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good luck shopping!
There are lots of 'normal' clothes out there that can pass for maternity clothes, find pants with wide stretch waistbands and always buy the next size above what you would currently fit in.
I had 1xshorts, 3xpants, 5x tops, 3xsinglet tops as didn't want to buy too much, just had to wash often. also had a couple of belly bands which were great for under normal tops as it looked like you have on another top underneath and don't have to worry about your belly popping out when you reach up.
Don't buy too much as you change size quickly in the last trimester and will need to get more pants then.
I've been innovative with my jeans and got a stretchy hair tie, hooked thru the button hole and back over the button, then I wear a maternity wrap (Target in maternity section $20) its just like a big stretchy headband that you wear like a low belt? over the top, no-one can see the zip isn't done up!!
You can also buy "belly belts" at Big W in bra section $30, they do the same thing as my hair tie - but are a bit nicer...
For summer - I bought one pair of good quality maternity jean shorts -Target $50, some long singlets from Supre $15, and some hippy skirts $25-$30 at Big W, oh and maternity togs/swimmers $35 at Big W. I will live in them until I have bub!
***I should add I'm not a size 8 *sigh* (used to be 100 years ago) I'm about a size 14 (sometimes 16 YIPES!) - and I still found nice things in Supre to fit me and my bump! So it's worth a look***
[Edited on 11/10/2008]
i grew out of my jeans at 12 weeks, but can still wear some of my pre pregnancy tops!
i went and bought heaps of maternity clothes from big w and pumpkin patch. buy things that will make you feel good and dont be afraid to show that little pot belly!
i actually found wearing maternity clothes was a great thing because i was feeling so depressed about how big my hips were getting, and wearing these clothes makes me feel comfy and most importantly beautiful.
I just got about 4 maternity tops from Kmart that look quite nice. Oh and I picked up a bargain at pumpkin patch a while ago, a nice longish, but shortsleeve top for $15, marked down from $69.95, so that will come in handy now and there's still plenty of room in it coz I brought a larger size. I'm normally a 14 too, so certainly not one of those tiny, bearly-know-that-you're-pregnant people.
I'm in the same boat as you. I don't know if you are in NZ or Australia, me in NZ - there is no such thing as maternity clothes for big girls here. I've just had to go and get some gear yesterday. KMart plus size range was great for stretchy jeans and their tops are really good. I've also had to buy a new bra, so far only up one cup size to 20D. As long as I stay a 20, there is a good range of maternity bras in Arthur Barnetts (dunedin) up to a 20F. There does seem to be the idea that big girls don't have boyfriends/husbands, they don't have sex, and they certainly don't have babies! I guess we have proved them wrong smile
vickiw... there is a shop called maternity revolution that I believe you can shop online at that does maternity clothes in size 6 - 26.
Maybe this could help? This is where I buy my maternity clothes smile
I was lucky as it was winter and just got LONG tops.
I'm 12 weeks this time and still easily fitting into all my 'normal' clothes. So fingers crossed its like my first pregnancy.
I actually found tho that Jay Jays has some great singlets and boob tubes that are really long and then you can layer them with other tops. smile