full-panel time

If you've been pregnant before, you know what I mean.

Early on, you can get away with the rubber band trick, or the low-waist jean. The then tummy expands and it's time for the roll panel.

But eventually, you have to surrender and accept the full panel. You've seen the full panel on other pregnant women, and always thought, surely there is another option. Surely there is no reason to wear pants that cover your entire stomach in fabric. But then you get sick of your stomach pushing your jeans down around your hips, and inadvertantly flashing crack because the back of your pants is creeping down, too. Keeping your pants up becomes like trying to keep a sock midway up a balloon. Eventually, things are gonna roll down. Tugging up your pants becomes tiresome. So unless you want to wear suspenders that hook to your bra to keep your pants up . . .

. . . it's time to suck up your pride and wear the full panel. It's hideous. It's tacky. But oh, it's comfortable.

(Do you like how I use a tube-sock on a balloon analogy as if this is some common experience that we all share? As if you are reading this and nodding your head going, yes, yes, I know what you mean, based on all the times I myself have tried putting a tube-sock on a balloon. . . )


  1. I LOVE the tube sock analogy and even got the most distinct mental image!! SMILES!

    Great post! Congrats on your pregnancy and all your hard work to get through each day! I know when I was pregnant, lugging around that weighted belly was a job that no one have ever explained to me!

  2. Tube sock on a balloon. lol

    I hate those full panel pants because they were never comfortable to me. I carry my babies high and having elastic around my ribs bothered me a lot.

    I always opt for the half panel ones or the strip of fabric right at the top of pants. They don't stay up quite as well, but at least I was comfortable.

  3. I had a love/hate relationship with full panels. On one hand, I'm short, so those under the belly pants never worked for me. There is no under my belly. That's my crotch. :-) On the other hand, those panels are ugly as hell.

    This last pregnancy, someone suggested I just buy yoga pants. I realized the "maternity" pants I had just gotten at Target were really glorified yoga pants (no panels, but stretchy waist), so I stopped buying maternity pants with panels and just bought yoga pants. Worked like a charm. Now that I'm a few weeks postpartum and still lumpy, I can wear those same yoga pants and they're comfy.


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