Clothes, Gotta Hate 'Em!
By Amanda Sykora
searching... I KNOW I own something that will fit over this
big belly. I KNOW I do!! But where is it?!
Pulling out piece after
piece of clothing from my closet, I finally pull out a dress
that I am SURE will fit. Throwing it on the bed and wading
through the piles of size 8/medium shorts and shirts, I quietly
mumble... "This had better fit."
Unbuttoning the dress
and slipping it on past my feet, versus my head, I suddenly
realize there is NO WAY IN HELL it is going past my stomach
AKA big belly AKA BABY
As someone who has never
owned many brand name clothes or anything truly expensive,
this shouldn't bother me right? Well, although I may not own
'great' pieces of non-maternity wear, I do value how I look
and love all of my clothes. Being pregnant with a huge tummy
just was a little depressing when it came to getting dressed
By the time I was 2 1/2
months pregnant, even though it was my FIRST pregnancy, I was
wearing maternity clothes. When I found out I was pregnant
I had every intention to not gain more than 20 pounds and to
wear MY clothes until I was at least 6 months along. Boy was
I fooled!! When my belly began to grow and grow (and grow and
grow and grow...) I realized pretty quick that I was no longer
fitting into my size 8's for at least another 8 to 9 months.
(Okay, so let's try a full 12 months... sigh...)
On to the
stores to buy maternity clothes. A great excuse to buy MORE
a wonderful idea!! Wrong again...
Do clothing manufacturers
really think that pregnant women are 70 or 80 years old? The
last time I heard about a woman this age being pregnant was
either in a fairy tale or in the Guiness Book of World Records.
Pregnant women are TWENTY or THIRTY or FORTY. Not 3 or 4 times
Every rack that I visited
in every store, had these huge looking flowery printed shirts
and rather ugly colored shorts to match. Why? Why do the stores
torture us like this? Being pregnant is hard enough on the
body. Why do the clothes need to make you feel EVEN LESS of
Eventually I had to make
a purchase. I could not go on wearing tight jeans and tight
shirts. I had to find SOMETHING to wear that was 1. comfortable,
2. inexpensive (afterall, you are only pregnant for 9 months!!)
and 3. NOT UGLY! Number 1, comfortable, I could find. But trying
to find Number 2 and 3, along with Number 1, well... that was
I settled on a few shirts
that my belly would grow into. HA! I would never fill out this
shirt. It's too big! Wrong, yet again. These shorts? HA! My
butt will NEVER be THAT big! Was pregnancy not only making
my stomach bigger but my brain smaller?! I kept guessing very,
Searching in many stores
for maternity clothes I found a few stores were more helpful
than others. Target carried a decent collection at not too
bad a price. The shirts were cute, and the overalls were too.
But, warning, the overalls DID NOT fit all summer. My tummy
got tooooooooo big!
Motherhood is another
great store. There is not one locally for me, so I travelled
to one in another city. It was well worth it. They carried
a great selection of jeans, shirts, shorts, etc. The prices
are great and the fabrics are NOT all funky.
Even more depressing,
was the day that I woke up (granted, I was in LATE pregnancy)
and I couldn't fit into any maternity clothes! No kidding!
My 20 pound maximum had turned into 30.... eeerrr, we'll just
call it 30 something... And my butt had outgrown too many things
that fit just the day before. I was forced to wear a dress
that I purchased at a yard sale (yet another great place to
find maternity clothing!!) that I swore I wouldn't wear very
often. It was kind of funky. Small flowers, and it was a LARGE!
GASP!!! I never will wear a large! So for about a week, I wore
this same dress, hoping not to sweat too much because I didn't
want to be too smelly! And even wore this dress the day I went
into labor with my son. Yes, there really is an ending to pregnancy....
Thank goodness for that. Because if there's anything that drives
a pregnant woman crazy, it's maternity clothes.
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