when to wear maternity clothes

when to wear maternity clothes

When to Wear Maternity Clothes

When expecting a baby many moms are excited to ‘pull out’ the clothes that were bought specifically to accommodate a growing baby bump. Maternity clothes are designed to provide additional space and flexibility making them much more comfortable to wear than ordinary non-maternity clothing.

When to Start Wearing Maternity Clothes

Most women report that they typically need to begin wearing maternity clothing at the start of their second trimester. This is due to the rapid growth in their abdomen and the fact that they will be experiencing increasing swelling as time goes by.

Types of Clothes to Get

Maternity clothing comes in many shapes and sizes. Here are some of the most popular items to consider when shopping for maternity clothes:

  • Tops: Button up shirts, tank tops and long sleeve shirts with ruching along the sides
  • Bottoms: Skinny or straight leg jeans or leggings, skirts with lots of ruching or pleats
  • Dresses: Empire waist and wrap dresses

When to Stop Wearing Them

While there is no definite answer to this, it generally depends on the size of the baby and also on how quickly you gain weight during your pregnancy. For many women, they can keep wearing maternity clothes until they reach their 8th or 9th month.


Maternity clothes are an important part of a woman’s wardrobe during pregnancy. They are designed for comfort and provide the extra space necessary for growing baby bumps. It is recommended to start wearing them at the beginning of the second trimester and to stop wearing them in the 8th or 9th month.

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