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Pretty Maternity Clothes

Pretty Maternity Clothes

Where would you shop for maternity clothes? I wore a black long-sleeved Target shirt for 99% of my two pregnancies, but there are so many pretty, simple pieces these days. And it would be nice to feel like yourself during those nine months. Here are a few we’re into (no bows in sight!)…

A few stores with good maternity sections are: Target, Gap, Loft and ASOS. Any other recommendations?

P.S. A pregnancy survival guide, and going from one to two kids.

(Top photo of a lovely Storq tank and skirt.)

  1. Aagje says...

    In Europe, we are lucky to have Fragile (www.fragile.be), a brand from Antwerp. Other recommendations: Mamalicious (www.mamalicious.com), Queen Mum (www.queenmum.nl), Esprit maternity clothes, …

  2. Megan says...

    Dwell & Slumber (dwellandslumber.com) make great super comfy maternity and nursing-friendly dresses! I have 5 and love them. They are about to launch another group of them tonight.

  3. Lisa says...

    I tried to buy as little as possible and managed to get a lot of my existing wardrobe to work (like wearing midi skirts up over the bump).
    Two things I bought and wore CONSTANTLY were – a long, black boatneck 3/4 length sleeve dress from gap. I would dress it up with a leopard print belt. It was literally like wearing pyjamas and classy enough for work – the maternity wardrobe dream. The other was a bodycon t shirt dress from Isabella Oliver. Pre pregnancy I would never had considered something like that, it felt too revealing but when my bump popped I thought “screw this – I’m embracing it” and wore that dress like a boss. It was also super comfy (and it has ruching on the side so can be worn before, after and through all stages of pregnancy)

  4. Emilie says...

    Do you know where the dress and shoes in the top picture are from? I love them! End of first trimester here, but I’m trying to plan ahead for the warm months.

    • The dress is from Storq, great stuff!

  5. Sasha says...

    thank you! I was actually just browsing old posts on this exact topic.

  6. annemarie says...

    For my second and third pregnancies, where I was biggest in the winter, I ended up sewing my own maternity jeans. I’m 6’2 and it’s hard enough to find jeans that fit me regularly – extra long maternity jeans are not happening! But regardless, by 41 weeks and change (because my uterus is apparently the comfiest ever), I wore yoga pants and my husband’s shirts. I am a style maven, what can I say?

  7. Heather says...

    I need a wedding guest dress for my third trimester. The wedding is in New Orleans, next month. Any suggestions?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      asos would probably have something fun and affordable! (congratulations!)

    • Barbara says...

      I needed an affordable dress to wear to a wedding in Hawaii when I was 8 months pregnant… Motherhood Maternity worked for me.

    • Heather says...

      Thanks, Ladies.

  8. Robin says...

    H&m! And thank goodness for hand me downs. The best!!

  9. I’ve gone through menopause so I don’t need maternity dresses but I’m loving those shoes! Do you know where they are from?!? Thanks!

  10. Laura C. says...

    My first pregnancy was a winter one and the second one was during summer. I have to say that H&M was really helpful.

  11. Love http://www.loyalhana.com everything in the line transitions from Maternity to Nursing with very discreet zippers in the seams.

  12. Kelly says...

    For those living in colder climates (Montréal) the kokoala coat extender, kokoala.ca is a lifesaver. Zips into any existing coat and can be used post partum with a baby carrier. Currently using for baby number 2.

  13. Abby says...

    With my first, I shopped for a lot of maternity wear that I ended up disliking but with my second baby, I tried to only purchase the basics– solid tees, leggings and jeans. I found that I could pair these with non-maternity cardigans or chunky sweaters that I already owned. Plus, I felt less guilty splurging on a new sweater if I knew that I could continue to wear it after my pregnancy. I loved Gap, Loft, Target (I think I lived in some really awesome Target maternity yoga pants for the last two months of my pregnancy) and J. Crew (I ordered some cute, maternity boyfriend jeans there which were on sale). Shopping for nice maternity clothes was always a challenge, especially since I live in Alaska, but I felt like I had narrowed down a good system when I was pregnant with my second baby. After she was born my postpartum uniform became leggings and an Old Navy flannel shirt- comfy with easy access for nursing. I could throw a long sweater over it and look semi-put together in seconds. :)

  14. Jenna says...

    Personally I have had no luck with the Target maternity sections for either of my pregnancies- their style is so outdated and feels stuck in the early 2000’s. I have enjoyed their maternity V-necks, though! Through the winter months of this pregnancy I wore leggings every single day for like two months straight. However, it’s near impossible to find a pair that are not see-through when you bend over- not ideal when you’re also chasing around a toddler!! Also, side-note, my cousin is getting married ON my due date, and it’s cocktail attire… yikes :)

  15. Meghan says...

    I’ve had two babies. The first time I tried on maternity pants, I thought, “why aren’t all pants just like this anyway?!?!”

  16. Alex says...

    Thanks for the great recommendations! I’m 4 months pregnant with my second and am mostly sticking with the following reliable brands: ASOS for dresses and tops, Loft and Seraphine for work clothes, Ingrid and Isabel for anything, Isabelle Oliver for a splurge (I think it’s a splurge, you can’t wear this stuff for long!), Fitness for Two for super comfortable active wear, and Target for basics.

  17. Stephanie says...

    My wardrobe is fairly masculine most of the time, and I was able to find a lot of Ts and flannel button downs at Gap and Old Navy. By the last month I couldn’t stand ill-fitting maternity pants though, and pretty much relied on sized-up stretchy dresses from Prana and Patagonia. And I invested in well-made nursing bras from Nordstrom; I’m a 34D normally and landed in the DDD range after giving birth and Target/Motherhood Maternity bras were sort of a joke at that size.
    Also, would highly recommend looking at baby consignment stores in your area. My city has a handful and most had maternity sections with VERY gently used and inexpensive stuff which I felt good about, knowing I’d only be wearing it a month or two.

  18. mimi says...

    I’m on my second pregnancy, with both babies born/due in September. My work wardrobe is mainly Old Navy maternity pixie pants with blouses/tees/tanks cardigans (a mix of maternity and sized-up). My favorite leggings are Liz Lange maternity from Target. I also have mixed in some pieces from Loyal Hana, Loft, Gap, and Nordstrom. I really struggle with maternity jeans, because none of the styles really fit me right. The side panels slide down, the demi panels hit in the wrong spot, and the full panels come up too high. I have a short torso, so leggings and shorts and dresses are just way more comfortable than jeans.

    • emily says...

      I am really short waisted and I’ve been tucking the full panels under my bra. It helps to keep them from falling down too. In general though, maternity jeans are awful unless you’re willing to shell out big bucks for the nicer brands.

  19. Alexandra Marie says...

    I’m pregnant with my first, due in September. I think my uniform is going to be breezy dresses and then lightweight, full high waisted skirts with a t-shirt or tank. I purchased the skirt and dress from Storq and they are so comfortable and sturdy. I want to pick up this dress since it’s also designed for nursing: http://lovecommashop.com/the-x-back-maxi-dress/. I’ve been buying most of my maternity-specific clothing 2nd hand, but I’ve been spending more on items that I’ll be able to wear post-baby.

  20. I don’t typically buy many maternity clothes, and just squeeze into my regular clothes as long as possible, then wear flowy or stretchy dresses near the end. I mix it up with different jackets or cardigans, but it helps that I live in a warm climate so I don’t have to worry about winter clothes (which seem harder to squeeze your bump into). My few must haves though are a Bella Band (it keeps me in my regular pants much longer), a few good stretchy pairs of maternity leggings (but mostly because I have c-sections and they are super comfortable post surgery), and a couple of maternity tank tops and t-shirts for layering. If I do buy actual maternity clothes, I usually go to Asos. They have really on trend clothes that are affordable so I can still feel like myself without blowing my budget on clothes that I will wear for four months.

  21. Tania says...

    I was a big fan of that belly band thing — so I pretty much wore all my old pants with the thing over them. Also, I second H&M! I got a pair of skinny jeans that I still wear and a pretty polkadot dress there, both cheap and cheerful!

    • Abby says...

      Yes to H&M! I almost forgot about that one. I found faux leather maternity leggings there for $7! I loved them and felt like one hip mama! I wore them after my pregnancy, too.

  22. Mandy says...

    J. Crew! I bought two pairs of jeans and a pair of Pixie pants WAY on sale and wore them constantly. Also wore some non-maternity tops through the first 3/4 of pregnancy. And their cardigans over everything throughout.

    And friends! So many people gave me maternity hand-me-downs with the awesome instructions to not judge their taste because they inherited most of it, and to just pass it on to others or donate. Can’t worry about who to return it to once it’s all mixed together. I was happy to spend very little on maternity clothes.

  23. Sarah Beth says...

    I had great success finding cute maternity clothes on Thred Up. I find the site to be overwhelming in general, but it was great for maternity. One thing I found frustrating about maternity clothes is that, like regular clothes, they are sold a season ahead. But you can’t really shop a season ahead– you need to buy for the size you are NOW. So frustrating! So like, when I was first starting to show in early June, I wanted some sundresses, but a lot of maternity stores were already selling sweaters! So I was able to pick up some pretty blouses and a perfect sleeveless black dress on Thred Up. Nothing fancy, but seasonally appropriate!

  24. Karina says...

    Piper + Scoot has a lot of dresses that work as maternity dresses but can also translate to post-birth wear. They even mark if their dresses are nursing-friendly or not.
    I am pregnant now and I have basically lived in a wrap dress.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      what a cute recommendation! doen (shopdoen.com) has some pretty ones, too, but they’re more of a splurge.

  25. molly says...

    35 weeks pregnant and have been living in these target tees: http://www.target.com/p/women-s-ultimate-v-tee-merona-153/-/A-51010400. They’re not maternity, but they’re stretchy and long (on me at least, I’m short)…and cheap! Nice enough for work with a cardigan or blazer, but also comfy and loungey for weekends. Best maternity purchase I’ve made!

    • Hannah J says...

      Did you size up? I’m a 4-6 pre-pregnancy and am 24 weeks, trying to figure out the size! Definitely want to get a few of these?

    • molly says...

      Yes! Should have mentioned that! I wear a S/M in target tees normally, and have bought all of these in L. They were pretty long in the earlier weeks (but since they’re stretchy, it wasn’t a big deal), but now fit great, and still pretty much cover my butt when wearing leggings, which is clutch!

  26. Barbara says...

    I swore by LeTote boxes during pregnancy. It’s a subscription rental, and they have a maternity selection that’s pretty good. I usually edited the box before it came to only include easy dresses, and since it also includes accessories I could feel a little extra glam/fabulous. I loved that I basically had an endless wardrobe and didn’t just have to rely on 2-3 pieces that I wore on repeat for the entire second half of pregnancy.

    • Meghan G says...

      Agree on this! I’m pregnant for the second time, with twins this time, and I’ve already outgrown everything I wore in my first pregnancy already at 26 weeks. I edit my boxes, too, and have liked everything from Tart maternity.

  27. Amanda says...

    I ordered a sweater and a dress from gilt.com when I was pregnant this winter. The prices are all over the board for the different maternity brands, but they often had a 20% off coupon. I lived in my Gap Body long sleeved shirts paired with a scarf or vest.

  28. All these pieces are so cute!!

    xx, Hannah

  29. Cynthia says...

    Nothing cute like these clothes existed when I had my girls. I made many of my maternity dresses because I found dresses to be more comfortable, and everything I saw was full of bows and puffy sleeves and ruffles. Not sophisticated at all.

  30. This post is so perfectly timely for me. I’m at 6 months and I’ve struggled with wanting to dress like myself (i.e. no bows, ruffles, etc). I’ve had great luck with Loft pants and jeans. The belly panels are heavy and well constructed, so it actually stays where you want it.
    I also bought the Storq kit and couldn’t be happier with it. I wear the simple black tee dress to work at least 3 days a week, and the pencil skirt and leggings are awesome too.
    I’m now looking for some cute summer dresses and a swimsuit.

  31. Anne says...

    Lol those overalls!!! WHY?! #humptydumpty

  32. Lo says...

    Those blush shorts are so cute!!

    When I’m pregnant, I can’t wait to wear bodycon dresses without feeling lumpy – 9 months of not hating my belly!

    Lo

  33. Nicole Andrews says...

    Isabella Oliver is more expensive but amazing quality. Plus, at 5’10”, lots of my other maternity shirts were really too short–I always felt like my belly would spring free! Their shirts were super long and ruched, so I felt like I’d actually manage to stay clothed all day.

  34. So many cute maternity clothes these days! I wish I knew about Loft when I was pregnant. They actually have maternity clothes for petites! That would have saved me! I had to hem everything and the tops were always too long in the sleeve and torso. I’m glad to see clothing companies finally making some cute maternity clothes for decent prices.

  35. Naomi H says...

    I would recommend getting one really nice pair of designer maternity jeans like Paige, 7 for all mankind, etc so that you feel attractive during pregnancy. I invested in one good pair and pretty much lived in them rather than getting jeans from old navy and gap. The cut is so much more flattering and we all need help when we are pregnant. Also, Ingrid and Isabella is a pricey but nice brand and some of the items that they sell can be purchased on ebay with tags on for way cheaper than retail. Making sure that you purchase shirts that work with pregnancy but can be transitional after birth that you think are cute are invaluable.

  36. Diane C. says...

    I found some good maternity clothes on Gilt.com and Nordstrom Rack online. I was particularly looking for tops in bright colors; I got tired of the only options being black/ grey/navy.

  37. I LIVED in dresses! So comfy, so versatile, and very forgiving depending on the material. We had our daughter in October 2014. Dresses during fall and winter? Sure! Why not?! I just wore leggings and long boots with them. And that forgiving, stretchy material grew with me during pregnancy so I only had to buy a handful of dresses. I shopped a Target for my stuff but would definitely go for Old Navy if there was one in our city.

  38. Simone says...

    For the last month of my second pregnancy I mostly rotated between two dresses when I went out. My husband ever so kindly asked me one day, do you need to go shopping? Hahaha I didn’t want to spend more money when I was so close to the finish line lol

    I really enjoy targets gillian and O’Malley brand of nursing bras and tank tops. And targets button down men’s wear looking pjs are sooooo soft and perfect for boobing haha

  39. Dani says...

    Maternity clothes for petite women are a challenge. I found great jeans from pea in the pod and gap, and some passable options from old navy. Asos has great options as well and I found some cute pieces at top shop. For dressier work clothes I found some great pieces at gilt. I sold all my maternity clothes in lots on eBay and imagine it’s a great way to buy barely used maternity clothes for cheap.

  40. txilibrin says...

    I’ve been looking for an overall forever and cannot find any. I want it slim but no elastic waist… there are none out there!
    I’m going for regular dresses a size or two bigger. Maternity clothes (except from Asos) are still UGLY.

  41. Megan says...

    I also wore a lot of plain tees from Target and Old Navy! I was surprised by all the maternity items I liked at both those stores. I also did some shopping on Amazon (with Prime many of the items are free shipping and free returns). And of course maternity Spanx (which I read about here) for the bump-hugging dresses that were so soft and comfy.

  42. Sarah says...

    This comes at a great time for me. I’m 7 weeks pregnant, and thanks to bloating, I’ve got a pretty good sized belly already…finding clothes that fit well and in which I can feel confident and pulled-together is super-important to me. I’m especially interested in modern, simple lines–no ruching! Anyone who has had experience finding that kind of thing? Thanks for a great post!

  43. justine says...

    We just started chatting about going from 1 to 2 kids, so this is timely. Haha me three months ago I would have been like “how can you even consider this?!” funny how one day that just changes. Thanks for this.

  44. Julia says...

    Love how timely this post is. I’m six months pregnant with my first and just giving into maternity clothes. I got through most of the winter with leggings and oversized sweaters, but with the warm weather having arrived, I’m finally branching out. I went to target a few days ago and found some great shorts and t’s in the Liz Lange line. I’ve also just ordered a pretty dress and some tops from Pink Blush Maternity – really cute clothes that are very reasonably priced.

  45. Lisa W. says...

    Somewhat related but, does anyone have any recommendations on where I can donate all the maternity clothes I’ve accumulated after 2 pregnancies? I would love for someone else to get some use out of them!

    • Kate says...

      I put a “free to anyone in need” ad on Kijiji with a brief description of sizes and brands. The woman’s husband was at my door to pick up the bags an hour later!

    • shannon says...

      Domestic violence shelters can often use maternity clothes. You might call around your area to see if any of your local shelters are accepting of donations.

    • mimi says...

      Try googling maternity resale shops in your area, or maybe send to Thred Up? There’s a resale shop by me (Detroit area) and they’ll buy anything in good condition.

  46. i bought a pair of maternity jeans and never wore them! i wore my already loose clothes, leggings, and my caftans in summer. my babe was born in winter and i just wore my husbands coat. if you need maternity clothes, my advice is to just size up a few in regular clothes or buy loose things you can wear nursing, etc… often ‘maternity clothes’ are overpriced.

    also, if you are small chested like i am.. you may want to wait until your baby arrives to buy nursing bras. i bought two and never used either, just preferring to pull my sports bras down..

  47. Caro says...

    I love Hatch but it’s so expensive. With each pregnancy, I pick out two or three things, always trying to use a discount, and I wear them to death, throughout the pregnancy and a few weeks after. I just got one of their jumpsuits and it’s all I want to wear:) For more affordable options I shop at Asos and Topshop. Also, I’m living in Madewell maternity jeans.

  48. Frida says...

    I love everything from Hatch, but find it really hard to justify spending $300 for a dress that I’m going to wear for five months. Plus, I’ve had multiple losses and even though I’m in the second trimester, I still feel like I’m somehow tempting fate with it all. So far, I’ve just pulled out my bin of stuff from my first successful pregnancy six years ago and am planning on supplementing with some really basic stuff from Target and ASOS. And, I completely agree about the pants/skirt, tank, and cardigan. That’s pretty much all I wear regularly, so I’ll stick with it while pregnant.

    • emily says...

      Sending you a big hug and good thoughts for a smooth sailing the rest of this pregnancy.

  49. Jess says...

    I am pregnant with our third and have enjoyed LOFT’s maternity jeans this time around. I can’t bring myself to spend 100+ for maternity jeans but I went too cheap in the past. I have found these to be a good value for cost (I tried to plan ahead by buying them during one of their frequent flash sales and got them for 40% off!) I bought the dark rinse skinnies and wear them five days a week. :)

  50. Karleen says...

    Yes to the flannel button down over an oversized tank top uniform. Also, the Pea in the Pod leggings are a godsend and I loveloveLOVED my maternity StitchFixes. I would also love nursing bra and nursing – friendly suggestions. This was a whole territory of dressing that I was completely unprepared for.

    • Rebecca | Seven2Seven8 says...

      Try Piko tops. They are about $20, soft, tight in the arms, and loose through the body. Good postpartum option!!

    • Emily says...

      Freya bra from Nordstrom’s. I couldn’t believe I paid that for a bra, but it has been amazing! And the people at Nordstrom can help size you.

    • KTMB says...

      I receommend calling a lingerie store. I couldn’t find one that fit until I asked neighborhood lingerie shop. They have a seamstress that can make any bra in to a nursing bra for $20 – a high quality bra that lasts through multiple babies.

    • Barbara says...

      I totally agree that pregnancy dressing is a cinch compared to nursing-friendly dressing! There’s SO MUCH out there about how to dress your bump. Then you pop out a baby and your body is weird so nothing fits anyway and oh yea- you need access to boobs at all times! I bought a few Jessica Simpson nursing tops on sale (they’re so soft), a few nursing tops from Old Navy, and 3 nursing camis to wear under button-downs. I really miss T-shirt dresses, but I’m also sad just thinking about this phase being over.

    • The best tip I have for dressing for breastfeeding is double shirting. I wear a cheap, stretchy tank top or nursing tank top under any shirt and the shirt lifts up, the nursing tank goes down, and you only expose what you need to. This has worked a lot better for me than shirts that are designed for nursing. I also do a lot of button up shirts, shirt dresses, and wrap dresses for work.

      I don’t have a great regular nursing bra suggestion, but I love this sleep bra from Asos: http://us.asos.com/emma-jane/emma-jane-sleep-nursing-bra/prd/5665431?iid=5665431&clr=White&SearchQuery=NURSING&pgesize=36&pge=0&totalstyles=37&gridsize=3&gridrow=3&gridcolumn=3

    • emily says...

      I’d love a full nursing friendly post! Nordstrom will convert regular bras to nursing bras for $16. I am bordering into cup sizes I didn’t even know existed, so I’m planning to buy 2-3 really high quality, supportive bras and have them converted rather than mess with the cheapo nursing bras.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      wow, i didn’t know that! how cool!

    • Joanna says...

      I agree: my first I nursed while living in button downs and a nursing tank, but this one is going to be nursing over the summer (I’m 40 weeks now) and I feel like that’s going to be too hot this time! I need help!

  51. Kate says...

    This is a timely post! I’m 30 weeks my first and what appears to be a very large baby boy! After weeks of searching high and low for plain black leggings, I saw an add on Facebook for BLANQI maternity leggings and impulse ordered. They are AWESOME. They fit perfectly, don’t pill and best of all – are totally opaque! I’ve been practically living in them when outside of work. They’re a little pricey for leggings but definitely worth it. Plus, they often have promo codes for 20 percent off. Highly recommend!!!!

    • mimi says...

      I love my Blanqi postpartum leggings, I have 2 pairs and wore them all the time after my first baby was born. I also got one of their support tank tops this pregnancy and it’s been pretty nice so far, but since I”m only 18 weeks, I don’t think I’ve gotten the full benefit of it yet

  52. so lovely! one thing I’m currently struggling with is SWIMWEAR. Living in Southern California and due late August, it’s going to be a necessity… but I have yet to stumble upon comfortable, pretty maternity swimwear. suggestions, anyone?

    • Jess says...

      You could just wear a bikini! I have to size up in the top during maternity but I think pregnant bellies in bikinis are the cutest.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      me too, jess!!!

    • Laura says...

      Second this. Best I’ve found have been from ASOS.

    • Kealan says...

      I had good luck with swimwear at A Pea in the Pod! It was kind of $$ but it was worth it to me to have something cute & comfy. You could just get a maternity tankini top and wear pre-pregnancy bottoms if that’s an option. I would HIGHLY recommend a tankini because you’re going to need to pee constantly, and the bottoms are much easier to remove than a one-piece :)

    • Sarah says...

      Liz Lange – Target. I had a couple and they were cute!

    • Sarah says...

      I’m also due in August and live in Florida so I just got a swimsuit from https://www.southbeachswimsuits.com. They sell by cup size and swimsuit size (for example, I got a size 6, f cup) so I was actually able to find a swimsuit that fits perfectly. Kind of pricey but completely worth it.

    • Mandy says...

      I had a few maternity suits but ended up wearing a bikini from Athleta the whole pregnancy. Maternity suits don’t really work early on, but my chest was too big for my normal bathing suits. Was able to keep my normal size bottoms throughout but had a size up on hand. Had to get the largest top they offered early on, but then that didn’t change. It’s hard to find tops that are full coverage and padded enough for pregnancy breasts (not my usual style); theirs were the only ones that worked for me. And prices are good, esp on sale.
      I’m pretty sure I had the Twister top and the Shirred bottoms.

    • mimi says...

      I found a cute tankini at Target last time. Nordstrom has a decent selection online too.

    • Meghan G says...

      I bought a couple maternity tankini tops from Target maternity that work with regular bottoms. At $20 a piece they get the job done!

    • M says...

      I love my navy polka dot tankini from Seraphine. It fits right through pregnancy but I can confirm it also looks good when not pregnant anymore!

    • Joanna says...

      For my first I gave up on maternity swimwear and just did Athleta bikini separates. This time I found a cheap (on sale) LOFT suit that’s a super cute and comfy one-piece that had plenty of room to grow (kind of a bikini bottom attached to a blousy top section).

    • Em says...

      Try Land’s End! That’s what I’m doing. You can order tankinis or bikinis or even swim dresses with mix and match bottoms in different sizes. They have bikini bottoms, boy shorts, skirts–lots of options–and they have several bra options in the suits if that matters to you. They always have something on clearance, too, so you can find something for not as much if you aren’t too picky. Anything you don’t want you can return to Sears (rather than having to ship it back).

  53. Sam says...

    Can I just say, thank glob for the 90’s grunge revival? Tights, oversized tees and a giant flannel shirt and this mama could call it a day! And post-partum? Still rocking it! (Sorry/Not sorry!)

  54. Rebecca says...

    Lovely! They make me want to have another baby ;-)

  55. Elisabeth says...

    Are you planning on having another baby?

    • Mandy says...

      What???? I love MIchael Stars! I wore a bunch of their non-maternity tops throughout pregnancy. No idea they had maternity! Thanks!

  56. Jen says...

    Huge fan of H&M while I was pregnant!

    • Yes! Me, too! I accidentally created a maternity capsule wardrobe with one stop st H&M, and hardly had to buy another thing. It was great.

  57. Char says...

    I’m seriously lusting over the caftan from Storq, but haven’t justified the splurge just yet. Most of my maternity stuff is from H&M. Most of their stores have a small section, and online is always great. I basically live in their skinny jeans with the full panel!

    • txilibrin says...

      Same here!!!

    • Kirsten says...

      I caved on the Storq caftan and I am in complete love. I waffled forever because of the price, but I wore it so much during the first week I had it that I actually ended up purchasing it in the second color as well (oops). It’s really cute and comfy, and I figure it will work well for nursing, will be great and breezy in my summer pregnancy, and I will honestly probably even wear it post baby just as a dress :).

  58. Cali says...

    Seraphine was a life saver for work pieces and natural fiber sweaters! I couldn’t have survived with without my Sweet Mommy Maternity down coat! And StitchFix has some good stuff too!

  59. This is timely for me as I’m 6 months pregnant and very much in need of maternity clothes! Originally, I thought maternity clothes seemed like a waste of money. Instead, I thought I could get by on just a few pairs of maternity jeans, and rely on oversized shirts/sweaters/dresses for the rest. However, as my bump grew I quickly realized that the majority of my regular clothes are pretty unflattering, so I’ve been converted. I totally embraced maternity clothes, and admittedly spend too much money, but I want to be comfortable and look half decent too! Most of my pieces have come from H&M’s maternity section, which is affordable, stylish, and flattering. I’m hoping the pieces will last for subsequent pregnancies too. Thanks for these recommendations as well!

    • Oh, and if Cup of Jo or your readers have some good recommendations for great nursing bras and tops, that would be so great as well!

    • Taylor says...

      I’ve had three pregnancies, and am currently nursing my last baby (just had her 1mo ago). I’ve tried numerous nursing bras, and the one I always come back to is the Bravado Women’s Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra. It’s not the sexiest, but is the most comfortable imo. I’m also a huge fan of nursing tank tops, in the cold weather it’s really nice not having your lower back exposed! Also a bra that is a nursing bra and pumping bra made pumping at work/in the car/etc so much quicker and easier than putting on a ‘hands free pumping bra’. Congrats and good luck!

    • Rebecca | Seven2Seven8 says...

      I am 37.5 weeks pregnant with #3 and just bought Lataly nursing bras which are comfy, cheap, and have a pad to hide nipples. Amazon!

    • mimi says...

      My favorite nursing bras are from Cake Maternity (can buy directly through them, or on Amazon, or from Nordstrom). I also just got one from The Dairy Fairy that I’m looking forward to trying when baby #2 is born in September.

    • M says...

      Hot Milk and Cake are my favourite nursing brands…

  60. I’m due in just 3 weeks, so my go-to uniform these days is ballet flats or sandals, Jessica Simpson under-belly maternity jeans, a tank top to show off the bump, and a light cardigan. When I wear maternity shirts people are like “Holy crap, you’re really about to pop!” I think the cardigan/sweater over tank top look breaks up the belly a little. I get a lot less OMG looks that way lol.

    • Margaret says...

      COMPLETELY agree. I’m not a cardigan person regularly, but I’m all about a bump-fitting tank and drapey cardigan while pregnant!!

    • Rebecca | Seven2Seven8 says...

      Agree. By about six months, anything that doesn’t hug the bump feels like a tent! At 5’3, it’s not cute.

      I’ve had good luck with Lularoe Julia. Don’t know how it will work with my postpartum tummmy, but it has been good with the bump and a cardigan and ballet flats for work.

  61. Paula says...

    Might want to consider staggering your pregnancy posts, so those of us who do not have children have something to read too.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you, paula! don’t worry: motherhood posts are just on mondays, and the rest of the week is for fashion, beauty, home, food, travel, TV, books, relationships, all that fun stuff! :)

  62. Stephanie says...

    I lived in a Gap Maternity wrap dress similar to the last dress above, but had to wear a tank under it because… pregnancy boobies. I also wore my regular jeans with a hair elastic holding them closed because I never found maternity pants that would stay up!