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.
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
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.
Foucome Women's Over Bump Super Soft Support Maternity Leggings
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.
Black maternity dungarees
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.
Maternity White Shirred Detail Blouse
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.
Grey maternity mama sweatshirt
Best maternity loungewear:
We're huge fans of Missguided's maternity loungewear collection. Our favourite piece is definitely this very cute MAMA slogan jumper.
Lindex Mom 2 pack seamless with lace nursing bra in pink and black
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.
Black Bamboo Lounge Maternity Pyjamas
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.
MAMA V-neck kaftan
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.
Maternity Blue Waist Enhance Tori Mum Jeans
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.
MAMA Smocking-detail top
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.
Love Leggings Light Grey Marl Full Length Maternity Leggings
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."
Maternity Grey Padded Coat
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.
Souluxe Black Maternity Gym Leggings
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.
Maternity Modern Boatneck Dress
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?
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.