Ode to a Bella Band

The single defining characteristic of maternity clothing is not fitting.  It’ s not the fault of the clothing designers.  It’s the fact that in 40 weeks which despite the feeling at the time isn’t that much time, the female uterus expands more than 500 times its original size and the body must adjust to that rapid inflation.  Unless someone has the money to purchase a newly tailored wardrobe every week, one is destined to spend 40 weeks not fitting into various clothing.

I am facing an additional dilemma with this pregnancy in that I’ve got two southern summer babies, and a maternity wardrobe to match.  All of my late term pregnancy clothing is for warm weather.  It’s not warm here.  Yesterday the mackerdoodle (ever observant and willing to remark on her observations) asked me why the spaces between the “snappers” on my shirt were trying to stretch apart.  And that is one of the biggest winter shirts I own.

Fortunately I have a lot of sweaters and “over layers” to bridge the gaps in my wardrobe, but the number one winter maternity wardrobe redeemer is the Bella Band.  Not only does it bridge the gap between a “shrinking” wardrobe and a growing baby bump, but it is another warm layer on a cold day.  I abandoned my Bella Bands at this stage in my summer pregnancies because I was hot (not in the Paris Hilton sense) but this time around I’m loving that extra layer.

I’m not being paid or compensated in anyway to appreciate Bella Band, I’m just a fan, and frankly these are the types of things weighing on my mind these days.


About Coralie

After 11 years of infertility, I am now a mother to three, a wife of a Presbyterian (ARP) preacher and a struggling homemaker. Welcome to my little corner of the net. Kick off your shoes, put your feet up and join the conversation. View all posts by Coralie

3 responses to “Ode to a Bella Band

  • suzanne

    Did you already know that the uterus expands more than 500x its normal size during pregnancy, or is that little tidbit thanks to my AWESOME baby quiz at the baby shower (even if some of the questions and answers were a little bit….um, questionable)? Am I tooting my own horn here? Most definitely.

  • suzanne

    P.S. My offer for you to go through my winter maternity clothes is still valid 🙂

  • Marci

    If you want, I can dig through my maternity clothes and see what I’ve got that would work in the cold weather! Zoe was born in May, so most of the stuff I wore later in pregnancy is short sleeved, but I think I’ve still got some long sleeve stuff that may work. And a few sweaters. Just let me know!

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