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Maternity Wear buying guide

The process of buying maternity wear can sometimes throw up obstacles: but with Debenhams' handy guide to buying maternity wear, you won't be stuck for long.

If you're thinking about buying maternity wear, you'll need to make sure you purchase maternity clothes that will make you feel comfortable and at ease during your pregnancy. And our guide to buying maternity wear aims to help you do just that!

If you're thinking about buying maternity wear, you'll need to make sure you purchase maternity clothes that will make you feel comfortable and at ease during your pregnancy. And our guide to buying maternity wear aims to help you do just that!

Buying maternity wear: the basics

When you're buying maternity wear, make sure you follow our guide's basic tips: for example, make sure you choose stretchy fabrics to guarantee comfort at all times and ensure you pick out maternity bras in a range of sizes so you'll always have one that fits perfectly as you grow.

Additionally, when buying maternity wear, take care to stock up on the essentials - so your maternity wardrobe will be able to serve you well throughout the duration of your pregnancy. Simply consult Debenhams' guide to buying maternity wear before buying key maternity outfits and you're sure to get the most of out clothing during your pregnancy.

Trust Debenhams' guide to maternity clothing

With Debenhams' guide to buying maternity wear, you'll find it simple to invest in maternity clothing that will last you until the end of your pregnancy. Debenhams' helps you buy maternity wear that will have you feeling and looking phenomenal!

What to look for in maternity wear

Being pregnant is a wonderful experience but finding clothes to suit you and your bump can be difficult. To help you, we have put together a useful guide that will get you through your pregnancy in style.


When you shop for maternity wear, choose the size you would have before your pregnancy. Maternity wear is designed to give you extra room where you need it the most - around the bust and belly area. If you are expecting more than one baby you may need more room so opt for the next size up or try plus-size clothes.


Maternity wear in stretch fabrics is a must-have. Look out for cotton jersey or clothes with lycra. Your comfort is the main priority so choose clothes in fabrics that will adapt to your changing body shape easily.


It is essential that you find the right bra. During the course of your pregnancy your bust size will grow several sizes so buy one or two bras at a time so that you get the perfect fit. Wait until the last two months to buy nursing bras, as you will run the risk of buying the wrong size if you get them during the earlier stages of your pregnancy. If you are unsure on any aspect of buying a maternity bra then take advice from Specialist Bra Fitters that are always on hand in store at Debenhams.

The 'Feel Good Outfit'

Invest in at least one outfit that will make you look and feel extra special. Whether it's an elegant dress or a funky top it is important that you feel good about yourself during your pregnancy.

Useful tips

  • Your feet will start to swell during the course of your pregnancy so choose comfortable shoes. Slip-on's are great especially as you don't have to bend over to put them on. If you prefer a bit of height opt for low heels or mules but make sure that they give you total support and comfort.
  • Maternity clothes are especially designed to offer you the right support in the areas you need them most so don't make do with larger size clothes as they don't necessarily give you the support you need.
  • Accessorise your outfit. This will add a personal touch to your outfit and enhance your style.
  • Invest in maternity underwear they will support your belly and lower back.

Key Pieces for your pregnancy

'Feel Good Outfit'

Make sure that you have one outfit that you feel fabulous in. You are blooming so show off your bump in style.

Black Trousers

A pair of black stretch trousers is a must-have. Not only can you wear just about anything with a classic pair of black trousers but they look great in the day, at night or in the office.

Dreamy denims

For cool, funky and comfortable daywear invest in a pair of stretch denim jeans or a denim skirt. Again, you can wear just about anything with denim and with so many shapes to choose from you will find a style to suit your bump.

Sporty Looks

It is recommended that you do some light exercises during your pregnancy so that you keep your fitness levels up. There are some great sporty looks that offer you comfort and support during your pregnancy.

Funky accessories

Add a splash of colour to your outfit with an array of funky accessories. From beautiful beads, the ideal handbag to a pair of comfortable shoes.

Get shirty

A black or white shirt looks great with just about anything so make sure that you add one to your pregnancy wishlist!