June 19, 2015

Where to Shop when You're Expecting

For most women we grow up learning how to dress our body type: curvy, athletic, plus size, petite - each and every shape is beautiful. We learn what works for us and what makes us comfortable. Aren't we privileged to live in a world that has such an abundances of choice in clothing and accessories that it can accommodate all these different body types and personal styles?

Here I stand five foot three inches (on a good day) and very busty (on a bad one) - my unique size can be difficult to dress but over the years I've figured out what works and what doesn't. Sure I like to try new things and test the limits, but I have a basic sense of how to rock my assets and hide some of my (perceived) flaws. Now if you were to ask me to strap a basketball to my belly and dress myself  it would be a whole different story - it's not so easy. In fact it's down right difficult!

Expecting mother's face this challenge daily. The desire to look cute/professional/put together {fill in the blank}but with the added challenge of significant weight gain over a short period. In a sense you have to relearn how to dress yourself and the most challenging part is that just when you figure it all out - your body continues to change. It's an evolving problem. Throw in the different body types and maternity shopping can be more than a challenge, it can rock the confidence of almost any already hormonal expecting mother.

In an effort to help you shop and save you some headaches I put together a list of great places to shop for most of your maternity needs. This list is not comprehensive - but please let me know if I've left anything off so that I can added it for all you moms to be. I've only included places that have online buying options, since the last thing I want to do pregnant and with a toddler is go to the mall and try stuff on.

Super trendy dresses, jeans, tops, occasion wear and swimwear won't leave you feeling like you have to rely solely on basics to get you through your 10 month pregnancy.
Sizes: 6 to 20 (UK sizing)

Burlington Coat Factory
Designer labels but for a fraction of the cost. Burlington offers a great selection of maternity and nursing items, including intimates and activewear.
Sizes: S-XL

Destination Maternity 
Trendy options for the hip mama. A sister store to Motherhood Maternity and Pea in the Pod this is their mid-level option with some designer selections available.
Sizes: XS-XL (pre-pregnancy size 0-18) - Designer options from size 24-34.

Functional, practical and stylish. Gap provides wardrobe staples and plenty of extra trendy pieces to help round out an expecting mama's closet.
Sizes:XS-XL and 00-20

Rock the latest trends without breaking the bank. H&M gives you the latest in fashion and accessories for pregnant fashion mavens worldwide.
Sizes:XS-XL and 2-16

Defined by comfort, luxury and style, Hatch is a high-end maternity boutique that offers the latest in runway-inspired fashions that will leave you feeling good and looking great throughout your pregnancy.
Sizes: 2-10 and Petite

Motherhood Maternity 
Reasonably priced maternity options for the everyday mom. A sister store to Destination Maternity and Pea in the Pod this is their lower-priced option.
Sizes: XS - XXXL (pre-pregnancy size 0-26).

Old Navy
Maternity Clothing for every stage of your pregnancy and options appropriate for nursing.
Sizes: XS to XXL

Pea in a Pod 
High-quality, designer brands give mom's an option for comfort and luxury that can be hard to find when you're expecting. A sister store to Destination Maternity and Motherhood Maternity this is their high-end option.
Sizes: XS-XL (pre-pregnancy size 0-18) - Designer options from size 24-34.

PinkBlush Maternity
"PinkBlush brings the latest trends in maternity clothes to the modern mother so that she can transition into pregnancy without skipping a beat, delivering bold prints in vibrant hues to make sure you stand out in style."
Sizes: S-XL and Plus sizes 1X-3X

Rosie Pope 
Made by a mom for moms. Rosie Pope intuitively thinks about the changing contour of a woman's body during pregnancy and offers a line of clothing suitable for almost any occasion.
Sizes: XS-XL

Liz Lange Maternity dominates the maternity section of Target but isn't the only option that they provide with their wearable, everyday fashions.
Sizes: XS - XXL.

The Loft Maternity
Just because you're expecting doesn't mean you can't shop at your favorite stores. The Loft Maternity offers stylish options for the trend-setting mama to be.
Sizes: XS- XXL

Top Shop
Top Shop offers pieces that you can wear throughout every step of your pregnancy and even afterward. Functional, practical and always fashionable - your growing belly doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style.
Sizes: 4-16

Maternity clothes for all body types and at a price you can't possibly be mad at. Walmart provides very reasonable maternity options and with thousands of locations nationwide it's conveniently located for almost everyone.
Sizes: S-XXXL

There are also department store options like Macy's, Nordstrom, Sears and JC Penny, all which carry a great variety of maternity options.

Where do you like to shop for your maternity needs?

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  1. Seriously dressing while pregnant is so difficult! I've got 2 months left and I feel like I'm constantly finding things that no longer fit! These are all great options tho & will be super helpful for other pregnant mamas!

  2. I hear ya! I feel like the first time around I just relied on basics but with #2 I've been able to branch out a little more. Thanks so much for reading and your comment!