Maternity Wardrobe (Fit & Sizing)

1. How do maternity clothes fit?

We design much of our maternity clothing with stretch and functionality to grow with you. Our exclusive Secret Fit Belly® panel, found on most of our bottoms, will expand over your belly at every stage of pregnancy. Our side-ruching on tops, dresses and even swimsuits allows room for your bump to grow. Many of our styles are made from super soft and stretchy materials, try our active and loungewear, which allows for comfort without sacrificing style.

2. Why should I buy maternity?

Our maternity clothing is designed and made for women who are expecting. The dimensions and cuts of the clothing have been constructed to stretch over areas that grow while pregnant, in a flattering way. Style that fits, and also feels good, allows you to look like you... just with a bump.

3. When should I buy maternity clothes?

In the early weeks, start with a maternity belly band like tummy sleeves to add some extra comfort as your body starts to change. When your pants get snug and you start showing, usually by the end of the first trimester, it's time to transition into a maternity wardrobe. You may also notice your breasts getting large, even faster than your belly. We suggest investing in a maternity bra early on, which allows you to keep wearing tops comfortably, without bulging or pressing. Our maternity bras include nursing functionality, so you can rest assured that it’s a sound investment straight into motherhood.

4. What size maternity clothes should I buy? What size will I wear in 3 months?

When trying on or purchasing maternity clothing, you are going to shop for your normal, pre-pregnancy size. This holds true whether you are purchasing at 12 weeks or 30 weeks and beyond. For instance, if you were a size small in pants before becoming pregnant, you would continue to buy a size small. If you know your jeans are a size 26, then look for the maternity size 26. Check out our maternity size guide for more information.

5. I am on a limited budget and looking for low-priced maternity clothes; what will I definitely need?

There are Five Fundamentals every woman needs in her pregnancy wardrobe – a pair of leggings, a t-shirt, a dress, a bra, and a pair of jeans. Each of these is designed to grow with your bump and flatter your body as you move through the stages of pregnancy and into early motherhood. Motherhood Maternity offers current fashion trends because we know your style doesn't change while you are pregnant. Mix and match for endless, effortless and affordable looks!

6. How do I buy maternity jeans?

We know maternity jeans and we have you covered when it comes to both fit and style. We know comfort is key, which is why we offer three different belly options: Secret Fit, underbelly, side-panel. For style, you can find a range of leg shapes (skinny, bootcut, boyfriend), hems (finished, step hem, raw hem), lengths (petit, tall, and regular) and colors (gray, blue, black). We have more maternity jean styles than anybody else!

7. How do maternity pants fit?

The good news is that you will buy the same size in maternity as you would in non-maternity. Maternity pants are fitted with a band that will allow for your bump to grow, all while keeping you supported through your pregnancy. Check out our maternity clothes size guide for more information.

8. What kind of bra do I wear during pregnancy?

One made specifically for growing breasts due to pregnancy and nursing. Our nursing bras are made for both. With breathable, comfortable and seamless material, our bras offer clip-down, clip-up, pulldown or pullover nursing features. Their stretchy, smooth material makes it easy to transition from pregnancy to motherhood, without having to keep buying bras. Plus, we have maternity bra styles including sleep, wireless, sport, demi, full-coverage and more.

9. Do you sell special occasion maternity dresses?

Yes! We have a wide selection of maternity dresses ranging from day to night to occasion looks – perfect for baby showers, gender reveal, maternity photo shoots and weddings.

Hospital Bag

10. What clothing and products do I need to pack in my hospital bag?

You are going to want to be comfortable, so we suggest sleep sets with a nursing function if you plan on breastfeeding. Sleep bras, robes and leggings will also keep you covered without restraining you after birth. To keep your feet warm, slippers and non-stick socks are suggested, as well as comfortable fitting underwear. Lip balm, toiletries, lotions, nipple balms and nursing pads are also good to throw in your bag. You probably know to pack an outfit for baby to come home in, but keep in mind you will need to wear clothing out of the hospital too. You will most likely still need to wear comfortable maternity clothing at this point, so pack something loose, stretchy and layered, depending on the time of year. For more information, check out our Hospital Bag product selection.

New Moms & Nursing

11. How do I know what size nursing bra or maternity bra to buy?

Your breasts will change and grow during pregnancy. We recommend visitng a Motherhood Maternity store for a free personal fitting. Our intimates size guide provides guidance for in-home measuring tips.

12. How do nursing bras work? What are the different types of nursing bras?

We offer a wide range of nursing styles for ultimate comfort and function. Wireless, underwire, seamless and sleep styles will ensure you are covered for every day and every style. Nursing bras are either designed to be pulldown or clip-down for access.

13. What are nursing shirts for breastfeeding?

Nursing tops and nursing dresses are specifically made for new moms who are breastfeeding and pumping. Their construction includes easy access and discreet ways to nurse from a pulldown top, lift-up opening, clip-down straps and more.

14. Do you carry any items for new moms?

In addition to a large range of nursing bras and styles, our BOUNCEBACK line is specifically designed for post-partum moms. Designed with a high-rise seamless compression belly, post-preganacy BOUNCEBACK will provide uncompromising support while you recover from delivery.

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15. What makes your stores different than other maternity brands?

This is all we do. And, we have been doing it for more than 30 years! We have helped provide expecting women with clothing dedicated solely to their pregnancy and post-partum bodies. Unlike other retailers who have a maternity section, our entire purpose is dedicated to maternity clothing and new moms. We are the world's leader in maternity apparel. We offer seasonal styles as well as collections that highlight and flatter women during their 40 weeks of pregnancy, into motherhood. We commit ourselves to bringing new lines and fashions to women that help them navigate this special time in their lives.

16. Do you sell anything else besides clothing?

We strive to be a one-stop-shop for pregnant women, so we do sell a wide variety of mom-to-be musts and new mom necessities. For the first trimester, we sell Preggie Pops to provide relief from morning sickness in addition to tummy sleeves and bra extenders. Our nursing selection includes more than just tops and bras. You can shop pads, nipple creams, scarves, a pumping bustier and more. Plus, we sell safe and effective body/skincare. To keep you styled, we sell slippers, socks and diaper bags, as well as baby items. Two of our best sellers are maternity pillows - the Snoogle Body Pillow and Boppy Sleep Wedge.

17. What is your Perks Program?

We have partnered with many amazing brands that understand pregnancy and motherhood. If you sign up for email and our Perks Program, you have the chance to save up to $1,500 from national brands. These partners are carefully selected by us for the values they offer new parents. Plus, you will receive a Perks Bag with online orders and first time store visits, featuring samples and coupons from our trusted partners. To sign up or learn more about the Perks Program, go to our Perks Page.