A little over 14 weeks now and I can’t zip up my jeans anymore. My bump’s growing and becoming more evident. It’s an awesome thing to watch my tummy grow, but wardrobe-wise, it’s becoming quite a challenge. And I hate shopping for new clothes.
Some Mommy friends recommended that I get a belly band. It’s a piece of soft, stretchy fabric that you wear around your belly, and over those unbuttoned jeans. It looks like this when worn:
You can fold the the band below your belly button, but I like stretching mine over my whole bump because I find it more comfortable. And look, it goes smoothly over those unbuttoned jeans!
I just pull my top over the belly band and ta-da! See how smooth the top is? No unsightly unzipped and unbuttoned jeans. They can help hold your pants up too. I can breathe easy. Best of all, I can still wear my pre-pregnancy jeans.
The belly band is a great way to maximize shorts and pants that I currently have. That saves me a trip to the mall and major wardrobe money! It’s also great for the phase I’m in now, when maternity clothes are still big for me, but I’m getting too tight for my current wardrobe.
There are different brands of belly bands in the market. I bought mine from the maternity store Havin’ A Baby. One piece costs around P500. It’s very much worth the price! It’s so much cheaper than having to buy maternity pants for now. Belly bands come in different colors.
This has been my only maternity accessory so far. Another great thing about it? I think I can wear it even post-pregnancy, when I want to wear my old jeans but still can’t quite fit into them. 😉
AnneMarch 4, 2009 at 3:12 pm (14 years ago)
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delishMarch 4, 2009 at 3:12 pm (14 years ago)
Mommy Toni… you’re sooo cute!
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kreezMarch 4, 2009 at 3:37 pm (14 years ago)
awww baby bump is adorable… that is one nifty accessory.
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rowieMarch 4, 2009 at 3:46 pm (14 years ago)
Another use: it’s super-useful for breastfeeding. You can breastfeed in a regular shirt and when you lift your shirt up, your tummy isn’t exposed to the world.
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FayeMarch 4, 2009 at 4:18 pm (14 years ago)
I wish I found those when I was still pregnant!
Bump looks great on you, Toni! Growing by day…
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hazeMarch 4, 2009 at 5:05 pm (14 years ago)
i think i have to get one for myself too. some of my maternity clothes are too outdated na. (lol)
your baby bump is too adorable! enjoy your pregnancy fellow preggy mom *hugs*
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SintaMarch 4, 2009 at 5:21 pm (14 years ago)
The belly band is a great invention I hear from my friends Awww, cute, the little bump is there! *waves at it* hello little bump ^_^
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DaphneMarch 4, 2009 at 5:25 pm (14 years ago)
Hey that’s an interesting piece of clothing.
Can non pregnant women with big bellies wear that as well? hehe
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kaiskeebeatMarch 4, 2009 at 5:25 pm (14 years ago)
i’m not preggers but i want, no- I NEED a belly band 😛
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Shai CogginsMarch 4, 2009 at 7:48 pm (14 years ago)
hehe. Cute bump!
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annehmMarch 4, 2009 at 8:11 pm (14 years ago)
havin’ a baby also has bra extenders. it saved me from buying bigger bras when i was pregnant. you hook the extenders to your bra hooks at the back so they get longer.
LissaMarch 5, 2009 at 7:25 am (14 years ago)
I used one similar to that called Bella Band and you’re right. It’s so worth it. I didn’t start buying maternity clothes officially until I was in my 20th week or so.
dyanieMarch 5, 2009 at 9:15 am (14 years ago)
saying hello to Timmy! **wave**
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bemMarch 5, 2009 at 11:09 am (14 years ago)
very practical accessory. hindi ko yan nadiscover when i was preggy a. cute at ang smooth ng bump ni mami toni! ingats!
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iskaMarch 6, 2009 at 3:18 pm (14 years ago)
wow toni! congrats!
that’s very fashionable… meron na kaya nyan nung ako’y nagbuntis about 9 yrs ago? ang ganda!
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Rach (Heart of Rachel)March 7, 2009 at 4:57 pm (14 years ago)
That’s a cool accessory. I’ve never had one when I was pregnant.
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Meikah DelidMarch 7, 2009 at 7:00 pm (14 years ago)
Wow, you’re expecting! Isn’t it cool? Yeah the band is really perfect, huh. You take care!
blackbvMarch 17, 2009 at 2:02 am (14 years ago)
Thank you for your submission to the advice for women from women blog carnival.
Kylie Mills-ColemanApril 16, 2009 at 10:47 am (14 years ago)
Hi, it’s great you’ve found Bella Band. You might also like to try Belly Belt, which holds up pants, skirts and so on. It actually works very well either with Bella Band or by itself with a long top. Some women find that it takes them almost all the way through pregnancy, and for others it will give them a good 2-3 months extra wear from their regular clothes.
Maybe this will be your second maternity accessory? Would be interested in your comments.
Kylie from Fertile Mind, makers of Belly Belt maternity clothes solution
JoeyJuly 7, 2009 at 11:32 am (14 years ago)
I bought mine at http://hipmomsandbabies.multiply.com for php250 each. Bought 3 :D.
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Belly BandAugust 13, 2009 at 8:23 am (14 years ago)
Belly band are really important for expecting woman.