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Enter to win a FREE pair of Mama Black Maternity Jeans! April 3, 2008

Filed under: Giveaways — Rachel @ 12:34 pm
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Mama Black maternity jeans hit the maternity market last year and made quite a splash!  Their styles are sexy, with a great fit and a reasonable price tag.  The Celebrity and Cha Cha are truly my overall maternity jean favorites because I love, love, LOVE the Mama Black over-the-belly waistband. 

Did I say “over-the-belly”?  Yes!  Girls, I wear under-the-belly with the best of them, but when it comes to heavy jeans, over-the-belly is better.  You have to try it to see, but they just stay up.  Period.  And, if jeans are going to look good on your bum they just CANNOT slouch and sag the way under-the-belly styles always do.  I love that Mama Black jeans hug the legs and butt for a very sexy, cute fit.  In my experience their waistband is also more comfy to sit in because it doesn’t cut you off at the waist.  I spend a bit of time sitting at this keyboard.  When I was pregnant, I wore my over-the-belly jeans to work everytime they were clean. 

Besides the Celebrity and Cha Cha styles, Mama Black added Supernova and Suri this spring.  Supernova is a lighter wash denim with more of a straight, slim leg.  Suri is a gray denim trouser with an under-belly band for those of you who just cannot believe that over-the-belly is better 😉

Enter to Win! Entering is free and no purchase is necessary.  Just tell us which Mama Black maternity jeans (at EuphoriaMaternity.com) are your favorite style.  Do so by adding your comment below.  Enter now through April 30th.  We’ll choose a random winner from all participants! 

Euphoria will pay shipping.  Winner will be notified by email, at which point a shipping address will be requested.

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Over or Under-the-Belly? September 11, 2007

Filed under: Pregnancy — Rachel @ 3:27 pm
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What’s the deal with over-the-belly maternity pants, ie. pants with “panels”, verses under-the-belly styles?  If you go shopping with your mother, she probably looks at the under-the-belly styles with some scepticism.  But, if you’re a first time maternity shopper,  you think, “Great, these look more like normal pants!”  Which style is best?  Truth be told, this is a hard one!  Some women swear by panels, others treat them with revulsion.  I think they both have their pros and cons. 

Over-the-belly

Pros:  

  • Keeps pants up as long as it rides over the largest part of the belly
  • Very comfortable when sitting down
  • Fits longer if you tend to gain weight in your hips
  • Creates a sleek fit, holding everything in like a body-shaper

Cons:

  • You’ll see the panel under very light-colored or thin tops
  • If you’re tummy becomes very large, you could grow out of the panel
  • If the panel is short (ie a half panel), it may not stay up at all in your last few months
  • Gets hot in warm weather

Under-the-belly

Pros:

  • Well-designed waistbands don’t even look maternity, so you don’t have to cover the band and you can wear them post-partum too!
  • Fits longer if you tend to gain weight in the belly
  • Avoids adding an extra layer of clothing

Cons:

  • Can be uncomfortable if you carry your baby very low or when sitting down
  • If you’re thicker through the middle, can create a “bulgy” look
  • Tends to fall down when you’re active or bending/squatting

If you’re pregnant for the first time, start off by choosing one of each style.  Wear them sitting, exercising, playing etc. and figure out what works best for you!

 

3 Months Pregnant – Fit Advice May 24, 2007

Filed under: Pregnancy — Rachel @ 1:22 pm
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Question:

I am just 3 months pregnant, and the jeans I have purchased are a little large. Should I exchange them for the smaller size or am I likely to grow into them before long?

Answer:

Thanks for writing.  At 3 months pregnant, you really haven’t hit your growth surge yet, which will occur sometime between 4.5 – 6 months, depending if this is your first or a subsequent pregnancy.  Most women go up a whole size from the first trimester to the last, so I can almost guarantee that the jeans will fit you by your last 3 months and during part of your 2nd trimester, as long as they are not 2 sizes too big right now.  You can expect to grow in the waist, hips, and bottom, as a matter of course.

It is entirely up to you weather you’d like to return them now or hold on to them.  Keeping in mind that most of your growth is to come and that cool maternity jeans are so hard to find, I’d recommend that you keep them.  Personally, I’ve just had to buy a new pair of maternity jeans in my 6th month because I bought my first pair to fit me in my 4th month and now they’re too small.  I’ve only gained a little less than the recommended weight, so excess weight gain was not the issue.  However, this is my second pregnancy, so I started showing sooner. 
Best of luck in making your decision!
Sincerely,
Rachel
EuphoriaMaternity.com