When I was pregnant with our second I had a Bella Band
. This band of stretchy material lets you wear your own jeans longer, and maternity clothes more comfortably. It also allows you to get back into your pre-pregnancy jeans sooner than you otherwise would. Somewhere between that last pregnancy and this one I lost the Bella Band. I had planned on buying one to have while I transition back to regular clothes after baby is born, then I found this tutorial
. The instructions on making your own belly band are just too easy to justify shelling out $25 for a store bought one.
If you have a tube top in your closet, then the work is done for you, simply wear that around your waist. If you're like me and (for the benefit of everyone around) abandoned the tube top after baby #1, then you'll have a bit of sewing ahead of you. Take an old stretchy T-shirt and cut it into a tube top, then finish the seam. This will leave you with a thick band. If you don't have old T-shirts kicking around, pick up a couple from the thrift store. Making them in different colors will leave you with loads of flexibility. The belly band will help your pants fit better, but it also lets you wear pre-pregnancy shirts over-top. You'll know that your shirt is too short and your pants aren't done up, but look like you're sporting a trendy layered look.