54 responses

  1. Kendra
    May 19, 2015

    I agree maternity shopping wasn’t fun! Second trimester I wanted smaller tops to show off my bump, but in the third I wanted looser and bigger – but didn’t want to spend more money right at the end! I think the key is to try to find mostly non maternity clothes with a few maternity tops thrown in. The postpartum period is also so awkward…its nice to have clothes that fit you right away. Best of luck and congratulations!

  2. Jilly
    May 19, 2015

    That last outfit is a total win! I think you’ve found your formula – maxi skirt and a black tank! It emphasizes the bump and plays down the boobs. I love it! Pink blush has great maxi skirts and so does forever 21 for cheap ones.

  3. Amanda
    May 19, 2015

    Last outfit is really cute! I think the first outfit might look awesome when you’re bigger. And the blue dress might be ok too later.

    Pregnancy wear is probably even harder to judge fit as there probably more variants of pregnancy bumps than they’re making clothes for. Don’t feel bad if some of the outfits aren’t fitting you. It’s them not you 🙂

  4. Allison
    May 19, 2015

    Wow, it’s amazing the difference a style can make! The last outfit is a win for sure. There’s your maternity “formula”! I was pregnant last summer (June baby????) and LIVED in maxi dresses once it got hot. I had a lot of fluid retention the last 8 weeks, which made my legs look like tree trunks, thus shorts were not my friend.

  5. Linda @ The Fitty
    May 19, 2015

    Oh man, how I wish stitch fix was here in Canada.
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  6. Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood
    May 19, 2015

    I lucked out, because I was in the awkward phase of my pregnancy in january when loose sweaters were the way to go, so I lived in a few maternity sweaters and maternity jeans. But you look so cute! Also, I know you hated it, but I think you looked REALLY good in that b&w striped dress! One hot momma!
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  7. Nicole
    May 19, 2015

    the boob situation is tricky, but my best advice is to purchase good bras. It will make a world of difference and make you feel more comfortable. I was pregnant in the summer last year and survived on shorts from kohls maternity and tanks and t-shirts from target maternity. I never got the cute basketball bump so I just embraced what I had.

  8. Catherine
    May 19, 2015

    You look fantastic, don’t be so hard on yourself!! 🙂

  9. stacy
    May 19, 2015

    I loved that striped dress on you! I get what you mean, it is tight, but you have an awesome body still. I would totally wear that on the weekend or something.
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    • jane
      May 20, 2015

      i love the striped dress as well. i actually said out loud (at my desk at work…awkward) “how cute!”. Yes, it hugs curves but it looks great!

      • Marie
        May 20, 2015

        I too liked the striped dress–it looks great. I like it better than the blank tank/maxi.

      • Emma
        May 20, 2015

        I agree, Meghann, I think the striped dress looks great on you! If you’re uncomfortable with it on the more fitted side, you could always take one size up. That will also give you more room to grow in the coming months. If you’re not crazy about this fabric in particular, I do think this silhouette/style is very flattering on you. Dresses like this seem great for casual wear, but I think you could pair them with a blazer for work too.

  10. Katie @ Live Half Full
    May 19, 2015

    That maxi skirt is adorable! I got my second Maternity StitchFix this week and kept two things. Have you looked at Pink Blush? Their stuff is so cute and affordable and surprisingly good quality for the price! I love the long tunic tops- check them out!
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  11. Dana
    May 19, 2015

    I’ve never been pregnant, so I can’t imagine trying to figure out a rapidly changing body, but I think you looked great in most of those outfits. Unfortunately, if you’re not comfortable in it you’ll always hate it. I rock a 38F bra and can’t recommend a GOOD bra enough. Makes a world of difference in how you feel and how clothes fit. 🙂

  12. Anne
    May 19, 2015

    Most of my maternity clothes have come from Old Navy. They are generally inexpensive and have lots of sales. The tank tops should fit the entire pregnancy, but can be a bit low cut. My absolute favorite has been this dress from ON. I bought it in all four colors. http://m.oldnavy.gap.com/product.html?dn=op174123012&dv=1&kwid=1&referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.oldnavy.com%2FcommonDomainFrame.do%3FtargetURL%3D%252Fbrowse%252Fproduct.do%253Fpid%253D174123012%2526vid%253D1%2526locale%253Den_US%2526kwid%253D1%2526sem%253Dfalse%2526sdReferer%253Dhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.oldnavy.com%25252Fproducts%25252Fnursing-dresses.jsp%26sem%3Dtrue&locale=en_US&sdReferer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.oldnavy.com%2Fproducts%2Fnursing-dresses.jsp&pid=174123012&sem=false&vid=1
    Good luck with clothing! It can be frustrating trying to figure out what you like the best. I love dresses and full panel leggings with maternity tank tops and regular cardigans.

  13. Heather
    May 19, 2015

    I think you will start to feel better as your stomach catches up with your boobs (speaking from experience here). I chose to spend money on bras to help the situation (again, from experience, it can be horrifying to have to purchase a bra in a size with several letters, but it made all of my shirts look better than wearing a too small bra), and not as much money on clothes. I got everything I needed at old navy, gap, and target on sale or with coupon codes. My favorites have been the plain, long tanks from target and any v-neck shirts with side ruching I can find. I mostly wore jeans and black leggings, so I can’t be that helpful in the pants department.

  14. Jessica
    May 19, 2015

    I remember you saying how much you disliked these pictures in your last post and I just wanted to say that you look absolutely lovely and precious in these photos. <3

  15. Goldie
    May 20, 2015

    Ugh. Meghann! Maternity shopping! I actually had a friend give me a few items and I found some dresses on ebay which have done the trick and prevented me from breaking the bank. I also found that any non-maternity dresses which were flowy and gathered at the waist (to sit above bump and then flowy bit to cover bump) were fine paired with leggings while in that awkward “inbetween” phase. When you pop (I’m telling you… just wait for 20 weeks and on and you’re going to feel so much more comfortable in your changing body… whether that lasts i’m yet to find out!) you’ll end up digging out non maternity dresses you NEVER thought you’d get away with but I have three in particular I can wear with leggings that really show off my bump and I LOVE them. I feel sad when they’re all in the wash basket! Please don’t get upset… this period of time is going to move on and your feelings towards your body changes will definitely improve. Also – I never thought I’d be that interested in accessorizing but one of my maternity dresses is black and its a lovely fit but a bit boring but I’ve bought bright scarves and nice cardis… things that don’t really alter depending on what your body is doing and that has felt nice.

    Now on to boobs. I know what you mean! I prefer mine smaller. They don’t get in the way! At their smallest they are a D cup (I’m weird… small frame and HUGE boobs!) and I am currently just shy of the third trimester and am snug in a GG cup! It was my boobs that made me more sad than any bump development UNTIL I bought 2 maternity/nursing bras which properly fit (why do you need more than two – wash one, wear one). It means admitting to yourself they have grown but oh… heaven… GO GET MEASURED and then go on a cheap site and buy some correct size bras. I wear mine with a stretchy sports bra over the top (just to gather the “ladies” in a bit) and it’s wonderful. I don’t feel like people are staring at my knockers or that my boobs are making a break for freedom.

    So, in short…

    1. don’t be afraid to have a little look on Ebay for maternity stuff – it’s 9 months after all and it’s okay to keep things cheap as chips for now.
    2. Accesorize if you just feel a bit boring in what you’re wearing.
    3. Go get those lady lumps measured up and tamed – you will be so happy once you do.
    4. Just remember the miracle you are going through right now – it’s so cliché but it really is just incredible and try to enjoy it if you can. Having followed your blog for quite some time you are a testament to the fact that you have the ability and will power to get back in shape once Baby R is here so for now just relax. You look lovely.
    5. I really like you in the blue Stitch Fix dress, it’s a bright colour and it fits beautifully – but at the end of the day it’s your call. Just sayin’ 😉

    Take care of you and bump.xxxx
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  16. Jill
    May 20, 2015

    I stayed in my non-maternity clothing as long as I could, wearing maxi dresses every day, until I saw the H&M had a maternity section. I love their stuff, and it’s never super pricey. I wound up with a pair of jeans I loved, some really cute (and flattering!) tops, and more dresses. It’s so hard when your body seems to be changing shape daily. If you haven’t already, make sure you do invest in some well-fitting undergarments, they can be game changers, for comfort AND style.

  17. Amy
    May 20, 2015

    You look great!! I know it’s so hard to embrace the weight gain that comes with a growing baby. I have two girls and I, like you, thought I would have a cute little bump. Instead, I gained weight in all the wrong places (face, boobs and butt). Just to forewarn you, beware of the post-baby period…I did not have so much problem with gaining weight during my pregnancies, but after both deliveries (even though I lost a lot of the wight), I SO wanted to get back in my pre-baby wardrobe, and just could not! I found the 9 months postpartum period to be the most miserable and uncomfortable as far as weight gain and body changes. Ultimately I lost it all, and I’m now proud of my my post-baby body. Hang in there!

  18. Jamie
    May 20, 2015

    I’ve had two StichFix shipments in the past and both have been totally meh. I returned everything – good for my wallet, sad for me! I have another one scheduled for the end of June so fingers crossed it has some great summer items!
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  19. allison
    May 20, 2015

    meg, i think the black and white striped dress looks beautiful on you! i really think fitted dresses are so flattering in pregnancy, more so than “tent” style dresses, or empire waists like that blue one. they just hug and accentuate the bump, but i can understand how that’s not always the look you’re going for, especially at work. one thing my sister swears by during pregnancy, especially in skirts and dresses, is maternity spanx. they are the shorts kind, so they prevent chafing on her thighs, and she says the panel over the bump helps support it. plus they just smooth everything out that might not be growing evenly, so she feels much more comfortable in her clothes. anyway, i think you look great!

  20. Katherine
    May 20, 2015

    I also have a large chest (DD during preg, E+ in the beginning of nursing, now closer to C as I’m slowly weaning my 16 month old). When I was pregnant I really loved these tanks from old navy.
    They are super stretchy and comfortable, plus they are only $10 and come in a bunch of colors!

  21. Emily
    May 20, 2015

    I’m almost 17 weeks, and my boobs went up 3 cup sizes in literally a week. It was so painful. One of the stores that saved me was Soma (the full coverage bra) – their bras are not too pricey and SO supportive (and cute), and they have great sales, and their knit dresses are a godsend on a growing (but not fully cooked) bump. I have been absolutely LOVING wrap dresses from old navy/banana republic right now, because they are not maternity, but very bump-comfy, and will still work for me after the baby. My other go-to is the boden wrap tshirt – also not maternity, but has great ruching on the side so they have a lot of give. i have had two for a couple years, and they also work great for non-maternity wear as well. Other wrap shirts have also been great. My last secret has been Thredup – lots of gently used maternity options for cheap, and I also got a few tops/knit shirts there that weren’t maternity, but I knew were more in-between items in bigger sizes for the next month or two, and that I could use as a comfy and cute options once the baby is born and I’m no longer huge/in maternity wear, but still in a transitional size. I have been really fortunate – I have been really happy with my pregnancy body so far, but I think that’s mostly because I just don’t let myself entertain the negative thoughts. The changes won’t last forever, and I’m 99% sure no one is paying any attention to what I look like anyway, so it’s not worth my mental energy.

  22. Aimee
    May 20, 2015

    Another vote for a bra fitting– it will change your whole outlook on the boob situation. I got measured at Nordstrom and then shopped online. I was 34D before pregnancy, went to 38E by end of pregnancy and now am 34H (didn’t know the letters even WENT that high!) at 6 months postpartum while nursing my baby girl.

  23. Jessica
    May 20, 2015

    Maternity clothes can be lots of $$$ for sure. Have you heard of ThredUp? It’s an online consignment shop that has a lot of maternity clothes at great prices. Some even still have the tags! Check it out for sure.

  24. The Suzzzz
    May 20, 2015

    Maybe I should try Stitch Fix Maternity, but I’m not pregnant. My belly has always stuck out like I’m 5 months pregnant, even when I doing crossfit and jogging every day. The one stitch fix box I tried was a complete disaster and I sent everything back and couldn’t bring myself to post about it on the blog because the photos were so awful.
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  25. Rachel
    May 20, 2015

    Oy. Yes. Maternity shopping sucks. Everything is expensive and there’s only an option to guy what’s popular RIGHT at that moment-which isn’t what I felt comfortable in! I just bought a bunch of really loose stuff and crossed my fingers that I’d make it to 40 weeks. LOL. Way to hang in there and find stuff that you like (and that looks CUTE on you! I love that first top!).

  26. Kate
    May 20, 2015

    Stitchfix is seeming more and more like a wishy washy way to shop (maternity or not) – I was actually considering it a few months ago but seeing your experience (and some other bloggers) I’m definitely not going to try it. If the majority of the clothes aren’t working it wouldn’t be worth it to me.

    BTW, I do love the maxi skirt – super cute – and actually thought the striped dress was cute too (although it may look different in person).

  27. nic
    May 20, 2015

    I just wanted to say that you look so great in the blue and the striped dresses! I actually said “CUTE!” out loud to my computer screen. We are all our own worst critics! Also, I loved, loved, loved the Gap Maternity Pure Body line. Don’t pay full price, though! Wait for a 40 percent off sale and stock up. The shirts are so soft and they hug the curves so well.

  28. Elise
    May 20, 2015

    I know you’re feeling really self-conscious and vulnerable right now but for what it’s worth, I thought both the blue dress and the striped dress looked great, and I was surprised when you said they were both “clear ‘no’s.'” Don’t be so hard on yourself! You look great, and from my outsider perspective, I can tell you are pregnant but you don’t look like a completely different person at all.

  29. chris
    May 20, 2015

    I’m 16 weeks right now and feeling exactly the same about maternity clothes! Maternity pants are where its at, although they are all sooo long on me, but tops still just don’t look right. Maternity tops are too tight without a good bump going and regular shirts are too short. It’s impossible to find anything in stores and shopping online is hard. Everything seems to run so small. I just ordered a bunch of stuff from Wal-mart bc the prices are great but even the XL felt like they belonged in the teen sizing section. Good luck and I totally understand bc I’m going through the exact same. 🙂

  30. Erin
    May 20, 2015

    I have never had to do any maternity shopping, but I have always been a “curvy” girl. Do yourself a HUGE favor. Splurge and get good undergarments. A good bra and a nice pair of undies that fit will go a long way!

    Good luck! And for what it is worth, I think the striped dress looked fantastic on you! I also love the maxi dress. 🙂

  31. Megan
    May 20, 2015

    Two words: Destination Maternity. Visit the physical store so you can try on a bunch of stuff and find your favorite styles. Then buy that favorite style in every color it comes in – especially black. The staff at DM is super-friendly, and they offer juice and water while you shop.

    Also meet your new best friend (or at least my best friend): http://bit.ly/1Gpv8PK
    This shirt is amazing, stretchy, and it looks good on bumps of all sizes. I’ve been wearing these from week 22, and I’m still wearing them at 38 weeks.

    Even if the above style isn’t for you, on the whole I recommend wearing clothing in which you don’t feel the need to cup your bump with your hands. The tank/maxi skirt option is the one where you look most comfortable with yourself.

  32. Courtney
    May 20, 2015

    Hang in there!!! The early 20’s are the best part of life, except when one is referring to pregnancy time! I think you look great in all the outfits! Don’t return all of them just yet, especially the tops! Wait until your belly gets out there, and you’re almost there!
    I felt the same way, in the in-between stages.. I went to Walmart, and found a non maternity pair of jeans for cheap, and that was 7 sizes bigger than my normal size, and they lasted my whole pregnancy (eventually the button popped off, but they still fit). I actually kind of miss them, because they were dark rinsed, soft, and bootcut and i cant find a pair like that anymore that are as comfortable. Lol.

  33. Meredith
    May 20, 2015

    Longtime reader, first time commenter 🙂 I had a lot of luck ordering from ASOS maternity section online (http://us.asos.com/Women-Maternity/rsry2/?cid=5813). They have a huge selection of maternity wear at varying price ranges (some stuff is $$$ don’t be scared off, there are a lot of reasonable options there as well). Sadly the things that will look good now will not work in the last few months, so for both of my pregnancies I bought a few things in each trimester. Also, I agree with everyone who has mentioned that new undergarments make a huge difference! So happy for you.

  34. Deanna
    May 20, 2015

    I think you look great in all of the outfits! However, it’s all about comfort and what you feel best in, so I’m glad you found a couple of options that you like. I am enjoying following your pregnancy journey – thanks for sharing!! 🙂

  35. Jennifer M
    May 20, 2015

    The last skirt is really cute, especially with the tank you are wearing. I actually found the best clothes at Gap Maternity. I would only shop sale items to save money but I found it fit me better than anywhere else.

  36. Katherine
    May 20, 2015

    It’s a tough spot to be in! I loved the tank tops I got from Old Navy and the Gap Body line. Some of the looser (read: elastic waist banded) shorts from Loft’s Lou & Grey collection were perfect for the summer. Hang in there! It all goes back to normal eventually. 🙂

  37. Ashley M. [at] (never)homemaker
    May 20, 2015

    I love your maternity shorts in the first couple photos. I had a lot of maternity clothes when I was pregnant with Ada and I didn’t wear most of them. Honestly, I bought too much stuff too early and none it it fit in the final weeks. I wore a lot of grey, black, and jeans. Mostly basic sleeveless tanks, shorts (yay pregnant summer hhahaahha), and a few maxi dresses because they were just so comfortable. I mostly shopped the Target Clearance racks. Whenever I get pregnant again, I need all new clothing because I am a size bigger now anyway — that will be “fun” (NOT!) 🙂
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  38. Caitlin
    May 20, 2015

    Oh my gosh the last outfit is so cute, perfection! I’m so sorry, this struggle must really be hard for you, but I’m glad you found something in your fix that worked. Maybe you can look for other maternity skirts like that one!
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  39. Natalie @ The Ravenous Mommy
    May 20, 2015

    The last outfit looks amazing! I just ordered my first maternity stitch fix and am so excited.

    I’ve taken a blog break for a while, but so happy to see you are expecting! I’ve suffered a loss myself, and it sure isn’t easy.
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  40. Stacey
    May 20, 2015

    You look absolutely adorable in everything!
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  41. Blythe
    May 20, 2015

    I SO FELT THAT PAIN when I was pregnant! I love love love a really nice dress that’s lined and well made, and don’t mind spending medium-dollar for them; They don’t make those in maternity. And the ones you begrudgingly spend top-dollar on are made from thin, see-every-dimple, feeling material. I also struggled with my maternity body, but it helped to remember that to everyone else- I looked like a 100% normal, beautiful pregnant woman- which is how you look to us!

  42. LB
    May 20, 2015

    Where are the shorts from? I have some side panel ones that I like from Old Navy, but those full panel ones will come in handy this summer and they are a good length!

  43. Sabrina
    May 20, 2015

    I love that floral blouse–I’m glad you kept it. I also love that tribal print skirt–super flattering and unique. You look fabulous.


  44. Amanda Lee
    May 20, 2015

    I definitely agree with your comment on not typically living cotton shirts. I tried them when I was pregnant and still didnt like them. BUT I highly recommend the cotton blend shirts from Gap maternity. They are stretcy and super soft and flattering. Also, I tried a couple of wrap dresses and Just didbt love them. What I did love were high waisted non maternity maxi dresses. So flattering and comfortable. Finally, you look adorable, happy and healthy.

  45. Theresa
    May 20, 2015

    Pregnancy is such a wonderful thing — it stinks that clothing can take a lot of the fun out of it! I hated the loose/flowy shirts when I was pregnant — but couldn’t stand form fitting dresses. I was definitely more of a tight on top, lose on bottom girl during my summer pregnancy. I had a heck of a time with work pants though — at 6 feet tall it was super hard to find any long enough! Like others, I can’t say enough good things about the Target & Old Navy maternity lines — easy to find, comfortable, cute (I really loved Target’s full panel shorts), and they worked postpartum as well. If you need some nicer pieces, don’t feel bad splurging at the higher end (relatively speaking) maternity stores like Motherhood — they’ve got some nice stuff for when you need it. And for what it’s worth, I got some maternity panties too — it really helped with how snugger dresses and leggings looked and felt! Once you’ve got a more pronounced bump, I think you’ll have an easier time with clothing. Good luck!

  46. Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut
    May 21, 2015

    I actually like the gray tank (although it doesn’t look like it will “last” much longer) and the striped dress, too! It’s all about your comfort level though. I do feel your pain. I am 24 weeks along and the aspect of pregnancy I have found most difficult is trying to dress myself in flattering ways. And…it’s only going to get harder. Try to stay positive, though…that’s key. Each piece you feel good in is like a mini victory. If you actually like the items you buy, then it might be easier to repeat them often — which no one will judge you for!
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  47. bry
    May 21, 2015

    I’m 35 weeks now, up 35 lbs, and I have not enjoyed getting dressed since about 18 weeks. I probably spent $350 on maternity clothes. $100 on new bras because as you said being a DD you need good support! I bought 3 pairs of maternity scrubs for work and have mostly worn those to work. I do not look fashionable, and that’s ok.

    Also there is a site swap.com that sells consignment clothes. There are new, slightly worn and well worn options on there. I’m super glad I bought some capris and pants on there for $8 because you will only wear them for 2-3 months before they no longer fit (in my case).

    I recommend checking out target, TJmax, Ross and other cheaper stores.

    Good luck, and remember you aren’t alone. Some women love their pregnant bodies, and some of us are just working towards the delivery to get our bodies back.

  48. Trish
    May 23, 2015

    I think I was a test subject for Stitch Fix maternity because I started getting them last October. I ended up getting 3 boxes. One of my favorite things they have is this Stitch Fix brand cami’s that come in a 3 pack of white, black and nude and cost like $35ish for the 3 pack. I wore those so much. I wore them to work under cardigans and if a shirt was too short to cover the bump, I would put one on. They were like silky feeling, tight fitting but tons of room to grow (the fabric would go down to my knees but will stay wherever you wanted them too). I highly recommend asking for those.

  49. Lucia
    May 23, 2015

    Thank you for your honesty about your struggles with your body right now. I’m 18 weeks and feeling the same way about being somewhere in the middle of maternity and non-maternity. Reading your last couple posts has made me feel like I’m in good company about my feelings!

  50. Nikki R.
    May 24, 2015

    I am so so terribly jealous of all you cute pregnant women in the blogosphere! Mostly because you get to try Stitch Fix’s maternity clothes, hah! I’m a little curvier than the norm so Stitch Fix is very hit-or-miss for me, but I’m sure they’ll progress as they grow. LOVE the first top!

  51. Jenni
    May 25, 2015

    I think you looked pretty good in everything!

    I must admit that I think the striped maternity dress looks awesome.

    I worked in Sao Paulo a number of years ago and it seemed every pregnant woman I saw in the street had a dress that was practically painted on it was so clingy. But id did show all the curves

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