It happens all the time. Mama's to be come in and say, “I think it’s too early to be here” or “what is the normal time people come in for maternity clothes?” And just like everything in life there is no “normal.” Everyone carries differently, someone who is 5’ 1” will often show sooner than someone who is 5’ 10” because there is more “real estate” for growing. What we do find to be universally true is that when people come in for the first time they have recently experienced the “my pants are kind of OK when I’m standing up, but when I sit down nothing is ok! They feel terrible.” Upon hitting this milestone, mamas will find us. This is followed often by gasps from the fitting rooms and things like “I didn’t think pants could feel THIS good!"
The other thing we find is when in the first and early second trimester, what is flattering is very different than the third trimester. A lesser know truth is until you experience it, it is common to look bloated and more like you've had a big lunch, than adorably pregnant. While the form fitting styles that look great in later months, may not fill you with the same confidence in earlier on.
Styles we prefer in the beginning have a little more flow to them. The Dolman sleeve, our Don’t Sweat It top and dress, and the Raven Tunic are some fan favorites during this transition. Pair these looser tops with a slim leg, denim or some of our thick-enough-to-be-pants leggings.
The first visit is often one of our favorites, because SO many people leave happier than when they came in. We get a lot of, “Honestly, I was dreading coming in here today. Most of the other maternity clothes I have seen were scary. These are styles I would actually were. And now I feel so. much. better!”