Best Maternity Clothes 2022: 11 Gorgeous Must-Haves for Your Growing Bump by @Mum Central

Dress your bump for every occasion with style and ease. From work functions to cosy days at home, walks around the block to those special occasions.

Mum Central’s roundup of the best maternity clothes of 2022 will ensure you look good, feel great and keep your bump supported during this extra exciting time.

We’ve got our top picks from some of Australia’s best maternity clothing brands including The Comfort Mama, Bamboo Body, Mamaway, Plie Australia, MAMA MUSE and SRC Health.

So, let’s shop til our bumps drop!

First things first, when to shop? 

Most expecting mums will notice their regular clothing may be getting a bit tight around the end of the first trimester to the beginning of the second trimester. You may need a larger maternity bra in the first trimester followed by a few staples.

While you can certainly stretch your regular clothing, you’ll probably want to start shopping for maternity clothing around the fifth/sixth month. But this depends on so many factors. If you’ve had babies before, you may pop a lot sooner. Oh, and for the record, pyjama pants are perfectly acceptable shopping pants, now, okay?

What you need

Key items you should consider:

    • One or two good maternity bras are a must and wire free bras should be worn once you’re pregnant! We happen to have our best nursing bras coming up later this month so stay tuned to see our top picks!
    • You will also need some comfortable cotton underwear. 
    • Work clothing: Dresses, trousers, blouses, that sort of thing. If you work in an office, you may want to invest in a few different staples for when out of the house.
    • Something extra pretty for any special occasion (baby shower, gender reveal, upcoming weddings or events you may be attending) – a maxi dress is a great option!
    • A few pairs of leggings, jeans and comfortable pants – you will live in these!
    • Cosy t-shirts, tank tops, cardigans and jumpers – to suit your style and the season.
    • PJs or something soft and sweet to wear during labour.
    • Recovery shorts/leggings
    • Swimwear if you plan on spending your days floating in a pool or ocean. Highly recommended for summer pregnancies!
    • Amazingly comfy shoes!
  • Mum Central’s Best Maternity Clothes 2022

    Our Pick for Everyday
    The Comfort Mama Maternity and Beyond Dress

    Price: $129
    Buy it: The Comfort Mama

    Source: The Comfort Mama

    The Comfort Mama is one of Australia’s favourite maternity clothing brands and their ready-to-wear dresses are comfortable, stylish and the softest fabrics you’ll ever wear!  Perfect for pregnancy, in the lead up to and during labour, while nursing and for long after your babe has grown, you’ll love these dresses. If you’re after an everyday dress, then The Comfort Mama is our top pick.

    Australian made from luxurious, buttery soft fabrics, these dresses come with pockets (yay!) plus snap buttons for quick access to the milky goods. They are great for both day and night and, bonus – you’ll get a set of reusable breast pads with every order for free!

    There are heaps of colours to choose from too – bright hues, stripes and all of which can be dressed up or dressed down with the right accessories.


    Our Pick for Something Special
    MAMA MUSE Skylar Shirred Maternity Dress 

    PRICE: $179

    Source: Mama Muse

    MAMA MUSE has so many beautiful dresses that will keep you flowing and glowing throughout your pregnancy. If you’re after something special and a little bit fancy, their maxi dress range is a must!

    We especially love their Skylar Maternity Dress in the prettiest baby blue, the perfect item to pair with any party! It’s a great option for a baby shower, babymoon, family vacay to the beach, weekends away and more. It’s also a cute option for any planned maternity pics coming up.

    Skylar doubles as a nursing dress so is great for postpartum too. It’s comfortable, feminine and flatters every size bump (or no bump!). Crafted from 100% cotton, it comes with breathable textured weave with crochet-lace detailing throughout, plus has super-stretchy shirring and elasticated ruffles designed to work for every trimester and especially, the fourth.

    Discreet side zippers allow for easy dressing and nursing on the go while the tapered shoulder-ties drape beautifully and can be adjusted to find your perfect fit. LOVE!

    EXPIRY: No expiry

    Our Pick for Jeans
    Mamaway Maternity Pants

    PRICE: From $44.95
    WHERE TO BUY: Mamaway

    Source: Mamaway

    Mamaway supplies a whole range of everyday fashionable clothing from tops to PJs and beyond. But what makes them a stand-out maternity brand is it’s over-the-belly maternity pants. 

    We all need a pair of pants that will go the distance and Mamaways Maternity Pants are great for this. Affordable and comfortable, you can choose from several styles and designs, from relaxed jeans to work pants and beyond.

    All of their jeans come with a belly fold that you can fold up to support and cover the belly during pregnancy but fold down to support your stomach during postpartum recovery. These over-the-belly maternity pants won’t sag or loosen over time and are soft and stretchy.

    They will remain with you long after your maternity days too and the skin-touch materials will make them your fave pair of jeans for years to come.

    EXPIRY: No expiry

    Our Pick for Shapewear
    Plie Australia Maternity Leggings

    PRICE: $135
    WHERE TO BUY: Plie Australia

    Source: Plie Australia

    Whether you’re looking to keep up your gym work or are simply after a pair of leggings that will let you squat down to pick up your dropped fork without fear, we recommend Plie Australia! They make an excellent maternity legging that triples as activewear AND shapewear. 

    Their High Waist Leggings are one of the top pregnancy leggings on the market and the perfect pregnancy support, accommodating your evolving shape and growing belly. The soft and stretchy fabric grows with you and the side seam-free design ensures no-show wear under your outfit.

    They are also designed to offer light graduated compression to improve circulation and posture. They help to relieve common pregnancy niggles such as lower back pain, pelvic and joint pain, swelling and varicose veins. Wear them while running errands or walking around the block – whatever the day brings!

    OFFER:  SAVE 20% OFF 
    EXPIRY: No expiry

    Our Pick for Recovery
    SRC Recovery Shorts & Leggings

    PRICE: $189-$199
    WHERE TO BUY: SRC Health

    Source: SRC Recovery Shorts

    SRC Health is one of the biggest names in pregnancy shorts and leggings. But did you know they also have a range of recovery shorts and leggings that are hands-down incredible. In fact, 97% of mums would recommend SRC Recovery to other mothers. And because their recovery shorts and leggings are classified as a medical item, there’s no GST and some health funds provide rebates depending on your plan.

    The SRC Recovery Shorts and Leggings Range has three options – recovery shorts, recovery shorts miniand recovery leggings, all designed in consultation with an obstetrician for the ultimate in comfort and functionality.

    These compression garments are proven to not only provide the ultimate comfort postpartum, but are used to treat abdominal muscle separation (DRAM) and decrease the swelling and pain for C-Section wounds, perineal wounds and stitches.

    They can also improve stability, assist with back pain relief and improve postpartum mobility. Essentially, they make the whole recovery process faster. Plus, they look great and fit beautifully!

    Our Pick for Maternity Bras
    Cake Maternity

    PRICE: $49
    WHERE TO BUY: Cake Maternity

    Maternity bra
    Source: Supplied

    Cake Maternity are the experts in maternity bras and nursing tops and their entire range is worthy of all the praise. However, their Tutti Frutti maternity bras are our fave for your everyday maternity bra that will take you from day to night, from work to the couch, and back again.

    Wire-free, luxuriously soft and extra pretty, the Tutti Frutti range comes in several colours, with memory foam moulded cups and racerback design providing additional comfort and support.

    The ultra-comfy and soft bamboo viscose fabric grow with you during pregnancy, with an adjustable hook and eye for ribcage expansion and nursing clips for your breastfeeding days down the road. 

    Our pick for Swimwear
    Corsica Short Sleeve Tie Front One Piece Swimsuit

    PRICE: $119.95
    Capriosca Swimwear

    Source: Capriosca Swimwear

    A perfect fit for mamas-to-be and postpartum mums in their fourth trimester, the Corsica Tie Front One Piece is the ideal swimsuit to take to the water in! A sun-smart design with cap sleeves to protect shoulders from the sun and a tie-up front detail for easy breastfeeding access, it’s a must-have pair of togs for stylish mums this summer.

    Featuring a pretty black floral printshelf bra and extra stomach ruching, this stretchy fabric will accommodate your growing belly and support you in all the right places. Capriosca’s maternity swimwear collection offers so many amazing, fashionable choices for mums. There’s a print and style to suit every woman here!

    Check out all of our maternity swimsuits picks here. 

    Our Pick for Playsuits 
    BAE the Label Shortalls or Overalls

    PRICE: Starting at $59
    WHERE TO BUY: BAE the Label

    Source: Bae

    Pregnancy and overalls go hand in hand. There really is no cuter way to dress up your bump and BAE the Label have a range of playsuits, overalls and shortalls (for summer bumps) that are flirty, fun and flowy.

    Their shortalls are the effortless summer staple made with a natural washed back, linen blend. Layer them over crops, tees and tanks and enjoy a hot girl summer, even when expecting.

    Or, go with something warmer and opt for the full-length overalls. Their denim overalls are a best-seller, with minimal seams, adjustable tie straps and made from their premium stretch denim.

    Our Pick for Statement Tees

    PRICE: $69

    Source: Mama Muse

    Tees are a must for maternity wear but why go with a standard t-shirt when you can let the universe know you’re expecting with an adorable graphic tee from MAMA MUSE?

    Sure to get you noticed, this version is a playful take on the universal ‘Baby on Board’ sign. Cut from a beautifully smooth, stretchy cotton blend, it has a crew neck, over-sized boyfriend-style fit and rolled sleeves. Wear it with leggings or jeans and your favourite sneakers for the perfect weekend outfit.