Maternity Clothes Checklist – Top 20 Options to Spice Up Your Wardrobe

You didn’t expect to squeeze in those fixed-size jeans until your due date, did you? But, as dreaded and feared as they may be, maternity clothes are a necessity. Fortunately, they’ve come a long way over the past several years, leaving behind the days of frump and ushering in a bit of class. Here’s a rundown of what you absolutely must have, what would be nice to have, and what’s the icing on the cake when it comes to maternity wear.

The Essentials

#Maternity Underwear

It may go without saying, but comfortable underwear is a must-have for all expecting moms. However, maternity does not mean dowdy. You can still wear bikini-cut, sensual undergarments. Pregnancy only means that they are made to accommodate your changing body.

#Maternity/Nursing Bras

A good maternity or nursing bra is also a necessity. Your breasts can grow up to a full cup size larger during pregnancy. That’s a lot of added weight. You’ll need a great bra to support your newly filled-out breasts and your strained back.

#Lower-heeled Shoes

If you work in an office, dressy attire may be a requirement. But that’s no reason to put yourself and your baby at risk. Instead, replace your old high heels with lower-heeled shoes. They don’t have to be flats but try to avoid anything that could test your balance.

#The Little Black Dress

It’s always been the symbol of style and sophistication. So why not carry the class over into your pregnancy days? A little black dress should be comfortable and light, yet stylish. Plus, black is slimming and fitting for all occasions.

#Maternity Leggings

Leggings are every mom’s favorite, even when not pregnant. However, you’ll need specially designed maternity leggings with a unique combination of stretch, strength, softness, and breathability during pregnancy. Think of them as the base layer for maternity style that promises to secure your growing bump and adds a new layer of fashion and comfort to your style statement.

#A Great Pair of Jeans

It is doubtful that you’ll be able to squeeze yourself into your pre-pregnancy pants after the fourth month. Why torture yourself? Purchase a quality pair of stretchy maternity jeans. They can sit either above your belly or below. They can even be found with a stretchy middle for your expanding tummy.

#Flattering Slacks

Comfortable and stylish pants are a definite necessity for any expecting woman. They should be stretchy, so they hug your new curves but not restricting. Go for dark colors like black, charcoal, or navy. A pair of slacks can go with any outfit and won’t knock a hole in your budget.

#Stretchy White Button-down Shirt

It’s simple, it’s comfortable, and it’s downright charming. Besides, a classy white shirt goes with anything from high-stretch maternity leggings to skirts. It will stretch to accommodate your belly, and you can dress it up or down depending on your mood and the occasion.

Recommended Maternity Wear

#Drawstring Pants

The great thing about drawstring maternity pants is that you may already own a pair. If you don’t, purchase a pair in your regular size (or near it). Just don’t cinch tightly, and they’ll expand with your belly. Plus, you might be able to wear them postpartum!

#Elastic-waist Skirt

Here’s another great item you might already have. A skirt with an elastic waist can last you throughout much of your pregnancy so long as it feels comfortable and unrestricted. Again, dark colors are best but don’t be afraid to punch it up with a print or floral pattern.

#Stretchy Tops

A great maternity-wear choice is long T-shirts made of stretchy material. Whether tank tops or long-sleeved, the flexible material feels fabulous and shows off your bump without making you look huge. Buy a couple of tops and t-shirts so you can mix and match them with a variety of maternity bottom wear.


They lend tailored lines to otherwise flowy outfits and keep chills away in an office or supermarket—cardigans are a maternity wardrobe staple. If you don’t want to button or tie one closed, you can stick with pre-maternity sizes; find ones covering your belly or in the maternity section.

#Sweater and Tank Top Combos

Those cute two-piece ensembles look and feel great when you’re expecting. The tank top flatters your figure, and the sweater will keep you warm. If you start to overheat, take off that top layer. (It’s good to wear layers when you’re pregnant as your temperature can shift drastically in a short time.)

#Maternity Support Hose

Not only do they keep your legs looking shapely, but maternity support hose can drastically reduce the occurrence of varicose veins. Plus, some hoses can help support your tummy and back, keeping you in prime posture and feeling good.


#Empire-waist Dress

It’s cute, flowy, and great for day or evening. An empire-waist maternity dress looks distinctly feminine and still accommodates your changing body. Plus, it is perfect for formal events and weddings.

#Maternity Waistband Expanders

These things are little lifesavers. With them, you can wear pretty much all of your pre-pregnancy clothes. Just insert this waistband expander, and voila! You’ll have pants that fit and stretch to allow for growing tummy room.

#Fun Printed Shirts

Sick of solids? Have some fun with your maternity wear selections. Go for alluring prints and designs on your T-shirts. For example, buy a long-sleeved shirt with some embroidery on the arms or has a pattern. Don’t let pregnancy change your taste in clothes. Wear what you would wear normally.

#Black Jacket

Just like a little black dress, a black jacket will go with just about anything. You can dress up any outfit or simply throw it on if you’re feeling chilly.

#Black, Dressy Pants

They’re sleek and sophisticated and the perfect addition to any expecting mom’s wardrobe. Dress pants can go with your white, button-down shirt or even a more relaxed stretchy top.

#Stylish Accessories

Don’t be afraid to have fun with your clothes. Scarves, bracelets, hair ties —accessories won’t break your budget but will make you feel excited about adding something new to your wardrobe.

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