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What Are the Best Maternity Clothes?

63 Best Maternity Clothes
It’s confusing. Photo: Courtesy Everett Collection/Everett Collection

Having a baby can be one of life’s most joyous occasions — but it’s probably also one of the most confusing. Before you can worry about raising a child in the world, you have to go through the confusion of learning how to dress yourself as the body goes through rapid changes. Are jeans still a possibility? What bras are the most comfortable? And do you need special shirts for nursing? To create a starter kit of great maternity clothes for expecting mothers, we polled doctors, maternity-shop owners, and (yes) moms about the best things to wear when you’re expecting. Below, 63 of their responses, with everything from bras and shirts and leggings to coat extenders and jeans and belly bands.

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When it arrived, I discovered that, yes, it’s truly fugly (other reviewers on the site note the same), but I also discovered that I loved it. Unlike any bra I’ve ever tried as a larger-busted woman, it supports my chest without back bulges, strap-tugging, or quadraboob (when your bra cups are so tight, your boobs ooze over the top). Made of the softest fabric, it also gives the comfiest fit; it’s the sweatpants of bras. While truly an eyesore when worn on its own, it’s incredibly flattering under clothes (meaning 99 percent of the time).” —Kase Wickman


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“I’ve worn this bra from Boob every single day since giving birth. It’s just supportive enough, easily slips off for breastfeeding, and the supersoft cotton is soothing on my tender, gnawed-upon boobs.” —Laurel Pantin, editorial director of the Coveteur

“My obsession during and after pregnancy were the Cosabella T-shirt bras. These are not pregnancy bras, but they did the trick. I wanted something smooth that I could wear with all of my XL tees, but also I could continue to grow in as I got bigger. And they are really pretty, so that helped a lot.” —Jasmine Snow, stylist and founder of the Black Bib

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“My nursing bras were from Anita. Not a brand I had ever tried before, but they had exactly what I was looking for: reasonably priced nursing bras that weren’t hideous.” —Caroline Cross

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“This is my favorite sleep bra. It’s slick and seamless on the outside, with soft-as-silk cotton lining each cup for sore nipples. It’s the first thing you want to put on in the morning, and no need to mess with fussy clips for nap-time or sleep-time nursing. Plus the pink-petal color looks fantastic layered under a tank or cami, too.” —Adriane Stare, owner of maternity boutique Wild Was Mama

“My favorite nursing bra was sooooo comfortable. I actually bought four of them because I never took it off and had to rotate all the time since they get all milky, which is perhaps too much information.” —Gena Shingle Jaffe

“I had to get new bras immediately, so went with Spanx (both their regular bra that clips in the front, and strapless) and they’ve been lifesavers.” —Lila Barton Thomas

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“This bra rocks. It has all the support of an underwire bra, but without actual wires that can interfere with milk production and cause plugged ducts. It goes up to an H-cup, too.” —Stare

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“Underwire bras suck when your stomach starts right under your boobs due to your growing baby. I found the most comfortable way to go happens to be a no-wire T-shirt bra. These ones are pretty cute.” —Ali Sirota, founder of Sirota Public Relations

“Love Comma has been a game changer for new moms over the past few years. I lived in this brand during pregnancy and especially post. The discreet, easy-to-use breastfeeding access they build into each piece lets mamas feel confident and stylish nursing in public.” —Alexandra Zagami, founder and creative director of Piccolini

“I loved Gap maternity tank tops because they were the same ribbed tanks I wore before pregnancy, but just a bit longer. It was nice to have a feeling of normalcy when so many other parts of my wardrobe no longer fit. It didn’t look ‘maternity.’ The cotton was super stretchy and easy to breastfeed in after baby.” —Kate Pastore

“It was important for me to stay true to my style while pregnant, and I found that Thyme Maternity offered up chic pieces that mixed and matched well with one another. They kept my debt in check and my outfits on point.” —Vera Sweeney, founder of Lady and the Blog

“Boob Design’s top has ruched sides at the hips, so you can wear it both during and after pregnancy. The slightly longer length covers your belly a bit more than other tops, and the nursing panel makes it the only base layer you’ll want to wear in the immediate months after having your babe. We’ve been selling out of this style top for the past seven years for a reason. It’s just that perfect.” —Stare

“Old Navy had some great tank tops because they fit wonderfully when I was enormous, but didn’t look like maternitywear after I popped. Actually, my son is turning 3 in April and I’m wearing that tank top right now.” —Elisha Colter

“I love ASOS maternity, especially for dresses and tops. Their maternity tops are stylish without being $$, and they have great nursing tops, too. They’re my biggest go-to.” —Asher Fogle Paul

“My mom was pregnant in the ’80s when maternity clothes were apparently hideous, and she was SO excited for me to have more clothing options than she did that it was practically all she talked about for my whole pregnancy. I still wear some of the Pea in the Pod tunics she got me even though baby is now 21 months. They didn’t have that scrunching on the sides, so they just look like flowy tops now.” —T.C. Burnett

“I was able to not spend a fortune on maternity clothes tha