You might consider having it taken in on the sides, which was recommended to me as well. The compression in the new pants' stretch panel means it won't need an elastic band like the old pants.
You can see in my pictures that most of these pieces are pretty unattractive and are meant to function, rather than flatter.
The elastic in the maternity ABU pants can be really bothersome. The maternity jumper is something no one looks attractive in, but at least it has hidden side pockets! Be careful — the sizing runs big. I can fit my entire family in the jumper, husband included.
You might consider having it taken in on the sides, which was recommended to me as well. My biggest complaint is the lack of functionality in the maternity ABUs. There are no hip pockets in the pants, only tiny pockets on the sides. The blouse has no breast pockets, just two small patch pockets in front. Neither garment has pen pockets. Absolutely ridiculous, especially when you figure that most pregnant women are going to be kept inside an office, doing administrative tasks during this time.
No one is going to look particularly attractive, so you may as well have fun with it! I owned that maternity jumper and it was a great conversation starter in my squadron. The stretch panel's fabric will also be improved, Butler said, and constructed from a nylon-spandex tricot that will be more comfortable than the current pants' blend of 90 percent polyester and 10 percent spandex.
The compression in the new pants' stretch panel means it won't need an elastic band like the old pants.
Airmen will "be comfortable, and they'll be able to wear it through their entire pregnancy with comfort and professional appearance and confidence. The coat has buttons under the armpit that can be adjusted for more space.
The current maternity ABU does not have as many pockets as the standard ABU, and the pockets that it does have are smaller and have visible buttons.
The new maternity ABU will have pockets, without visible buttons, on the hips, as well as larger cargo pockets, matching other ABUs. It also will regain a sleeve pocket used to hold pencils or pens that other ABUs have, but the current maternity ABU lacks.
Butler said the pencil pocket is highly popular, and many pregnant airmen requested that it be added to the new ABU. But the new maternity ABU will not have actual pockets on the chest, just flaps giving the appearance of a pocket to help airmen align their name tape.
Butler said actual chest pockets would have provided more bulk in the uniform than was needed during a pregnancy. Mosle said his uniform office typically revamps uniform pieces every 10 years or so, based on feedback collected from airmen.
They began prototyping the new maternity ABU in All personnel are encouraged to review the entire Air Force Instruction Airmen should also note that any dress and appearance standards not listed as explicitly authorized in AFI , or subsequent guidance updates, are unauthorized.
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