When Do Most Women Start Wearing Maternity Clothes

When do most women start wearing maternity clothes? Many women wait until they start showing, but some will buy maternity clothes earlier, simply for comfort reasons.

Maternity Clothes by Week
By week six, you probably haven't started to show yet, but you will notice that your jeans are fitting tighter. Some women will simply buy pants a size bigger at this time, but some may buy maternity clothing.

At week seven, the baby is only about 13 millimeters in length, so the mother is not showing yet. At week eight, the baby is 14 to 20 millimeters long. This is about the size of a baby lima bean. While you're still not showing, clothing can start to feel restrictive. Clothing that's one size bigger will help you feel more comfortable and give you something to wear after delivery. At this point, women usually start to buy maternity clothing. If this is your second baby, you may start showing, but generally not enough to buy maternity clothing.

Your breasts may be sore toward the end of the first trimester. Purchasing maternity bras may help with the soreness. This is probably the first piece of maternity clothing you will buy, unless you choose to buy maternity clothing rather than slightly larger clothes.

At week 9, the baby is 22 to 30 millimeters long (about an inch) and weighs less than an ounce. You will start putting on weight as your baby starts to form. Your uterus is still growing and is about the size of a small cantaloupe. Weight gain from fluid retention may make your normal-sized clothing feel quite restrictive. You can still get away with a larger size clothing. If this is not your first pregnancy, you may notice a little belly by now, but you are still not really showing.

At week 10, the baby will be about 31 to 42 millimeters-just a bit more than an inch and a half long. Most people still cannot tell you are pregnant at this point, even though you think you may be starting to show. Most of the changes will take place in the next few weeks.

By 12 weeks, the baby is about 2 1/2 inches long. At this point, your uterus pops out of your pelvis and rests just above the pubic bone. It continues to grow into your abdomen.

At 13 weeks, you will want to start wearing loose-fitting clothing. Clothes won't fit as well, but you are actually too small to start wearing maternity clothing, unless you like the "baggy" look. At the 14th week, your belly should start having a pouchy look to it. By now, you should be looking at maternity clothing. Depending on your build, you may or may not fit into maternity clothing at this point. By weeks 16 and 17, most women are wearing maternity clothing.

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