One of the things on my Second Trimester Checklist post was Maternity Clothes and have been looking at websites online to purchase some. Ever since I found out I was pregnant I was constantly worried about clothes that would fit me. My first trimester was OK considering you don’t gain any weight, rather you lose some (at least that’s what happened with me). So now that I’m in my second trimester, some of my jeans and tops have started getting tighter from the waist so every now and then I go on-line and look for maternity clothes. But to be honest, some of the website I view have downright hideous clothes for pregnant women. Hideous. I cannot stress the word hideous enough because they really are. I mean who designs those clothes?

There’s so little on offer on these maternity clothes, both on-line and off-line, given the number of pregnant women in every country. Well, I’m sure there are better options in other countries, but not here. Although there are brands like Mothercare, Babyoye etc. but the (online) stores that I visited in Chandigarh and Mumbai have nothing special to offer, nothing that would make you feel happy about shopping.  You might want to buy it because that’s what your need is, but I don’t know really. Both the sizes and shapes seem a little off. I’m still hoping that I get hold of better stock of clothes the next time I visit these stores.

Another thing on my mind is that what you buy today will no longer fit you 2 or 3 months later. So there’s no point wasting tons of money on purchasing branded items of clothing for pregnancy. One of the articles I read on businessoffashion was how most designers don’t think this is a good enough market for them as there are more non-pregnant customers to purchase their stuff than pregnant ones. No wonder we’re left with little choice here.

I just want to buy maternity clothes that make me feel nice. And confident but there is dearth of such clothes.

Another thing this article talked about was how rental companies could turn this business around. Personally, I’m not sure I’d want to wear used clothes. Yes, it could save you tons of money but the idea of wearing clothes already worn by a number of women before doesn’t just sound appealing to me. I mean who knows how properly cleaned/washed those clothes are when you wear them? I’d rather steer clear of second hand clothing to be honest.

So what options do we have:

  • Wear loose or larger sized non maternity clothes
  • Buy nice and soft fabric and get a tailor to make me some according to size and liking (perks of being in India maybe?)
  • Mix and match non-maternity and maternity clothes (like maternity bottoms which you can’t do without along with a lose flow-y top)

And what else? I’m going to do more research on this because we have to have a solution for our maternity clothes worries. At least us women in India. I’m going to do a tour of stores now nearby and see what options we have. Maybe the stock has changed? I’m just hopeful.

How about you? Would you borrow maternity clothes for your pregnancy? Are there enough options for you to choose from? Would be nice of you to share some links (preferable with worldwide shipping option) where we could purchase nice maternity clothes.

7 Comments on Shopping for Maternity Clothes

  1. Aileen (Aileen Cooks Blog)
    May 18, 2016 at 4:45 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m in the second trimester of my third pregnancy. I’ve found I really like gap maternity tops and old navy maternity jeans. I also like the basic t-shirts from Target’s maternity line. Since this is my 3rd time, maybe I’ve just made my peace with the options? It may also be that my mom wardrobe is not very stylish. Think flip flops, flats, jeans, and leggings.

    • Tee
      May 19, 2016 at 4:27 am (2 years ago)

      Third pregnancy? Wow! Congratulations Aileen!
      I never knew Gap and Old Navy also had maternity clothes. Might as well check them out soon.
      And I guess in pregnancy it all comes down to style vs comfort. If it is the latter you’re looking for then no problem with flip flops, flats, jeans and leggings. I guess if I don’t find anything good enough to wear soon, I’ll also have to make do with what is available.

  2. Becky@Frametofreedom
    May 18, 2016 at 6:31 pm (2 years ago)

    I hated maternity clothes! I used something called a belly band that you put over jeans. It makes it so you don’t have to button your jeans but it covers them enough. I never bought maternity pants. I bought just a few tops, but ended up wearing mostly larger tops. You can totally mix and match maternity and nonmaternity clothes though. Good luck shopping!

    • Tee
      May 19, 2016 at 4:31 am (2 years ago)

      I absolutely hate the fact we don’t have as many options. But I’m not giving up yet 😀
      I think I’m going to try and find this belly band. If it works for me, I’d be happy not buying maternity clothes.

  3. Hena Tayeb
    June 6, 2016 at 3:44 pm (2 years ago)

    Except for my maternity pants all my clothes wear regular just a size larger.. sometimes not even a size larger..

  4. Rada (journous)
    June 7, 2016 at 9:18 pm (2 years ago)

    I agree, buying a bunch of clothes just for less than a year (well even technically about 6 months because first few months is not necessary), is just too much. I had a 3 pairs of maternity pants and a few shirts.

  5. Jenn
    June 13, 2016 at 6:21 pm (2 years ago)

    Congrats on your pregnancy! We must be due around the same time. And I am so struggling with this right now! Even though I’ve been through this before, I’m not looking forward to going into all-out maternity clothes mode. I wish it wasn’t true, but a lot of maternity clothes can just be so dowdy! I am all for sharing clothes, which is what I did with some of my mama friends last time. And lately I’ve been trying to find roomy, forgiving tops and dresses that aren’t necessarily maternity. T-shirt dresses are my new best friend!


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