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8 Best Types of Maternity Clothes

Updated: Jan 18, 2022

One of the hardest parts of pregnancy is finding clothes to wear that are flattering and comfortable.

When I was pregnant, I had to also find work appropriate clothes that fit me, which meant no pajama pants or leggings around the clock.

To save money, many of the maternity clothes items double as nursing items as well.

I have compiled a list of some of the best maternity clothes, which can make your pregnancy much easier.

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1. Shirts

I thought I could get away with wearing my regular shirts, but as my belly grew, my shirts rode up. Some of these longer maternity shirts are cinched in on the sides to accommodate your growing belly. They are so comfortable; I find myself wearing them when I’m not pregnant. You can find more casual shirts for around the house to dressy shirts for more formal occasions.

2. Tank Tops

After my first pregnancy, I lived in maternity/nursing tanks. The bottom of these tank tops has the cinched sides for your growing belly, but they have the clip at the top for nursing as well. I found this style much more comfortable because they were longer and hid more of my skin. They come in all sorts of colors and you could wear them underneath shirts or hoodies.

3. Jeans

One of my favorite styles of pants to wear out is jeans. I personally prefer not to wear sweatpants or yoga pants out. Maternity jeans were the best investment for me. These jeans have a very wide tummy panel that comfortably lays over your belly. You can continue to wear these after you give birth as well until you are ready to go back to your pre-pregnancy jeans.

4. Dress Pants

I had to wear dress pants or long dresses to work every day, so I needed a nice dress pant that look appropriate but didn’t dig into my stomach. After a lot of searching, I found these amazing pants made by Rekucci that worked perfectly and came in many different colors. They have a tummy panel just like the maternity jeans and you can cover it with a long shirt. I’m very short and the length worked great for me as well.

5. Yoga Pants

When I wasn’t lounging around the house in pajama pants, I loved wearing my yoga pants. They are not considered maternity pants, but they should be. I would wear these pants to teach my dance classes as well since I could no longer fit into my body suits. If you are going to exercise while pregnant or even just go for walks, yoga pants can be a good option.

6. Dresses

If you are looking for dresses to wear every day to stay cool or for a formal dress to take maternity photos in, there are many options to choose from. My second baby was a boy, so I wanted to take my maternity photos in a long blue dress. I found this beautiful dress on Amazon. The fit was very flattering, and the material was soft and cool to wear outside. There were so many colors to choose from. Check out the short sleeve version of my dress below.

7. Bras

My selection of maternity bras double as my nursing bras so I have been able to use them for a while. I have many different styles depending on my outfit or what I’m doing. There are so many options to choose from and you may not like all of them. Some of your standard bras include the underwire bra, non-underwire bra, and the sports bra. I have a few of each of these styles. I included my favorite style below.

8. Hoodies

I wanted to include hoodies in this list because if you decide not to wear hoodies while pregnant, you could use these hoodies for nursing if you breastfeed. The nursing hoodie will make your life so much easier since you won’t have to roll the hoodie up and struggle to keep it out of your baby’s face. You already have so many layers of clothing to fight with and this can be more difficult if you’re in public. These hoodies have a panel that crosses over in the front and allows your baby easy access no matter where you are.

Are you looking to wear your current pants for as long as possible?

You could look into maternity pants extenders to extend the button on your jeans or dress pants. These pants extenders worked great because my pants still fit everywhere else except my stomach. You just button the extender onto the button of your pants and push the extender button through your jean loop. If your belly grows to the point where you cannot zip your pants, these extenders come with a panel to button inside your pants.

What maternity clothes did you wear while pregnant?

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