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The Best Maternity Clothes

Comfortable. Soft. Stylish, not dowdy. Not tight, but not shapeless either. These are the main requirements most pregnant women can agree upon for their maternity clothes. Luckily, we've come a long way from the muumuus of old, and moms-to-be can dress for whatever their lifestyle or profession without skipping a beat. While some women can get away with wearing their regular wardrobe for a few months, many of us will opt for at least some pieces that are specially designed for pregnancy. For the most part, maternity clothes sizing is based on your pre-pregnancy size. Use that as a starting point, and look for clothes with some give, whether it's in the cut or the fabric.

Here are some highlights of what you can find in the maternity department these days.

Jeans to Live In: It's true, shopping for jeans can be a terrible chore even when you're not pregnant – but the selection of maternity denim has greatly improved in recent years. Designer brands like Paige Premium Denim have developed maternity styles that come in an extra stretchy (but still supportive) fabric and feature elastic side panels. Just like their usual line, these jeans come in a variety of cuts and washes, from ultra skinny to boot cut. DL1961 Maternity jeans have stretch panels hidden in the pockets. And Noppies denim pants come with jersey belly bands that stay comfortable throughout your pregnancy.

Leggings Aren't Just for the Gym: There's nothing like pregnancy to get you on the athleisure wear bandwagon. And why not? Comfortable and slimming, leggings aren't just for little girls and yoga addicts. Plush makes both over-belly and under-belly styles of leggings, in fleece-lined spandex for extra comfort and warmth. Ingrid & Isabel specializes in active wear leggings, while Egg Maternity has dressier pairs, in fabrics like knits and vegan leather.

Dresses Can Be Your Best Friend: Invest in some dresses. They are easy and comfortable and don't require a lot of thinking to get dressed in the morning. (This advice will stand after the baby arrives too!) Many moms swear by Diane von Furstenberg's signature wrap dresses throughout their pregnancies, but other maternity-specific lines now offer stylish dresses too: Take a look at Egg Maternity's casual shifts and jumpers, Rosie Pope Maternity's slinky knits, and Everly Grey's fun prints and colors.

  1. Mom Tip: When it comes to maternity clothes, especially when you get to the third trimester, the keys are comfort and coverage. You'd be surprised at how easy it is for your growing belly to peek out from your clothes, so look for tops that are longer than you'd normally purchase. Another option is to buy a thin, long layer to put underneath your clothes, such as a soft camisole. The Whisper Cami is a popular light layer option that help pregnant moms look and feel good in their wardrobe. Take it from mom Kathleen.

    This cami helps all tops look better and slide easier, especially cotton tops that stick to cotton camis. With this cami, clothes don't stick and yet it is super thin and doesn't have bulky edges that show. It is very thin and light as a feather, but durable! This one is long, so your stomach doesn't show when you raise your arms up!