Belly Band thoughts

So at 18 weeks, I finally need to wear some maternity clothes for work.  Before then, I would get away with just stockings and wrap dresses.  I did purchase a pair of maternity pants from the GAP but still haven't had the time to get them hemmed. 


So out of desperation for work clothes this week, I purchased a Motherhood belly band from Macy's.  It costs about $16, which, in my opinion, is not cheap for the little material that it is.  But I have to admit, it's working out pretty well!  One thing to note though, it's probably best on work pants instead of jeans.  With jeans, it felt like my pants would still fall off.  But they were totally fine with my work pants (I usually wear BR or Limited pants).  And it's better to use thick tunic top or sweater, otherwise you can still see the material bunch up and the open zipper through a cotton t shirt. 


I know some people probably don't like it bc its a lot of material over the belly.  But living here on the east coast in the winter time, the belly band offers added warmth.  Plus it can be folded over.  So I have to admit, I'm quite pleased with this purchase!


The original bella band is a bit more expensive but I imagine it will be tighter or firmer, thus making it more secure to hold up pants.  I thought about getting it but by the time I decide, it's probably best to just upgrade to real maternity pants.


Have you girls tried the belly band?  Which brand and what are your thoughts?

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 9:08 am
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milkgal
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I considered purchasing one however when I tried just using a rubber band to extend my pants the zippers in my pants kept rubbing my skin and it hurt! I'm not sure if my issue was due to my underwear being so low but I figured I'd have the same problem with the belly band. Have you run into that?

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 10:05 am
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I bought one at Target last time around, and you are right about feeling like your jeans are still falling down!  Unfortunately, that's about all I needed it for.  

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 11:09 am
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Milk gal, you're so right. After wearing the band for 12 hours, my belly did start to itch from the zipper. So at the end of the day, I adjusted the band so that it was underneath my pants. Then I folded it over the top of the pants. That way, the zipper didn't touch my skin. It was temporary relief but I don't see that lasting long if you're moving about and not just sitting at your desk. Another option is wearing granny panties I suppose.
Posted on November 19, 2012 at 11:23 am
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Yeah for jeans, I use Gap maternity. Those belly bands were a no go for my old jeans. It didnt feel secure. Plus, it just felt bulkier and uncomfortable.
Posted on November 19, 2012 at 11:25 am
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They worked okay when I was smaller...but at 29 weeks, they just don't cut it anymore...and they never "held up" my jeans...just disguised the fact that they were unbuttoned and unzipped!

I have one pr of maternity jeans from gap and one from old navy...we're lucky thou...still warm in CA...I can stil wear maxi-dresses...and we can wear whatever we want to work...so today I'm wearing yoga pants and a lululemon jacket! :)
Posted on November 19, 2012 at 1:44 pm

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