10 Maternity Clothing Must Haves

Maternity clothing is a must have for the pregnant woman. In the early weeks and months of pregnancy, your body may not change much, but once it does, your usual clothing will no longer fit comfortably. But simply buying larger sizes of clothing won’t do the trick. You’ll end up flopping around in clothes that are too big, even if they do fit more comfortably around your pregnant belly. Maternity clothing is specifically designed to be both comfortable, well-fitting and stylish for pregnant women.

The great news is it’s easy to find maternity clothing that fits. All you need to do is buy the same size you wore pre-pregnancy, just in maternity wear. If you were a small before pregnancy, buy small in maternity. A size 8 pre-pregnancy is a size 8 in maternity. Even jeans are sized the same. The only difference is that the maternity clothing has extra fabric, stretchy belly panels or empire waist ties to help flatter and fit your growing tummy.

When shopping for maternity necessities, if your belly is still relatively flat, most maternity stores have strap-on fake bellies that you can borrow to get a better idea of how the clothing will look when you get into the later months of pregnancy.

Which necessities should you shop for?

1. Jeans

They come in a variety of colors, styles and washes, just like regular jeans. Most don’t have the button or snap fly and zipper. Instead, they have the addition of a stretchy belly panel that covers your bump, while keeping the jeans in place.

These are great for everyday wear, because they go with anything. Wear them casually with t-shirts and tunics, or dress them up with a long-sleeve button-down shirt and nice shoes. When you wear them, you automatically look more pulled together.

Any clothing store that sells maternity clothing will sell maternity jeans. From bootcut to flared leg to skinny, your favorite style and wash is available even in maternity. You’ll want to try on a variety, to find the belly panel that is most flattering and fits the best for you. Once you find what you like, you’ll want to buy at least two or three pairs, to ensure that you have plenty without doing laundry daily. You might want to try styles and washes you don’t usually like, to find something that works well with most of your maternity tops. Stick with subtle washes and detailing, and consider that a straight, skinny or slim leg is flattering universally.