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We understand shopping for maternity clothes can be confusing, so we have created size charts below. There is some size deviation brand to brand, so these measurements will not always be exact, but it is a good place to start. In general, our customers buy their first maternity clothes between weeks 8-14. Our sizing is based on pre-pregnancy size, and customers should not have to size up from pre-pregnancy size. For example, if a customer wears a size small pre-pregnancy, she should shop for a size small, not a size medium. In addition, customers do not need to move up a size throughout pregnancy. Maternity clothes are intended to grow with the belly, so a customer wearing a size small should not always have to buy a size medium in the third trimester. In general, the first things customers shop for are a BellaBand before they are ready for maternity pants and jeans once they are ready for maternity pants. The size charts below should help with those fits as well. In addition, the models on our site are wearing primarily size small styles or size 27 jeans.
Most customers shop for jeans between 8-14 weeks of pregnancy. Please use pre-pregnancy jean sizing as shown in chart below. There is no guarantee that maternity jeans will fit throughout pregnancy, but often they do and, if a customer finds them uncomfortable at the end of third trimester, jeans are also a perfect option to wear as a customer transitions into her pre-pregnancy wardrobe after baby.
Customers often buy the BellaBand in the first trimester. This band allows customers to wear their pre-pregnancy pants for a longer time, using the band to hold up the pants with unbuttoned, unzipped pants. Some customers also like to wear the BellaBand during pregnancy to keep their pants more secure and after the baby, as they transition back to pre-pregnancy wear.
Many of our customers shop for nursing clothes, as they often can be worn throughout pregnancy as well. In addition, customers sometimes find themselves wearing their nursing clothes for longer than the months they wore their maternity clothes.
A good nursing bra is important. It is best to measure for a nursing bra as close to delivery date as possible. We have included size charts for our most popular brand below.
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Returns and Exchanges
We want you to be happy with your purchase. Within 21 days of purchase, we accept returns on non-outlet and non-damaged items for full refund to your credit card, minus shipping charges. All items must be returned in original condition, with no damage to items or item packaging. We must receive the item in perfectly saleable condition. All claims regarding damages, including drop shipped items, must be reported within 7 days. Please note that outlet/final sale items care final sale and cannot be returned. These items (deeply discounted items) cannot be returned, and this will be marked clearly within product description online. To send a return, simply follow the instructions on the invoice included with your package. Securely pack and seal the return merchandise and return slip in a shipping box or envelope, and send using an INSURED service in order to track it, as we cannot accept responsibility for packages that we do not ship ourselves. All returns must be postmarked within 21 days. Returns sent after this time will not be honored - no exceptions. Belly Dance does not refund initial shipping charges or shipping charges for any returns or exchanges. Returns should be sent to: Belly Dance Maternity 1647 N. Damen Avenue Chicago, IL 60647 Belly Dance is not responsible for damages that occur from washing, cleaning, wear and tear, or general use. This includes damages incurred during the return shipping process. No exceptions.
Credit Card Refund
Once your package has been received, your refund will be processed in the original form of payment within five business days. You will be notified via email when this transaction has taken place. Please note that your banking institution may require additional days to process and post this transaction to your account once they have received the information from Belly Dance.