Of course, this all depends on a series of factors – your professional occupancy, needs, budget, fashion style – but no pregnant woman needs to spend buckets of money to buy the ideal clothing items necessary for their new body shape. To help you through this mission, BabyHome put together nine helpful tips: 

  • We’re talking about a temporary wardrobe. However, it’s important to keep in mind you will not leave the hospital with the same waist length as you did before you got pregnant, even with natural birth. Some pieces of clothing can also be used postpartum, so it’s important to invest in quality items with good and durable fabric. 
  • On quantity: as mentioned before, each woman has a unique style and different necessities. If you’re not looking to spend too much, your best bet is choosing a more neutral color palette that makes it easier to mix and match different outfits. 
  • Flowy shirts aren’t your only option to cover that bump. Tops with an empire neckline, which are a little looser from the bust down, are a great fit for pregnant bodies, just like tops made of cotton and lycra or a stretchable fabric like spandex that can expand as the baby bump grows. 
  • You’ll need at least two pairs of pregnant jeans. Stores specialized in pregnancy clothes usually have different styles, colors, and hems. The key is that they have an elastic band on the waist instead of buttons and a zipper that can expand with the bump as it grows. The pants are stretchy and will also adapt to the growing volume of your butt and thighs.   
  • Blazers and button-up shirts can be used open with tank tops underneath and will last a long time, even after your pregnancy. 
  • Leggins go with an infinite amount of other items – even different shoes – and are very comfortable. 
  • Flowy dresses made of cotton, jersey, or mesh highlight your silhouette without restricting movement. A V-shaped neck cut enhances your cleavage and takes the focus away from your waist.  
  • You don’t need to buy it all now: your body may change a lot from here on out. Consider your body shape and size when making pregnancy clothing choices: some pregnant women are very skinny and will only show a bump, while others have a more “expanded” bump and a bigger body, there are those who don’t necessarily gain a lot of weight but get bloated, there are lower bumps, bumps that almost hold up the breasts and so on.