How do I Choose the Best Maternity Winter Clothes?

K. K. Lowen
K. K. Lowen
A pregnant woman.
A pregnant woman.

When trying to choose maternity winter clothes, you may wish to consider a number of factors. During the winter months, you will need clothes to wear both indoors and outdoors. Choosing garments that you can layer may keep you much warmer, and finding maternity winter clothes that are appropriate for a variety of environmental conditions may be a good idea as well.

Warm outdoor clothes are essential during the winter.
Warm outdoor clothes are essential during the winter.

A maternity winter coat is essential for pregnant women traveling outdoors. Depending on your budget and personal style, you may purchase a specially-made maternity coat or decide to use a regular winter coat that fits over your belly. Some people choose to wear a fitted maternity coat that fits snugly and clings to the shape of the body. Other people like to wear large winter coats that fit loosely because it allows them to layer more clothing underneath and may be more comfortable.

Some pregnant women choose to wear a poncho instead of a winter coat. Ponchos allow plenty of room for the baby to grow, but they require you to wear additional layers. If you have a large number of maternity-sized sweaters and long-sleeved shirts, you may find that a poncho keeps you warm and offers more comfort.

To maintain warmth in cold weather, many people like to wear maternity leggings or tights. Wearing either option under a pair of pants can help keep the lower body warm in windy weather. Creating insulation between your body and your outerwear also helps to maintain body temperature for a pregnant woman during cold weather.

When purchasing maternity winter clothes, it may be wise to allow room to grow. As the pregnancy progresses your size likely will continue to increase, and some maternity garments that fit in the second trimester may be too small by the third trimester. Acquiring clothing that is a little bit too big or is made from very stretchy material may save you money. Fitted maternity winter clothes can be very warm, but you should replace them if they become to snug because wearing clothes that are too small or expose bare skin are not ideal for winter weather.

Some people may choose to buy maternity winter clothes second-hand, which can be a good option for those who have smaller budgets. It may be especially useful for purchasing a maternity winter coat, as new coats can be expensive. Finding gently used, cold-weather items can be relatively easy because many people get rid of their maternity clothing after the birth of their children. Try visiting a thrift store or a used maternity clothing store for items that fit your body and your budget.

Discussion Comments


@ysmina-- I was pregnant during the winter months last year so I know how it is!

The best maternity clothes are cheap maternity clothes! I bought most of my winter maternity wear from second-hand stores, also a few from online and retail stores. Spending a lot on winter maternity wear is a bad idea because you're probably never going to need it again. Even if you sell it afterward, it won't sell for as much. So I tried to find the most affordable maternity clothes available.

I think second-hand is the best option. Most used maternity winter clothes look as good as new. And maternity clothes are not very trendy or fashionable in general, regardless of where you get it from. Just make sure that it fits you and you can wash them at home and start wearing them.


@ysmina-- You can get an over-sized regular coat. But if you do that, the arms will probably be too long and wide and might look a little funny.

I actually have never needed a winter coat during my pregnancies. But I do remember my sister telling me that she purchased a swing coat during her second pregnancy. Swing coats are really loose below the chest, they sort of expand out. So there is plenty of room for the belly. I think it would look really cute too.

I suggest that you look for a swing coat and you should definitely buy one that is one size larger. You might even be able to wear it after your pregnancy. And I'm sure it won't cost as much as a maternity coat.

Hi, I'm looking for some advice on winter maternity coats. I will definitely need one because I'm due in February and my belly will be huge when the weather is the coldest.

I have checked several maternity stores in my area for coats but they had a small selection and the prices were ridiculous. It would be great if I could find another alternative without spending a fortune.

I thought about getting a poncho, but I don't have any winter maternity clothes to layer underneath as of now. Since it gets pretty cold where I am in winter, I don't think a poncho will keep me warm enough.

Any suggestions?

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