Even pregnancy hormones and hot flushes aren’t enough to shield from the biting British cold, so having some great winter maternity clothes when you’re pregnant in those frostier months is a must.
Where to buy winter maternity clothes UK
As well as our usual beloved maternity-wear go-to stores like Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Debenhams (which is closing down and we’re still trying to keep it together), and JoJo Maman Bébé, you can also find some great bits at other high-street staples like H&M, Next, Gap, Esprit, New Look, and even ASOS, which all have some to-die-for maternity clothes that most of us have been keeping — and wearing — long after the baby is out and about.
For budget-friendly items that you won’t be scared to accidentally spill hot chocolate on, Primark, Asda, and Amazon have some nice comfy maternity basics. If you’re looking for a little more elegance during this special time (even if we are just stuck in the house all day), more specialised maternity clothes retailers have really raised the maternity-wear bar. Stores like Envie de Fraise, Ripe Maternity, Vertbaudet, Noppies, Mamalicious, Tiffany Rose, Isabella Oliver, The Natty, A Pea in The Pod, Seraphine, The Pod Collection, Hatch Maternity, Clary and Peg, Lonzi & Bean, Lily & Ribbon, Tilbea, Boob, and newbies Frugi, are making us want to add everything to cart.
Winter maternity clothes—must haves
Even the most optimistic mothers-to-be soon start to realise that they will not, in fact, still be able to wear their favourite winter items throughout their pregnancy, even if they just “take it out a little bit here” or “keep the buttons undone”. There’s no way around it, ladies; you’re going to need to stock up on at least some maternity basics, and, to make it easy for you, we’ve compiled a list of the must-haves for anyone going through pregnancy in winter.
- Best winter sleep bras: Medela Sleep Bras
- Best winter maternity coat: Esprit 3-way parka with faux shearling lining
- Best winter maternity cardigan: JoJo Maman Bébé grey drape cardigan
- Best winter maternity jumper: Vertbaudet maternity embroidered fleece sweatshirt
- Best winter maternity hoodie: New Look maternity jersey hoodie dress
- Best winter maternity jeans: Isabella Oliver over-the-bump maternity boyfriend jean
- Best winter maternity joggers: H&M MAMA joggers
- Best winter maternity leggings: Next maternity jersey leggings
- Best winter maternity dress: Seraphine grey ribbed maternity and nursing dress
- Best winter maternity top: Marks & Spencer cotton fitted nursing top
- Best winter maternity tights: John Lewis 100 denier opaque maternity tights
- Best winter maternity jacket: George maternity longline throw-on jacket
- Best winter maternity pyjamas: A Pea in the Pod nursing 3-piece sleep set
- Best winter maternity lounge set: Boohoo maternity crew neck knitted lounge set
Before we go anywhere, let's talk boobs. Boobs at nighttime. You need to look after your breasts during pregancy, before baby even arrives, and we can't deny how troublesome they can be in bed. So invest in a good sleep bra, and - trust us - getting dressed in the morning will be a lot more pleasant if one of your boobs hasn't escaped to make a cup of tea downstairs before you've even got out of bed. These Medela sleep bras are super comfy - you won't even realise you're wearing it - and they might make you sleep easier, too.
This gorgeous three-way parka with faux shearling lining from Esprit is just what you need to keep your growing belly in, and the biting cold out. You’ll get your money’s worth too because it has detachable inserts that, when included, make loads of room for a bump or a baby in a carrier, and when removed, turn it into a normal, non-maternity coat. It also comes in a navy version.
A cross between a cardigan and a wearable blanket, this soft and cosy grey drape maternity and nursing cardy form Jojo Maman Bébé is perfect for wrapping around you on chillier days. Stylish and in neutral colours that go with anything, it’s a must for any new mama’s wardrobe, and can easily be worn well after pregnancy too.
Editor and mum-to-be Sophie Knight says: "I have this cardie (and another in navy) and I'm wearing it every day throughout winter. It's versatile, comfy, and easy to throw on over a T-shirt. I'll definitely keep wearing it when baby arrives, too, as it'll be simple over a breastfeeding vest."
There’s nothing like a soft fleece jumper to warm your cockles in the winter, and this embroidered maternity sweatshirt from French mama and kiddie brand, Vertbaudet, is on our wish list. It has an elegant scoop neckline, and pleats on the side to allow plenty of room for a growing bump.
Is it a hoodie? Is it a dress? Well, it’s both actually, and it’s sure to keep you nice and warm and, best of all, comfortable, especially when paired with a nice pair of thick tights or leggings. This New Look hoodie dress is the perfect lounge item for relaxing around the house, but stylish enough to be worn out, too.
This high-quality pair of over-the-bump boyfriend jeans from Isabella Oliver is so comfortable and stylish, you’ll never want to part with them, even after you’ve given birth (shhh, wear them with a long top and no one will ever know). One mum raved, “These were unbelievably comfortable, the belly band is so soft. I started wearing them at 11 weeks and they worked beautifully.”
Available in six awesome earthy colours, these Mama joggers from H&M’s Conscious line will be your staple pair of tracksuit pants throughout your pregnancy, and possibly beyond. Made from a cotton-polyester mix with a wide-ribbed waist that fits snugly over the tummy, you’ll never want to take them off.
Soft, comfortable, and available in either black or navy, these maternity jersey leggings from Next are a basic item for everyday wear, and the price is great too. One happy shopper explained, “They are extremely comfortable, great length and feel very good quality when wearing.”
Comfortable enough to be worn at home, all day, every day, and chic enough to go out in, this ribbed maternity and nursing midi dress from Seraphine is a versatile item that looks great at each stage of your pregnancy. It has an elegant crew neckline and the top lifts up for easy nursing access so you can still get plenty of wear out of it even when the baby arrives.
This almost all-cotton long-sleeved maternity and nursing top from M&S is a basic wardrobe necessity that effortlessly stretches as you move and grow, and its StayNew™ technology means that it will stay in good condition even after daily wear during pregnancy and nursing. “Great fit and washes well,” wrote one happy mama. “I have ordered one for every day of the week as they are by far the best nursing tops on the high street.”
A good set of tights is a must in any winter wardrobe, but alas, none of your old faithfuls will fit you as that baby starts to grow. This £9 set of 100-denier opaque maternity tights with matte finish from John Lewis have a bump-shaped front panel that stretches with your belly, staying comfortable, no matter how big your bump gets.
When a coat is too much, and a cardigan is not quite enough, a good jacket, like this longline throw-on version from George at Asda, is just right. It has long sleeves, a high collar, and a wrap-style front meaning that you will still be putting it to good use during those first few nursing months too.
Pyjamas — and especially maternity pyjamas — haven't exactly been synonymous with sophistication in days of yore, but this three-piece nursing sleep set from A Pea in the Pod has come along to change all that. “This set was amazing,” raved one happy buyer. “The fabric was soft, the fit was perfect and the colour and style was so chic.”
We can’t quite believe that this awesome knitted lounge set comprising of a crew neck jumper and over-the-bump jogging bottoms is only £22! Made from a super soft material and available in either black, grey, or the pictured camel colour which is all the rage this season, it’s highly likely that you’ll be living in this set for the duration of your pregnancy.