Second Trimester: My Maternity Wardrobe

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Now that my body has officially taken a new shape, I’ve started to purchase key pieces to update my wardrobe. Since I know my body will continue to change over the next 4 months and beyond, I’m trying to resist buying too much stuff. Of course, I can’t make it all 9 months wearing my pre-pregnancy clothes (holy uncomfortable), so here’s what I have purchased (and love) so far in my second trimester. Let’s hope most of it still fits in trimester three!

Old Navy Maternity Low-Panel Skinny Jeans 

You guys were right! Maternity jeans are life-changing. For real. After squeezing myself into my regular jeans for weeks and weeks, these are the most comfortable pair I have ever owned. They’re basically like wearing sweatpants. I’m a huge fan. WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG?!?!


Black leggings

I bought a pair of nice black leggings at Marshalls, which have zippers at the ankles, so they’re my go-to “dressy” pants right now. I couldn’t find the exact pair online, so I linked to a similar pair. They’re not specifically maternity pants, but they’re really stretchy!


Old Navy Maternity Scoop-Neck Tees

I bought a couple of these last week (they were on sale for just $7) and love how they fit. They’re flattering with the scoop-neck and ruching on the side, so my body actually has some shape instead of looking like a big pregnant blob of woman.


Old Navy Maternity Tanks

I also love these tanks! I bought four (in gray, white, black, and navy) and have been wearing them non-stop under long-sleeve tops and sweaters. They’re so comfy and you don’t have to worry about them riding up.


Long cardigans

I’ve also been rocking the long cardigans lately. They’re super easy to pair with a long tank top or t-shirt, jeans, maybe a funky necklace… and you’re good to go! I currently have three long cardigans in my wardrobe: thin cotton in navy (pictured below), chunky orange sweater, and a lighter sweater in deep red. The first two are from StitchFix and the deep red sweater is from Anthropologie, but I bought it a million years ago, so I linked to a similar style.



My bra situation is a tad ridiculous right now (NONE of my old bras fit), so I finally caved in and bought a few new ones. Most stores don’t carry my new size, so I went online to Bare Necessities to get them. I really love the Fantasie bra line because they fit well and aren’t horrendously ugly. Some of those maternity bras”¦ yikes! Ug-ly.

Moving Comfort Sports Bras

My beloved TaTa Tamers no longer fit, so I’m all about the Moving Comfort sports bras now. I tried doubling up on my old sports bras, but I still had extra boob-age hanging out all over. Not attractive. As soon as I tried on my first Moving Comfort bra, I knew it was exactly what I was looking for! I bought the Juno and Rebound Racer sports bras so far. Love them both!


Question of the Day

Moms and moms-to-be: What are your favorite, go-to maternity pieces? Where do you like to shop?



  1. Definitely check out Target’s maternity section, they have great stuff! I have also purchased a few key pieces at Destination Maternity; a little more pricey, but good quality and will last long! I’ve bought grey and black leggings, grey “dress stretch pants” for work, that has pockets on the butt, Jessica Simpson brand skinny jeans from there, they are SO comfy! and a few cute tops/ two lightweight turtleneck sweaters and a couple 3/4 sleeve tops.

  2. Old navy has some cute maternity clothes! Who knew? I really like the scoop neck tees. So cute! If I ever have a kid I don’t think I could pull off leggings so you go for it! I can’t pull off leggings as am for that matter! Also love the chunky necklace you’re wearing. Where did you get it?

  3. Congratulations! I just had my second baby last week and feel well versed in maternity attire. I really loved Gaps maternity line for work attire (my workplace is business casual) and used Kohls and Old Navy to fill in my everyday clothes. Good luck on the rest of your pregnancy, I look forward to following along with you!

  4. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I quickly grew out of everything I owned and didn’t want to spend too much money on stuff since I wouldn’t be wearing them too long. I invested in one really nice jeans and bought a ton of stuff at old navy, gap and motherhood. I would always browse the sales rack at pea in the pod and sometimes get lucky.
    But I gained 50 lbs so maybe that’s why my clothes didn’t last too long 🙂

    1. I went to the Hanover location, but it didn’t have a very big selection. But it was helpful to try on things to get an idea for sizing. I’ll probably just order things online from Old Navy in the future. Much better selection!

  5. I hated spending money on Maternity clothes since you don’t wear them all that long so I tried to borrow as much as I could. The things I did buy came from the Gap, a few pieces from Mimi Maternity, a few from Target and then I tried very hard to buy regular clothes just in bigger sizes that I was able to wear after my son was born. Lots of sweat type pants worked out really well for me – like Juicy Couture track pants.

  6. I loved the Bella Band which allows you to wear your non maternity pants. I also loved my tanks and leggings. Congrats!

  7. I’m not a mom but I know friends who have used when you need something special. Its maternity clothes that you borrow for a few weeks at a time!

    By the way, I’m heading to Puerto Rico tonight for the trip I won with TCBY through your blog! So excited, thank you Tina!!

  8. I got THREE boxes of maternity clothes from a co-worker. Some fit now (16 weeks), so I know they won’t fit the whole time, but I’m happy about them!

    I have 2 pairs of full panel jeans (including Old Navy Skinny jeans) and 2 pairs of dress pants for work. I was so annoyed that most non-denim maternity pants were corduroy. YUCK!

    I was also surprised at the lack of maternity clothes most stores carry. They said “Oh you can shop online” but I really want to try stuff on before I buy/order it. At least now I know my Old Navy jean/pant size!

  9. Watch out for those Juno bras. The little seam at the V chafed me like crazy. I wear the Fiona now and am much happier (34 DD so I’m a hard for too)

  10. I worked in an office where I needed professional clothing, which really made it more difficult. I bought a few pieces in brown and black cotton jersey from Isabella Oliver online, which was a bit pricier than the Target stuff for casual wear, but well worth it. I could still wear them after the baby was born and they did not look like maternity wear. Japanese Weekend was another upscale brand that I found on sale that was rally beautiful.

  11. I’m also 20 weeks. I really love the Old Navy maternity leggings with the low waist. They are awesome!
    I also found dresses to be easier and more comfortable in my late 2nd & 3rd trimesters. Now I just put the leggings on if it is cold.

  12. YAY! For maternity jeans. Glad you made the switch! I totally get the bra situation. My old ridiculously large chest became special order only. I also loved the Maternity T-shirt and long cardigans. The low panel pants only worked for a short time for me as I was pregnant with twins, but any maternity pants even the full panel ones are more comfortable than trying to cram. I loved GAP, Target and Old Navy for 90% of all maternity clothes I wore.

  13. I wore a lot of Gap and Old Navy maternity during my first two pregnancies. My third pregnancy (9 years later) I really didn’t want to invest much so I really “stretched” my wardrobe, picking up only a few maternity basics (jeans, shorts and tanks) at Target. Like you’ve discovered, keep it simple and play up the accessories!

  14. When I was pregnant(over 5 years ago) my favorite jeans came from Motherhood maternity and I LOVED them!! They fit so well, were super comfy and were still really stylish with no butt sag. Maybe it’s just me but I found that problem in a lot of maternity pants. Not a good look, lol!!

  15. Congratulations! I can’t imagine my life without my two boys. I didn’t want to spend a lot on clothes that I would only wear for such a short time. I did well with Target and Old Navy. A few things from Destination Maternity. I also borrowed where I was able. You might also check a high end children’s consignment shop. We have a nice one that only accepts nice brands and clothes that are in great condition. You can find some items there at a great price.

  16. I had my baby 9 weeks ago and those old navy long sleeves are amazing (i still wear them!) Old Navy is affordable but Gap had the most comfy clothes, for me, although they are pretty pricey. Motherhood maternity is also affordable but some of the sweaters I got there ripped. Also, i found some nursing bras at Target that look like sports bras but were amazingly comfortable when my regular bras didnt fit anymore. Best of luck, and I can’t wait to continue following along!

  17. Target’s maternity clothes are very nice and affordable. I was always able to find cute stuff on sale too. 🙂

    I bought my dressier/work clothing from Motherhood Maternity, and while it’s a bit more expensive there, I wore everything so much and every piece still looks super nice and can def be worn during my next pregnancy.

  18. I’m currently at the very end of my 1st semester and I’m like you, reticent to get maternity clothes. I don’t really want to spend money on some not really cute clothes that I won’t be wearing for long. I think the best choice is online (and not in store) (not in my area at least). I did not buy anything yet, for now I’m all about leggings and oversized shirts. PS : Old navy and Gap Canada do not carry maternity clothes line.

  19. Yes to all of this! Maternity pants, leggings, tanks, long cardigans. I wore some of my sweater dresses and tunics too. H&M now ships and apparently has good maternity clothes. I relied mostly on Old Navy, Gap and Target.

  20. I am not pregnant nor have I ever been but I have heard Old Navy has some great maternity stuff! I’ve also heard that once the weather gets warmer you can stock up on lots of dresses because even some of the non-maternity ones are loose enough to rock!

  21. Haha I need to get some black leggings to wear as nice pants too! I’m unemployed right now and all I wear are leggings, but none of them look nice enough to wear anywhere other than all the coffee shops I job search in!

  22. I don’t know if you have one near you, but H&M has a pretty good maternity line. SUPER soft material & flattering. Other than that, I’ve pretty much stuck to Target & Old Navy as well!

    1. @Selinda: Same! It’s the Alcatraz of sports bras b/c you are locked in but makes running/cardio so much better! God save me if I was pregnant what I would size up to!

  23. The Old Navy skinny jeans are the best thing ever! I totally agree, it feels like I’m wearing sweats when I put them on. Thanks for linking those items; I ended up buying those tanks!

  24. I loved Old Navy and Motherhood Maternity for my maternity clothes. As my belly grew larger, I ended up liking the full panel pants more, but I suppose that’s personal preference. I mostly just bought a lot of the “basics” – tanks and simple tops that I could dress up with a cardigan, jewelry, or a scarf. Leggings were another one of my huge staples!

  25. I got most things at old navy becuase of all the coupons they have. And also a few things at Target. I didnt buy much because you only wear it for a short period of time. I mixed and matched what I did get to get different looks. Ryan is 16 months old and I still wear Old Navy Maternity tanks on a daily basis, I love them becuase they are long!!!

  26. Maternity tops look really long… maybe I should buy them and get the tummy tailored in instead of banging my head against the wall trying to find shirts that are long enough (I’m 5’11).

  27. My son was born in May, so I was mostly pregnant in the winter. I wore full panel jeans and pants all the time. They are way more supportive and super comfortable, especially once you get a little bigger. I bought them from Destination Maternity on super sale. My Gap jeans stretched out so much so I wanted to spend a little more money on some better quality jeans. The Liz Lange tanks from Target are the best. They don’t have any ruching, so they look great post partum, and they are longer and stretch a ton. They are great for nursing. You can just pull them down on top and they go right back to normal and look great. Also, these nursing bras from Target are great: I had three, and I wore them all the time. I wore a sports bra for a little bit and it caused me to become engorged, so only wear it when you have to (post partum)!

  28. 🙂 When I was pregnant, I lived in Maxi skirts and dresses. Everything was belted, esp in the later months when my belly was nice and round and I loved accessorizing with scarfs. I also loved wearing leggings/tights because they gave me the support I needed and paired it with sweater dresses and tunics.

  29. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an incredibly long
    comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up.
    Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyway, just
    wanted to say excellent blog!

  30. Though I’m not a mom myself, I know my sister and sis-in-law both loved Motherhood Maternity ( They even have a Jessica Simpson and Heidi Klum line on their website…. Congrats again!

  31. Post some outfit pics! 🙂 And you should DEF go back to buy that top from Anthropologie…I even want it now! lol

  32. I have all of the Old Navy pieces you mentioned and wore them all summer. They totally grow with you too so good choice. Target has great maternity bathing suits but you probably won’t need them. Target also has good maxi dresses. If you’re planning to nurse, I’d invest in nursing tank tops and bras too. I lasted less than 2 weeks nursing but those two things were essential while I was. I got my maternity/nursing bras at Destination Maternity. They’re ridiculously priced buy I’m 8 weeks postpartum and still wearing them bc my old ones don’t quite fit yet. Getting there with T25 though. I’m interested to read about how your workout life changes post baby. The days fly by. The 25 minutes of T25 are all I can fit in. Sometimes we get a walk in too but that can mess up the nap schedule which messes up the night and then it’s just a total crap shoot.

  33. Try Bloom in Hingham Square for bras too. She fits “different” sizes, like my 34G and has cute things. I also love the Panache sports bra, I found them at Nordstrom, the sizes are larger than the moving comfort ones, if you end up growing out of these.

  34. I just had my second. I loved the clothes at Gap because they are good quality and they last. They have a sale all the time so you can get them at a good price. I also liked pea in the pod, motherhood maternity and old navy. I heard that aysos is good too. Congrats!

  35. I found the Hanover Old Navy store to have a very small selection too.

    I live in the area and was supposed to take childbirth classes at Isis Parenting in Norwell. It unexpectedly closed yesterday and I’m wondering if you’ve found a local place for class.

    1. Ugh, I heard about that yesterday too. I guess we’ll have to look elsewhere for classes. I haven’t looked into anything yet, but I will post about it when I find something!

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