Remember the olden days when maternity clothes were really tragic? Not so much anymore my friends.
(okay, I think this shirt is tragic. No offense if you'd wear it)
Anyways, here's how I survived 10 months of pregnancy while trying to look semi-presentable.
Tip #1: Old Navy maternity pants are awesome, until you hit month 7 or 8 and start to have a really noticeable bump. The low rise maternity pants fell off of my relatively low lying bump and what they consider to be full panel IS NOT full panel to the average human. By month 7, their full panel pants were stiff and hit me in all the wrong spots on my belly. Plus, their panel is super thick and dark blue. It showed through EVERY top that wasn't black or brown. They do have a new line with a panel that looks much more promising.. It's called smooth panel. I never tried them because they are significantly more expensive then their other clothes, but they look much more comfortable than their regular full panel pants.
Tip #2: Old navy basic T's, long sleeve shirts and maternity yoga pants are excellent!
Tip #3: Motherhood Maternity. I'm a basics kind of girl, so I wasn't in love with many of the tops that motherhood had to offer me. I don't love outfits with swirls on them and I'm not a huge fan of prints. Motherhood shirts and dresses weren't my favorites, but their pants are super comfortable. These cords are amazing! The panel on motherhood pants are really comfortable and all of their pants have stretch in them (something that I did not find at old navy).
Tip #4: Target Maternity clothes are hit or miss. The sizing is weird and I didn't love the fit on a lot of their stuff. That being said, I skipped the maternity section altogether and got a lot of basics in the regular section that still fit me at 38 weeks pregnant. If I were you, I'd buy this top in every color 2 sizes up from your regular size. I wear this out on the weekends, to bed, to work out, to layer under any and everything. They are long and cover the bump perfectly. These tanks are also super long and super amazing. Pre-pregnancy I wore a medium in them, and purchased every color one size up. They have lasted me my entire pregnancy and I layer them under everything.
Tip #5: Don't diss Walmart. I got a super comfortable pair of pants at Walmart for 8 dollars (you must order online) and I wear this hoodie almost every other day when I get home from work.
Tip #6: Raid your husband's closet! Don't spend a ton of money on maternity loungewear. Instead, wear those flannel pj pants that you bought for your husband last Christmas. His undershirts are also appropriate (and oh so comfortable) for nightwear.
Tip #7: Go used. Although I don't live in a sweet, huge house-- 90% of the people in my town do. As a result, our Goodwill store is QUITE nice. The three most complimented items that I own came from Goodwill. I found a pair of Ann Taylor Loft Maternity pants there for 5 dollars, a pair of name brand jeans and several shirts. Ten items may have set me back about 30 bucks, and they are all in great condition. I don't know that I'd shop there for my everyday wear post pregnancy, but it's a great place to find maternity clothes (depending on your town/demographic).
Tip #8: All of the tunics and dresses that you wore pre-pregnancy can be used now with leggings underneath. I wear my pre-preg leggings, but I also love a full panel pair that are from Motherhood.
Tip #9: Come to terms with the fact that by the time you hit 35 weeks, you will hate all of your clothes. Nothing will be comfortable. You will want to live in yoga pants. You will find it hard to close your legs because of the bowling ball that hangs uncomfortably in between them. I wish I was prepared for that. It would have saved me a lot of heartache while trying to find something to wear at 6am.
I hope this list helps some of you soon to be mamas! It took me a lot of time and effort and several trips to the post office (to return things because cursed old navy won't accept maternity returns in store) to find decent maternity wear.