When Do You Start Wearing Maternity Clothes

When do you start wearing maternity clothes? On average, women carrying their first baby will be ready to start wearing maternity clothes sometime in the second trimester, usually around 16-20 weeks. This timeline will vary from woman to woman and may be earlier or later depending on factors such as pre-pregnancy weight and figure size.

Becoming pregnant and growing a baby takes a lot of energy. That’s why the second trimester is usually when most women feel ready to start wearing maternity clothes. The garments are stylish, comfortable and made to fit over your growing belly comfortably.

Most women start wearing maternity clothes in the second trimester. However, it’s different for everyone and will depend on things like your growth, your comfort level and your baby’s position.

When do you start wearing maternity clothes? Many moms-to-be start wearing maternity clothing in their second trimester, when they may feel more comfortable and confident about their changing bodies. Most women don’t expect to look like a nesting doll by the fourth month of pregnancy, so they opt for looser maternity styles like our X-Small Maternity Tee.

How To Dress During Pregnancy Without Maternity Clothes

First, you don’t have to go out and buy all new maternity clothes. In fact, most women can wear their normal clothes for most of the first trimester (3 months). But you might need a larger bra or looser fitting clothes for comfort during this time. When you are around 4 or 5 months pregnant, you may have to start wearing larger clothes.

If you don’t want to buy maternity clothes, you may be able to wear your regular clothes for most of the first trimester (3 months) of pregnancy. But you might need to consider a larger bra or looser fitting clothes for comfort during this time. When you are around 4 or 5 months pregnant, you may have to start wearing larger clothes.

Women can wear their regular clothes for most of the first trimester (3 months). But as you get bigger in the second and third trimesters, you might find that your bra starts to feel too tight and your normal clothes start to fit differently. It is a good idea to have a few pregnancy clothes on hand – especially if you are larger around the middle before you noticed the bump!

When To Start Buying Maternity Clothes

Now that you are about halfway through your pregnancy, it is time to think about buying maternity clothes. Around 14 weeks is where you may feel that your abdomen has grown, but most likely you won’t be showing yet, as most women don’t start showing until around 16 weeks. By week 20, most women will have switched to maternity—or at least loose-fitting—clothes.

If you’re wondering when to start buying maternity clothes, it’s usually safe to do so around 14 weeks into your pregnancy. At that point, many women will be able to feel a small change in the shape of their abdomen; however, most women won’t begin showing until around 16 weeks. By week 20, most women will have switched over to maternity—or at least loose-fitting—clothes.

If you’re trying to hide your growing baby bump, hold off on buying maternity clothes until you’re about 14 weeks along. By week 20, most women will have switched to maternity—or at least loose-fitting—clothes. If you’re still feeling bloated and self-conscious about your tummy about 16 weeks along, you might want to consider investing in some maternity clothes now.

When Do Pants Start Getting Tight In Pregnancy

By 14 weeks you may begin to feel your uterus in your lower abdomen, though it’s not evident to others yet. You may start feeling some tightening around your waist, if hasn’t already started happening.

At 14 weeks pregnant you may begin to be aware of the baby growing in your belly. If you’ve been working out and eating healthy, your workout clothes may start to get tight at this point and if you have been gaining weight (which is normal for a healthy pregnancy) your regular clothes could get a little snug around your waist.

By the 14th week of pregnancy, your uterus may start to cause you to feel bulges, which are usually very soft. Your clothes are also likely to begin feeling tight around your waist, if they haven’t already with this one.

At around 14 weeks you could start to feel your uterus getting in your way as it continues to grow. You may begin to notice your clothing getting tighter and wearing you out faster than before. Do not worry too much about this, as it is very normal in pregnancy and will pass once the baby starts growing significantly around 18-20 weeks.


Pregnancy is such an exciting time!!! Like holy smokes, you are growing a human in your body. Is it just me — or is that totally insane?!?!

As a first-time mom, I stalked the internet, asked my friends a million questions, and got tons of advice from my amazing clients on all the pregnancy essentials and pregnancy must-haves.

I personally felt like every time I found things that worked for me, something else changed, and I was on the hunt for something new (trust me — our house felt like a revolving door of new pregnancy must-haves). If you are newly pregnant (and like it’s hush, hush, still) or you are nearly the final days of your pregnancy, this list is 100% for you. Here are my pregnancy must-haves to make your 9+ months of pregnancy fabulous!

What to get for your maternity wardrobe + everything else that saved me during my 9 months of pregnancy
Pregnancy Must Haves – Pregnancy Essentials

When it comes to building a maternity wardrobe during your pregnancy, you don’t need a ton of maternity clothes. I really limited what I bought, and I tried to get pieces that could work post-pregnancy as much as possible. Here is what worked for me.

Maternity Must Haves Maternity Clothing Basics Essentials

(2 pairs) Maternity Jeans | I am a jeans girl. It was literally the thing I missed the most early in my pregnancy before I snagged a good pair of maternity jeans. I ended up buying two pairs of maternity jeans – a ripped, distressed blue pair and a black pair of maternity jeans. Most of my pregnancy was in the fall + winter, so I really loved having jeans for when I had to be out and about. I normally only wear Paige denim + Madewell jeans, but I loved the Gap maternity jeans because they had cute styles, the denim was higher quality and they had the belt loops on the pants (such a random thing, but I swear I used them all the time to hike up the pants when they would sometimes slide down).  I ordered one size larger than my pre-pregnancy size in the over the belly style and they worked for my entire pregnancy.

Tanks + Tees | Go ahead and just stock up on a bunch of these as you get into your second trimester because you will want / need them as you near your third trimester. I ordered a variety of tanks / tees / long sleeve basics from Target in both my pre-pregnancy size of xs and sized up to a small. I wish I just got everything in a small because in the last few weeks, I couldn’t really wear the xs ones.

(3 pairs) Zella Leggings | Pair working from home, COVID, and a love of yoga/barre, and I knew I would need a few pairs of maternity leggings. The Zella leggings were my favorites to wear once I couldn’t squeeze into my Align Lululemon leggings (which I was able to wear for a good portion of my pregnancy). My advice is to get a pair in your pre-pregnancy size and another pair one size up. I found by 32 weeks, the bigger size was much more comfortable over my growing bump.

Black Under the Belly Pants | When I couldn’t fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans but couldn’t really hold up the over the belly pants, I snagged these black pants, and they were a lifesaver. They are dressy enough to dress up (because unlike leggings they have pockets on the butt) or casual enough to pair with Ugg boots. I wore these late in my 1st trimester and in my early 2nd trimester and then pulled them back out at about 36 weeks when my over-the-belly- pants started to drive me nuts. Definitely grab a pair of these because they will work throughout, and you will be SO happy to have a pair of pants that go under your huge belly in the final days.

Nursing Bras | I ended up ordering these nursing bras (which are more like a bralette) in my 2nd trimester when I outgrew my sports bras / bras / bralettes vs buying all new bras. I suggest getting a few of these and a few sports bras (if you are working out). I ordered a few nursing sports bras vs regular sports bras so that I could use them post-partum in addition to during my pregnancy, and I loved these ones.

Maternity Dresses | Target + Old Navy were my go-tos for maternity dresses. I grabbed this fitted t-shirt dress in two different colors, and I also purchased it in two colors in the tank version of it. These were great to have throughout because I just layered them with a kimono in the summer and then switched to a leather jacket or sweater / cardigan for the fall and winter.

non maternity basics

When I started to go through my clothes, I knew if I was going to invest in some new things, I wanted to have as many non-maternity pieces as possible so that I could wear them for longer. Here are a few non-maternity basics that saved me that you might already have in your wardrobe.

1 .Zella Live in Joggers | These were my favorite joggers pre-pregnancy, and I was able to rock them all the way until delivery. I have an xxs small.

2. Leith Ruched Dress | This dress is not maternity but it worked really well for me for the 1st and 2nd trimesters. I sized up one size from my normal xs to a small. I would toss a cardigan or kimino / vest over the two I had. They were a great summer basic.

3. ALO Moto Joggers | Another comfy go-to that I was able to wear pre-pregnancy through the end. I actually packed these in my hospital bag as my going home outfit because they are that amazing (and cute!).

4. Cardigans | I lived in all my non-maternity cardigans. Just pair them with some maternity jeans or leggings and a maternity tank, and you have a cute outfit. I loved this one.

5. Maxi Skirts | In the first + early second trimester, I lived in maxi skits with a tank tied up. It was the perfect look for my tiny baby bump. I loved ones that were a jersey material with a ton of stetch in them.


Burt’s Bees Natural Mama Bee Nourishing Body Oil | I added this into my daily self-care routine in my 3rd trimester, and I love to mix it in. I’ve never been an oil (or lotion) addict post-shower, but I was terrified of getting stretch marks, so I put this on immediately out of the shower on my belly, back, butt + chest, and I didn’t get a mark. (Keep in mind, I have been told stretch marks in pregnancy are very much genetic). This oil does have a scent to it isn’t my favorite (I love lavenders + musky smells) but I still love this stuff for how it moisturizes my bump.

Earth Mama Organic Nipple Butter | This is something you will 100% want once your baby is here, but I actually used it early in my pregnancy as well. Your bod is changing every. single. day. and my nipples were super itchy. This stuff worked wonders to kick the itch.

Snoogle Pillow | As a back sleeper, I knew I would need something as soon as I found out I was pregnant to keep me sleeping on my side for the next 9 months. This pillow was it. I LOVED this pillow oh-so-much, and I wouldn’t have survived the 2nd trimester and 3rd trimester with this baby. Do yourself a favor, and get this early on.

Hiccapop Wedge Pillow | This pillow saved me at about 32 weeks. Up until this point, I loved my Snoogle pillow to keep me on my side all night long, but as my bump got bigger, I liked popping this under my belly to sleep. It is small so it doesn’t take up half the bed, and it’s easy to move around as you switch sides throughout the night.

Earth Mama Raspberry Leaf Tea | As a non-coffee drinker and tea lover, I knew this would be something I LOVED during pregnancy. The tea helps tone your uterus and prepare it for labor. I started drinking this daily 4 weeks before my due date, and I will continue to drink it well after our little man is here. It is delicious and the perfect caffeine free drink to enjoy — especially in those winter months.

Ginger Beer | This was my go-to when I couldn’t settle my stomach or when I wanted to pretend I was having a cocktail. 🙂 I would just throw it in a copper mule and pretend I was having a moscow mule. This was especially helpful when we hadn’t told people we were pregnant because they simply thought I was having a moscow mule. 😉

Humidifier | What I didn’t realize about pregnancy is that one big symptom is a stuffy nose / bloody nose. I experienced this throughout my pregnancy and being that the latter half of my pregnancy was during the winter (and allergy season) it was worse. I used a humidifier every night to help. I love this one from Fridababy so that you can transition it to your babe’s nursey once you are done with it — and the humidifier + essential oil combo means one less gadget.

Ginger Candy | Morning sickness was NO joke for me throughout all of my first trimester and hit me again in my third trimester. These ginger candies are great to help with nausea. I kept a bunch in my purse at home so I had something with me anytime the morning sickness hit.

A cozy blanket | I am a blanket stealer (or so Phil claims), and with all the tossing and turning in pregnancy (and body temperature changes throughout the night), it was nice to have my own cozy blanket to sleep with. I really loved this one and of course, this one is always amazing too.

Burt’s Bees Mama Butter | Umm, this stuff is amazing. I lathered this body butter all over the areas I was most worried I would get stretch marks throughout my pregnancy. I would mix this in with cocoa butter and a body oil just to cover my bases and make sure my skin was extra soft to prevent stretch marks.

Your Maternity Clothes Kit: 9 Essential Items For 9 Months of Pregnancy

When it comes to maternity style, we’re all about stretching your pre-pregnancy wardrobe as far as it can go.

But eventually it might stretch too far… and maybe pop or snap. And feel kind of uncomfortable. Oh yes, there comes a time when maternity clothes are necessary.

Now that we’re not saying you need a complete overhaul. Just nine essential pieces to last your whole nine-month stretch. Here’s what to stock up on now.https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.517.2_en.html#goog_956837679

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1. BellyBand

Ease into your pregnancy wardrobe with a belly band. It not only alleviates the pressure on your growing body, but it also holds up those unbuttoned bottoms so you can wear your pre-pregnancy wardrobe longer than expected. ?

2. Maternity leggings

From that first-trimester bloating to those the final “How can I possibly grow anymore?” days, nothing will get more wear time during your pregnancy than great maternity leggings, like these from Storq. Invest in a quality pair that will go the distance with you.

3. Maternity jeans

If you don’t want to wear leggings every day, then get yourself a dependable pair of maternity jeans. From skinny to flare to boyfriend, we promise there’s a fit for every style, but it’s worth dedicating some time to trying them all on, since it’s hard to know what will feel (or look!) good on those newfound curves.

4. A jumpsuit

What’s comfier than a giant onesie made in your size? Find a basic maternity jumpsuit or simple pair of overalls that you can dress up or down and layer in every which way. Pregnancy is a great time to experiment with your style, and we promise you won’t regret this purchase.https://93adf60ef95ed8b94c7d1e4da1452427.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

5. Maternity/nursing crossover shirt

We get that a maternity shirt might not be high on your priority list when you can just size up, but a pregnancy shirt that doubles as a nursing top? Now that’s a smart investment.

6. Maternity poncho/nursing shawl

You cannot underestimate the value of a cozy, drape-able layering piece. Functioning as maternity wear, nursing wear and even a stroller blanket in a pinch, a maternity poncho or nursing shawl will be your workhorse before and after baby arrives.

7. Your ‘go-to’ outfit

You are totally entitled to one major maternity splurge. Something that makes you feel like a million bucks every time you put it on. Something that works in every situation. Something you can dress up or dress down. That “go-to” is different for everyone, but something like this jersey dress by Hatch is a good place to start.

8. A fabulous LBD

Every woman should have a little black dress on regular rotation. That doesn’t change during pregnancy. But your pregnancy LBD should have belly-flattering qualities—think side shirring and high-quality fabric that won’t become see-through as it stretches out. Remember that your hemline will creep up as your belly grows, so choose something knee-length or midi.

9. Maternity/baby-wearing vest

As that belly gets bigger, you may start thinking about life (and fashion) once baby’s on the outside. Pick up a baby-wearing coat or vest that you can sport with your bump now and then stretch over baby in a carrier later.

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