Winter Pregnancy Survival Guide

Maternity Clothes Pointers

Maternity clothes designed to display the beautiful pregnant body can be a lot less fun when the weather is at its worst. To be stylish and comfortable in the winter, institute some of the tips and tricks listed below:

  • Invest in a great pair of jeans and a white button-down.
  • Try to find clothing with Lycra or spandex -- leggings are in right now!
  • Stretch twill = 90 percent cotton, 100 percent comfy.
  • Long underwear! Trust us, it will be needed if you live where the wind chill abuses.
  • Follow Emmons' rule: "Invest in a pregnancy winter coat" (even though they seem like a waste of money). If you cannot afford one, try local thrift stores and new mom friends for secondhand coats.
  • Wool dresses, wool pants, wool skirts, and wool sweaters -- wool will keep you warm.
  • Layer your look so that you can add on and take off articles of clothing based on how hot your internal thermostat is running that day.
  • Find a sweater style and shape that suits your style, and buy a few in various colors.
  • Play with scarves as bright accessories to make your outfit pop.
  • Find a flat winter boot that is stylish enough to wear at work and at home.
  • Swap maternity clothes with friends to create a different look without spending money.
  • You can't go wrong with black.
  • Don't forget the power of great hoop earrings!

Spring Ahead

Don't let the winter weather get you down. Instead, think of all you have to look forward to during the warm-weather months. "The biggest benefit of a winter pregnancy is that you and baby can take long walks in the spring [and summer]," says Emmons. After a long and hard winter, Sasha gave birth to Chloe in April 2005. Mother and daughter like to frequent parks in their Brooklyn neighborhood when the weather is warm and the sun shining.

Originally published on, January 2007.

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