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I would think it doesn't make sense to buy until you need them; you won't know how low or high you'll carry, what of your clothes will fit, etc. Hold off until you're starting to show (at 6 weeks, you're bloated, not showing) and then start shopping.
I hear Target and Motherhood talked about fairly often as far as maternity clothes go, and a lot of women who buy Bella Bands or similar to extend the life of their non-maternity clothes.
It's your money. But them whenever you want.
I didn't wear maternity clothes with my first until after 17 weeks. (maybe it was 22 weeks)
With my son I was so excited to buy maternity clothes. I went at 12 weeks to try some on and nothing fit, not even remotely. I ended up buying some stretchy pants a size up and that tied me over for a while. At 24 weeks I thought I could finally buy some mat clothes, but nope. Still nothing fit properly. I was very frustrated because my stretchy pants weren't fitting anymore, but mat pants didn't work either. That's when the belly band came in handy.
Some people are able to find comfortable mat clothes that will fit at the end of first tri, but I wasn't one of them.
estreyas:I would think it doesn't make sense to buy until you need them; you won't know how low or high you'll carry, what of your clothes will fit, etc. Hold off until you're starting to show (at 6 weeks, you're bloated, not showing) and then start shopping.
I shopped a little when I started to show with DS, somewhere around 17 weeks. I was a huge pregnant woman the first time, and even still, maternity clothes never fit me right. I was constantly adjusting my jeans; they were always falling down, like the panel wasn't tight enough to hold, but then the hips started to get pretty tight and the pants felt shorter as I got bigger.
This time I've been lucky since I found out I was pregnant the first week of June. I've just been wearing loose fitting sundresses. During the winter, my best friend will probably be some plain colored leggings and long sweaters/shirts.
I would get things when you need them. With my first, I was in pants at about 14 weeks, but not shirts until later. With this one, I busted out the pants at 10 weeks, but not shirts yet either. I did buy some longer shirts to cover the maternity bands, but no maternity shirts yet.
With DD I went through a couple sizes of maternity shirts too. Some from when I was about 5-7 months, and then I had to get bigger ones at the end.
BFP 11/09 - DD 7/10 - BFP 8/11 - M/C 9/11 - BFP 6/12 - DD - 2/13
With DS I didn't need maternity clothes until almost 7 months! This time around I found a good deal on a pair of pants so I bought them already. If you find some good deals, you could get a couple of things that are staples -black pants, jeans, tanks to go under everything that is too short. I would wait until later on to make sure you don't buy stuff you don't need.
jamiedsgirl:I just broke out my maternity jeans for the first time this morning. I am only 9 weeks. But this is my second pregnancy. Nothing was fitting me in my closet and I forgot to do laundry. I am so happy today! I actually feel put together and somewhat svelte, instead of just wearing baggy too-big pants that happen to fit over my ginormus gut in an attempt to hide the fact that I am pregnant at work.
I had to go looking for some pants yesterday, as i have NOTHING besides dresses to wear...I went to the local thrift store and found a pair of Old Navy Mat jeans with a streachy band (no panel) for 3.50. I was so excited :-) DH even commented when he got home, "Oh, I see we have jeans now?" :-) I guess he was tired of hearing me complain that none of my jeans fit any more lol...
But, this is my second pregnancy, and while Im not really "showing" I dont like dressing in hugly baggy clothes just because they fit...I'd rather wear a pair of mat pants that make me feel good and look good in, then feel like a heap of poo..
So, its all up to you, but start small and with maybe just one peice...