Yes, You Can Wear Regular Clothes During Pregnancy


(Image credit: Courtesy of Anastasia Markley)

Expecting a baby is a beautiful thing that can bring an infinite amount of joy to your life, and your wardrobe should measure up. While there are plenty of clothing options for expectant mothers, sometimes you simply want to wear the rest of your non-maternity clothes during pregnancy. And before you think you have to set aside all of your clothes while you’re body changes, think again.

We talked with Anastasia Markley, co-owner of The Clothiers Daughters and mother in Omaha, Nebraska, who also chose to wear straight-size clothing during her pregnancy. “I didn’t like the idea of only wearing maternity clothes for a few months, and I also naturally go toward long and flowing clothes,” she says. “I sized up and bought things that would be cute big, such as shorts that I can wear with a belt.”

For expectant moms looking to skip maternity wear, Markley recommends anything with elastic or tie waists, which will allow your garments to grow with your body. If the elastic got on the tighter side, she sized up and wore them lower than they were made to fit. As for the predicament of lingerie, she says, “With underwear, your stomach expands and things just don’t fit the same. I loved the high-rise underwear from Baserange; it was the best!”

Now, check out our favorite pieces that you’ll be able to wear before, during, and after your pregnancy.

See? Shopping while you’re pregnant isn’t strictly for the maternity section.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.

Dale Arden Chong