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Petite maternity clothes for shorter mamas

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Your body changes drastically when you're pregnant and dressing it can be a bit of a minefield. And if you're petite, it can feel even harder to navigate. 

We'll be honest, there is definitely an absence of petite maternity clothing out there. Other shorter mamas have taken to shopping at places such as Topshop, ASOS and H&M whose sizes naturally come up a little smaller and/or shorter. Alternatively, one mum said: 'Talking to other petite pregnant women, it seems that our bellies grow absolutely massive because there isn't much other space to put a baby. As far as tops are concerned, normal maternity size had always done me just fine.'

Another mum added, 'I'm short and find normal maxi dresses fit better with the bump as it lifts the dress up higher. Everything else I have had to alter.'

While they may not be labelled as petite, we'd recommend keeping your eye out for maternity clothes that come in short, regular and long and obviously pick short. This was something we found Next did. 

Typically, you'll notice that you can only find petite maternity clothes in trousers like jeans, leggings and dresses. This tends to be because the likes of t-shirts and tops are fairly standard whatever height you are, if not just a tad longer and that's no bad thing when you've got a bump. 

It's also worth taking a look at shops that offer specific petite ranges and simply buying a larger size to accommodate your growing bump. 

However, if you're determined for some petite maternity clothes, here's what we did find...

Petite maternity clothes

Ideal for sunnier days, this yellow floral T-Shirt dress has short puff sleeves and front pocket detail. 

Available in petite as well as regular/tall, this casual jumper will keep you comfy throughout the day. Although it's not maternity, there's plenty of room for your growing bump. It's also available in a range of on-trend colours and prints so you can stock up. 

Leggings are a staple, pregnant or otherwise but these soft jersey leggings from M&S are super-stretchy and have an extra high waist to go right over your growing bump. The short length styles are best suited to petites frames.

This pretty dress is available in petite sizing and is a great option for dressing up or dressing down, depending where you're heading. Made in the softest woven crepe fabric, it flows effortlessly over your curves, finishing above the knee. The gentle ruching at the back will ensure a flexible fit throughout every stage of your pregnancy and beyond.

A classic white summer dress is a must for any wardorbe - maternity or otherwise! Shirred above the empire waist, the softly textured tiered skirt boasts a flattering drape and is lined to ensure full coverage. We love the feminine puff sleeves that complete the look with a boho twist.

Although not specified as petite, YouTuber Elle Darby who collaborated on this selection is a petite mama-to-be herself so we reckon it's well worth trying out this pink floral playsuit. It's bound to keep you cool in summer too.

While it admittedly might cause some issues when it comes to those frequent toilet trips, how comfy does this jumpsuit look? It's a great one for dressing up or down, depending on where you're heading.

A pregnant bump always looks adorable in dungarees which is why this petite jumpsuit is top of our wish list. Made from a comfy cotton blend, and finished with a button front for easy nursing, it will see you all the way through pregnancy and beyond.

These high rise leggings are designed to fit you from bump to baby so you won't need to throw them out after you've given birth. The plain design means you'll be able to wear them with anything. 

Although not petite (sorry!), this is the perfect t-shirt to size up in and wear with jeans or leggings. Made from pure cotton, it has ruching at the sides for comfort.

  • Author: Emily Thorpe Emily Thorpe
  • Job Title: Digital Writer

Having written for Mother&Baby magazine for four years where she wrote news, product pages, features and interviewed celebrities such as Paloma Faith and Fearne Cotton, Emily now works as Digital Writer for Mother&Baby online where she specialises in travel and product reviews. 


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