Shopping for normal clothes is hard enough as is but shopping for petite maternity clothes? That’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.
For reference, I’m 5-feet tall (or should I say short) and currently 105 pounds. At my first OB appointment, I weighed in at 117 pounds and ended my pregnancy at 151 (ish) pounds.
For the first 8 months of my pregnancy, I wore leggings a size up than my usual, oversized sweatshirts, and stretchy tank tops. That was my “go-to” outfit after buying, trying, and returning hundreds of dollars worth of maternity clothes.
It’s safe to say that I’ve tried basically every store google led me to after typing in petite maternity clothes. Now that you have a gist of my frustrating experience finding the petite maternity clothes, let me share what worked for me as a 5-feet, 150lb pregnant woman.
- 1 11 Best Stores For Petite Maternity Clothes
- 2 Maternity Clothes Tips + Tricks
11 Best Stores For Petite Maternity Clothes
Before you get really excited and order a bunch of clothes. Read other people’s reviews, check each store’s sizing charts, keep your receipts, and don’t rip off the tags until you are absolutely sure.
I love Old Navy for several reasons.
It’s super affordable. They have the BEST sales. And you can buy clothes for the whole family for a fraction of the price of other retail stores.
They hold a lot of sales just about every month. I love when they do half off of everything in store.
I still wear my maternity tank tops I purchased from Old Navy. They’re super comfy, stretchy, and perfect for any occasion. Including sitting at home!
I’ve ordered maternity leggings from Old Navy but it wasn’t my favorite. I stuck with their normal leggings and just folded the waistband under my belly.
Funny side story- Old Navy was my first employer.
Lululemon is definitely not the most affordable clothing. However, they have a practical usage lifetime warranty on their clothes.
Meaning if your $100 leggings start pilling after a week’s worth of use you can take them back.
The reason I put lululemon on the list is that the quality of their clothes is truly the best I’ve ever had. Lululemon nails the statement, “quality over quantity”.
Personally, I’d rather have one of their leggings over 10 cheap leggings. And the leggings you’re going to want to get are the Lululemon Align leggings. They are the softest, stretchiest and most skin-like leggings you’ll ever wear.
Their tops are stretchy and you can find styles that are long enough to cover your growing belly. And still be able to wear it after giving birth.
If the price tag is a bit much, I recommend looking at second-hand clothing apps like Poshmark. I’ve bought several lululemon pieces on Poshmark for the fraction of the retail price.
My absolute favorite lululemon leggings are the “align” collection. They are buttery soft, high-waisted, and super stretchy. I normally wear a size 2, but bought a couple pairs in a size 4 during pregnancy. And I still wear them.
3. Any Sports Store
Any sports store meaning Academy Sports, Dick’s Sporting Goods, or any stores that carry Nike and Adidas brands. Like I mentioned earlier, you can honestly wear what you normally wore prior to being pregnant. Just go up a size and make a few adjustments like folding the waistband down.
Target is probably one of my favorite places to shop. I bought several maternity tops and nursing bras there.
When I gave up trying to stretch out my normal clothes to fit over my growing baby bump, the first place I ordered maternity tops was from Target.
And they fit great. They carry a wide variety of maternity clothes so you’re bound to find something that works for you.
I’m not going to lie. I’ve always and will continue to have the hardest time finding bottoms that fit me well, pregnant or not.
I found Target maternity bottoms to run a bit big. So I’ll stick to their maternity tops.
It seems like every store that carries petite maternity clothes has the best tops. But the maternity bottoms just never work out for me.
I bought several packs of h&m’s petite maternity leggings. I got different styles and sizes. And unfortunately, none of them worked out.
But I’m also very picky about how things fit me. It’s definitely worth a try.
Another thing I recommend is looking at their regular line of clothes (not maternity) and find stretchy fabrics that you can wear. For example, I purchased a couple of ribbed, turtleneck dresses that wasn’t maternity clothes and it fit perfectly.
And the great part about that is that I can wear it even after pregnancy.
Another perk to h&m clothes is that there’s a huge selection of work maternity clothes as well.
Asos is another great place to buy work maternity clothes. They have a lot of stylish and comfortable petite maternity clothes you wouldn’t find anywhere else.
I haven’t personally purchased maternity clothes on amazon. However, I know a lot of people who have and had a lot of luck on there.
They also have some really pretty maternity dresses for you maternity photoshoot.
I mean what can’t you find on amazon? They sell just about everything you can think of.
Aerie is one of my favorite places to shop.
They have the best, affordable loungewear. They don’t exactly have a maternity line but you can size up.
I don’t know about you but I’m all about comfort. Aerie carries a lot of oversized fit styles that would also be perfect during pregnancy.
9. Ingrid & Isabel
Ingrid & Isabel always had the very best basics like t-shirts, tanks, and solid color clothing items that are essential to every closet.
You can use code MAMA10 to get 10% off your first order!
If you’re having a hard time finding maternity photoshoot dresses, then definitely check out PinkBlush! They have a bunch of casual dresses and tops but I specifically love their maternity photoshoot dresses.
11. Kindred Bravely
Kindred Bravely has some of the best quality maternity and nursing clothes I’ve seen. They’re not the cheapest because of that but their nursing bras have been one of my favorites so far,
Maternity Clothes Tips + Tricks
Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you HAVE to wear maternity clothes.
Here are some tips and tricks you can use to go around buying maternity clothes:
- Go up a size in both tops and bottoms.
- Fold the waistband down for extra belly room.
- Look for oversized clothes that you can wear as loungewear after pregnancy.
- Find longer, stretchier tops that you can wear after pregnancy.
I hope this petite maternity clothes stores list helped you narrow down some options! Happy shopping!