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The rubberband maternity trick

September 27th, 2010

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

34 Responses

  1. Alex says:

    Gosh (bangs palm to forehead) I can’t believe I never thought of doing that

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  10. nicole says:

    this saved me today! 17 weeks and barely squeezing into my regular jeans! now i feel like i can breathe :)

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  12. 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!

  13. Amy says:

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

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  16. 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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