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Best maternity clothes that are practical and stylish

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Best maternity clothes

Congratulations on your upcoming mini-me! But, before you start thinking about the early labour signs you need to look out for, it's time to deal with how to dress your new body. Yes, it's easy to throw on the most oversized t-shirt in the back of your wardrobe - it's another thing entirely to make growing a small human fashionable and above all else, comfortable. Here's everything you need to know about the best maternity clothes that are practical and stylish. 

Related: The best petite maternity jeans for mamas-to-be

Here at Mother&Baby, we're here to help. That's why in this guide to the best maternity clothes, we've covered everything from how maternity clothes sizes work to the best maternity clothes brands, and even included recommendations from our shopping experts. Find out more about why you should trust us here.

Best maternity clothing brands

Not sure where to turn when it comes to mum-to-be garments? Here are some of the best places to buy maternity clothes across the UK:

  • JoJo Maman Bébé

  • Seraphine 

  • H&M

  • New Look

  • ASOS

  • Matalan

  • GAP

  • Missguided

  • PrettyLittleThing

  • Next

Instead of spending hours browsing maternity lines on the web sorting through clothes that you'll never wear, we've pulled together an extensive list of the best maternity clothes. From workout leggings to winter coats, we've found everything you need for your wardrobe.

The best maternity clothes

Best over-the-bump maternity leggings:

Super comfy over-the-bump leggings that are a best-seller on Amazon, as they're so easy to wear every day. They're made from cotton with added Spandex to give you support and movement. They also feature a built-in, adjustable maternity support belt. 

Discover the best maternity leggings that you can wear all day, every day.

Best maternity dungarees:

Whether it's for a day working from home or a walk in the park, these dungarees can be dressed up or down. They're also designed to last the whole of your pregnancy and accommodate your growing bump.

Learn more about the best maternity dungarees for maximum comfort here. 

Best maternity blouse:

PrettyLittleThing has launched their very FIRST maternity collection. Not only is it stylish for new mums, but it's pretty affordable, too. We love that this shirt has a shirred detailing and a bump flattering fit. Plus, it comes in three different colours - white, camel and black. 

Best maternity loungewear:

We're huge fans of Missguided's maternity loungewear collection. Our favourite piece is definitely this very cute MAMA slogan jumper.

Read more about the best maternity loungewear to keep you cosy.

Best maternity bra set:

These soft, seam-free nursing bras are cute and comfy while ideal for nursing. This bra is the kind that stretches, with easy-to-use drop-down clips and a wide-cut underband to provide extra support. 

Check out more of our picks of the best maternity bras that are really comfortable. 

Best maternity pyjamas:

These Black Bamboo Lounge Maternity Pyjamas are a two piece pyjama set with crossover V neckline and easy nursing access. It's made from soft bamboo being hypoallergenic, moisture-wicking and antibacterial.

Read our guide to the best maternity pyjamas & nursing nightwear now. 

Best maternity mum jeans:

Finding a comfortable pair of jeans for pregnancy is challenging, but these under-bump mum jeans are up for the challenge. Team with a cute top or jumper for a fabulous everyday outfit. 

Find more top picks for the best maternity jeans for every stage of pregnancy here.

Best colourful leggings:

Branch out and invest in these light grey leggings that are cheap as chips. Not only do they give you support in all the right places, but they aren't see-through at all. Result!

Tested by Sophie Knight: "I'm currently 28 weeks pregnant and I have five pairs of these - I can't remember a day when I wore anything else during this pregnancy."

Best everyday maternity dress:

Finding a maternity dress that you can chuck on with a pair of trainers can be difficult. But, this modern boatneck dress from Gap is everything you've been looking for. Who knew stripes could be this cute? 

Best maternity gym leggings:

Stretch it out with these practical gym leggings from Matalan. Whether you're practising yoga or going for a walk, these leggings have handy details like a phone pocket, flattering panelling and sweat-wicking properties. 

Best maternity summer dress:

This flowing floral dress with wide sleeves is ideal for any summer event. This number can be dressed up for weddings or dressed down for a garden party. 

Get in there early and uncover 11 maternity dresses for your summer wardrobe. 

Best summer maternity top:

With a square neckline and elastication over the shoulders and short, elasticated puff sleeves, this smock style floral top is sure to fit you and your bump perfectly.

Learn more about our choices of the best summer tops to wear if you're pregnant. 

Best maternity coat:

Are you looking for a coat to keep you and bump warm? Well, we've found it. We love that there is plenty of room for you to grow together. Plus, it's snuggly and warm - perfect for those chilly winter mornings. 

Now that you've selected the best items to go in your new maternity wardrobe, we want to help by answering some burning questions you have around these clothes.  

Are maternity clothes necessary?

First up, we want to get to the bottom of whether or not maternity clothes are necessary. As your body begins to change and your belly starts to grow, you'll get a better understanding if you can maximise your current wardrobe or if you'll need to splash out on the latest maternity fashion. If you decide that you want to wear what you already have, then it's good to dig out looser fitting garments.

Although wearing your favourite skirt a little higher might be alright in your first two trimesters, by your third, you'll probably find that this constricts you. That's why during pregnancy, you'll want to wear clothes that feel comfortable and give you that extra support. You'll be all about elastic waistbands and soft knits by this point. 

How do maternity clothes sizes work?

If this is your first pregnancy, you probably have a lot of questions around how maternity clothes sizes work.

According to Seraphine, "maternity clothes are expertly tailored to grow with your curves before, during and after pregnancy. Our advice is simple: No need to change, just select your regular pre-pregnancy size." Who knew it was that easy?

Can you wear maternity clothes postpartum?

This nicely leads us to our last question - can you wear maternity clothes postpartum? You can absolutely wear maternity clothes after giving birth.

Lots of maternity wear will actually state that they can be worn postpartum, you just need to know how to style it. 

  • Author: Lily Anderson Lily Anderson
  • Job Title: Senior Commercial Content Writer

Lily Anderson is a Senior Commercial Content Writer at Bauer Media, where she writes about and reviews products for titles like Mother&Baby, Heat, Closer, What’s the Best and Yours. After earning a BA (Hons) in Magazine Journalism and Feature Writing at Southampton Solent University, Lily has specialised in lifestyle and shopping content.

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