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When The Hair Tie Isn't Holding It...

I'll never forget it. I was scouring my closet looking for something to wear to my birthday dinner. That's a girl's struggle on any given Tuesday, but here I was-- 3 months pregnant, hormonal, and feeling like a busted can of biscuits in everything I tried to squeeze into! Side note: isn't that cute?! Barely 1 trimester down, and I thought I was enormous. Let's all giggle at my First-Time-Mom naivety. 

"Use a hair tie looped around your button" my best friend had told me at the first struggle to zip my jeans. "Wear a long shirt over it, and you can wear your own pants for a while before you have to buy maternity jeans." She was brilliant, and it had worked for a few weeks. But as I sat in my closet, crying in my denim, I had to accept that a trip to the local maternity store was imminent. 

At the time, I was sort of a brand snob, especially when it came to jeans. I knew which brand fit well, and exactly what style and size to purchase. When I walked into the maternity store, I might as well have been shopping in a foreign country. Small, medium, large- how am I supposed to know? Do I want the full elastic panel hiked up to my ribcage, or am I more of a stretchy waistband girl? 

It's overwhelming. But it doesn't have to be. And I will admit, once I slipped gracefully (read: jumped and tugged and ran out of breath) into those super comfy stretchy jeans, I was hooked and hard-pressed to give them up. But if you haven't made the jump yet, here are a few tips I've learned from my own pregnancy and talking with mamas and mamas-to-be here at Replay.

1. Ignore the sizing. Grab something you like, and don't look at the label. It's trial and error. Brands run differently, what fits in one might not fit in another. And this is a season. Don't beat yourself up over the size- you are not defined by that stupid tag, beautiful lady.

2. Pay attention to the silhouette... Buy things that make you feel good about yourself, and give you room for that bump to grow. What fits in week 22 may not fit at week 36, so look for things that stretch or flow. 

3. ...but don't confine yourself to sweats and your husband's t-shirt. If that's what you want to wear for the next several months, then by all means mama, you do you. But you don't have to. There are fun, flattering and dare I say it affordable options out there. And even at 39 and a half weeks pregnant, the right pretty dress can perk up your spirit!

4. Sheer Factor! Because maternity clothes are typically designed to be lightweight and stretchy, they are often doomed to... uh... show a lil' sumpin sumpin. Make sure you test it out when you try it on. Bend over and touch your toes (I know, I couldn't even type that with a straight face), and make sure you won't be the hit at show and tell for all the wrong reasons.

5. Stock up on dresses. Dresses are a maternity staple, because they're easy to dress up or down for the occasion. Sometimes, the occasion will be "I don't wanna wear pants." Then you're going to be so thankful for that row of maxis in your closet!


Maternity clothes will be your BFF. They are just here to support you, and help you stay acceptable for public appearances. They also don't have to break the bank. We carry a wide variety of maternity essentials, from work wear to baby shower chic at prices that won't trigger your morning sickness. And if you take care of them, you can recoup a good amount of that investment by selling them back to Replay when you're done.