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One of my first symptoms during both pregnancies was bloating, and I mean insane bloating. At 5 to 6 weeks, my work pants and normal shorts were already tight and actually starting to hurt to wear.
There was no way I was changing to maternity clothes that early. I like to stay out of them as long as possible. Instead, I turned to the rubber band pants trick to help and it worked wonders!
What is the Rubber Band Pants Trick?
This trick extends the waist on your pants to allow for more room. It lets you keep your normal pants for longer while pregnant. I am currently using this technique at 14 weeks pregnant and will continue it for as long as I can.
What do you need?
1 rubber band
That is it! I recommend a smaller, but sturdy rubber band. If you only have a longer rubber band, you can still use it for this trick. I will tell you how.
How do you do it?
Wrap the rubber band around the button on your pants at least twice. This allows the rubber band to stay put when you are in a restroom. Who wants it to fall on the floor?! If you have a longer rubber band, continue to wrap the rubber band around the button until there’s about an inch left. You can always have more or less leeway left depending on how much of an extension you need.
Now slide the rubber band through the backside of the button slot and toward the front, then wrap it back around the button.
- Wear longer shirts so others are not aware
- Keep an extra rubber band on hand in your purse in case the one you are using randomly breaks
- The longer the leeway after wrapping it around the button, the more it will help extend your pants
- You can get more of an extension by zipping up your pants a little less as well