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What to Wear When Pregnant and Traveling

What to Wear When Pregnant and Traveling

I wanted to look cute while traveling recently to France and Morocco, but I’m too far along to wear most of my regular stuff and I didn’t want to go out and buy a lot of new clothes. And now I’m posting this while on a quick trip New York. Really though, this post could have just been called “What to Wear When Pregnant,” as it’s pretty much the same thing — traveling or not! Two new pairs of cropped maternity pants have been the mainstay of my wardrobe, but some of what you see me wearing above is from when I was pregnant the first or second time around (or accessories that I’ve had for years), so I found suitable substitutes below.


I think the easiest, and often most comfortable thing to wear when you’re pregnant is a dress. No weird elastic band around maternity pants to deal with (ugh), and you look instantly put together.

Maternity Dresses

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Tops and Bottoms

Tunics and cropped pants have been my friends on these trips. Pants in black or white look dressier than jeans, and everything still goes with one or the other. A blazer was handy for chilly nights.

Maternity Tops and Bottoms

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Accessories keep me from getting bored with my limited maternity wardrobe, so I like to bring a lot of them with me on trips. And here’s my fashion public service announcement: Pregnant ladies (and ladies that just like good shoes for walking a lot), do yourself a favor and buy those Worishofer sandals. They’re old-lady orthopedic shoes that had their heyday of grandma-chic a couple of years ago, but they’re still cute and they are super comfy.

Shoes and Accessories

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  • Laura @ Rather Square
    July 16, 2014 at 9:06 am

    I definitely agree about the accessories. I’ve been employing my extensive scarf collection during my pregnancy to help disguise the fact that I’m wearing black stretchy pants and the same group of maternity shirts pretty much every week. I feel like I don’t want to invest too much in maternity wear since it’s so temporary! But accessories are timeless.

  • Amie
    July 16, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I find I am getting a lot of good mileage with dresses I already own. I only needed to buy a couple pairs of maternity dress pants and shorts to make it through work and the hot days.

    I pile on a sweater or a crop top on top of a dress to get more outfits out of it.

    And accessories are amazing. I am making a goal each day to wear at least 1 accessory. It makes me feel more done up when I’m just in maternity jeans and a chambray.

  • Stephanie
    July 16, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Yes, I swear by Worishofers, and I’m not pregnant! I picked up my first pair 6 years ago when I was living in NYC and now I treat myself to a new pair every 2 years. Like you said, super comfy and very walkable for the city or just a day in the park / on the boardwalk. I remember sitting on the train and the woman across from me and on either side of me were all wearing the same pair in red. Love!

  • Danielle
    July 16, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    You are making me want to get pregnant again! You looked so adorable in every outfit!

  • christine e-e
    July 16, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    I’ve never heard of that brand of shoes! checked them out. Cute, cute. May have to get a pair for my return to work in August. Loved your dresses.

  • elisa @
    July 16, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    I got a really cute maxi dress from Old Navy that I’m excited about but when I put it on to go out in, I realized that it showed way too much details than I’d like – makes sense, it’s a thin and cheap dress, but I guess I need to find something to wear underneath it. Do you wear anything underneath, like a under-dress or spanx or slip or something under dresses?

  • B
    July 17, 2014 at 4:54 am

    Thanks for this … and cute pictures! I’m flying out to visit my BFF this weekend, on the cusp of my third trimester, so this is incredibly timely as I think about what to pack!

  • K
    July 17, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    OK, so I love dresses and I agree that they are the most comfortable thing – especially when pregnant. But I can’t be the only one that has thighs that rub when walking, right?? What do you do about that? During the winter/fall, leggings are an obvious choice, but what about in the summer?!

    • Tena
      July 18, 2014 at 11:07 am

      Hi K.

      I love wearing dresses, but am a plus sized lady. I have found a product that I love and allows me to wear dresses even on those hot, sticky days. It relieves chafing from thighs rubbing together. It is called Soothing Care by Monistat. It is sold at most pharmacies and discount stores like Target and Wal-mart. It is usually near the feminine products. The package is blue and purple and costs about $6 a tube. Hope that helps you enjoy your dresses in the summer.

      • Sarah
        August 1, 2014 at 3:26 pm

        Yes – I second the Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder Gel! It’s awesome. I even used in on my wedding day!

  • Anne
    July 18, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    I loved seeing all your France pictures and your maternity outfits on this trip. I am 27 weeks along with #4 and really struggling with the hot Arizona summer and dressing the bump (my last pregnancy was over the winter and I really don’t have much that will work for this baby and don’t want to get a ton of new things). It’s going to be hot until I deliver in October so no scarfs or sweaters for me! I loved the black shirt you posted and went to get it at Target yesterday. It looks nice, isn’t too hot, and is going to go along way in improving my attitude toward clothes this summer. Thanks for sharing!

  • Lara
    July 19, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    You look AMAZING!

  • Sarah | The Cyclist's Wife
    July 23, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Ladies, as we speak I am wearing a dress essentially identical to #4 in the first frame. I got it at Target for $25. I have worn it multiple times throughout my pregnancy, it looks great (no funky stretching) and washes and dries well in regular machines.