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Maternity- Overbelly or Underbelly?

What kind of maternity jeans/pants/leggings do you prefer?  I always wear the secret fit overbelly which is so comfortable!  

Today, I saw some underbelly maternity jeans at motherhood but didn't get the chance to try them on.  

Are you ladies in maternity pants yet?  If so, what's your favorite fit/style and why? 

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  • I'm not in maternity yet for this pg but for last pg, I had 2 pairs of under belly, and 3 pairs of the over belly (with the band attached)  For the beginning, the under belly was more comfortable because I wasn't big enough t hold up the band so the over belly ones kept falling down.  But as my belly got bigger, the over belly band were so much more comfy.  I definitely like them better... once they fit. 
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  • Thanks!  I think I am going to try some on next time.  I wear an XS so the overbelly barely fits me and it's not snug yet. 
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  • The over ones, the secret fit I think. THe ones that sit under really fall down alot as you get bigger! At least they did for me. 
  • 100%, without a doubt - OVER belly.   Again, secret belly fit from motherhood maternity are the best.
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  • Love overbelly. Underbelly pants always feel like they're going to fall off, especially later on. Plus I like the "smoothing" effect of the full panel.
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  • During 2nd tri under belly are more comfortable IMO. During 3rd tri the over belly are def more comfortable. The under belly will roll down sometimes on you when you are so huge you've got the waddle going.


  • I loved my underbelly pants with my 1st LO.  The overbelly got too hot in the summer, but the underbelly were hands down much more comfortable.  I wasn't huge with first LO and never had any problems with them falling down.  Personally, the overbelly got too cumbersome for me.
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  • With my first I preferred the underbelly and I didn't have problem with them falling down when I got huge.  The overbelly felt weird on me, I didn't like something covering my belly (pants wise).  
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  • I'm with you, secret fit over belly is so comfy right now, and I feel like it smooths me out too. 
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  • I prefer the overbelly ones.  I just fold the stretchy panel in half when I'm not so big yet.  The underbelly belly ones for some reason always bothered me and made me itch.  Not sure if it was something in the underbelly panel, but I never tried them again.
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  • overbelly even when im small.  like PP i fold it over when im not too big yet.  i cant wear motherhood maternity though...they fit me like cr*p.  the only pants that ive found to fit me are GAP.
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  • I've never done well with high rise anything, and find the overbelly really uncomfortable and just generally icky.  I can easily pull them up over my boobs... no thanks.  I've only been in maternity for less than a week so I am not 100% sure yet, but so far I like gap demi panel.
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  • For the most part I wear yoga pants but now when I wear jeans I'm in maternity. After two c-sections my belly is squishy. I'm bloated so if I wear my regular jeans I have a horrible muffin top and am uncomfortable. I much prefer pants that come up over my belly. When I was pregnant with DS1 all I could find was underbelly stuff and I hated them.
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  • imagesunflowergrl:
    I'm not in maternity yet for this pg but for last pg, I had 2 pairs of under belly, and 3 pairs of the over belly (with the band attached)  For the beginning, the under belly was more comfortable because I wasn't big enough t hold up the band so the over belly ones kept falling down.  But as my belly got bigger, the over belly band were so much more comfy.  I definitely like them better... once they fit. 

    Definitely agree with this. 

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  • Underbelly. I just don't like the way the overbelly feels.
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