Did you know that during pregnancy your body changes, but your size doesn't?
Typically your maternity size will be the same as before pregnancy—with a slightly larger cut, of course. Maternity clothes are cut differently than regular sizes, but leave a lot of room for growth. They are also created for an average weight gain of 25-35 pounds.
If you're carrying twins or more, you'll most likely gain more weight than otherwise. In this case, you may need to buy a size larger than pre-pregnancy.
Below you'll learn how to properly perform pregnancy measurements for maternity clothes.
You will need a soft tape measure. If you don't have a soft tape measure, use a ribbon or a piece of string, and then hold it against a ruler or yard stick. You may also want to measure in front of a mirror - this will help you see if the tape is positioned correctly on your body.
Maternity Bra Size
Below Bust Measurement: measure around your rib cage, directly beneath your bust. Your tape measure should be evenly horizontal the whole way around, and you should not pull the tape too tightly.
Bust Measurement: measure around the fullest part of your bust while wearing your unpadded bra.
Maternity Top & Shirt Size
Typically, your maternity size will be the same as your pre-pregnancy size - maternity clothing is sized the same as regular clothing, only with a larger cut. However, if you want to be certain, measure around the fullest part of your bust while wearing an unpadded bra, then with that number consult our size chart for your correct size.
Maternity Pant Size
Again, your maternity pant size will be the same as your pre-pregnancy size - maternity clothing is sized the same, only with a larger cut. However, if you want to be certain, measure around the fullest part of your hips, while standing with your legs together. (Usually near the top of your legs.) With this number, consult our size chart for your correct size.