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  1. psumommy
    October 12, 2007

    Oooh, ooh! I can add to this! Yippee!
    First, Amalah’s list is awesome. I wish I’d had that list when I was pregnant with my first…see, I didn’t want to spend any money on maternity clothes, either, because what if I didn’t have any more kids? I’m only wearing these for 6 months! So I got 1 pair of jeans and 3 XXL t-shirts. And spent the entirety of my pregnancy feeling so nasty that I never went outside.
    It wasn’t until my third pregnancy that I went out and spent money on an entire NICE wardrobe, and it was worth every single penny. I felt like I really was cute (as everyone was telling me I was, but, when you’re wearing a sack, you feel horrible).
    My advice? GET GOOD CLOTHES. Spend money on them. Because although you’ll only be wearing them for 6 months, even if you think you might only be pregnant this once. And get more closely-fitting clothes (there are a lot more out there now…stretchy tops and such). You will look smaller than if you’re wearing a tarp. I *promise*.

  2. ethansmomma
    October 12, 2007

    I agree with Amy. I got a lot of clothes from my sister who had twins exactly one year before my son was born. I like her list and I just wanted to add one thing. I also bought some really cute corduroy pants. I got sick of wearing blue jeans but I didn’t want be too dressy with black pants. I bought some at http://www.oldnavy.com and got lots and lots of compliments and they were warmer than jeans.

  3. Isabel
    October 12, 2007

    I’ve been reading a lot of novels set in Ireland and have been wondering why they are wearing jumpers WITH skirts. Now I know.
    I was lucky to get loads of hand me downs when I was pregnant. It saved my life. The best thing was the designer jeans, and I don’t even usually wear jeans. I also loved the plain black slacks I got for $20 from Motherhood Maternity. I was also lucky enough to find quite a few sale sweaters at GAP Maternity. (I live by one and was able to stalk it for sale prices.)
    I went to Germany while pregnant…without a properly fitting maternity coat. Dude, Germany is cold. So yeah, buy a coat!
    I also make sure to now loan my clothes out to friends. I know how much it helped so and I’m happy to return the favor. Us ladies need to stick together! Looking good really does help you feel good.

  4. leahkay
    October 12, 2007

    The concept of maternity hose blows my mind

  5. Colleen
    October 12, 2007

    I agree…don’t buy all your stuff in one trip because by the time I got to month 7, I was so stinkin’ huge that I needed to get the next size up in maternity clothes…plus, you will be wearing these things for at least a good 6 weeks after the baby’s born (or at least I did since my waist went from 27″ to 43″…had to put some of that extra tummy SOMEwhere)! A lot of my size woes were also related to the fact that I’m short and short-waisted, so if you suffer from either, definitely wait, or borrow from someone a little bit taller/bigger than you. I also found that tie-shoes (tennis shoes, oxfords) were a little more forgiving for those swollen feet without needing to splurge on a whole bunch of new shoes that will probably be too big by the time baby is 1 month old or so.
    Good luck! and Congrats!

  6. Arwen
    October 13, 2007

    This is a great list! The one thing I’d add to it is a Bella Band (can you get them in Germany?) which is what got me through the stage Kathie is in right now.

  7. appelsauce
    October 14, 2007

    I live in Germany, too, and here are my maternity shopping suggestions:
    – Get your tops from H&M. Their maternity stuff is cute and affordable, and they rotate their selection regularly. And did I mention it’s affordable? So you can get lots and lots and layer them for warmth.
    – Look for long tops, even if they aren’t maternity. They’ve come in fashion in Germany, and you can often get away with wearing them until the last 2 months or so, when the real maternity wear becomes a must.
    – Invest in a really good pair of maternity jeans. I don’t know about Munich, but Berlin has lots of boutiques geared toward pregnant and nursing ladies. They’re too expensive (in my opinion) to get everything there, but I went to one in Berlin called “Sexy Mama” and bought myself a pair of maternity jeans for 80 Euros, and I wore them almost EVERY FREAKIN’ DAY. It was sooooo worth it.
    – For sweaters and general warmth, look at wrap-type, poncho or drape-like styles. These were never exactly my style, but I fell in love with them when I was pregnant, and they have the advantage of not necessarily having to be specifically maternity wear. Also, this is a look you’ll find easily in Germany. They accommodate your expanding belly and really come in handy when breastfeeding (think easy access!).
    – When in doubt, look in baby stores (Babyfachgeschäft, in case your German isn’t fluent). They often have sections with maternity clothing.

  8. Melissa
    October 15, 2007

    I’m due in April too (end of the month).
    I’ve been using Bella B@nds to keep my pre-pregnancy pants on (wearing them unbuttoned). I’m not really showing, just getting a bit thick at the waist. However, I know some people hated Bella B@nds so try to find a store that carries them and try on first.
    I’ve been wearing a lot of A-line skirts. I can hike the waist up a bit and they still look good.
    Besides friends, have you tried consignment stores? I know someone people have issues with used clothes so this might not work for you but I went to a nicer consignment store and found lots of barely used Pea in the P0d clothes, including a couple of cute dresses.

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