanut gallery

  1. You might want to check for seamstresses in your area (call the local dry cleaner’s) as they can be quite inexpensive to hem up pants for you! My favorite spot for maternity clothes is always Old Navy! And the last pregnancy, I think I was in them by 10 weeks!


  2. It does seem like the need for maternity clothes happens overnight! I always had good luck with Target stuff, but I am average height. Good luck!

  3. I agree with Steph. OLD NAVY! I am 5 feet. I needed capris more than anything and petite sized jeans. Well Old Navy sells materity short/regular/long. HEAVEN!! I would try there. Plus the sales are always out of this world!!
    - Audrey

  4. Your clothes are on the way, along with two shirts that I hope fit ya and a note- hopefully it’ll help!!! :) I think by 14 to 16 weeks I was in ALL maternity clothes. This pregnancy, with the styles, I’ve been able to buy quite a few regular shirts! Love it! Pants have been miserable to buy. I have a stack of them that I need to hem! Just takes so long! :) I am definitely a procrastinator!

  5. I agree, old navy. I do it online you can choose Long or short. I’m 5’2″ so I have the same problem. But a good seamstress is pretty inexpensive as well.