When I envisioned being pregnant I assumed that I would be living in maternity clothes from 12-weeks on. I could not have been more wrong! Especially with your first pregnancy, your bump can take a little longer to pop. I only started tapping into true maternity clothes around week 20. Today, I’m sharing my pregnancy wardrobe staples that have gotten me through the growing bump (and boobs) thus far.
I am not ashamed to say I am a Lululemon snob when it comes to leggings. I’ve tried to stay as active as possible while pregnant, and let’s be honest – even when I am not at the gym, you’ll probably find me in leggings. After asking some fellow mamas around my studio about their leggings of choice, the Align tight was a clear winner. These leggings are probably one of my favorite pregnancy wardrobe staples because not only do they accommodate the growing bump, but you can wear them after pregnancy too!
I had one pair of these before getting pregnant, but quickly ordered three more pairs near the end of my first trimester. I ordered a size up from my pre-pregnancy size so they had a little extra room. As someone who is a bit on the short side, I order the 25″ length which fits me perfectly. If you’re tall, dont worry, they have lots of other length options. They even have a super high rise version that I’ve been living in during my third trimester.
I prefer wearing bralettes over bras all day. Mostly due to the fact that they are super comfy and I dont need a lot of extra help in the padding or pushup department. When I got pregnant, my boobs grew much faster in the beginning than my bump and my old bralette collection just wasn’t cutting it.
I found Lively on Instagram and decided to give them a try. Lively has tons of bralettes in various shapes, colors and support options. They even have certain bralette styles that offer more support for the bigger breasted ladies! I ordered a few different styles and support options and loved all of them. They are so comfy, but give me all of the extra support I need!
I know that you’ve probably seen a blogger promoting the regular version of these or chances are you have a pair of your own. Did you know they make this fall/winter staple in a maternity version?! Hallelujah!
I think these leggings speak for themselves. They are comfy AF, but also make you feel like you’re slightly more put together because, ya know, pleather. As the temperatures drop and the bump keeps growing I need to be comfy, but also still have to look like a semi put together human at work and that’s where these come into play. These leggings are to winter due dates what stretchy midi dresses are to summer due dates. You can pair them with maternity tees and cardigans on the weekends, or chunky tunic sweaters and booties for the office.
Thank god for these dresses during the Indian summer we had here in the Midwest. On the first day of fall it was a crisp 87 degrees. I am so glad I had a few stretchy midi dresses on hand to help me ride out the last of those warm days. Knotting a tee just over the belly is my favorite way to wear these dresses in the summer!
Stretchy dresses aren’t just great for summer months, you can layer them with long cardigans and booties for a perfect fall/winter look. My personal favorite midi dresses are from Aritzia by Wilfred Free. The Wilfred material is like wearing a cloud – it is the comfiest, stretchiest material on the planet. I had a few of their dresses before being pregnant and my pre-pregnancy size was perfect well into my second and third trimesters.
My favorite brand for jeans (and most things) makes maternity jeans. Maybe god is a woman after all? I knew that I couldn’t make it through a pregnancy without my favorite pair of jeans. Madewell offers a few different styles for maternity jeans – side panel or over-the-belly.
I personally went with over the belly because I feel like it’s more comfortable. The over-the-belly jeans come in black and a regular dark denim wash. I got both! Whatever you do, order at LEAST one size down because they stretch a ton. I felt very weird about ordering two sizes down from my regular pre-pregnancy size, but I am so glad I did. They fit perfectly!
In preparation for being the size of a house come January, I got a few tunic-style sweaters from Free People. These are great for pairing with those faux leather leggings I mentioned above. I didn’t buy these in maternity because I wanted to be able to wear them postpartum as well.
I snagged this Free People tunic sweater from the Nordstrom anniversary sale back in July, but they still have it in stock (and in a few colors)! I ended up loving it so much in black that I bought it in gray during the Black Friday sales. Another great site for tunic sweaters is Lulus. They have lots of affordable sweaters that are bump friendly and can be worn postpartum as well.
Most days from November through March you can find me rocking a grandma cardigan of some sort. It’s like my safe space while I ride out my seasonal depression. My favorite grandma sweater is this one from Madewell. Shocking I know. I have this in 4 colors that’s how much I love it. I snagged a TON of the basic tees from Ingrid and Isabel for Target to layer under my grandma sweaters.
I have a hard time paying top dollar for something I can only wear for a few months and these tees are the perfect price point. Out of all the maternity tees I’ve tried these fit the best and accentuate the bump in the most flattering way. They are $12.99 – so stock up!