(Closed) What is on your 'must-have' maternity clothes list?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
4431 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m due in September (26 weeks) and these were my necessities…. (I live in metro area NY so pretty warm/hot weather for most of my maternity clothes wearing months!

  • Leggings
  • Plain Tanks (Ribbed and regular)
  • 2 Pairs of Jessica Simpson shorts in White and Jean and one pair of stretchy no panel khaki shorts from motherhood clearance!
  • For dresses I’ve just ordered a size up (Medium) and make sure the fit has some room, nothing that sinches at the waste etc.
  • I have a bunch of cute baby doll tops from Destination Maternity (Motherhood) for work, long enough to cover most of my butt in leggings
  • 2 Pairs of work pants (NO PANEL) I got the ones that have elastic and they stretch and stay under belly. I got a black pair, and a light grey pair. 
  • Comfy slip on shoes, I got them from DSW they are Keds with like memory foam bottoms.  (Currently looking for another good pair of slip ons, maybe sketcher? I’m having trouble with my sciatica and lower back/pelvic area and this seems to help
  • 2 sleepwear outfits, one is a two piece nursing top, and one is a sexy black sleep gown with lace nursing straps.
Post # 17
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m 35+4 and I have gotten:

  • 2 target belly bands (I was able to use these through about 23 weeks and still wear my regular pants)
  • dark denim jeans
  • 2 pairs of work pants (one gray, one black)
  • pair of blue capri pants
  • 3 tanks
  • 5 tshirts
  • 1 maxi skirt
  • 1 black cotton dress

I have found that I fit many of my pre-pregnancy clothes, especially shirts so I have been lucky enough to wear those for most of the pregnancy with a longer maternity tank underneath.  I can also fit most of my maxi dresses and such still.  I work in a business casual office (slacks, blouse type of wear) and this has been enough for my entire pregnancy.  I will say, that I’ve not gained much weight (up about 10lbs) so that might be part of it. 

Post # 18
1138 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I work in a business casual office, so I had only one pair of maternity jeans. I had five pairs of maternity slacks–two gray, three black. 

My biggest recommendation is to look on Craigslist for really good deals on maternity clothes. Most are barely worn, and it’s great to buy basically someone’s entire wardrobe at once rather than try to piece it together from sales or god forbid full price. 

Post # 19
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I agree with all the people who said to buy as you go. Everyone’s body changes differently: some are all belly, and some gain a lot of weight around the hips and thighs too. You won’t know which one you’re going to be till you get to that point.

Also, you’ll have different needs in each trimester. In the first trimester, I had to wear very baggy tops, as I didn’t want everyone at work knowing yet. I’m in the second trimester now, and I love fitted tops, to show off my bump. They have to be super fitted though, or it just looks like I love donuts :/ And a friend told me that you barely fit into anything in the third trimester, so not to buy anything for then just yet. 

I would say to buy a few maternity basics that you’re going to use heaps, like jeans and work pants/skirts. For tops, in the first trimester you can get away with loose tops that you already have (I have mostly fitted clothes, so I had to buy a few). In the second trimester, fitted tops you already have are great. I wouldn’t buy a nice dress for weddings etc just yet, just in case you’re too small/big for the dress when the actual event comes around.

This is what I’ve bought so far:

Dark skinny maternity jeans – I got these at 13 weeks, and wish I’d done it AGES ago. They are just so comfy!

2 x black pencil skirts – I bought both of them online. One has become a wardrobe staple. The other is enormous, and probably won’t get any use till the third trimester.

2 x maternity leggings – So much comfier than regular leggings that I fold under my bump. I much prefer the maternity styles, as they go over my bump.

A few loose tops – for the first trimester, till I was ready to announce at work.

A bunch of tunic style dresses – these are fantastic, as they’ll grow with you. Also, you can wear them on their own in summer, and with a long sleeved top, leggings, and boots in winter.

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 4 months ago by  winerygirl.
Post # 20
2437 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I bought yoga capri and a size up in shirts so far.

Post # 21
2094 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

housebee:  Hi! I just wanted to say congratulations!! I’ve read a few of your posts and comments and saw you are expecting twins now! How fun! Love your tank, too! 

Post # 22
8440 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Coral99:  Aww thanks 🙂 

Post # 23
876 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I didn’t buy too much at all. With my daughter I was pregnant through the winter so wore my regular pre pregnancy cardigans over a few maternity tanks I bought w/the 2-3 pairs of jeans I bought. All of my yoga pants, pajama pants etc still fit all the way through. I bought a couple long sleeves but a lot of my regular tops still fit. I’m pregnant with my son now and all of my sundresses from my non pregnant past summers fit fine. I bought two pairs of capris and a couple more tanks but a lot of my PP stuff fits and I’m 27 weeks now. For reference my pre pregnancy size is a 2/4 and I gained 15 pounds with my daughter. So far with my son I’ve gained about 7-8 pounds. I also grow BIG babies so I’m not sure why I haven’t gained more! My daughter was 7 pounds when she arrived at 36 weeks and this guy is measuring 3-4 weeks ahead of schedule already. 

Post # 24
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I also agree to buy as you go! You never know how your body will change. I managed to hold off on maternity jeans until 27 weeks, was able to use the band until then. I recommend getting two though – one black and one white or nude. You can see them a bit under your clothes so I liked the ligheter ones. I had to get maternity work pants before I was 12wks though as I was so bloated and the bands didn’t work well on my work pants.

I’m 33wks now and I can still wear some of my non-maternity tops, pjs, and most of my yoga pants (which I live in on the weekends!).



Post # 25
622 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

maternity leggings!!!! best things ever. they have them online at old navy for pretty cheap. i would be lying if i said i don’t still wear them around the house… 18 months later. so comfy!

Post # 26
1843 posts
Buzzing bee

I havent purchased too much but what I have purchased I have fallen in love with. One particular casual dress from old navy (side shirred jersey dress) I have in every color and pretty much just live in one of them all the time. I wasn’t really showing too much until about 20 weeks I wore jeans with a hair tie around the button and long tanks with cardigans or unbuttoned oxford shirts nearly every day. Now that I’m in my 3rd trimester it’s all about being comfortable and cool. I have one denim skirt and one jersey skirt, two pairs maternity jeans and a handful of loose fitting tunic type tops. Also several of this dress 

Look at thrift store type places and on eBay for nice lots of maternity clothes that have been barely used and also if you can get your hands on a few tops that are maternity/nursing they are worth their weight in gold because you will be able to wear them so much longer. 

I purchased hardly any maternity clothes and I still feel like I have too many considering they will all get less than 4 months of wear

Post # 28
70 posts
Worker bee

priyawouldntwannabeya:  … at 16 weeks and with nothing but a slightly thicker waist to show for it (i.e., not looking pregnant, but looking like a less fit version of myself), maybe one of those fake baby bumps they have at maternity stores 

Post # 29
1843 posts
Buzzing bee

priyawouldntwannabeya:  the green version of it is on clearance at our old navy right now I plan to go get a new black one this week to wear to a wedding soon. It’s just a super comfy staple and goes great with cardigans for dressier work occasions 

Post # 30
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

priyawouldntwannabeya:  I was a size 12 before getting pregnant and at 14 weeks I’m still able to wear all of my clothes that weren’t already a little tight when I wasn’t pregnant. I’ve also only gained like 3 lbs. People who start out larger aren’t supposed to gain as much weight, and (ideally) most of the weight is supposed to be in the 2nd-3rd trimesters anyways, so maybe larger girls don’t show as early? Or maybe its just different for each person. But I think staying in your normal clothes through the first trimester is a definite possibility.

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