...I love maternity clothing.
There's something just so affirming about buying maternity clothes. Because they fit. By the time you need them, nothing else fits, so going into a store, pulling something off the rack, and having it fit and look good just feels good.
Also, because the clothes are by necessity more relaxed in their cut and fit, they are more comfortable than regular "girl clothes." Have you noticed how uncomfortable clothes can be? The first time I put on a pair of maternity jeans with the soft stretchy waistband I was a convert. (Non-pregnant women should experience this too. Let's all rebel against our uncomfortable jeans!!)
There is a maternity shop in the mall near my house and tonight I hit it and stocked up on comfy t-shirts in yummy colors and a pair of jeans. I love how inexpensive the clothes are (shirts, $12, jeans, $19) because they're going to get wrecked anyway. See, that's something else they don't tell you about parenting, is that all your clothes get wrecked! But I digress.
Somehow I have more luck finding cute maternity clothes than regular clothes. Shopping for clothes when I am not pregnant is a frustrating experience that I tend to avoid. Then my supply of clothes that fit (and are not wrecked) dwindles down until I have next to nothing to wear, adding to the angst of getting out of the house with my kid. I'm constantly searching for something to put on. Clean is a bonus.
Really, at least as far as body-image and clothing goes, I could just remain pregnant for the rest of my life. Right around six months pregnant is just right. Your belly is round and you are obviously pregnant. There's something liberating about it. You cannot be skinny so you just don't sweat it. You just accept your body as it is.
I think round pregnant bellies in comfy t-shirts look good on me.
Somehow, when you are post-partum carrying thirty extra pounds around, it's not so joyous as when that round belly is full of baby. Shopping for clothes post-partum is NOT fun. There's just nothing out there for you.
Don't you think it's time for a compromise? We need comfortable, inexpensive, stylin' clothes for the real women. Anyone out there want to start a line?