12 Maternity Wardrobe Must Haves

 

Maternity Must Haves

Every Day Staple Items

1. Splits59 Ashby Tank

These were my favorite tops for layering or working out before my last pregnancy but I fell in love with them all over again during my pregnancy! Its all about the high quality fabric of this tank that makes it special. Its really soft and stretches for my growing belly but it never loses its original shape so they feel and look the way they did before my pregnancy. And items you can wear before, during and after pregnancy are always worth the purchase. I love love love this tank.

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2. PattyBoutik Maxi Dress

This dress always made me feel beautiful throughout my pregnancy. It transitioned well through 3 trimesters, looking appropriate and hugging my bod in all the right spots as I grew and it transitioned well between the seasons too. I wore it alone with statement jewelry in the Summer, with a light jacket and booties in Fall and with tall boots and buttoned down, flannel shirts tied up over my belly in the winter.

3. BaoBei Maternity Belly Band

I wore this belly band around my hips earlier on in pregnancy and up around my belly toward the end. It gave me the hip stability I needed while walking early on and it gave me back support as my belly got so big toward the end. I even slept in them! They also work great as a way to cover your unbuttoned pants or to add length to any shirt you’re wanting to rock.

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4. Tom’s Ware Sleeveless Midi Dress

This dress was so cute through all seasons of my pregnancy. In Summer I wore it with flat, strappy sandals and a statement necklace, Fall was booties, jean jacket and scarf with statement earrings and Winter was leggings, black wedge booties and a crop jacket to show off my bump.

5. A Pea in the Pod Stripe Tee

This tee is super soft and looks stylish paired with skirts & leggings. You can also throw a jacket over it, add a scarf and easily dress it up or down. So versatile. I bought one in black and white and wore it once a week throughout my whole pregnancy.

6. Mio Tummy Rub

As a stretch mark prone momma, Ive tried everything on the market to prevent them! This product is my absolute favorite. It feels like velvet on my skin and has no smell. It was such a relief to find after using so many highly recommended oils that made me feel gross and left oil stains on my clothes and made my bathroom countertop messy and oily too. Now I know theres no need for all of that. I use this product and I also gently exfoliate my belly 3xs per week with a baiden mitten, then apply the tummy rub right afterward for max absorption. Ill continue to use this product after baby comes to help my skin tighten back up too. So far… it works!!

Bottoms

7. Black Maternity Leggings

Every prego needs black maternity leggings because they are so so comfortable. You can dress them up or down and will wear them a lot! I bought two pair and wore a hole through one pair toward the end of my last pregnancy because I wore them out with heels and a short dress or booties and a long shirt. I wore them when neighbors hopped over to hang out for a bit and I even wore them to bed in the winter! These are a must buy in my book!

8. H&M High Waisted Jeans

I wore this $25 pair of H&M High Waisted Jean for months 3-7 of my pregnancy.  I sized up and because they’re made from super stretchy material I was able to zip them over my bump and although they looked so silly without a shirt on, once I added a longer shirt, I looked and felt like I had typical, comfy & stylish jeans on. They may not last you your whole pregnancy but they’re much cheaper than maternity jeans so I definitely thought they were worth the purchase. Also, if the fit of maternity jeans just don’t work for you (they were always sagging on me- I ended up re-selling the 2 pair I bought) and you’re a jean wearing phene like me, you may be pleasantly surprised to see how these jeans work for you.

Workout Clothes

9. Racerback Maternity Tank

I loved the soft fabric of this tank along with fact that it covered my belly so well. I also appreciated the conservative cut of the scoop neck. Kept my prego breasts concealed while I was moving freely in my workouts.

10. Any Long Workout Tanks

I went to Marshalls and bought a few inexpensive long workout tanks in one size up for 2nd trimester and 2 sizes up for my third trimester and they all worked perfectly.  Just get stretchy, soft material that won’t be itchy on your skin.

11. High-Waisted Workout Leggings

I never found maternity workout leggings I liked. Instead I bought about 3 pair of high-waisted leggings that were 1 or 2 sizes bigger than my typical size. I rolled them down under my belly as I got bigger and wore the high waist over my belly for months 3-7. The leggings that were 2 sizes bigger did ride down a bit and that was annoying but overall it’s what worked for me. I found typical maternity leggings to be too see through for my taste and all the maternity workout leggings I tried on looked matronly to me so sticking with non-maternity, high-waisted pants that were one size bigger is what worked best.

High waisted leggings can be found everywhere these days! My favorite is Dharma Bums but Fabletics, Lululemon, Splits59 and Target all have great options too.

12. Stability Workout Shoes

I usually wear minimalist shoes but could feel my hip stabilization being thrown off somewhere around month 4 of pregnancy so I knew it would be a good idea to go back to a more supportive shoe that would help keep proper alignment in my low body. When I went to the running store to get my gait checked, I was indeed rolling my ankles inward (very common amongst pregnancy women) so I ended up with a Brooks stability shoe that helped correct my stride. I found myself wearing them around the house just because I felt more natural standing and walking in them than being barefoot.

You dont have to splurge on Brooks though. I have a lot of pregnant friends and clients who love their stability lending and more affordable, Sketchers too. Just make sure you’re wearing comfortable, supportive shoes because doing the opposite can throw off the alignment of your legs, hips and spine which leads to more aches and pains no pregnant woman needs more of!

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