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K So I think my blood sugar is low, but luckily I purchased a bar of Godiva chocolate at the mall this weekend sooo.... No worries! :D

So I had some serious issues trying to find maternity clothes that actually fit. I literally cried (gotta love the hormones) after I braved the masses for the second time on Sunday. I have been to EIGHT frakkin stores, and all I found that fit me was at The Gap. So that means that my two pairs of jeans and all three of my maternity shirts are from the Gap. The stuff that I have was on sale, but I am not made o' cash over here so I am kind of limited in what I will agree to pay for things.

There were affordable things at other stores (I am mostly looking for shirts right now) but NOTHING fit! Either it was down to my knees and so tight you could see all the seams in my jeans, or it was made for a person who has no shoulders and whose arms are toothpicks, or it is so short that the Puff will be peeking out in another few weeks. I have been to JC Penney's, Target, Sears, Kohl's, Macy's, and Motherhood Maternity as well as trying on just plus size clothes at a few other stores as well. If anyone has any suggestions I would be really grateful.

The Slytherin is hanging in there and being quite the trooper. His blood sugar is still higher than normal but it is coming down and getting very close to normal range. Also my endocrinologist is going to give me another blood sugar monitor because the one that he got from his doctor is not a brand covered by our insurance. She is holding onto another One Touch Ultra so we will have the same kind of monitor and the same kind of test strips which will be covered at a lower co-pay rate. My endocrinologist is the best. :D

The Puff is doing well as far as I can tell. It is still a bit early for me to feel him stretching out and such, I think I do sometimes, but I am not quite sure. I have a feeling that he will be making his presence known pretty definitely soon.

Anyway thanks for all of the comments and encouragement. I am sorry that I haven't had much of a chance to respond to all of them individually. But I love you all anyway!!!

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mizufae
Dec. 5th, 2006 03:28 am (UTC)
i have heard that H&M maternity is rather good. if you have one nearby it might be worth a visit. Also maybe you have a friend who is good at sewing who you could ask to take in the seams of something that fits in most places but is too big in one point (and then if you change shapes again it could be undone.) My cousin went a little nuts and only wore wrap dresses for the last few months of being preggers- she's in a warm climate though. But it worked out well because she could wrap tighter or looser depending on the day, and choose if she wore a top underneath or not.

best of luck with the varied woes and worries, i always enjoy reading your updates.
tajareyul
Dec. 5th, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)
Don't forget to check The Salvation Army and Goodwill. Let's face it, most maternity clothes are gently worn at worst, so even though the stuff isn't new, it's still in very good condition. Plus Goodwill is where I found my Harry Potter umbrella and it was actually new.
aggiebell90
Dec. 5th, 2006 03:45 am (UTC)
Oh, man. Maternity clothes suck in a major way. Trying to find ones that fit, are comfortable, and don't make you look like you're wearing Great Aunt Enid's paisley dressing gown sucks even more. And good luck finding pants with pockets. *glares at the makers of maternity clothes*

Here are a couple of things that worked for me:

My husband's shirts, especially his long-sleeved button down ones. They were long enough to cover my belly/the stupid panel and loose enough to fit over my boobs and belly. And you can roll the sleeves up so they fit. You can layer them over T-shirts and leave them open, or just wear them buttoned, with the tails hanging out. As an added bonus, he thought I was cute wearing his shirts. :D If the Slytherin's shirts won't fit you, you could try just looking at men's shirts at Penney's/Target/Sears/etc.

Resale shops were my friends. I got some great deals at the resale shops--nice, barely worn clothes for about a third of what they would've been new. All the ones around here are set up so you can try the clothes on, too...in fact, IIRC, they all had those fake bellys you can strap on so you can see how the clothes would hang when you're hugely pregnant.

I know some people bought their clothes online, via e-bay or just from other stores. I didn't have the best of luck with this, but I've some friends who bought everything this way.

Have you tried Old Navy? I don't know if they carry their maternity clothes in their brick and mortar store where you are (they don't here), but some of their things fit me okay.

I also borrowed/inherited a *bunch* of stuff. This was the best for me, because it was free. Then I just passed the stuff back or along to someonw else when I was done.

Good luck finding things that'll work for you. It's beyond frustrating. You're already uncomfortable; you don't need your clothes to add to it. Trust me, after 4 kids, I know.
marmalade_beth
Dec. 5th, 2006 07:08 am (UTC)
go to
http://www.shadeclothing.com/
they have maternity shirts for a pretty reasonable price, my sister is pregnant right now and because their regular shirts are so long and stretchy she can even wear those even though she can't fit ino any regular maternity clothing. but their main thing is that they are so much longer then most shirts... check them out!
fitzette
Dec. 5th, 2006 01:16 pm (UTC)
I'd also suggest Old Navy. I found quite a few shirts there that were long enough to cover the boobs, the belly and the big old panel in the pants.
mollierms
Dec. 5th, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC)
I've been so out of the loop ... when are you due? Because I'm due June 11! Yay for you! Poo on all maternity clothes, too.
ladytory
Dec. 5th, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC)
I am due May 9th. Congrats to you!
green_kiwigirl
Dec. 6th, 2006 01:22 am (UTC)
Well, I'm not old enough to know where to get maternity clothes just yet... but I wish you luck in finding good ones! *good vibes*
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