6 maternity clothing brands you need to check out (pregnancy and postpartum)

I’m sharing my favorite brands that saved me during pregnancy and postpartum! When you feel like nothing fits — from the awkward stage, to the golden 2nd trimester, to the omg-so-uncomfy-and-wanna-lie-down-and-do-nothing phase — it can be debilitating; and after giving birth, those maternity items will feel like a savior (albeit slightly disappointing when you can’t fit into your old clothes - but you just gave birth to a baby!) So go easy on yourself and be kind when you look in the mirror. I’m trying to take my own advice y’all so I totally get it.

Top - Asos Maternity, Pants: Uniqlo, Sandals: Target

Top - Asos Maternity, Pants: Uniqlo, Sandals: Target

ASOS Maternity
From fancy dresses all the way to summertime PJs, ASOS maternity was godsend when it came to finding items that fit me during pregnancy. I shopped here for my first few items once I started showing, and their PJs were so amazing without feeling like I was cutting off my circulation. When it came to my maternity photo shoot and baby shower, they had such legit options especially in their bridesmaid section that made it so easy for me to quickly shop for special occasions, weddings and anything else fancy. I’m actually wearing one of their maternity dresses to work today, 5 months postpartum.

Pink Blush Maternity
Pink Blush has a bunch of mom friendly items, namely tops and dresses that are great for everyday wear. I still wear a pink blouse from there postpartum with some black trousers and chunky heels at the office now, and the “loose fit” allows me to do a lil’ french tuck without feeling frumpy.

PANTS PANTS PANTS! I’m telling you, the first things I grew out of and the most immediate need. And yeah. I needed them after giving birth because not everyone can snap back into their old pants. And that’s okay. Uniqlo’s maternity jeggings were super comfy, and now I just fold them a bit over my hip and wear with a longer top.

Pea in a Pod & Jessica Simpson brands were kinda pricey here, but I hit that sales rack and came out with a few staples that I’m still wearing today. Baby Reya was born mid November so I needed some tops that could be worn around Thanksgiving and Christmas for a few family events and select outings!

OOOOOOH my goodness. What’s there to say about Target besides the fact that it’s both therapy and a store rolled all into one. My staple maternity jeans and shorts, a few trendy loose tops, comfy sandals, postpartum wear and my new work bag to fit my pump — Target was and continues to be a go-to for my #NewMomLife.

Bet you didn’t think of this one lol! Honestly, I went into Walmart with the thought of buying a bigger sports bra and some diapers for my soon to be bebe. But I ended up walking out with amazing comfy soft Ts, leggings that felt fitted yet comfy, nighttime nursing-friendly dresses, PJs and more loungewear. I’m not kidding when I say Walmart was the most underrated spot for maternity wear. I still wear some of these as PJs or daily wear and I am so thankful I checked it out!

Top: ASOS Maternity, Joggers: Pink Blush Maternity

Top: ASOS Maternity, Joggers: Pink Blush Maternity

10 Gorgeous Maternity Wrap Dresses

There is an excitement involved in shopping once you have a "bump" -- I'm not gonna lie. All the obvious stares, occasional inappropriate comments, and often unasked for belly rubs definitely don't outweigh the personal joy that is a growing bump and the bond you being to create with your lil' blossoming baby. 

I've been online shopping a lot to find some dresses that will be good post-partum and aren't necessarily only "maternity" but have a general silhouette that could work for me even after baby is here!

You can shop the one above right here for only $22. It's summertime and warm, so I've been gravitating towards florals but feel free to check out all the styles below and shop away! :)

Off The Shoulder Summer Tops

Above,  Top: Target ( similar ) , Sneakers: Nordstrom ( similar )  and yes I'm wearing shorts but you can't see them b/c of how I'm sitting

Above, Top: Target (similar) , Sneakers: Nordstrom (similar)
and yes I'm wearing shorts but you can't see them b/c of how I'm sitting

Off-shoulder tops peaked a few years ago, but I don't think they're going anywhere simply cause they feel so flattering and are super fun to wear in the summer.

As usual, it all comes down to a certain spirit in how you wear it, coupled with a good dose of self-awareness.
— Alessandra Codinha, Vogue.com

I figured I'd share some of my favorite off-the-shoulder looks that I have my eye on. Some are even office appropriate (providing you don't work in a strictly business casual environment); but it's safe to say most of these are for post 9 to 5 and/or weekend wear.

Shop these faves below (I've given some tips on how to pair the first few):