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Maternity Wear Cheat Sheet
Updated on
September 11, 2023

Maternity Wear Cheat Sheet

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Here is everything you need to know to dress your bump for nine long months.Maternity Wear Cheat Sheet

Maternity clothes have come so far from the muu-muus that our moms wore in the 70s and 80s. There are great, affordable lines for everything from work-appropriate attire to workout gear from:

What do you actually need? For the third trimester, many moms live in:

  • Leggings
  • Maternity jeans
  • Cotton dress
  • Tank top

It helps to have two nice shirts and a sweater to wear to work, too. Scarves and cardigans can cap off this maternity wear capsule wardrobe.

Tip: Don’t stretch out your favorite pair of dress pants because you’re avoiding buying maternity clothes.

If you don’t want to compromise on your aesthetic, look no further than Hatch Collection. It’ll cost you, but you will the hippest mom-to-be at the farmer’s market.

Maternity bundles or subscription boxes are a newer option that are great for winter coats or fancy dresses.

  • Rent the Runway ($159 a month for unlimited or $89 a month for four pieces) recently launched a maternity version of their popular subscription service. It offers bump-friendly gowns, work clothes or coats at reasonable prices.
  • Le Tote Maternity ($49 a month for two pieces)
  • Mine for Nine (pay per item)
  • Borrow for Your Bump (offers subscription box and dress rental)

Last but certainly not least, please think about your shoes and get some supportive, comfy soles you can sport. Your feet will spread as you get more pregnant, and your ligaments get more flexible because of increased relaxin. And skip those high heels or stick to wedges. With your changing center of gravity, you’re more likely to fall and that risk just isn’t worth it.

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