In Her Words
Coming out of the post-partum closet
By: Janya Veranth
When I was pregnant with my son, I never lost my waistline; it just crept ever-so-slowly up my midriff until it was right under my breasts. People said I didn’t look pregnant from the back because I still had a pretty curvy figure. From the front, though, it was obvious I’d swallowed a very large watermelon.
My waistline never returned to its original post. It’s not as high as it was, but it’s still quite high and a lot closer to my ribcage than before. I figure this is how high-waisted, long-pocket mom jeans came to be; a fashion brainchild born to fit the elongated midsections of new mommies needing comfort and functionality.
I swore I would never succumb to the parody of mom jeans, but have found it hard to find the right pair of pants to fit onto my new post-partum body. The low-rise fashion jeans of my pre-baby days just won’t do; my uber-stretched abdominal muscles don’t have what it takes to hold up a pair of pants with a miniscule beltline. Plus, I got rid of all my fashion jeans before my son was born after having nightmares about not being able to lose the baby weight.
Thanks to frequent, high-calorie-burning breastfeeding sessions, I’ve lost most of the baby weight rather quickly, but I am left with an empty closet and hardly a thing to wear. I currently have two pair of pre-pregnancy pants in rotation, but they just don’t fit the way they used to. They pinch in places I’ve never felt before and hang loose where I need them snug. As much as I don’t want to admit it, I clearly need a pair of mom jeans; a pair of pants that understands where I need a little give-and-take. I have yet to find the perfect pair, but at least I’m out of my elastic waistband maternity jeans.
Tell us: What’s been your experience with post-pregnancy clothing?