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Postnatal Wardrobe

Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Short Shirts

One of the perks of maternity clothes, especially shirts, is that they actually cover your belly. When my belly got too big to hide, I stowed my tops away for future seasons. As the postnatal months passed by, I eagerly waited to pull on my forgotten threads. Down 10 pounds from my pre-pregnancy body weight, I was leaner and more confident that my old wardrobe would be ready for wear.

My jeans fit fine, if not a tad loose, and my bras definitely had room to spare. The shirts, on the other hand, were a tad too short! I never sported a midriff and I rarely wore tight clothes so why, oh why, were my tees rising so high? Had my torso lengthened during my pregnancy, or did my shirts magically shrink in their plastic bins? Perplexed by this issue and bummed to be donating such fab tops, I consulted my mommy friends. They declared the same thing — their pre-pregnancy shirts seemed shorter without reasonable explanation.

Did you experience the shirt-shortening phenomenon?

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megnmac megnmac 6 years
I totally noticed this phenomenon! I was wondering in the early postpartum days when I'd feel normal again, and a year and a half later I'm giving up on a lot of prematernity clothes since I can't fit into them right anymore. I agree that posture changes, and the way my body is put together changed, and ultimately I want longer clothes... because that tummy is probably never going to be 100% confident again...
Lenay Lenay 7 years
Well, this is the first I've heard of this short shirt phenomonon. But if I had to guess, I'd say that women in their last trimester of pregnancy stand up straighter with their shoulders thrown back to balance the weight of that big belly in front. Then, postnatal, this new posture has become an unconscious habit which hikes up the shirts.
nicole121482 nicole121482 8 years
This happened to me too!! I never breast fed, my boobs are smaller now then they were before and still my shirts were too short! I chalked it up to changing styles...but now I wonder??
katedavis katedavis 8 years
I assumed it was because my boobs were bigger from nursing (and even after stopping to nurse haven't gone down to what they were before I was pregnant). I don't think in my case it's because my rib cage is still bigger b/c that's actually smaller than before I got pregnant.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
ah yeah, and what is with women wearing belly button rings after babies? seriously, with rare exception you don't want to draw attention to that area.
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 8 years
I lost 7lbs the first trimester, misssush, which really scared me at first. I lost a baby right before that, but they said it was okay to lose weight as long as I started putting it back on later on.
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
I actually lost weight during my pregnancy, beucase i had been chunky from sitting in a call center job, and i started excercising reguarly, and my clothes are still too short. I think the loose joints are more the reason then bigger boobs, as I was unable to breast feed becuase of lost blood and blood tranfusions after the birth. I never actually got any milk in, so there was no change from before. I have like 3 shirts I can wear now, which reallY stinks. Im just not ready to get rid of an entire wardrobe of shirts and buy more
Jules1976 Jules1976 8 years
Oh, wow. I really thought I was losing my mind when I put on pre-baby shirts and they seemed to hit higher. I'm back to my pre-preg weight but I still have the giant boobs (even after breastfeeding for months and my little one is a year old). G1amourpuss, I'm with you! I was a 36D before I got pregnant. Now I'm a 36G. No, that wasn't a typo. LOL It has to be the boobs taking up the space in the tops, making them shorter.
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 8 years
Yeah. I'm STILL trying to lose the baby weight too. I lost most of it, but never dropped those last few pounds.. then I gained some back (I was just depressed about it). But yeah, I can't wear a lot of stuff I used to. And my breasts, which were already C's-D's are now DD's :( Even when I dropped the weight and had 5lbs left to go everything fit strange. My hips were a little bit wider and I didn't feel quite the same... I don't know how to explain it. It's like reinventing yourself all over again. (No more babies for me, thank you! It feels like building a house (before and during the preg).. then tearing it down (after baby).. and then rebuilding it up again from scrapes. Pretty depressing. Took me a while to gain my confidence back.) It's just weird because the whole body shifts or something.
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
This happened to me too although I still haven't lost most of the baby weight yet. I just blamed it on my still larger than I would like belly. I just ended up buying some larger shirts or wearing my some of my materinity tops still.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Breasts are bigger, but all your joints relax during pregnancy, which accounts for things like bigger feet and shirts pulling differently. Plus your ribcage can expand during pregnancy, causing the shirt to be pulled higher.
rgrl rgrl 8 years
OMG! How weird! So did I, but I thought just the styles had changed and I need to get new shirts. :ponder:
macgirl macgirl 8 years
I found this too but I figured that maybe I had gotten really fond of my longer maternity tops and my regular shirts just seemed short?
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i don't know how to explain this, but as a big boobed girl all my life, shirts that are normal length on other people are short on me, so probably your boobs just got bigger and its hiking them up!
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
This didn't happen to me at all that I've noticed (although now I'll pay more attention). And I still haven't lost all of my weight yet (*cries*). Weird.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 8 years
I have the same problem and the only way I can explain this phenomenon is that my breasts are bigger due to breastfeeding. Which would hike up my shirts a bit. Because of it, I'm still wearing maternity tanks and camis.
tina_marie tina_marie 8 years
It seemed to happen to me?!?! I too had dropped a little more weight from my pre-pregnant weight, so I'm not sure why.
tigerlily10 tigerlily10 8 years
Yes! What's up with the short shirts?? I'm 5 weeks post-preggers and all of my tops from last summer are too short. I have no idea what to wear at this point...too big for what I have, not ready to shell out more cash on "transitional" clothes.
lorioz lorioz 8 years
I experienced this as well, and it really annoyed me! I had some great shorts that I can't wear anymore. Is there a scientific explanation for this, I wonder?
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