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Post-Baby Body Sizing and Shopping – Help!

We are quickly approaching the third trimester (one more week!), and my mind is reeling at all of the things I still need to do. But, I’ve also been trying to think of how I’m going to feel AFTER baby girl arrives, including what clothes I’m going to feel the most comfortable in. Since she’ll be born in mid October, I’m honestly planning on spending the majority of those last three months of the year in leggings and flowy/button down tops. I have no idea what my body will feel like after I birth my tiny human, and I have no idea even what SIZE I’ll be, or how much my hips will have changed. I’m assuming I will need to go up a size in most things for a while, until I’m cleared for exercise and can start getting back to my normal self. No rush of course!

I’m curious what other moms have experienced post baby? I know the extra weight won’t fall off immediately, but what do you wear in the meantime? What were some of the most comfortable tops or bottoms? What did you find most convenient for nursing purposes? How long until you felt like you were completely out of the more forgiving stretchy pants and maternity clothes in general? I’ve heard some people say to give your body 9 months to lose the baby weight, since it took you 9 months to put it on. I’m not concerned about the number on the scale, but I am trying to think ahead about what items I might want to stock up on during this limbo phase! My outlook on my closet has definitely shifted away from what’s necessarily the cutest, most in-style choice, to what’s actually practical while still maintaining some sort of style.

I’ve also got a lululemon gift card burning a hole in my pocket right now, and I’m thinking about ordering a pair of crops that will be comfortable to throw on in the weeks following delivery. I’m thinking specifically the Wunder Under Crops, mainly because of their roll down waist! I am leaning towards ordering them up a size from my normal lulu size, just to make sure I’m comfortable, and don’t feel like I’m trying to squeeze myself into them! Maybe I should go up two sizes?? It’s so hard to know how things are going to fit once she’s here! Am I the only one who is amazed by what their body has morphed into with a baby inside them??

wunder under

I’ve been trying to pin a few outfit ideas for post-baby that I think will be easy to throw together, comfortable, and allow easy access for nursing or pumping at work. Here’s a few for example:

denim_leggings

easy_flannel

piko_boots

flannel

I’m thinking looser fitting, easy layers, and casual will be my go-to!

So what are your thoughts? What were your experiences? 

I’m already so excited to get out of maternity clothes, since I feel like I’m currently wearing the same 5 outfits every week!

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21 Comments

  • Reply
    Jamie
    July 22, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    All those options are so cute. I would have no idea how clothes would fit my body post-pregnancy. Although Lulu’s always sound like a good idea. : )
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      Sweet Miles
      July 29, 2015 at 11:13 am

      I am with you, Lulu’s always seem to fit the ticket. And I have no idea either, so this is going to be a learning experience!

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    Amanda
    July 22, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    I would ask Audrey from puttingmetogether.com about her experience. She’s recently had a girl and I know she’s mentioned tops that are nursing-friendly in her posts… but since they don’t apply to me I didn’t really pay attention to those tidbits 🙂 She always has cute outfits!

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      Sweet Miles
      July 29, 2015 at 11:13 am

      Great idea!! I will head that way! Thanks Amanda!

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    Katie @ Live Half Full
    July 22, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    I’m glad I’m not the only one thinking about this! I’m hoping to live in wonder unders, cute hoodies and sweaters for my three months of maternity leave! And then we’ll see! I’m a dress and cardigan girl, so hopefully that’ll be easy to transition into my old clothes.
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      Sweet Miles
      July 29, 2015 at 11:12 am

      I’m glad it helped! I thought only I was “worrying” for no reason 😉 Thankfully we’ll have maternity leave in the fall/winter so I think it will be easy to cover up!

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    Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood
    July 23, 2015 at 9:20 am

    All those outfits are adorable! Leggings will be your best friend for a little while. For nursing, button downs, v-necks, and scoop necks are perfect. I didn’t like nursing shirts. I HIGHLY suggest getting a bunch of different shelf cami’s. They’re perfect sand bra right after when you’re engorged, and with a bra to have some coverage while nursing. I layer under a button down or tee and just slip the strap down. That way you can lift the t-shirt up to nurse, but are totally covered. Feel free to ask my any questions, I’m still nursing (though hopefully not much longer.. hahah) at 14 months.
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      Sweet Miles
      July 29, 2015 at 11:12 am

      Good idea! (And go you mama for nursing at 14 months!!) I am thinking leggings and buttons downs will be my go-to, and oversized loose tees! Thanks for your advice!

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    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie
    July 23, 2015 at 9:22 am

    I have no advice for you on this one : / But I think you are going to be in the perfect season with all the leggings and comfy oversized sweaters : )
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      Sweet Miles
      July 29, 2015 at 11:10 am

      Haha I think so too!

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    ChristineB
    July 23, 2015 at 10:24 am

    fashions have changed quite a bit since my last baby (almost 10 years ago!) but I found a tee shirt with an unbuttoned button up, cardi or hoodie awesome for nursing because you can use your second layer to keep modest withou having to futz around with a blanket. Also, be prepared for the possibility of wearing your maternity pants for the first month or two. And I’m sure you know, but your tummy will be extremely squishy at first.

    I think your outfit ideas are adorable and very practical (as long as your button ups won’t need ironing).

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      Sweet Miles
      July 29, 2015 at 11:10 am

      That sounds like a cute outfit idea too! I’m thinking I will definitely be in my maternity jeans for several weeks. And eeeek the squishy tummy sounds so crazy, it’s going to be so weird!

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    Kristin @ A Mom on the Run
    July 23, 2015 at 11:09 am

    I hate this answer, but it’s different for everyone 🙂

    For me, the weight came off pretty easily with Mackenzie. (Braden is a whole different story, but because of medical reasons.) I gained 17 pounds when I was pregnant and by 2 weeks postpartum, it was gone. However, things shifted so I definitely didn’t look like I did when I got pregnant. I mostly wore yoga pants around the house and when we went out, I wore maternity jeans until my belly went down. (Also, with Braden, I had no clue that you still had a belly after giving birth!) Around six weeks I was back in my regular clothes. (She was my second though, so the whole spreading of the hips thing had already happened for me.)

    I honestly don’t remember with Braden. I was so sick that his first six weeks are a blur for me. 🙁

    For nursing, I bought all kinds of nursing tops with Braden and spent a ton of money, then barely wore them. The flappy things on them were frustrating for me. After a while, I started wearing the Gillian O’Malley nursing tanks from Target under my regular shirts (they have a built-in shelf bra). To nurse, I’d lift up the top shirt, then pull down the flap on the tank. The tank kept my midsection covered and I could pull the top shirt down until it was touching her mouth and even if you were sitting beside me, you couldn’t see anything. Neither one of my kids liked to be covered when they were nursing, so we only used the cover to get them latched and unlatched.

    If you have any questions at all, feel free to ask! I’ve been through it all, unfortunately, with nursing. Between both kids, I nursed for over four years – yikes!! 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      July 29, 2015 at 11:09 am

      Great advice Kristin!! I jotted down the Gillian O’Malley tanks! I will definitely be reaching out with more questions!

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    Kylie Rose
    July 23, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    I can’t STOP thinking about this! I just want my body back so soon after pregnancy. As much as I love this sweet little bump, it’s been hard for me not being my normal size! I can’t wait to be in normal jeans/tops again. It’s so important to give ourselves grace though and enjoy the button down/leggings phase. AT LEAST we’re giving birth in the Fall and there will be nobody asking us to be in a bikini any time soon! So excited you’re almost in Trimester THREE! EEEK! Are you getting to the point where you can’t WAIT for baby girl to be here? I feel like that’s my entire life right now!

    xo!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 29, 2015 at 11:08 am

      Hahaha ME TOO!!! It’s definitely tougher mentally than people talk about! Thankfully I love fall so leggings and flannels is right up my alley! Oh my word, if I even had to THINK about putting on a swimsuit after birth I would just laugh! Are you already stocking up on fall clothes?! Not gonna lie, I’m perusing fall pinterest outfit ideas all the time hahaha. Fall is my weakness!!! And yes, 28 weeks now and can NOT believe it!!!! You are almost there too!!! We still have so much to dooooooo!!! When will you find out if you passed your glucose test?? Fingers and toes crossed!!

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    Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life
    July 23, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    I absolutely love this post girl! I have no idea what I am going to do during the limbo phase either. I am thinking I will still wear my maternity maxi dresses quite a bit at least in the first couple months. Since it will be fall, i thought I could pair them with cardigans and jean jackets. I also bought pant extenders during my first trimester so I may bring them back out to wear with my non-maternity jeans!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 29, 2015 at 11:06 am

      So glad I’m not the only one thinking about this! And I think wearing maxi’s a bit longer will be perfect! You’ll especially have a few extra warm weeks to rock them so that will be nice!

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    Brynn
    July 24, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Do yourself a favor and get some WU! For the first few weeks postpartum, wear really baggy clothes that are forgiving and good to sleep in. I lived in a great set of pjs from Victorias Secret, my WU and maternity pants for the beginning. Then you will slowly feel like wearing clothes, which is about the time they start to fit again. While my weight was back after five months. However, I agree that weight is a fraction of the picture when it comes to recovering and finding your new groove. The best advice I can give is to be gentle with yourself and soak in that little one as much as possible.
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      Sweet Miles
      July 29, 2015 at 11:05 am

      Such great advice, Brynn! I bought a pair of WU’s last weekend actually! So there’s one thing off my list! And, I’ve got comfy PJ’s and loose fitting clothes on my “list” of things to pick up soon! Thank you!!!

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    Catherine @ foodiecology
    July 29, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    New to your blog (so, first, congrats!), but after having my first baby last October, I can confidently say “great choices!”
    I was basically a homebody for the first few months (scared to venture out on my own) so I wore leggings and sweatpants (1 size up should do), stretchy tanks for nursing (it was still warm in Oct in AL), and later flowy button downs. I wore my maternity jeans FOREVER! They were so comfy!
    It was a gradual process fitting into pre-pregnancy clothes. After the first couple weeks, I’d randomly try on a few things. Seems like each week something new would fit and when I returned to work at 12 weeks PP, many (not all) of my work clothes fit (though differently, for sure). I wore a lot of cardigans to conceal my new love handles/muffin top that first month or 2 back at work. Even at 9 months PP I’m a few lbs above my (estimated) pre-preg weight, but I think it’s because I’m still breastfeeding.
    You’ll figure it all out. Just don’t get discouraged! All the best as you enter your third trimester. 🙂
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