The rubberband maternity trick

In the first few weeks/months of your pregnancy, things might get a little awkward pants-wise. You’re often not big enough yet to justify full blown maternity pants, and things are getting a little snug in the tummy region.

Well there’s a quick and easy solution to that.

What you’ll need:

  • A rubber band or hair elastic
  • A pair of jeans/pants

What to do:

  1. With your pants unzipped, thread the rubber band through the button hole
  2. Thread one end of the rubber band through the other end (securing the band to the button hole)
  3. Now use the rubber band as your new button hole
  4. Voila! easy and it probably cost you $0, if like me you have  million rubber bands and hair elastics lying around!

Once you hit halfway through your second trimester this probably won’t work so well anymore (unless your one of those fabulously tall women who carry their babies high).

Next up we’ll be DIYing our own Belly bands, and Belly belts

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  1. Ariel says

    I still do this and I am 6 months! My mom did it when she was pregnant with me! Such a great idea! Maternity pants can cost a lot!

  2. Amy says

    Everybody thought I was crazy for doing that… Glad I’m not the only one that’s done it!!

  3. Tabitha says

    Thanks so much. I’ve been using this tip for a few weeks now. I can get my pants closed, but then it feels wrong or uncomfortable. 4th baby means I’ll be doing the other diy maternity tutorials earlier. 14 weeks and I’m feeling really grateful for all the tutorials. (Yeah, we thought we were done so I didn’t bring my clothes when we moved.)

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  6. Julie says

    Thank you so much for posting demonstration photos! I’d heard about this but couldn’t get my head around how it was supposed to work.. I’m 16 weeks now and sitting down in my tight work trousers is getting uncomfortable.

  7. says

    This is a great and cheap way to avoid maternity pants. I like it! If you’re willing to spend a little bit of money, you can purchase the BabyBumper which covers up the zipper and button so there is no chance of the opening being exposed. I am in my 5th month now, and wear it all day long. It’s very comfortable and allows me to feel free like no other products on the market.


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