Maternity Clothes Essentials – All Round Comfort

4 October 2020

Around the time my bump started to show, I had fun with my new maternity clothes like fitted dresses and jeans but as baby Jin grew, there came a point where ALL that mattered was comfort.
Yes pregnancy is only for a few months so I could have saved money and worn the same pair of leggings and baggy T, but this is everyday we’re talking about. I needed maternity lounge wear! A uniform for chilling at home on the sofa in front of the TV (^_^)

Tried & Tested Maternity T’s

It sounds a bit silly now but as I grew bigger, it was really important to me to feel attractive within myself, even lounging around at home.
Maternity Clothes don’t all have to be baggy. There’s something about a beautifully fitting T-Shirt and how it can make you feel.

Maternity Pure Body T Shirt

Crew Neck £14.96 @Gap
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Model wearing Gap crew neck T shirt in heather gray
Heather Grey
Close up of model wearing Gap crew neck T shirt in heather gray

V Neck £14.95 @Gap
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Model wearing Gap v neck T in navy
Indigo Heather

Why I Love Them

Beautiful cutting which made it really flattering
Comes in 8 colours to match any outfit – I bought Heather Grey and Black
Enough stretch for the bump to grow into but also washed well and kept its nice shape
˚✧₊⁎ Gap Says ⁎⁺˳✧˚
93% Cotton, 7% Elastane
Slim, fitted silhouette
Super soft knit with a smooth finish
Ruching along sides for more belly room
Hits below the belly

Maternity Leggings For All Occasions

Leggings, the superstar of maternity clothes.
They may all seem the same but when I tried some on in high street and maternity stores, they were too long, too thick, too thin, see through, dug in at the waist. Is it too much to ask to find leggings that just…fit?

So after trying MANY, I finally found 2 types for being super soft, flexible and I lived in them during and after pregnancy.

Maternity Leggings

£12.90 @UNIQLO
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These are full length but I had a little extra length at the ankles and Im 5″4, not worth shortening though. If you wanted to shorten, Uniqlo usually have that service in-store but its temporarily unavailable due to Covid. Uniqlo FAQ on alterations

Uniqlo maternity leggings in grey
Grey
Uniqlo maternity leggings in black
Black

(This item has been taken over by the winter version ‘HeatTech Jersey Maternity Thermal Leggings’)

Why I Love Them

Doesn’t compress the belly at all or leave marks
They’re super soft and stretchy and really easy to move in or curl up on the sofa
Completely covers the belly and keeps belly warm on the colder days
˚✧₊⁎ Uniqlo Says ⁎⁺˳✧˚
46% Modal, 46% Cotton, 8% Spandex
Double-layered design at the waist stretches horizontally and vertically for complete coverage over your bump
Minimal stitching prevents irritation against the skin
Ideal for relaxing at home and casual everyday wear
Comfortable stretch fabric for a flexible fit

Maternity GapFit Full Panel Capris in Performance Cotton

£34.95 @Gap
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You’ll find these in the ‘Activewear’ section of Gap but I bought them just as normal leggings.

I think £34.95 is crazy expensive for a pair of leggings but you know Gap seem to have a constant 40% off sale on so its possible to get if for a lot less.
I bought these in True Black and Grey and I still wear this 1 year after pregnancy.

Model wearing Gap maternity full panel capris leggings in true black
True Black
Close up of model wearing Gap maternity full panel capris leggings in true black - showing the full panel over bump
Full Panel

Why I Love Them

Really soft but fairly figure hugging without being too restricting – I felt held together
They go almost completely over the bump and adds that extra support
Not see through at all so perfect for sport or the gym
Capri length so goes nicely with long T’s/dresses
˚✧₊⁎ Gap Says ⁎⁺˳✧˚
93% Cotton, 7% Elastane
Full panel stretches over your belly for maximum support
Interior slot pocket in back for ease and storage
gDry Moisture Wicking helps keep your skin dry
Breathable performance cotton jersey knit
Four-way stretch allows freedom of movement while providing superior shape retention

Maternity Trousers

I have lots of pre-pregnancy lounge wear sets but after the waistband got too too tight, I switched to these beauties.

Maternity Modal Soft Sleep Pants

£29.95 @Gap
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Model wearing Gap modal maternity sleep pants in charcoal heather - front view
Charcoal Heather
Model wearing Gap modal maternity sleep pants in charcoal heather - back view

Why I Love Them

Such soft and light material, I could move in any position and they would flow
Thick waistband under the bump acts as a gentle support which was really useful especially in the last 2 months of pregnancy
They’re not just for sleep at all, in fact, I wore these around the house and out
˚✧₊⁎ Gap Says ⁎⁺˳✧˚
89% Modal, 11% Elastane
Relaxed fit, roomy through the hips
Round pockets at front
Elasticized, banded waist sits under the bump
Buttery soft material
Cuffed ankles

Final Thoughts

This selection of gently figure hugging T’s, leggings and lounge pants really helped me though the most uncomfortable months of pregnancy and at the same time, I could also watch my baby grow (^_^)


Some images taken from Gap for illustrative purposes only.


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