Maternity Clothes: Then and Now

I have officially put my last piece of maternity clothing into a box to donate, knowing that I will never wear "pregnancy clothes" again.  This has made me sad for two reasons: 1) I will miss the baby years and 2) The clothes that are available for pregnant women are so much cuter than they used to be!

Not only are maternity clothes trendier than ever, they are also affordable, too.  I remember when just one top cost more than two regular women's tops.  I cringed at the thought of spending so much on an outfit that I would wear for just 4-6 short months!  I also have photos of me pregnant with my first child (16 years ago), and I can't believe how the clothes made women look larger than they actually are.  Did the sailor dress ever look good on a pregnant woman?

Walmart has recently come out with an updated line of maternity clothes that combine the beauty of fashion and frugality: Sandy and Marcie's Great Expectations have all the staples for a growing mom, without the guilt of throwing a fortune away on clothes you'll only wear for one season.

They feature the trends I love in maternity clothes, including:

1) Ruched sides.  This is a blessing when wearing tops.  It helps to keep a slimmer looking fit, even with a big belly.  It also makes the top look good when wearing after baby is born.  It's such a comfy fit! Priced at $14.94.

2) Belly support bands.  These are the smartest purchase a pregnant woman can make.  They not only support and hold up the belly, which can keep mom comfy, they can extend the amount of time you can wear normal jeans and pants.  (And they feel great after having a c-section, too.) Priced at $12.94

3) Yoga pants.  I'm so happy to see that women don't have to give up the comfiest pant just because they are expecting.  The "preggo" version of this comfy bottom is adorable! Priced at $16.94

I got away with buying 2 pairs of jeans, a skirt, and about 4 tops, when I was pregnant -- in addition to the belly band and some comfy nursing bras.  Whether you need just a few basics, or a different style for every day of the workweek, you can purchase all of the newest maternity trends from the Great Expectations line in 700 select Walmart stores and at!

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I've received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.