One of the first clothing issues you’ll notice early on in your pregnancy are your pants. You can obviously buy maternity pants, or make your own – but there is a downside to that- you’ll probably need to buy/make a number of maternity pants to get you through your pregnancy.
Another option is a belly band ( like the very popular Bella Band). It’s basically a seamless tube of jersey fabric that you can use with your unbuttoned pants to keep them up and offer coverage to your lower abdomen.
Once again though, they can be expensive – but it’s not too hard to make something very similar yourself, that will do the same job – and you won’t even need to know how to sew!
What you’ll need:
- An old tshirt, cami or tank top that is very stretchy and fits snuggly on your body. I’d say go for a size smaller than you’d normally wear. It doesn’t need to be seamless, but if you can find one – great!
What to do:
- Measure at least 12″ from the hem (but I found more was better), and cut
- You’re done! (Optionally you could hem this edge by turning in 1/2″ and topstitching to keep it neat). Now you can put on your pants (with the zipper unzipped), pop your DIY belly band over the top, and you’re good to go!
The added benefit of using a belly band is that it also helps give you some extra belly coverage under those pesky maternity tops, that somehow never seem to fit a real baby bump!!