Clotheswise I am in kind a fix here.
I am so nauseous that anything binding my belly increases my discomfort. Waistbands or elastic hitting right at the navel feel terrible.
But my bump is not big enough to keep up maternity pants. They fall down. Or they hold up but the side seams are so off center that it bothers me as I walk. I never knew off grain side seams could be so uncomfortable.
I could just buy a few sizes bigger and I have. But those items present their own problems. They don’t bind my belly. However they don’t stay up any better than maternity wear. It looks like I am a size gazillion at the navel, but still a size 16 at the butt and thigh.
You see my baby bump is strange. It is the opposite shape as what maternity clothes were designed for.
I vaguely remember this problem with my last pregnancy but then I had a sit-down job. No problem keeping pants up then. But now as a SAHM I am up and about all day. Constantly adjusting the waistline so my pants don’t fall off and rolling up the hems so I don’t step on them is getting on my nerves.
My first instinct when I announced was to make a collection of say twelve or so items. But how do I fit maternity clothes when I am not that size? I also tried converting some thrift store jeans into maternity, but I did not like some of the instructions, or the same issue arose in that I really don’t have enough belly to warrant maternity wear. I’m glad they were just thrift store pants because I ended up throwing away my experimental pairs.
But another idea has come to me. Take a standard pattern for knit pants and alter the front seam for a protuberant belly? Over the next few days I am going to get some crap fabric from the clearance racks and see what happens.
Let me know if anyone else has had the same belly issue or am I the only woman whose belly pops at the top before it pouches at the bottom?
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