I am technically not a mom yet, but I am 15 week pregnant. Any suggestions on clergy attire for the growing belly?

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Melinda - posted on 04/28/2009

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i borrowed a robe from my mentor pastor (who was bigger than me). it is a very flowing and full, and worked well. now, she is retiring and gave it to me! worked well all around. many blessings!

Jennifer - posted on 04/09/2009

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I was able to wear my ordinary almy shirts until about 6 months pregnant; then I had one of those clerical dickie things, but hated it and found it uncomfortable, so tended to just wear clothes that were as professional as maternity clothes can be... it was kind of freeing to have a few months sans collar. And then exciting to be able to put it on again when my maternity leave was over--almost like that thrill of ordination again!

Adrien - posted on 04/07/2009

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I have two daughters, a 4 1/2 year old and and 3 month old.  As the belly grew, I wore a clerical dickie with my maternity shirts.  Then at the very end, I just gave up on clergy shirts completely, I couldn't stand trying to snap anything that close to my neck.  Don't purchase the woman spirit maternity clergy shirt, it is really huge and sack-like.  Nice idea on their part, but not very flattering.  You might as well just get a larger regular shirt.   

Stacy - posted on 04/02/2009

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Hi Leslie!



Womenspirit makes a maternity clergy shirt, and I still have one, but it's big cuz I had twins I think it's a size 18. It is also short sleeve which you will want this summer because you will be uncomfortable! If you want to borrow mine, you can, but I suspect it's too big! I also have a "Janie" from Womenspirit that I used a lot, it fits under any shirt. It might just be time to let go of the collar a bit and enter the 21st century too! I only wear mine about 50% of the time when it isn't Sunday, if that.



The bigger question is what to do about all those hands that want to pet the growing womanpriest's belly...I've got a few thoughts on that as well! Good luck, and enjoy being pregnant!

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