my maternity-wear basics

As you develop for your pregnancy, you obviously notice that you need to purchase new clothes because your pants suddenly do not fit anymore. In my case, this has been oh, so true.

At about 12-weeks, my jeans would no longer zip. Since I have always been a size 2 or 25, depending on the brand, I guess I should have figured it wouldn’t take long for me to outgrow my pants. Here are the maternity staples I have purchased, so far, to help cut the costs of my expenditures during pregnancy!

Having a belly band is necessary. 

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I was given one from one of my best friends who had been pregnant two years ago; however, I have also bought another since then. Belly bands are nice because you can still wear the jeans and pants you own, without spending a ton of money on new pants!

For the button on my pants, I literally do the loop trick with a hair tie. Then I slip this bad boy over my jeans and put on my usual top(s). I love the belly band because it simply looks like an additional shirt, when in reality it is helping to hold up your pants and baby bump.

I purchased the Peanut Belly Band from Amazon, and it’s retail is $9.99 for one or $19.99 for two. It is also on AmazonPrime, so you can get it with free shipping!

I am a huge fan of leggings!

Considering I work for a marketing company whose product is fitness, you could say I am lucky that I get to wear yoga pants and workout clothing to work every day. For the most part, I have been able to still wear all of my day-to-day leggings at 18 weeks; however, I have bought a few pairs of maternity leggings as well.

My favorite pair is a pair by Four Athletics, and they’re black, adjustable, high waist leggings.


If you aren’t familiar with Four Athletics, well, you should get familiar with them. In my opinion, they make nicer leggings than most companies that are out there, for half of the cost. As an added plus, they construct all of their designs in the United States and function on a crowd funding model – reducing wasted product.

Some of my favorite public figures have also done collaborations with the company, and their stuff is super cute!

If you’re interested in purchasing a pair of Four Athletic’s amazing leggings, use the code maddyemartin15 to get 15% off of your purchase! 

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I have loaded up on basic tee’s and tank’s from Target. 

Target has this amazing line called Ingrid and Isabell that really has a lot of staple items for under $15 a shirt. The best part is that a lot of these shirts don’t even look like maternity wear – which means you can recycle them, postpartum, for your everyday looks. I purchased the v-neck tee in gray, white and white with blue striping.

I also purchased the Ingrid and Isabell tank top in grey and white, as I figure during those hot summer months I will get quite a lot of use out of them.

Speaking of the upcoming summer, I also purchased some useful items on Motherhood Maternity with a gift card my mom gave me! 

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This year I am super into the basic shirt and short-all’s look with vans. I personally love the functionality of overalls, and I am a huge fan of easy attire – so I figured this will give me a lot of mix and match options over the summer!

This pair from Motherhood Maternity was a splurge, at nearly $55; however, I know I am going to wear these probably every other day.

With my gift card I also purchased an adorable pair of camouflage pants. 

If you know me, you know this girl loves some camo! I figured a pair of camo pants would flow well with all of my basic t-shirts and tank tops.

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These were on sale and still are, whoop, whoop! You can snag these bad boys up here for under $20!

The only other item I have purchased so far, at this point in my pregnancy, was the Bumpstart Pregnancy shirts from Motherhood Maternity. This pack of two comes in at about the same price of Target’s, and I figure you can never have too many t-shirts!

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You can snag these shirts here for under $30.

Moving forward in my pregnancy, I don’t have plans to purchase many other items, aside from maybe a pair of shorts and a light dress.

Pre-pregnancy (last summer), I had purchased quite a few Abercrombie and Fitch t-shirt dresses, so I know those will work for me during pregnancy. They are super comfortable and flowy.

If you’re expecting, I recommend buying staple items – since you will be able to wear them again after your little one arrives. 





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