The Baby Chick’s Summer Maternity Essentials | 2015

summer maternity essentials

By Nina Spears

The Baby Chick® & CEO of Baby Chick®

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Nina Spears is the Co-Founder & CEO of Baby Chick, an online go-to resource for all things motherhood and the Founder & CEO of Bassett Baby Planning, the premier doula agency and resource center in Houston, TX for expecting and new mothers. Read More

Today, I’m sharing my Summer Maternity Essentials Guide; a brief look at what you can’t live without this summer! Having a summer pregnancy can be challenging with the heat, but knowing some summer maternity essentials to get you through those hot days can really be a lifesaver! Now that summer is officially here, it got me thinking about a few must-have summer maternity essentials that would help all of our expecting Mommy Chicks that are not only practical but also stylish. I’ve kept the list short and sweet, really focusing on the “must haves” for the season.


Shoes are probably one of the most important summer maternity essentials for a few reasons. Your feet are your support and now that you’re carrying that precious bun in the oven, it means more strain on your feet! There’s also the dreaded edema that affects lots of expectant mommas. The water retention and swelling make it difficult to find shoes that fit but are still comfortable and cute! Supportive flip flops or open strappy sandals are your best options for comfort and style! To keep swelling at bay, remember to exercise, to not stand in one spot for too long, to put your feet up at the end of the day, and to keep well hydrated!


Capri Sandal from Jack Rogers

Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 7.10.21 PMMiller Patent Sandal from Tory Burch

Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 7.11.34 PMYacht See Beaded Sandal by Lilly Pulitzer


Maxi dresses and skirts are your best friends if you’re pregnant in the summer. They fit your bump well and hide unwanted weight gain more so than other clothing options. Plus, they’re super breathable and look adorable! I recommend buying maxi dresses and skirts one size up instead of maternity, because they don’t have that loose, frumpy feel and you can generally wear them again and again, even when you don’t have a baby bump!

If you’re not going to buy any maternity dresses, I recommend getting or using your empire-waist maxi dresses. Non-maternity dresses that aren’t nipped at your natural waist might have enough room to accommodate an expanding midsection, but might not. Keep in mind that your bump will hike up the hemline several inches, so don’t get ones that are too short!


Shorts are always a summer essential, and even more so when you’re pregnant! Invest in a belly band to extend the life of your regular shorts, or opt to buy maternity shorts that are a little longer, looser and comfortably hug that snuggly baby in your belly. Belly bands are great because: 1) it’s perfect for that in-between stage when your pre-pregnancy pants are just a little too tight and maternity pants are still too big, 2) it’s great for layering under maternity tops or for extra coverage while nursing, and 3) it can be used after baby, as you transition back into your pre-pregnancy pants. But having some shorts that are specifically for your pregnancy is a great way to go.


The Tummy Sleeve by Motherhood Maternity

French Terry Shorts from Motherhood Maternity


I find basic tops to be the most comfortable and versatile. Solid maternity tank tops and tees pair well with any bottoms and are usually really flattering! I love the styles that hug your belly as opposed to tops that flow around it, making women look bigger than they are. So invest in a few good, basic pieces to keep you cool and looking chic! Our tees are at our shop have some great options! 😉

It's A Girl tee

‘It’s A Girl’ tee from Baby Chick


‘Preggers’ tee from Baby Chick


It’s hard to be excited about swimming in the summer with a growing belly. However, the upside is that people know you’re pregnant and you don’t have to suck in your tummy or worry about bloating! Haha! And what expecting mama doesn’t want to cool down in this summer heat in the water and take some of the weight off her back? I know I would! Plus, that sweet belly is so adorable by the pool or by the sea! There are cute one pieces and two pieces, so pick one you feel most beautiful and comfortable in.


More than likely, if you’re pregnant, your cup size has gone up — perhaps dramatically. This can be a blessing or a curse, but either way you see it, you’ll need to accommodate your larger (and probably sore) chest with a supportive and comfortable bra! When your sleek and sexy undergarments no longer contain the girls, it’s time for a maternity bra. Specially-constructed, maternity and nursing bras afford a level of support that average lingerie just can’t match. Here are some of my favorites.



Cute Bathing Suits That Cover Stretch Marks

1Bravado Bliss Nursing Bra from Bravado Designs

Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra from Bravado Designs

Remember that you don’t have to spend a lot on maternity clothes. Find what you already have in your closet first and look for regular clothing but in bigger sizes so they can be worn later with a little adjustment. Sticking to maternity basics, however, will allow you to be most comfortable and stylish, and will save you money as well. If you’re expecting, what are some other maternity essentials that you’d like to add?


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