The Belly Band

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14 weeks and I can't button my jeans anymore

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:

Belly Band to the rescue

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!

Smooth bump!

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. 😉

21 Comments on The Belly Band

  1. delish
    March 4, 2009 at 3:12 pm (11 years ago)

    Mommy Toni… you’re sooo cute! :)

    delishs last blog post..Summer Sprucing

    Haha thanks Mec!

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  2. rowie
    March 4, 2009 at 3:46 pm (11 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. :)

    rowies last blog post..Breastfeeding wear and pillows.

    Will keep that in mind 😉

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  3. Faye
    March 4, 2009 at 4:18 pm (11 years ago)

    I wish I found those when I was still pregnant!
    Bump looks great on you, Toni! Growing by day… :)

    Fayes last blog post..Celebrating the 4th on February

    Thank you Faye!

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  4. haze
    March 4, 2009 at 5:05 pm (11 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*

    hazes last blog post..the takoyaki quest has ended

    Go go! Sulit na sulit. 😀

    Hugs to my fellow preggy mom too!

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  5. Sinta
    March 4, 2009 at 5:21 pm (11 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 ^_^

    Sintas last blog post..Northanger Abbey & Quilting

    It’s my favorite maternity accessory! Oh wait, it’s the only maternity accessory I have. Haha!

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  6. Daphne
    March 4, 2009 at 5:25 pm (11 years ago)

    Hey that’s an interesting piece of clothing.

    Can non pregnant women with big bellies wear that as well? hehe

    Daphnes last blog post..Beaute de Maman

    Yes! I think I’ll be wearing this even after I give birth. 😉

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  7. kaiskeebeat
    March 4, 2009 at 5:25 pm (11 years ago)

    i’m not preggers but i want, no- I NEED a belly band 😛

    kaiskeebeats last blog post..what grows in your garden

    You can wear one naman eh even if not preggy! 😉 Buy sa Amazon!

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  8. annehm
    March 4, 2009 at 8:11 pm (11 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.

    Thanks! I saw them also, will buy when I need na. But honestly I think I need new bras because the cups are beginning to get tight.

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  9. Lissa
    March 5, 2009 at 7:25 am (11 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.

    There are Bella Bands here too! They’re too pricey for me, haha. Buti nalang may local version!

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  10. bem
    March 5, 2009 at 11:09 am (11 years ago)

    very practical accessory. hindi ko yan nadiscover when i was preggy a. cute at ang smooth ng bump ni mami toni! ingats!

    bems last blog post..i love kuya

    Thanks bem!

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  11. iska
    March 6, 2009 at 3:18 pm (11 years ago)

    wow toni! congrats!

    that’s very fashionable… meron na kaya nyan nung ako’y nagbuntis about 9 yrs ago? ang ganda!

    iskas last blog post..Tricolour Fettuccine Alfredo

    Naisip ko nga baka may nakaisip na ibaba yun tube top nya to the belly tapos ayan! Belly band! 😀

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  12. Rach (Heart of Rachel)
    March 7, 2009 at 4:57 pm (11 years ago)

    That’s a cool accessory. I’ve never had one when I was pregnant.

    Rach (Heart of Rachel)s last blog post..Photo Hunt :: Space

    I’m glad I was told about it. At least I can still maximize my jeans!

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  13. Meikah Delid
    March 7, 2009 at 7:00 pm (11 years ago)

    Wow, you’re expecting! Isn’t it cool? Yeah the band is really perfect, huh. You take care! :)

    Thanks Meikah!

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  14. Kylie Mills-Coleman
    April 16, 2009 at 10:47 am (11 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.
    Good Luck!
    Kylie from Fertile Mind, makers of Belly Belt maternity clothes solution

    Thanks for the tip! :)

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  15. Belly Band
    August 13, 2009 at 8:23 am (10 years ago)

    Belly band are really important for expecting woman.

    Reply

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