How to Shop for the Best Plus Size Maternity Clothes

by pregnancy journalist

If you’re a pregnant person shopping for plus size maternity clothes and coming up short, you’re not alone. Building a plus size maternity wardrobe can be frustrating. There are less stores to choose from and a smaller selection than if you were shopping for maternity clothes in other sizes. It’s all a bit daunting and requires a lot more effort than it should.

Knowing what types of clothing to shop for, how plus size maternity clothing sizing works and (most importantly) where to shop for the best selection of plus size maternity clothes can help—a lot.

We’re breaking down how and where to shop for the best plus size maternity clothes from your first trimester all the way through delivery and postpartum.

1. Think Before You Shop

Whether you’re shopping for plus size maternity clothes or not, there are few things every pregnant person should do before they begin to build a new wardrobe.

2. Work with What You Have

We’ve heard from lots of pregnant people that shopping for plus size maternity clothes can be frustrating. But the good news is you don’t have to tackle it all from day one; there are a few ways to make your current wardrobe work for well into your first trimester and sometimes even into your second.

3. Shop Online

Online shopping is pretty great no matter what you’re looking for—but it’s especially amazing when you’re shopping for plus size maternity clothes.

There aren’t a ton of in-store options when it comes to plus size maternity wear. According to the pregnant people we spoke to, all of them had much better luck shopping for plus size maternity clothes online rather than in-person and found better variety and size availability. Keep these tips in mind before you fill your online shopping cart.

These are the websites and retailers to hit for the best plus size maternity clothes.

And don’t forget other options like Facebook Marketplace, resale websites and apps like Poshmark, threadUP or Mercari.

4. Consider a Capsule

A capsule wardrobe is a curated selection of a few versatile, essential items that can be mixed and matched. We appreciate the many perks of a good capsule wardrobe pre-pregnancy, but a capsule is an especially good idea if you’re building a plus size maternity wardrobe.

A capsule wardrobe is timeless and super versatile. It can be dressed up or down and can take you from a day at the office to a casual weekend brunch. Since it sticks mostly to basics, it’s a good option if you’re struggling with finding plus size maternity clothes that you love. Capsules do require some planning ahead, but once you’ve figured out what you want to buy, they take all the guesswork out of getting dressed each morning.

Here are the pieces to target when you’re building a plus size maternity capsule wardrobe.

5. Keep Postpartum in Mind

Lots of pregnant people don’t immediately think about the postpartum period when they’re shopping for maternity clothes. It’s a sensitive, emotional time that can catch you off guard and can also be a bit of a head-scratcher when it comes to your wardrobe—some of your maternity clothes may be too big but you won’t be back to your pre-pregnancy size, either.

The good news is that you can likely make your maternity wardrobe work for quite a while. Just like in the beginning of your pregnancy, you’ll want to focus on stretchy, comfortable pieces like leggings and loose tops during this time. (The Bellaband is great to use during the postpartum period, as is a belly wrap if you’ve had a C-section or are looking for more support.) You may also want to stock up on some “in between size” pieces so you’ll have some clothing to transition to as your body adjusts.

Just remember to be forgiving with yourself. You just grew a whole new person! Wear whatever makes you feel confident and comfortable.

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