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Maternity Clothes Starter Guide

Get the lowdown on everything you need to stock up on, ASAP.

Finally starting to bust out of your pre-pregnancy pants? Before you run off and totally buy out the closest maternity store, it’s time for a little Maternity Shopping 101. From the basics to the must-haves, we've got your crash-course in how to beef up your wardrobe in all the right places.

THE BASICS


First things first: Let's talk basics. There are definitely some mainstays every pregnant mama needs before she invests in a whole new maternity wardrobe, so here are the top five pieces you better stock up on first...

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THE MUST-HAVES

Okay, so now that you’ve got all the basics, it's time to move on to the must-haves. We’ll save you a little time searching for that perfect maternity jean or lifesaving tummy smoother -- here are the top five essentials every mama-to-be should have in her closet.

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THE INVESTMENT PIECES


We know it’s tough to part with cash for clothes you’ll only wear for the next nine months, but there are some maternity buys that are actually worth the splurge. So check your buyer's remorse at the door and browse through some of our (slightly) pricier finds.

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THE BARGAIN BUYS


On a tight budget? (Hey, who isn't?) We've got the rundown on all those wardrobe essentials you can get away with buying on-the-cheap -- without having to sacrifice quality.

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-- The Bump Editors

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