(Closed) Best plus-size maternity clothes?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
8888 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m in the exact same boat as you, size and all.

I’m commenting to follow. I’ve learned that there’s not much option in Canada. I’ll probably have to order online.

I know Old Navy carries maternity now, they should go up to size 20.

Post # 5
2442 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Old Navy maternity goes up to a size 18 and XXL I believe.  I’m a 14-16 and already carry most of my weight in my belly but I fit into their XL shirts very comfortably, if they’re a little looser fitting I could wear a L and I bought a pair of 14 jeans.  Motherhood Maternity also carries plus sizes and they ran a little bigger for pants than Old Navy, shirts ran a little smaller.  I tried a 1x (plus) jeans and they were too big but the XL fit fine and the XL shirts fit fine now but I can see them being too small if I gain too much weight.  Also Liz Lange for Target carries plus sizes online up to an 18.  I haven’t tried their plus sizes but their regular sizes run a little small for tops, I wear a XXL in Liz Lange, but the pants seemed to run true to size.


Post # 6
1180 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I’m also in the exact same boat size and all!!! i’ve been told to only gain 15lbs! I have only lost so far about 7 but im suffering from liver issues too making my appetite wonky. I’m 11w2d!


Commenting to follow.


Good advice so far thanks ladies!! It’s hard cause I wish i could buy some used maternity clothes since I’ll likely not fit one size long.. ugh. have to hit up the sales I guess!!

Post # 7
1966 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Motherhood has a pretty nice plus size line. A few frumpy (somewhere out there wants frumpy clothes) things but a lot of nice tops & fashion bottoms. 

Post # 8
9057 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@gpsp2B:  You’ll probably be the same size all along.  Lots of maternity clothes are meant to stretch in that area, so the bump accommodations are usually ok with one size throughout.  I’m 31 weeks now, and the same dress pants and jeans I bought back in week 15 are still good to go, and the dresses that fit then, just now look more obviously pregnant, and the hems are actually equal all around.

I’m a 12-14 so sometimes didn’t need to go full plus size, but I had good luck at Motherhood, Old Navy and Gap.  Also, i was told to gain in the 0-15 pound range, and so far am only +2, so pretty well on track… so I don’t want to speak TOO soon, but probably doable!

Post # 9
1401 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I find that clothes from Old Navy fit me better. They have a decent Maternity selection online and some of their stores have maternity sections as well. I like getting my clothes from Old Navy because of the fit and I don’t think they are frumpy. I HATE frumpy plus sized clothes. Just cuz I’m fat don’t mean I don’t wanna look cute!!! And they tend to have good sales online.

I’ve tried Motherhood but I really didn’t like their selection.

If you have a Burlington Coat Factory by you they have a small but ok section.

I also just wore a lot of my dresses because many plus size dresses have emoire waists anyway. Same as my shirts. I’ve always worn long shirts and I always wear a tank under my shirts so I’m still able (at 33 and a half weeks) able to wear some of my pre-pregnancy shirts….

Post # 10
1760 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Old navy & Target worked best for me. Motherhood maternity was pricy and I only bought work pants and clearance there thanks to a gift card from my inlaws. 

Just be careful not all old navy’s have a maternity section in store. You might need to order online.


Post # 11
131 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I’m a 12-14 but am only 5’2 and I just ordered some stuff from Old navy. I love their clothes so hopefully I feel the same about their maternity line. It is hard being plus size and short and ON and the Gap usually come through for me.

Post # 12
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m also in the same boat with an 18 size in pants. I live in France where there just isn’t anything for me to wear maternity wise. I had to order some pants from Old Navy (the ankle pants are my fave).

Some non maternity pants that were too big before are ok now since I am larger in the hips than in the waist ususally, but I’m starting to get scared of the later part of my pregnancy…

Might start to check out Motherhood, even though it’s pricier, I work in an executive environment and can’t wear sundresses everyday (though I’m sure I’ll get a pass in the last weeks).

Oh and I’m 16 weeks right now. I’ll try to post a pic later, it would be great if this could be our support thread!

Post # 13
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Hey ladies! I was worried about the exact same thing! But I am now 20w4d’s and bought some of my clothes from Motherhood Maternity (work pants/shorts on sale) and I’m a size 16 when I’m not pregnant.. And the clerk talked me into trying on a Large in pants… And they fit perfect!! So maybe they run a little large? I thought for sure I would need an XL… But they are kinda pricey! 

I also love Old Navy for skirts/dresses and Target for basic shirts… Oh! And Sear’s had a bunch of winter pants on sale that were perfect for my work pants (business casual)! 

Post # 14
294 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’ve been nervous about this too, as I’ve recently put on a ton of weight as it is, and THEN add pregnancy on top of that. I’m tall (almost 6 ft), to boot. 

So far, I’ve gotten 1X ponte pants from Motherhood Maternity that are stretchy and long enough and should be just fine. I also got some capris. That stuff isn’t cheap, though. I also saw that JCPenney has tall plus size maternity.

And I’ll, of course, hit up Old Navy and Target for some maxi dresses and whatnot!


Post # 15
8888 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Bringing this thread back b/c I’m frustrated.  I apologize in advance but my hormones are in full effect today and I’m about to cry b/c I’m so frustrated.


Is there anyone there that is a true 18+?


Old Navy doesn’t have real plus-size. The tiny little section I went to didn’t have much and only had 1 pair of size 18 pants. So I tried on their so-called size 18 and it was fine in the waist (although the stretch may have lasted me until 4 months and that’s all!) but the legs were so tight with no stretch.


Motherhood Maternity and Thyme maternity are a joke. Thyme has no plus size, their XXL fits like a L-XL at best. Motherhood Maternity hardly has anything at all that fits an 18-20. Plus all their pants have 1 inch crotches. I feel like my va-jay-jay is hanging out.


And every single pair of jeans I’ve seen or have tried on are skinny legged jeans. Why the eff would they think that a woman of my size wants to squeeze my chubby legs into skinny legged jeans. It’s not comfortable, especially in the hot summer ahead.


My mom finally found a pair with a decent crotch and the legs aren’t skinny but they’re tight. Not sure how long they’ll fit but I guess I should count my blessings for now.

Edit: The semi-ok jeans came from JC Penney. She ordered a 2nd pair that I couldn’t get past my ankles b/c of the skinny leg (and the ad for them did not say they were skinny leg)

Post # 16
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Lyndzo:  Sorry I’m just seeing your post now. I am a true size 18 and I managed with the Old Navy fitted pant at first, then the below-the-belly option wasn’t comfortable anymore, so I bought a bunch of SIZE 2 Destination Maternity pants from their Plus collection. (They said to order size 1, but I wanted to be safe and I’m glad I did).

Please PM me if you need more info, or some support.

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