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Worried about buying maternity clothes that fit? Well, the worry stops here. During pregnancy your body changes, but your size doesn't.

Typically your maternity size will be the same as before pregnancy — with a slightly larger cut, of course. Maternity clothes are cut differently than regular sizes, but leave lots of room for growth. They are also created for an average weight gain of 25-35 pounds.

Of course, there are always exceptions. If you're carrying twins or more, you'll most likely gain more weight than otherwise. In this case, you may need to buy a size larger than pre-pregnancy.

Below you'll learn how to properly measure yourself for maternity clothes, and you'll find measurement size charts, too.

How To Measure for Your Size

You will need a soft tape measure. If you don't have a soft tape measure, use a ribbon or a piece of string, and then hold it against a ruler or yard stick. Make sure to wear your best fitting, unpadded bra when measuring yourself. You may also want to measure in front of a mirror - this will help you see if the tape is positioned correctly on your body.

How To Find Your Bra Size

Below Bust Measurement: measure around your rib cage, directly beneath your bust. Your tape measure should be evenly horizontal the whole way around, and you should not pull the tape too tightly.

Bust Measurement : measure around the fullest part of your bust while wearing your unpadded bra. Again, make sure the tape is horizontal the whole way around your body and do not pull the tape too tightly.

How To Find Your Top Size

Typically, your maternity size will be the same as your pre-pregnancy size - maternity clothing is sized the same as regular clothing, only with a larger cut. However, if you want to be certain, measure around the fullest part of your bust while wearing an unpadded bra, then with that number consult our size chart for your correct size.

How To Find Your Pant Size

Again, your maternity pant size will be the same as your pre-pregnancy size - maternity clothing is sized the same, only with a larger cut. However, if you want to be certain, measure around the fullest part of your hips, while standing with your legs together. (Usually near the top of your legs.) With this number, consult our size chart for your correct size.

Size chart

  Pre-Pregnancy Size Chest Hips Maternity Size
  XS (0-2) 34" - 35" 36" - 37" XS
  S (4-6) 36" - 37" 38" - 39" S
M (8-10) 38" - 39" 40" - 41" M
  L (12-14) 40" - 41" 42" - 43" L
XL (16-18) 42" - 43" 45" - 46" XL
1X (18-20) 45" - 46" 48" - 49" 1X
2X (22-24) 47" - 48" 50" - 51" 2X
2X (26-28) 49" - 50" 52" - 53" 3X

Tummy Panels

The search for bottoms that both fit and flatter can be a shopping challenge. Follow these guidelines to help you determine what tummy panel works best for you:

Underbelly Tummy Panel

Underbelly

HOW IT FITS: Under the belly

FIT DESCRIPTION: Contemporary low-rise styling with all-around elastic panel that sits just below belly for light belly support. Perfect for your first and second trimesters.

Mid-Belly Tummy Panel

Mid-Belly

HOW IT FITS: Middle of the belly, near your belly button

FIT DESCRIPTION: Comfortable all-around elastic waistband that sits mid-belly with moderate coverage. This panel is great for your first and second trimesters.

Secret Fit Belly Tummy Panel

Secret Fit Belly™

HOW IT FITS: Panel sits over the belly, provides the most coverage

FIT DESCRIPTION: Full belly coverage with seamless, stretchy technology for a clean look and complete support. Perfect for your entire pregnancy.

Nursing Bras

Most women outgrow their pre-pregnancy bras during their first trimester, so switching to nursing bras during this period is quite common.

Nursing bras are designed to accomodate your growing breasts, providing the support and comfort you need for your expanding rib cage and the increased strain on your chest muscles. Regular fashion bras may not offer adequate support as your breasts grow heavier and become more sensitive.

Special features of nursing bras include: soft cups that open easily for discreet feeding, padded liners that prevent leaking and night support that holds you and your pads in place when at rest. Choose a bra that suits your specific needs:

Underwire Nursing Bra Panel

Underwire Nursing Bra

Q: Why would you need an underwire nursing bra?
A: This bra is for the woman who desires the support of the underwire bra with all the extras a nursing bra has to offer.

Q: What features does an underwire nursing bra have?
A: The cups drop quickly and easily via a one-handed clasp. The inner sling holding the nursing pad provides protection when leakage occurs.

Soft Cup Nursing Bra Panel

Soft Cup Nursing Bra

Q: Why would you need a soft cup nursing bra?
A: If you prefer a more organic look and feel, this bra is for you.

Q: What features does a soft cup nursing bra have?
A: It's constructed of stretchy breathable cotton with a soft-cup structure for a natural look and feel. The cups drop quickly with their easy one-handed clasp, making it a cinch to nurse. Adjustable, padded shoulder straps provide a custom fit and the inner slings for nursing pads ensure leakage protection.

Wrap Sleeping Bra Panel

Sleep Bra

Q: Why would you need a sleeping bra?
A: The sleep bra is a must-have for nighttime support and nursing. Wearing a sleep bra helps reduce back pain, sagging and stretch marks on your chest because it holds you in place all night long. This bra also has thicker straps that won't dig into your shoulders and soft, comfortable elastic under the bustline.

Q: When do you need a sleeping bra?
A: A sleeping bra is essential throughout pregnancy and nursing, but is especially beneficial around month six and beyond, when the bust grows most. Additionally, some women wear their sleeping bra for low-impact exercise support.

Q: How many sleep bras should you buy?
A: A minimum of 3: one to wear, one to wash and one to have ready!

Q: How does a sleep bra function during nursing?
A: When you're nursing, comfort is key. The sleep bra features a pull-over nursing function and simple wrap design, which holds nursing pads in place. Its soft, stretchy cotton/spandex blend hugs your bust without constricting. And with no underwire, there's no need to worry about clogged milk ducts.

Nursing Pads

Nursing pads provide an additional layer of leak protection. Most nursing bras even have small pockets to ensure easy insertion of pads. Both machine-washable and disposable varieties are available. An all-cotton construction promotes increased air flow.