When my belly first started growing, I was thinking I’d save so much money while pregnant since I couldn’t buy all the clothes I wanted. Then I quickly realized that while I couldn’t buy everything I wanted, there were some surefire basics I needed to add to my wardrobe ASAP. Since this is my first pregnancy, my belly has been on a slow but steady growth pattern. I first started to notice it around 14-16 weeks, but it wasn’t until 18-20 weeks that my jeans and bra straps started to work against me. I quickly added some basics and now feel like I’m good to go with second trimester clothing options. And full disclosure, fewer options certainly makes getting ready a bit faster!
Second Trimester Clothing
In my second trimester, my jeans have ceased to fit (even to get over my thighs) and I’ve quickly turned to my very tiny maternity clothing collection. The great thing is that many of my jackets and sweaters fit perfectly fine still, so I’m mixing those into these maternity basics. Obviously wardrobe needs vary on your lifestyle. If you’re in an office, you’ll need to look into maternity trousers and dresses. This selection of second trimester clothing is just for the basics – the number of pieces you’ll need to get started. From there you can add in the specific items you need. After the specific pieces, you’ll find my go to list of where to shop for maternity clothing (online and in store).
Best Maternity Undergarments
When it comes to undergarments, they’re a must. Obviously your chest size will increase during your pregnancy. If you’re wondering how much you’ll grow or when your chest will get bigger, the lovely answer is that it depends! I grew one size in band and cup size by about 18 weeks. I noticed at the end of the day my bra bands were annoying me whereas they hadn’t previously. Then I started noticing it more during the day. Because I have no idea what size I’ll be when our little one comes in June or after, I didn’t want to buy too many bras. I found these Natori bras to be incredibly comfortable, so I bought one is nude and one in black. I alternate each day between them.
Best Maternity Tees + Tanks
Ahh the illustrious tees. This is the bulk of my second trimester clothes section. I found a few great sources for tees and bought them in solid colors. Then I added a couple nicer tops for occasions when that’s necessary. Even those are in basic colors, so they’re incredibly versatile.
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Maternity Sweaters + Jeans
And then sweaters and jeans. I’ve completely fallen in love with these sweaters. The color selection is great and they’re so comfortable without being bulky. And as for jeans. I’m enjoying having just two pair (in two colors) to choose from. Maternity jeans come in two varieties. The first is a low cut with spandex where pockets normally would be. The second has a belly band and no button or zipper closure. Though I miss the front pockets, I prefer the low cut maternity jeans. The option is obviously up to your preference, however!
Where to Shop for Maternity Clothes
There are a variety of stores that carry maternity clothes, but few of the brick and mortar stores actually sell it in store. We aren’t completely stuck with online shopping, however. And I think it’s good to know what stores are good for what kinds of things!
Where to Shop for Maternity Clothes Online
I’ve actually had some good luck shopping for maternity clothes online! For basics like tees, tanks, and tops, I look to H&M and Shopbop,. For sweaters I had good luck with Motherhood Maternity. For designer jeans, try Shopbop. Nordstrom also sells great denim, but the selection isn’t as great as Shopbop. For dresses, skirts, and nicer clothing items, check out Isabella Oliver, Hatch (also sold via Shopbop, Nordstrom, and other retailers), and Seraphine.
Where to Shop for Maternity Clothes In Store
As I mentioned above, in store shopping for maternity clothes is harder. I started at Motherhood Maternity, which ended up being great for me. They have the “bump start” line of tanks and tees that I absolutely love. I wish non-pregnancy tees were made so perfectly! Similar options include A Pea in the Pod and Destination Maternity. And Target , bless their hearts, has a maternity section in store though it’s small. Great for some basics and a few pieces.