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A changing wardrobe is one of the inevitable side effects of a changing body. Throughout your pregnancy, you’ll want to find comfortable clothing that accommodates your growing bump, but shopping for maternity fashion doesn’t mean you have to completely forgo your style goals.
You may be surprised to learn that many of your go-to shopping sources also carry a strong selection of maternity clothes. And there are several good sites dedicated solely to pregnant (or postpartum) women who need some new essentials. Below, we’ve rounded up the best of the best to help you cover up your bump (and beyond).
With a large maternity section that even includes swimwear and evening gowns, Nordstrom is a no-brainer if you’re looking to flawlessly style your changing body. An extensive selection of brands, silhouettes and price points are key factors in making it such a good resource — basically, all the things you loved about shopping Nordstrom before you had a bump!
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From work to weekend, Gap has the staples you need to get you through your pregnancy. Stock up on tees, sweaters and tanks that are extra long in the torso. Don’t overlook Gap's blouses and dresses, either. While you’re at it, you may as well browse for your baby’s arrival — we think the BabyGap PJs are pretty adorable.
Every trendy mama-to-be needs to know about ASOS. The site’s selection is stylish, well priced and just really strong. It offers a number of different brands, but some of our favorite pieces are from the company’s private label collection. In fact, don’t be surprised if your non-pregnant friends want to shop your looks — it really is that cute.
If you are trying to buy on a budget (you have a baby to think about, after all!), Walmart is a great place to look. Its maternity section is brimming with dresses, tops and pants that are both fashion-forward and super affordable. We love Walmart's "Maternity Essentials" section, which has all the basics you'll need for those nine months (and beyond).
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Since no one wants to spend a ton of money investing in a maternity wardrobe that will only be worn for a limited time, we love the idea of renting whatever you can. Le Tote offers two types of maternity memberships: one for $69 per month, which includes three clothing items and two accessories, and one for $79 per month, which includes four clothing items. Plus, you always have access to the classic, non-maternity assortment, and if you really love an item, you can keep it for 20 percent to 50 percent off retail. While the brand selection doesn’t include many higher-end pieces, we like the fact that you can customize what’s inside your tote so there are no crazy surprises.
If ever there was a time when fast fashion is an obvious choice, we think it’s when you’re pregnant. Considering you’ll need something on trend and in season, you don’t want to spend a lot of money, and you will probably not wear it a year from now, it’s smart to scan H&M’s maternity offerings. From great jeans to sweaters, skirts and tops, you can build a good base for all nine months from the brand’s selection. Plus, be sure to check out H&M's nursing dresses and bras — you’ll need those before you know it!
This dedicated maternity site has plenty of fun and practical options, but our favorite feature is the plus-size maternity section. These styles are among the best we’ve seen for plus-size ladies looking to accommodate a growing bump.
The Everything Store has an entire shop on its site dedicated to moms-to-be. You can browse by category, price or rating, and it has everything from swimwear to outerwear to intimates.
Busy mamas who are focused on prepping for baby — or doing a million other things — and don’t feel like spending time shopping for maternity clothes may want to check out Stitch Fix, a curated personal styling service that offers a maternity option. With each “Fix” you get five hand-selected pieces from an assortment of over 50 maternity brands, ranging in price from $28 to $150. Order on demand or get a monthly box, then buy what you like and send back the rest. This may be the easiest decision you make as a mom.
When this brand launched in 2011, it truly changed the game in maternity wear. It’s still the ultimate destination for clothing that feels chic — and that you want to wear before AND after baby. Shop by trimester or look for “comfy” or “date night” styles to get you through every occasion. From sophisticated dresses you can reach for again and again, to everyday essentials, this is our first stop for elevated maternity fashion.
While Old Navy has a little something for every mama-to-be, we especially like its bodycon tanks, tees and dresses. These easy-to-throw-on-and-go pieces will stretch with you throughout pregnancy, making them good items to stock up on as soon as you learn you’re expecting.
Target has a lot of maternity options, and its “bump to baby guide” with essentials for four different stages is very cute and easy to navigate. We especially like Target's “stage 4” pieces, including nursing bras, intimates and tank tops, many of which are exclusive to the company.