Meet the clothes that will save you those first few months.

The Robe

Let’s be very, very honest about this — pregnancy and childbirth change your body. Regardless of what tabloid headlines about celebrities’ post-baby bodies and Instagram #fitspo posts might tell you, the reality is that your body’s going to look and …
By Meg Boggs

The Nursing Bra

When I had my first son, I knew I wanted to breastfeed. So before I gave birth, I stocked up on a few nursing bras. They were soft and comfy, but they provided no support whatsoever. Even trying them on in the dressing room, I wondered how the hell t…
By Elizabeth Broadbent

The Cardigan

“Hey mommas! I am weeks from my due date, and getting ready to pack my hospital bag! What were your must-haves? What did you bring and not even use? TIA!” This post, or a variation of it, showed up in my Facebook feed weekly during my childless year…
By Meg St-Esprit

The Other Cardigan

During the early stages of my pregnancy, I made a trip with my husband to the Gap in downtown Chicago. Inside that huge, multi-level Gap store, I found a sweater on sale that I immediately knew I had to have. It was expensive — about $40, even though…
By Kelly Green

The Lounge Pants

Before I had my son, my wardrobe included items like a floor-length canary yellow skirt with hot pink and turquoise flowers embroidered on it and a pair of black cotton skinny pants that zipped on the side and bore a super-cool print of Chinese drago…
By Madeleine Deliee

The Tank

I was pregnant for the first time, and I needed something to wear. All of my shirts were riding up my very large tummy, and I live in the South, where it's hot, so I needed tank tops. I decided to go shopping at Target. That's where I found The Shirt…
By Elizabeth Broadbent

The Everywhere Dress

Before I had a baby, I lived in dresses. I had been a major tomboy early on in life, but in my 30s I fell in love with feminine clothing. For the first time, I loved pastels and soft fabrics like satin and silk. I loved the feeling of my legs encased…
By Kelly Green

The Maxi Dress

I still remember how excited I was when it came in the mail. I pulled the package apart, eager to try it on. I was pregnant at the time, and I knew that as my bump grew and grew, it would make me look great and feel great. After I gave birth and brou…
By Allison Cooper

The Overalls

Let’s be very, very honest about this — pregnancy and childbirth change your body. Regardless of what tabloid headlines about celebrities’ post-baby bodies and Instagram #fitspo posts might tell you, the reality is that your body’s going to look and …
By Janet Manley

The So-Not-Nursing Bra

I had my second child last August. After a month of trying with all my might to breastfeed, I finally realized it wasn’t working out. So I became a formula-feeding mom. But even though I had stopped breastfeeding, I quickly became addicted to wearing…
By Allison Cooper

The Jeans

Accepting my post-pregnancy body is hands-down one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. It’s something that I still work on every single day. During my first pregnancy, I was 20 years old, so I managed to bounce back quickly. In fact, I dropp…
By Allison Cooper

The Black Dress

Let’s be very, very honest about this — pregnancy and childbirth change your body. Regardless of what tabloid headlines about celebrities’ post-baby bodies and Instagram #fitspo posts might tell you, the reality is that your body’s going to look and …
By Jam Kotenko

The Special Occasion Bra

It’s no secret that a woman’s body changes a lot during pregnancy and postpartum. I had anticipated the stretch marks, weight gain, and hormonal swings. But I didn't expect how much my breasts would permanently change after giving birth. It took a lo…
By Yasmine Singh

The One-Piece

I like to think of myself as a pretty confident person, so I don’t usually worry about being "swimsuit-ready" for the summer. Although certain areas of my body are flabbier than others, I'm comfortable in my own skin, and that means not caring that I…
By Jam Kotenko