I’m currently 4 weeks away from being a new mom (for the second time) and I’ve had the hardest time finding maternity clothes that fit. Aside from a few larger fitting maternity pieces from my last pregnancy, I’ve for the most part been living in the same pair of size 16 maternity jeans and a rotation of my husbands shirts for the past 8 months.
It’s not that I’m comfortable in them either. In fact, I feel embarrassed both for me and for my husband when I go out to dinner with him in his clothing and the same pair of jeans that I have to keep stitching up because I’ve worn a whole in the crotch area from where my thighs rub together. I mean, I like dressing up. I like looking pretty. I like fashion and putting outfits together. I just can’t find anything that fits.
I remember leaving the Motherhood Maternity fitting room at Wiregrass Mall in tears when I was just 6 months pregnant because even the largest sizes they carried were too tight. And forget online shopping where practically everything is designed for women who are either stick thin or who at the very least aren’t larger than a size 12. So I just gave up. Because while the alternative wasn’t ideal, at least it didn’t involve tears and eating my feelings.
The crazy part is, it wasn’t until last week when my husband was Googling dresses for the maternity shoot he wants me to do (for those of you who don’t know, my hubby is a part time photographer) that I finally had a revelation.
So what was it that he Googled? “Plus sized maternity dresses.”
When I read the search, it hurt. I don’t know how else to explain it other than the thought that kept echoing in my brain, “Plus sized? Is this how my husband sees me?” Not surprisingly, this brought on the waterworks. Especially when I kept thinking how ugly the $95 non-refundable dress was that he found…
So out of defiance, I did my own Google search for maternity dresses. After several hours of sifting through dresses that yet again couldn’t possibly fit me, I caved and Googled “plus sized maternity” and almost immediately found a online store called Pink Blush.
Within minutes of searching through the site a huge weight was lifted off of my shoulders. The models looked like ME. The clothes were CUTE. Everything was in MY SIZE.
And do you know what? I cried. I was so happy, I cried.
I even found and ordered a dress!
Now I’m not saying that my weight is healthy or that I’ve resigned myself to being this size for the rest of my life… I mean, I’m 5’5″ and 229 lbs. Even considering the fact that I’m 8 months pregnant, I’m significantly overweight for my height and I have zero medical or hereditary reasons for being so.
I am a 1X. This is not who, but what I am, and there is nothing wrong with that.
P.S. Seriously though, Pink Blush is right up my ally. They carry both maternity and non-maternity wear and both plus and regular sized clothing, and their prices are very reasonable. I can’t attest to the quality quite yet because I just ordered my dress (and the jewelry featured with it on the website) yesterday, but I can honestly tell you that it has been years since I felt this excited about fashion again and I am just so, so excited.