Shopping for new clothes is one of the many rites of passage you’ll go through when you’re pregnant. Whether it’s something you’re looking forward to or dreading, the good news is that there are plenty of brands to choose from for every budget and style preference to find maternity clothing that’s comfortable, flattering, and affordable.
The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab reviews all types of clothing and also evaluates parenting products, from nursing bras to diaper bags and maternity leggings. When it comes to finding the best maternity clothes, our fiber scientists consider factors like the materials used, special features on the garments, value, and real user feedback. Read on to learn more about our top picks, but first, here’s what to consider as you shop for maternity clothes.
When should I start wearing maternity clothing?
While all bodies and bump sizes are different, most pregnant moms will start to wear maternity clothing in the second trimester. Some may even find it’s more comfortable to wear pregnancy-specific clothes by the end of their first trimester, even if their existing clothes still fit. Either way, by the time you hit 20 weeks (i.e. the halfway mark), you can expect your bump to be showing and you’ll need your wardrobe to accommodate it.
Keep in mind: Your pregnancy clothing size will be similar to your pre-pregnancy size – i.e. if you normally wear a size medium, you don’t need to purchase a large because you’re pregnant. Maternity brands take into account growing bumps with features like stretchy panels on pants and ruching on tops.
For all types of garments to build your new wardrobe, here are the best maternity clothes for pregnant moms that can even last through your postpartum days:
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Best Basic Maternity Clothes: Motherhood Maternity
For layering pieces that let you create endless outfits, Motherhood Maternity is a one-stop shop with all of the essentials and must-haves to wear throughout your pregnancy. The brand offers everything from casual clothes to outfits for work along with your loungewear, outerwear and underwear. The pricing is affordable and many pieces are under $50, but it’s also not cheap so you can expect it to last despite wearing it over and over (and over) again. We also love that it’s available in regular, tall, petite and plus sizes so there’s something for everyone.
Best Value Maternity Clothes: Old Navy
If you’re looking for budget-friendly pieces that don’t skimp on quality, Old Navy’s maternity section is full of comfortable, versatile and stylish clothing. The clothes are on the casual side with basics, activewear, and loungewear, but there’s a dress assortment with drapey styles that you can wear to work. Even though the prices are already reasonable, still keep an eye out for sales: The brand frequently offers discount codes for further reductions.
Best Trendy Maternity Clothes: Asos
Asos is your best bet for fun outfits that don’t cost a fortune. In fact, some of the styles are so cute that you’ll want to wear them even when you’re not pregnant. Perfect for date night, weddings or anytime you need to get dressed up, many of the pieces feature embellishments like lace, sequins and colorful prints. The brand sells more basic maternity clothing as well and offers pants in tall and petite sizes.
Best Maternity Clothes for Work: H&M
From business to business casual, H&M offers professional pregnancy styles that don’t require a big investment. Key pieces include dresses, skirts, blouses and sweaters that are mostly under $40. Many of the pieces are neutral so it’s easy to mix and match to create lots of outfits, plus they’re versatile so you can wear them outside of work. There are also tons of casual and lounging clothes in the mix.
Best Maternity Clothes for Special Occasions: Rent The Runway
If you have to wear a maternity dress to a one-time event like a wedding or fundraiser, renting your outfit is the easiest way to go. Rent The Runway is widely recognized as the best clothing rental service and offers an assortment of maternity styles for every formality. There are also rental maternity clothes for everyday use, which solves the problem of not wanting to wear the same outfits on repeat, but also not wanting to spend a lot on temporary clothing. Monthly memberships start at $69.
Best Maternity Clothes for Exercise: Lululemon
While not designed specifically as maternity activewear, Lululemon’s workout clothes are favorites among pregnant moms for being comfortable and stretchy. The Align Pant in particular is popular for pregnancy with smooth and lightweight fabric that conforms to your body almost like magic. For up top, the Enlite Bra offers high-impact support without restricting your range of motion.
Best Maternity Jeans: Gap
With so many options for maternity jeans, it can be overwhelming to find a pair that’s comfortable and fits your body well. Gap has tons of variations to choose from, including both tall and short sizes. On top of that, the website makes it super easy to pick out your best fit: Choose from style – e.g. jegging, skinny, bootcut, and more – or shop by how the jeans stay up, whether inset panels, demi waistbands, or full-coverage material over your bump.
Best Maternity Leggings: Blanqi
Just like jeans, finding the perfect pair of maternity leggings isn’t always easy. These popular pants, however, are fan favorites for being comfortable and supportive thanks to a built-in band that helps ease lower back pain, especially in your third trimester. They’re also fully opaque so you don’t have to worry about them being see-through, and the best part is that they stay in place (i.e. no rolling down!) without feeling constricting.
Best Maternity Dresses: Seraphine
Many maternity brands sell dresses, but Seraphine stands out for their collection of flattering styles that fit well and feel comfortable. While they’re not cheap, most styles are still under $100. Many of the designs are even versatile to wear between work, special occasions and everyday use, plus they can still be worn as nursing dresses after you give birth. Not to mention, this is Kate Middleton’s favorite maternity brand.
Best Plus-Size Maternity Clothes: PinkBlush
While several brands offer maternity clothes in plus sizes, we love the amount of options in assortment from PinkBlush. You can find lots of plus-size maternity clothing ranging from loungewear to dresses and everything in between. There are plenty of neutral basics to choose from along with fun prints in vibrant colors, and sizes go up to 3X (or size 24).
Best Petite Maternity Clothes: LOFT
LOFT is widely known for its petite sizes that are specially tailored for shorter bodies, not just scaled down from taller sizes. When it comes to maternity jeans and pants, the brand offers a shorter 25″ inseam, helping shorter moms-to-be prevent spending extra on getting pants hemmed.
Best Tall Maternity Clothes: Long Tall Sally
This brand is specifically designed for women that are 5’8″ or taller. While you can certainly find tall variations with other maternity clothing brands, this one has pants with a longer inseam than most others that you’ll find on the market. The assortment isn’t huge, but it’s ideal for anyone who struggles to find pants that are long enough, even in the “tall” section.
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