14 Maternity Style Must-Haves

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14 Maternity Style Must-Haves

With each passing week I’ve enjoyed watching my baby bump grow. It felt like overnight at 21 weeks my belly popped out! I went from, “Is that a baby bump?” to “Look at that baby!” The rubber band holding my pants up trick wasn’t working any more and my tees were too tight and too short to cover my whole belly. It was finally time to invest in some maternity clothes. I couldn’t push it back any longer. While browsing through the internet, I wanted to make sure that I invested in pieces that would last my entire pregnancy and that would also remain in style for future pregnancies. After doing some major searching–and shopping–I have discovered the 14 essential items that every pregnant mama needs to have in her closet.

1. Comfortable, Casual Dress

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Photos by Creative Clicks Photography at Hotel Sorella City Centre

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pink blush maternity, maternity dress, maternity clothes

pink blush maternity, maternity dress, maternity clothes

You want something in your wardrobe that you can easily pull off the hanger and throw on. We all have those crazy, busy days and having some comfortable, casual maternity dresses is the perfect thing. This navy striped dress from Pink Blush Maternity has been one of my go-tos. Slip on some sneakers, a jean jacket if it’s cool outside, and a cute tote bag and you are ready to go!

2. Dressy Maternity Dresses

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pink blush maternity, maternity dress, maternity clothes

It can be a pain trying to find something to wear when you’re pregnant when you have an event to go to. I found this coral chiffon dress also from Pink Blush Maternity and love it. I particularly love it because I can easily wear this piece after baby too! Style it with some cute sandals or wedges and a statement necklace or statement earrings and you will be receiving compliments all night. I certainly have!

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ingrid and isabel, maternity dress, maternity clothes

ingrid and isabel, maternity dress, maternity clothes

ingrid and isabel, maternity dress, maternity clothes

I love the flowy dresses like the one before, but I also like the tighter dresses that really show off that adorable bump. Because I have several events and baby showers to attend this summer, I needed to have a few nice dresses that I could wear. When I saw this lace dress in winter white from Ingrid & Isabel, I had to have it. Not gonna lie, I’ll probably wear this bad boy with some stellar blue heels to my own baby shower. ๐Ÿ™‚

3. Maternity Jeans

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ingrid and isabel, maternity jeans, maternity clothes

ingrid and isabel, maternity jeans, maternity clothes

ingrid and isabel, maternity jeans, maternity clothes

ingrid and isabel, maternity jeans, maternity clothes

As I said before, the rubber band trick around the front button will only last so long. You need to have one or two good pairs of maternity jeans. These above are from Ingrid & Isabel. I really like how they use high quality denim and that they have a crossover design that will grow with my bump but will also keep my back cool. Summer is here, you know!

I also chose these white jeans below from A Pea in the Pod since it is summer time. They are so comfortable and really complete my summer wardrobe.

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a pea in the pod, maternity bras, nursing bras, maternity clothes

a pea in the pod, maternity bras, nursing bras, maternity clothes

4. Maternity Shorts

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a pea in the pod, maternity shorts, maternity clothes

a pea in the pod, maternity shorts, maternity clothes

a pea in the pod, maternity shorts, maternity clothes

I chose the wrong time of the year to be pregnant. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just kidding. But as the temperatures start rising, I’m realizing that I will be living in shorts. This is another staple to have in your maternity capsule. I really like the brand 7 for Mankind so I chose these cute and comfy jean shorts from A Pea in the Pod. They have already come in handy in this Texas heat!

But I do love me some white pants, so I also chose some white shorts. These are from A Pea in the Pod too. I know that I will be wearing both of these pairs quite often and through any future pregnancies. They are well made so they will last forever!

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a pea in the pod, maternity shorts, maternity clothes

a pea in the pod, maternity shorts, maternity clothes

5. Cute and Casual Tees

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Isabella Oliver scoop neck maternity tee from A Pea in the Pod (they no longer have this purple color online)

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Lace Trim Maternity Top from A Pea in the Pod

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a pea in the pod, maternity tops, maternity shorts, maternity clothes

a pea in the pod, maternity tops, maternity jeans, maternity clothes

a pea in the pod, maternity tops, maternity jeans, maternity clothes

I don’t have that many big, flowy tops from my pre-pregnancy wardrobe so I had to invest in some new maternity tops. I’m all about celebrating and showing off our baby bumps, so I chose these fitted tees and tops. They are so comfortable, cute and are pieces that I know I will wear again. (Links are included below the photos to see where I got them.)

6. Good Maternity/ Nursing Bras

You’re about to get an eye full . . . sorry.

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a pea in the pod, maternity bras, nursing bras, maternity clothes

a pea in the pod, maternity bras, nursing bras, maternity clothes

Quickly after getting my positive pregnancy test, my girls started growing. My bras just weren’t cutting it anymore so I needed to get some new ones. I chose a few Natori nursing bras to help me out. This one (as shown above) this one, and a strapless maternity bra. Some women leak breastmilk sooner than others so I recommend carrying some nursing pads with you once you hit 6 months in your bag in case you notice any leakage happening.

Also, if you are already leaking, you might also want to start wearing a seamless bra when you are sleeping. This is the one that I chose. (See below.) I also love wearing it when I go to the gym.

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a pea in the pod, maternity bras, nursing bras, maternity clothes

7. Kimonos and Ponchos

I love me some kimonos and ponchos during pregnancy. It helps cover your hips, your booty and makes you appear leaner. It’s normal for our hips to widen when we are pregnant. Mine sure have. So having a kimono on or a poncho on helps me feel like I have more coverage.

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This kimono from SheIn is a great, lightweight piece perfect for summer. I can wear this over my bathing suit or pair it with a tank top and cute jeans or shorts with sandals.

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shein, kimonos, maternity clothes

shein, kimonos, maternity clothes

shein, kimonos, maternity clothes

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This poncho from Ingrid & Isabel is also one of my favorites since I can wear this outfit during pregnancy and after baby. Anything that can last after pregnancy is a plus. I can even use it as a nursing cover! Just put on some comfortable leggings, a maternity tank and adorable flats, and the look is complete.

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ingrid and isabel, ponchos, maternity clothes

ingrid and isabel, ponchos, maternity clothes

ingrid and isabel, ponchos, maternity clothes

8. Belly Band

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ingrid and isabel, maternity belly band, maternity clothes

ingrid and isabel, maternity belly band, maternity clothes

Rather than having to purchase a whole new closet full of clothes for your pregnancy, you should invest in a bellyband instead. I have this bellaband and love that it allows me to wear my pre-pregnancy pants unbuttoned a little longer, that it has extra length to completely cover my belly, and that I can use this after I have our baby boy. The stay-put silicone strip is the trick to keeping everything in place.

9. Comfortable Shoes

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Tory Burch, maternity jeans, maternity clothes

As our weight gains and shifts during our pregnancies, we have to have good support on our feet. But comfort doesn’t always have to mean that we have to sacrifice style. I have been wearing cute sandals like these and these from Tory Burch, these slip on converse, and these leopard flats. They have been great throughout my pregnancy.

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10. Pretty Heels

Some of you may think I’m crazy for having cute pumps on my list, but a good pair of heels can pretty much complete any outfit. I have totally been rocking my heels and just added these amazing blue suede Christian Louboutin pumps to my collection. I am having a boy after all. These are for sure going to be worn at my baby shower!

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Christian Louboutin, maternity jeans, maternity clothes

Christian Louboutin, maternity jeans, maternity clothes

11. Statement Necklaces

Because I’m so short (5’1.5″–yes, the half inch counts!), I feel like my bump is really getting a lot more attention . . . and real estate. I don’t want everyone’s eye to always go straight to my midsection, so a good statement piece–I think–has helped. As you can see in the majority of my outfits on this post, I like to pair it with a good necklace. Here are two of my favorites.

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This Kendra Scott piece is a fav.

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And I also love pretty much all things Loren Hope. Like this necklace.

12. Pajamas & Robe

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belabumbum, maternity pajamas, nursing pajamas, maternity clothes

belabumbum, maternity pajamas, nursing pajamas, maternity clothes

belabumbum, maternity pajamas, nursing pajamas, maternity clothes

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been rocking a large t-shirt and shorts that hug under my belly, but there is something about having pajamas that actually fit your new body. I feel so good when I go to sleep in this maternity and nursing chemise from Belabumbum and wake up and put on their matching robe. I also love how they have a matching onesie!

13. Leggings

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ingrid and isabel, maternity leggings, maternity clothes

Leggings are a girl’s best friend. I’m convinced. They perfectly stretch and adjust to your changing shape and can be worn casually around the house or dressed up cute with a fun top and shoes. This seamless capri belly leggings from Ingrid & Isabel have been wonderful to have. So grateful that they will last all the way through my pregnancy and beyond. Every girl needs a pair. Especially in her maternity wardrobe.

14. Workout Clothes

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We all know that we should be working out during our pregnancies! It will help us prepare for birth and have a faster recovery. My normal workout pants are not giving me the support that I need through my workout so I have now been wearing theseย active capri pants from Ingrid & Isabel. I put on my seamless maternity bra, a stretchy Lululemon top with these workout pants and sneakers and I’m ready to get my booty in gear!

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ingrid and isabel, maternity leggings, maternity clothes

ingrid and isabel, maternity leggings, maternity clothes

You made it! You actually made it all the way through my 14 maternity style must-haves. These are the staples that I believe every expectant mama should have. But let me know in the comments if I am missing anything. Was there a piece that you would add to your must-have list? I want to know!

Cheers to style from having your bump to beyond!

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Nina is The Baby Chickยฎ & CEO of Baby Chickยฎ. She is a baby planner, birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, newborn care specialist, and a mother. With over eight years of experience, she has supported hundreds of families during their pregnancies, births, and postpartum journeys.

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One day a pregnant client of mine started having a One day a pregnant client of mine started having abdominal pain. She called her OBGYN's office and they had her come in to check on the baby to make sure everything was okay. Everything looked fine and well with the baby so they sent her home saying that it was probably something that she ate and that it must be gas or indigestion pain.
Days went by and the pain not only continued but it got WORSE. I encouraged her to continue reaching out to her doctor, which she did. She would call the office and the nurse and doctor would tell her that everything was fine. They told her what meds she could take that could help, and that if she wanted to come in again the next day, she could.
The next day she went in and they looked at the baby and the baby was still perfect. They told her to go home and said to her, "You must have a very low pain tolerance because everything is appearing normal." Little did they know that she had labored for days and delivered her first baby withOUT any pain medication. (She had a different OBGYN with her first baby.) This client of mine is a strong woman and definitely does NOT have a low pain tolerance. I would know because I was her doula for both of her babies.
The pain she experienced only got worse the next day. She was in agony. She did her own research and thought it might be appendicitis. She decided to drive herself to the hospital this time without calling and told the nurse that she was in severe pain and that she thinks she has appendicitis. The nurse said, "there is no way that you could have appendicitis. You wouldn't be able to stand or drive yourself here or even talk if you had appendicitis." My client demanded that she see a doctor to get evaluated. Once a doctor was available to see her and examine her safely (since she was 34 weeks pregnant) they realized that, in fact, she DID have appendicitis & that it was so bad she needed immediate emergency surgery since it could be life-threatening. The surgery then caused her body to go into labor. Just hours after her surgery she pushed & delivered her second child.
I tell this story because I have seen & been told countless stories like this. (Continue reading in the comments.)
๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚โ  ๐Ÿ“ท: @thedad ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚โ 
๐Ÿ“ท: @thedad
The Ultimate List of Grandpa Namesโ  ๐Ÿ‘ดโ  .โ  The Ultimate List of Grandpa Namesโ  ๐Ÿ‘ดโ 
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We recently posted our ultimate list of Grandma names, but you might be looking for the perfect match for a Grandpa name. ๐Ÿ’™ Many fathers that turn into Grandpas usually go with what their dads were called as grandparents or something traditional, but we encourage you to take a look at all of the options! There just might be a better fit that suits you. ๐Ÿ˜Š Here is our ultimate list of over 100 Grandpa names to choose from!โ 
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๐Ÿ“ท: @royalty_europe
Tag your squad ๐Ÿ˜Žโ  ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚โ  ๐Ÿ“ท: @then Tag your squad ๐Ÿ˜Žโ 
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๐Ÿ“ท: @thenewsclan
As soon as a woman becomes pregnant she will hear As soon as a woman becomes pregnant she will hear ALL kinds of unsolicited advice from everyone around her. ๐Ÿคฐ Friends, family members, even strangers will tell her what they went through and what they think she should do with her body and her baby. ๐Ÿ˜‘ And this unsolicited advice continues long into parenthood. โ 
Something that I think ALL mothers should know and learn is that you do NOT have to own or accept any information or stories someone tells you if it does not serve you. If it's unhelpful and not inline with your choices, hopes, and desires as a mother, then as soon as it was received immediately discard it. Don't harbor any information that does a disservice to you. The mind is a powerful thing. When we are told war stories and how terrible, awful, or painful things were for them (pregnancy, childbirth, or parenthood), that can live and stay with you. You do not have to own someone else's story. It may have been told with good intentions, but if you do not find value in it let it go. Release it and surround yourself with positive talk, uplifting stories, and happy, respectful, and supportive people.โ  Be bold enough to go against the grain if you must and do what is right for you and your family.โ 
Ultimately, listen to your intuition. And if you're unsure of what your intuition is telling you, seek counsel from people who you admire and trust.โ 
You're doing great and if you didn't know this, you're already are a great mother. ๐Ÿ’• #thebabychick
Transition to Motherhood in Uncertain Timesโ  ๐Ÿคฑโ 
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When a first baby is born, so is a new mother. ๐Ÿ’— The transition to motherhood can be a very difficult one that is impossible to be fully prepared for. As you become a mother you take on a completely new identity. It is a new phase of life that comes with new challenges, emotions, and growth.โ  ๐ŸŒฑโ 
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As a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit occupational therapist, I find that I take care of the mothers just as much as I take care of the babies. โค๏ธ Many, if not most mothers, are prepared with the tangibles: a place for the new baby to sleep, clothes for the new baby to wear, bottles, and diapers. But it is impossible to fully prepare for the emotional transition that takes place. New moms are met with not only a little baby who is completely dependent but also a barrage of new and different emotions that you may not fully understand.โ  {Click ๐Ÿ”— in bio to continue reading!}โ 
Author by: Aimee Ketchumโ  @aimeeketchumโ 
๐Ÿ“ท: @trinitysierra
Let me just stop you right there! *pew pew* ๐Ÿ”ซ๐Ÿคฑ
Surprising Body Changes During Pregnancy โ€“ Podca Surprising Body Changes During Pregnancy โ€“ Podcast Ep 33โ  ๐Ÿ˜ฎโ 
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Pregnancy is such a beautiful time in a woman's life. ๐Ÿ’• But don't get me wrong, not every day of pregnancy is glamorous. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ We've all heard of the luxurious hair, the glowing skin, the stretchmarks with the growing belly, but there are also things that happen to a woman's body during pregnancy that aren't really discussed. That's why we are covering all of the surprising body changes a woman can experience during pregnancy on today's podcast episode. So if you're currently expecting and are noticing some odd changes happening to your body, you can feel relieved knowing that you are not alone. ๐Ÿคฐ {Click ๐Ÿ”— in bio to listen to the episode!}โ 
Now that "homeschool" is over, we can now enjoy ou Now that "homeschool" is over, we can now enjoy our summer! ๐Ÿ˜Ž Oh, wait . . . #looksalotlikerightnow ๐Ÿค”โ 
๐Ÿ“ท: @hallmark
When you become a mother you realize how much your When you become a mother you realize how much your mother did (or didn't do) for you. ๐Ÿ’— Sending love to all of the mothers, step-mothers, mother figures out there.
Happy Monday, mamas!โ  ๐Ÿ‘‹โ  โ  Lately, with e Happy Monday, mamas!โ  ๐Ÿ‘‹โ 
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Lately, with everything going on, I've been thinking a lot about mothers with newborns. ๐Ÿคฑ As a postpartum doula, I get the pleasure of supporting new families in their homes and helping them navigate the winding roads and highs and lows of early parenthood. But right now I know that families are bringing home their precious babies and are feeling alone more than ever. They have less physical support, which can feel like they have less emotional and informational support as well. This breaks my heart. ๐Ÿ’” I wish this wasn't happening to families or to our world and I wish that I could be there for these moms.โ 
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That's why today, I am hopping on our stories and answering YOUR questions. Since I can't be there PHYSICALLY to help you with your pregnancy and newborns, I want you to know that I am here virtually for you. How can I help?โ 
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{I've left a question box in our stories. Have a question about your postpartum recovery? About your newborn? About breastfeeding? Bottle-feeding? You name it! I've been helping mothers as a birth doula and postpartum doula for 10 years and I am here for you.๐Ÿ’•}โ 
๐Ÿ“ท: @creativeclicksphotography
Okay, grandma. ๐Ÿ™„โ  ๐Ÿ“ท: unknown Okay, grandma. ๐Ÿ™„โ 
๐Ÿ“ท: unknown
To the mamas, papas, dreamers, visionaries, SAHMs, To the mamas, papas, dreamers, visionaries, SAHMs, etc. out there, kudos to you! For going so hard, for not quitting even on the worst days, even on the tired days, even on the days you don't know how you're going to do it, or don't feel like you can. You know it's okay to have some patience, grace, and forgiveness with yourself, right?โ 
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Our children are the future. I had to learn to give myself some grace. Sometimes when I evaluate where I am in life and see that I'm not exactly where I want to be or could've been frustrates me, or gets me down. I'm so hard on myself. But then I realized if the ONLY good thing I've done or successfully done is raise great children, I am in fact doing well!! *Parents, it's so important how we raise our children, and many of you KNOW that is not an easy task.โ 
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There are so many different aspects on this one topic. First, their confidence, self-love, etc. is so important. They need to know who they are, so when they encounter times and people that aren't so kind they are not completely crushed.โ 
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Secondly, think about who you're putting into the world. Do you remember your heartbreak(s), or some of the sh*%$y people you've come across and thought who raised them? Or even when you encountered a child that needed a hug or just some TLC. It's important!โ 
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Thirdly, but not least, for the dreamer or the visionary . . . Yes, we are working so hard for our dreams and goals. And one day we may achieve them, but our building and growing may also be in the building for our children. As we are building a future for them. Show yourself a little love. โค๏ธ"โ 
Words & ๐Ÿ“ท: @tanishasnell_
"On my headstone, I hope they write, 'Here lies a "On my headstone, I hope they write, 'Here lies a devoted mother who suffocated under her enormous laundry pile.' #kiddingnotkiddingโ 
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I'm trying to be more mindful about laundry and use it as a meditation practice (my main squeeze Thich Nhat Hanh talks about washing your dishes like you're bathing baby Buddha. ๐Ÿ˜Š) Sometimes I can do it and feel grateful and grounded (I find cloth diapers particularly soothing for some reason. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ) And sometimes I consider just turning our living room into one huge laundry pile and letting everyone forage for their clothes each morning. #wildstyleโ 
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So tell me, wise women of the world--how do you do laundry? Are you a load-a-day type or do you wait until it piles up and tackle it all at once?"โ 
Words & ๐Ÿ“ท: @spiritysol
It's called balance. And motherhood. And it's the It's called balance. And motherhood. And it's the weekend. ๐Ÿ’โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคช Cheers!
Want to jazz up breakfast or lunch for the kids (o Want to jazz up breakfast or lunch for the kids (or yourself ๐Ÿ˜‰) in an easy way? Animal Face Toast! ๐Ÿ˜โ 
Pop an emoji for your favorite animal!๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฆ‰๐ŸฆŠ๐Ÿป๐Ÿท๐Ÿตโ 
๐Ÿ“ท: @weelicious
Staying safe for mom and baby has never been tough Staying safe for mom and baby has never been tougher than it is now. ๐Ÿ˜ท Shout out to all the pregnant moms and moms with newborns!! You are amazing. ๐Ÿ™‡โ€โ™€๏ธ You are strong. ๐Ÿ’ช And our hearts are with you. โค๏ธโ 
๐Ÿ“ท: @themommaprentice