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.
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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:
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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 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 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 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.