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Monday, April 6, 2015

Third Trimester Maternity Favorites

Hey all,

Wow, as I'm spending more and more time with my feet up, I'm kind of getting back on the blogging train.  Not sure what will happen when little miss comes (actually.... you and I both know that blogging will be put on the back burner), but I'm glad to get in a few good posts.

Today I'm going to share some of my maternity wear favorites.  My "showing" phase was pretty much all throughout winter, which makes it hard to find pieces that work for both pregnant and non pregnant bodies.  Not a lot of versatility with winter maternity wear.  Now that it is Spring, I've had a slightly easier time dressing the bump ginormous belly.

My biggest piece of advice: maternity jeans and leggings are your friend!  I wanted to hold out as long as I could, and I did...which was dumb!  Being all, "Yay! I can still wear my pre-pregnancy jeans at 30 weeks" impresses no one.  The rubber band trick works, but the waist of your pants still cut into your sides more than you realize.  A preggo muffin top aint cute.  The second I tried on maternity jeans and leggings, I realized how silly it was to wait so long!  The key is being comfortable while not looking like a total slob.

So here are some of my favorites:

1.) Scarves

These have been a total necessity for me.  I have a few basic long and short sleeve t-shirts and tanks. You can change up your look by accessorizing with different colored scarves and make it look like a totally different outfit.  Bonus: the scarves aren't only maternity.  Old Navy has some super cute ones for Spring here.

2.) Gap Pure Body Long Sleeve Tee

Oh man, I have gotten so much mileage out of these.  I wore them under loose cardigans with leggings in the winter, and they pair well with flip flops and jeans in the Spring.  There are so many different ways you can dress up a plain, long sleeve tee.  They are also thin enough for layering without making you super hot.  Find them here.

3.) Hanes No Underwire Bras

The biggest mistake I made was running out and buying a few new (nice) bras as soon as my size got a little bigger.  What I didn't know was that there was more changing coming my way.  I really like these bras because they're stretchy, cheap, you can find them at Target, and they grow a little with you.  These are some of my favorites.

4.) Old Navy Jersey Lounge Pants

These sweats are THE BOMB.  Seriously.  They are thin, which is awesome when you're a hot, pregnant oven all the time. They are also insanely comfy, with a nice, wide waistband.  I have already dubbed these my postpartum pants.  Find them here.

5.) Old Navy Denim Jacket

This is part of my "maternity uniform" during these last few weeks.  This jean jacket is not only affordable, but it's a little stretchy, so the sleeves are really comfy.  I wear this over pretty much everything, and love it for Spring. Buy it here.

6.) Charming Charlie Mom + Baby Elephant Necklace

Elephants have kind of been a theme in the nursery (I hate to say that because I really don't like "themey" nurseries).  The reason that I love Ellie-phants will become apparent when our little girl arrives. :) I typically don't care for their chains, the gold color wears off pretty easily, so I replaced the chain with a better gold one, and I'm absolutely loving it.  Find it here.

7.) Old Navy Maternity Legging 2 Pack

Again, super cheap, and SO worth it.  I was trying to wear my old leggings for the longest time, and putting these on was a serious breath of fresh air.  I had no idea how uncomfortable my old leggings were until I put on these babies.  They're cheap, they hold up well, and the wider waistband is so much more comfortable.  Find them here.

8.) Old Navy Maternity Tee Shirt

Are you sensing a theme here?  Basically, Old Navy has the best maternity clothes for insanely cheap prices.  I'm not into spending Nordstrom or J. Crew prices on something that I will only wear temporarily.  These tees have awesome gathering on the side to show off the bump just enough and not give you that dreaded "tent effect."  Find them here.

9.) Old Navy Maternity Empire Hoodie

Speaking of getting a lot of mileage out of something.  Wow... There is really nothing else to say besides this is a great investment. Buy it here.

10.) Target C9 Performance Yoga Pant

Another staple in my "maternity uniform." As my bootie has grown, these are 10 times comfier than wearing real pants.  Cute top, soft yoga pants (that aren't cotton-y, so they don't fade wash after wash), scarf, jean jacket, leather sandals. Now you look acceptable. You're welcome.  Buy them here.

11.) Old Navy Maternity Rib-Knit Jersey Tank

Stock up on these.  They're only like $8, and they hold up extremely well in the wash.  Buy them here.

12.) Target Mossimo Cami

These aren't maternity, but if you size up, you will have plenty of room for your ever growing belly.  I like that these can be worn after you deliver.  The top is low cut and loose enough to become a nursing tank.  The shelf bra will hold in your nursing pads.  Lovely.  Buy them here.

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That's all I have for now.  What are your maternity favorites?


  1. I love this list, mostly because it matches mine own so closely. Agreed that Old Navy is the when it comes to maternity basics. I jumped on the maternity pants train early, but I held off on shirts, but that is coming to an end quickly. I'm headed to Old Navy this week to stock up.

  2. Thanks for this list! Obviously I don't need maternity clothes yet but I could definitely use a new bra! Those suckers are about to start popping out! My plan is dresses and maybe a pair of maternity shorts for the summer but I don't want to spend a ton of money on stuff I'll wear for such a short while. Those ON tanks look comfy too!

  3. Okay here's the deal: I am VERY confused about what size I should be ordering in stuff now. For example: that long-sleeved t-shirt. Normally I would probably get a small. But should I get a medium or a large??? I can't figure out if my size goes up because of the bump or if when buying maternity stuff it's implied that it's bigger so you just get the size you normally would. Help!

  4. Good running tights are just that... tight, yet they breathe to allow moisture to escape and keep your dry and cool. Now these do the trick, the workout clothes keep tight for an entire workout and then some, from the workout to the car to the grocery.


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