With all the physical and emotional ups and downs you’ll experience during pregnancy, finding clothes to accommodate your growing body shouldn’t be another obstacle. After all, just because you’re expecting doesn’t mean you have to shift your style to shapeless tops and less-than-flattering bottoms. With a recent baby boom at The Bump HQ, we asked staffers to share the maternity pieces they relied on to keep them feeling comfortable and stylish both during pregnancy and in the first few postpartum months. Below, check out their must-haves and how you can get the look at Motherhood Maternity.
“I lived in maxi dresses the last two months of my pregnancy. Not only were they perfect for hot summer days, but the stretchy material was great for those first few weeks postbirth when I didn’t want anything pressing into my c-section scar.” —Jen, Account Executive
“Just like with your regular wardrobe, it’s worth it to invest in a little black dress. Dress it up with a long statement necklace to accent the bump, or pair it with your dependable denim jacket for a more casual look. It’s definitely worth the investment.” —Mary, National Advertising Sales Director
Bottoms That Hold You In
“I love leggings that have the belly band in the front for comfortable support, but come low in the back, so I don’t get too hot.” —Erica, Associate iOS Engineer
“Look for a pair of maternity jeans or shorts with stretchy side panels. They fit great even in early pregnancy when your bump is on the small side (unlike the common over-the-bump style), but continue to stretch as you grow. Plus, the front still looks like a normal pair of jeans, so you can pull off every Instagrammer's favorite look: the half-tucked-in shirt.” —Kate, Senior Editor, Branded Content
Shop the look: Motherhood Maternity side panel skinny maternity crop jeans, $45, Plus Size Secret Fit Belly embellished pocket maternity shorts, $50, Secret Fit Belly maternity crop leggings, $22; all available at Motherhood.com
“During pregnancy, I wore long tank tops underneath my shirts to support my belly, and then I wore Jessica Simpson Nursing Tank Tops nearly every day during the year I was nursing. It was the best undershirt for any occasion and with the slightly-padded built-in bra and double-lined tank, leakage was slim to none.” —Lacey, Sales Operations Data Specialist .
“Invest in some maternity tops and tanks so you can still rock your fave blazers and cardigans. I found myself gravitating to bold colors and prints too—especially V-necks and wrap shirts. They made me feel like I was fashionable while still being comfortable, and I could wear them for nursing once baby was born.” —Mary
"When you have a hungry, crying baby in your arms, the last thing you want is to fumble with tricky clips or convoluted designs. I absolutely love my wrap-style nursing bras, tulip-front shirts and tops with side slits—when it's time to feed my little one, all I have to do is pull the fabric aside and we're good to go!" —Ashlee Neuman, Senior Editor
“When my regular jeans started getting too tight to button, I came to rely on a Tummy Sleeve to keep my pants from falling down. It smoothed things over, and allowed me to stay in my tried-and-true blue for a few extra months. I’m planning on wearing it when I nurse too, for extra coverage on my stomach when I have to lift my top up” —Kate
The Bump and Motherhood Maternity present Bump Up Your Style, a sponsored series featuring inspiration, tips and trends to help you feel stylish and comfortable during pregnancy and beyond. Start shopping at Motherhood.com.