Summer Maternity Clothes Essentials You Need In Your Closet

Summer Maternity Clothes Essentials

styleUpdated June 30, 2021

by Nina Spears

The Baby Chick®: Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum Expert


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Now that summer is officially here, we’re sharing our Summer Maternity Clothes Essentials Guide. This will be a brief look at what you can’t live without this summer! A summer pregnancy can be challenging with the heat, but knowing some maternity clothes to get you through those hot days can really be a lifesaver!  There are a few must-have summer maternity clothes that will help pregnant mamas remain comfortable and stylish. I’ve kept the list short and sweet, really focusing on the “must-haves” for the season. Here’s what you need:

1. Comfortable Shoes

Shoes are probably one of the most important summer maternity essentials for a few reasons. First, 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 a great option! Some comfy flats and sneakers are also good to have too. 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 hydrated!

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The Songbird Vegan Cream Linen Women's Slide
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For more of the best shoes to wear during pregnancy, read here.

2. Dresses

Dresses are your best friends if you’re pregnant in the summer. They fit your bump well and flatter your new, growing figure. Plus, they’re super breathable and look adorable! If you’re purchasing non-maternity dresses, I recommend buying them one size up. This way, you can wear them, again and again, post-baby bump! Keep in mind that your bump will hike up the hemline several inches, so don’t get any that are too short!

Pietro Brunelli Tessa Maxi Maternity Dress
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Off the Shoulder Maternity Maxi Dress
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ASOS DESIGN Maternity short sleeve smock mini dress in mustard floral print
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Black Striped Pocket Front Maternity Swing Dress
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Orange V-Neck Double Slit Maternity Midi Dress
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Bonus: a jumpsuit is a great dress alternative for a comfortable yet glam maternity style.

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3. Shorts

Shorts are always a summer maternity clothes 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.

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White Denim Under Bump Maternity Shorts
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Ingrid & Isabel Elastic Waist Maternity Shorts
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Black Cuffed Linen Maternity Shorts
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4. Flowy Tops and Tees

I find basic tops to be the most comfortable and versatile. Solid maternity tops and tees pair well with any bottoms and are really flattering! I love the styles that hug your belly, as well as the flowy tops that give you room to grow. So invest in a few good basic pieces to keep you cool and looking chic!

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Fuchsia Bow Tie Shoulder Tiered Maternity Tank Top
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5. A Flattering Swimsuit

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 bloat! 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? Plus, showing off that sweet belly is so adorable by the pool or by the sea. There are cute one-pieces and two-pieces, so pick the one you feel most beautiful and comfortable in. There are even more maternity swimsuits listed here.

Light Blue Ruffle Trim Ruched One-Piece Maternity Swimsuit
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Tempotrek One Piece Maternity Swimsuits Ruffle Flounce Swimwear Falbala Halter Monokini Deep V Neck Bathing Suits
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Mesh Bandeau Flyaway Maternity Tankini Top - Isabel Maternity by Ingrid & Isabel™ Floral Print
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6. A Good Bra

Summer maternity clothes must include a good bra. 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’ll need to accommodate your larger (and probably sore) chest with a supportive and comfortable bra! So 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.

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Plunge Wireless Maternity/Nursing Bra
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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 you can wear them later with a little adjustment. Sticking to these maternity basics 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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