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Pregnant Rubberband Trick

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If you dread shopping for maternity clothes as much as I do, I've got a cheap fix to get you through the early months. Stretching your regular clothes to their maximum capacity is a challenge, but with one easy trick, you can make your pre–pregnancy jeans last longer with a sturdy rubber band.

Put your elastic band halfway through the buttonhole of your jeans. Put one end of the elastic through the other end's loop hole and pull tight. When you're ready to "fasten" your jeans, simply slip the rubber band loop over to the button. Voilà! Your waist is now probably one to two inches relieved — allowing you and baby to breathe easier.

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anne_ anne_ 9 years
great tip!
Evalicious Evalicious 9 years
I lived like this! I wore my clothing my entire pregnancy and would use an elastic hair band to keep my pants up. I was determined not to buy maternity clothes! I did not want anything adding any more bulk to my frame. Think about it! Why would you want fabric adding to your already bulky frame? I never even looked pregnant from behind. I gained enough weight, even more than the doctor had suggested, but I continued to run and work out the entire time so my things, butt and legs stayed remotely the way they wore. My arms however expanded into side flaps, but thankfully they have slimmed out now.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
pregnancy clothes are so cute! everytime i go to target or by "a pea in the pod" i think how cute maternity stuff is now. they even have pants now that you wear during pregnancy to hide your belly button and after having the baby to suck your belly in.
milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
I did this for as long as I could. But that only lasted until a little while into my 2nd trimester. Ugh I hated maternity clothes too. :P
macneil macneil 9 years
Oh god, am so not looking forward to putting back the maternity jeans. The under the bump ones show off my bum, the over the bump ones are hot and horrible. I hate pregnancy clothes!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
A friend of mine will never forget the day she realized her pre-preg pants were not gonna fit any longer. She'd just finished a HUGE plate of nachos...and there was NO WAY she was gonna be able to keep her pants buttoned! She had to do this with her pants just to get through the rest of the day. :rotfl:
cutecurls cutecurls 9 years
Still doing this and I'm just now into my 3rd trimester.
jessie jessie 9 years
i did that.. when :prego: then i went to elastic waist pants when i got to big to do that. i couldn't stand maternity pants. the elastic pants were blue jeans, not exactly up to date or chic, but i only wore them for the last 3 months anyway.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
No, my shirts were long enough, they just showed that weird bulge that looked like roundworm. And they would've sometimes ridden up enough to show the zipper wasn't zipped. Then again, I don't hate shopping for maternity clothes, so I wasn't all that motivated to find ways to make this work. I love shopping for maternity clothes.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
I did this in the early months of my pregnancies, it worked well.
anniekim anniekim 9 years
I just did this 5 minutes ago with a pair of shorts! It is the first day warm enough to wear shorts and with the baby due in a month I am not willing to invest in maternity shorts. In re: Greggie's comments--I did have to change in to a longer t-shirt due to sipper issues. I used a hair elastic just like the one in the photo.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I couldn't do this one, I still couldn't keep the zipper up and my shirts wouldn't cover it. I lived in low-rise maternity jeans that took me from the first day I lost my waist right to delivery.
barbara-24 barbara-24 9 years
This is a great idea. But unfortunately my thighs have outgrown my size 3 pants along with my stomach. So it only worked for the first five months for me. Now I can barely pull my old jeans over my knees.
SweetnLow SweetnLow 9 years
I so did this, too. ;)
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