Wednesday, October 31, 2007

It's just me....and the anatomy of maternity underwear.

Ok this is my first real blog of sorts. I have been plopped down all comfy over on the Myspace couch for sometime now. I have observed the blogosphere from a far but am yet to participate. This is quite inconvenient for BF (TransplantedKnitter) and therefore I am starting this here new blog.

At some point I will make it pretty. Promise.

A little background for new readers. I am 36 weeks pregnant with my first child. Spouse and I are transplants from NJ to the "Quiet Corner...or QC" of CT. Simply put...the part of CT where no one really seems to live and no one has ever heard of. Very rural and pretty neat! Some of the people in our birthing class don't even have computers and the closest mall is 45 minutes away in RI.

We have been here about 9 months. Only slightly longer then the babe (The Turkey...Spartacus/Spartacette, we are still working on names) has been in the womb.

See I meant it when I implied there was not a lot to do around here.

Many of my blogs center on the bathroom or bodily functions. I cant figure out why but they do. I guess I am just endlessly fascinated with the bathroom/body rituals of my home and in public...and now that I am thinking about it butt humor is very popular in my house.

So on that note I was considering my underwear the other night. There was nothing much on TV and since (as a Yankee fan living in New England) I can not stomach the Red Sox winning the World Series my mind wandered. Well I can stomach it; it certainly doesn't make me happy but its not like the Eagles are in the Super Bowl...that would be terrible! (Terrible in perspective of course.) I really just have more of a whatever feeling about it all.

I get off track sometimes sorry. But I should have mentioned earlier that I have a sports mental illness. I am obsessed. We live and breath football in this house. In the mornings I put on ESPN...not the local news. While we do love baseball it is also just a nice way to pass the time between football seasons and it looses a lot of pull once the real games begin. (Oh and your team has been knocked out of the playoffs....again.)

I digress.


I would like to know why product inconsistency is allowed to such a degree for pregnant woman. "Buy the size you were" is very misleading. I find the exact same type and style undies by the same reseller in one color completely different from another color variety.

The blue ones fall apart, the pink are just right, the purple GINORMOUS and the neutrals are about 2 sizes too small. Are there no standards? I have worn the same size panties from Victoria's Secret for about 15 years. Same kind, same size and no matter what pretty, cute, darling, sexy, or plain color I got they always fit the same way. I am actually mourning my old underwear.

Is it because VS are a respectable and publicly acceptable brand while "Motherhood" simply implies "Grandma Pants"?? Who is going to say anything? No one wants to question their undie making ethic. They would have to admit they are wearing them.

Then there are bras....don't even get me started on the bras. I started out with a generous breast size I wont lie but even the "It's not natural and you can only buy boobs this big" sizes are too small for me. I measured like a good girl and ordered my new...ummm..."shoulder sacks" of the nursing variety. They were so ill fitting that I actually measured two more times and made a couple of phone calls thinking I must have made a mistake. After 5 separate attempts and UPS really wondering why JCPenny delivered to my home everyday I gave up. I ordered my "new size" of the non-nursing variety. Same maker, same bra. Perfect fit.

That is just wrong.

Are they trying to make crazy hormonal women second guess everything about their new bodies by starting at the very basics?

I can understand changes from brand to brand and style to style but from color to color or boob flap to non-boob flap? Is it just me?

Tell me please it's not, because at this point I am at my wits end. How exactly am I going to handle it "when my milk comes in"? I suspect desperation will lead me to resort to using any combination of common house hold items to support the bus tour (face it, we go beyond girls here..we are girls on tour!!!).

Hmmmm....Spouse does insist however that most problems can be solved with duct tape and a leatherman.

Come to think of might not be such a bad idea. It would certainly save on shipping.


Anonymous said...

When I was preggers with Nathan I bought those underwear that come all the way up over the belly. With Asher I decided to go another route...I bought the underwear that are meant to go below the belly. This was a much better purchase, as I was not pulling them up all day!
Bras??? They suck! I had one "nursing" bra. I hated it. Nothing fit. I ended up cramming my HUGE melons into my old bras. I had to whip a boob out so often that it didn't seem to matter what I was wearing anyway.
My advice?
Just go braless and stay home for the first 3 months!

Julie Michaels said...

Not sure why it came up as anonymous...guess I should enter all my info.

Anonymous said...

That damn Julie! Who the hell does she think she is being the first to post, this blog is dedicated to me afterall!... tell her to BACK OFF! for heaven sake does she have nothing to do but stalk you? AHEM! Kidding Julie! Love ya :)

hmm, duct tape and leatherman bustier... should this particular article become a reality I want pictures. Of course you could go my route.. chinette plates and saran wrap..pahahahah

Clink said...

Julie is quick like that...she was a loyal Myspace reader! For the record I insisted she stalk me!

hmmmm chinette is the heavy duty plate after all...and biodegradable and you know how much I like that. either way more comfy then Hefty bags....

I am also on favor of Jule's idea to just go commando!

Oh, The Joys said...

Ugh! Maternity underwear is just wrong for certain.

Welcome to the blogs!

Cheryl said...

Ok see, this is where the markets get you. 4 kiddos and guess how many pair of maternity undies I have ever bought? Thats right ZERO! Victorias secret is.. their undies even fit 9 month preggos if you wear them UNDER the belly. ;)

Oh and you're right. If the eagles ever win the superbowl- I'm leaving. Cause matt will be unbearable. ugh. I hate being a giant fan in eagles country. :(

Mayzie said...

I'm with Cheryl - never bought maternity panties. Was able to use VS the whole pregnancy.

Oh, by the way - do you mind if I link to you?