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Old 03-09-2011, 11:37 AM   #1
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This is my last baby and I don't want to spend a fortune on maternity clothes for just 4 mos. Where can I find tops that aren't necessarily maternity but will fit over a big belly? It would be really nice if I could still wear them after the baby.

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Old 03-09-2011, 11:50 AM   #2
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My friend told me to go to wal-mart and buy their cheap t-shirts two sizes bigger than I would normally wear.
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Old 03-09-2011, 11:56 AM   #3
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It depends on how big your belly is, really. I mainly wore non-maternity sweaters at the end of my pregnancy, but I didn't pop out that much (it was only my first, though!) Are there any maternity consignment shops near you? I just found on in my area that I am totally going to hit up once we try for another one. They have really cute, cheap stuff.

Alternately, lots of Junior styles are super long in the torso, so buying a large or XL in a junior size in a stretchy cotton might work.

Oh, and OLD NAVY tops. I don't know how tall you are, but I am 5 3' and long-torso-ed, and I wore old navy non-maternity tops my whole pregnancy. I find that their sizes run large and long.
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My belly gets really big, and this is my third! Right now I'm wearing long tops from old navy (non-maternity).
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Do you have a Kid to Kid store near you? They have great prices on maternity clothes!
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Goodwill & other thrift shops (as well as garage and church sales) have supplied my entire maternity wardrobe! Some of them are nice peasant-type tops that will work for me after baby, too.
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I have bought all my shirts from walmart $7 bucks for long sleeved ones. I have been wearing them, and can wear them after too. I bought a large which is what I would normally wear. They are longer styled anyways, so they have covered my huge belly.

I just recently found tshirts at walmart on clearance and they are more stretchy, I actually got a size small in those and they fit great.
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I go to Goodwill and search. So far a lot of my shirts are non-maternity. I just look for the stretchy kind that you normally wear with leggings. They have a maternity section as well, but a lot of the things are older styles, although sometimes you can find nice things!
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Re: Thrifty maternity style

I'm 37 weeks and still wearing some stretchy tops that I had from before (non-maternity). They are pretty fitted so they were always layering tops, still are (i.e. I wear something over top of them). I like the belly band for tummy coverage too. Another good thing I got is a yoga t-shirt with some stretch to it in one size up - so it doesn't look huge and baggy but it has some room for my belly, plus it's nice and long.

Finally I'd definitely check out an Old Navy maternity section if you have one nearby (or their website too). You can get stuff on sale for really good prices, like tops for $5. I got the really roomy ones early on and I thought they'd never fit but now they are nice and long and big enough. Some of them are cheap enough that really it makes more sense to get them than to get a big shapeless t-shirt from somewhere else and you'll feel better. You can always sell on craigslist or donate to a pregnancy crisis centre after.
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