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12 Summer Maternity Clothes Every Expecting Mama Needs

12 Summer Maternity Clothes Every Expecting Mama Needs

Pregnant mamas need a wardrobe that keeps them cool, comfortable, and stylish in the summer heat as the temperature rises and the humidity sets in.

Unlike winter pregnancies that allow you to cozy up with layers, summer maternity clothes help you feel relaxed and confident—especially when hormones cause pregnancy hot flashes. Finding the perfect summer maternity clothes can help you feel refreshed even at the hottest time of day. 

If you are pregnant through the summer, adding these maternity wardrobe staples can make the hot weather much more pleasant.

12 Must-Have Maternity Summer Clothes

Whether you have a capsule maternity wardrobe or one that’s more extensive, certain items should be included. When curating your maternity wardrobe for summer, focus on pieces that offer breathability, comfort, and bump-friendly designs.

Here are our top summer clothing picks for expecting mamas:

1. Soft and Breathable Undergarments
Summer comfort starts with comfortable, breathable maternity undergarments made from healthy fabrics that wick moisture away from the skin. Look for flexible underwear that accommodates and supports your baby bump and a breathable bra with a design that offers all-day comfort. (Read more about nursing bras.)

Nest Bump maternity bra

2. Confidence-Boosting Swimwear
Whether lounging by the pool or visiting the beach, maternity swimwear with ample support and room for your bump is a must. Styles with adjustable straps and built-in bras offer extra comfort, and these days, you can find countless styles to feel beautiful when you take a refreshing dip.

3. Cute Maternity Summer Dresses
Lightweight dresses provide ample room for your growing bump and can be dressed up or down for whatever the day holds. Some excellent options are the Nest Bump Sleeveless Nursing Dress or Short Sleeve Nursing Dress (both of which are made for maternity and postpartum).

Nest Bump maternity dress

4. Flattering Maternity Shorts
Shorts with stretchy waistbands and soft, breathable fabrics are perfect for everyday summer wear. They are also perfect for casual outings and can be paired easily with a variety of tops.

5. Breathable Tank Tops and T-Shirts
Summer heat makes sleeveless and short-sleeved tops a necessity. From cute thin-strap tank tops to v-neck tank tops to everyday casual t-shirts, summer maternity tops come in many styles to suit your preferences. To extend the use of these tops, look for nursing-friendly options with easy access so you can wear them after your sweet baby arrives.

Nest Bump t-shirt

6. Stretchy Maternity Leggings
Even in summer, leggings can be a go-to option for comfort. Choose styles made of lightweight, breathable fabrics with plenty of stretch and support for your growing bump.

7. Stylish Maternity Skirts
Maternity skirts are great for staying cool. They make an excellent option for laying over swimwear or pairing with tank tops or t-shirts. Skirts with elastic waistbands and soft, flowy fabrics can help you stay comfortable when the temperature rises.

8. Comfortable Footwear
Supportive sandals or easy-to-slip-on sneakers are crucial during a summer pregnancy, especially since many pregnant women experience swelling in their feet in the third trimester. Look for footwear with adjustable straps and cushioned soles to accommodate any swelling and provide extra support.

9. Casual Short Overalls
Maternity overalls can make you feel absolutely adorable during your pregnancy—whether at the lake or a summer barbecue. Look for stretchy fabrics and adjustable straps to grow with your bump.

10. Airy Maternity Pajamas
Comfortable sleepwear is essential during pregnancy, especially in the summer. Look for breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics that help regulate your temperature at night. Pajamas with adjustable waistbands and nursing-friendly tops are a bonus.

Nest Designs maternity pajamas

11. Trendy Swim Cover Up
A chic swim cover up is the perfect accessory for summer maternity wear by the pool. These garments are worn over swimwear, providing sun coverage and style when you’re not in the water—and they’re easy to slip on over a baby bump.

12. Light Sweaters
In some places, it can be hot during the day and cool at night, so a lightweight sweater or cardigan is perfect for layering over your summer outfits. Cardigans are great because you don’t have to slip them over your head and bump. If you’re a working mama-to-be, cardigans are a great addition to your office wardrobe, especially in buildings that blast the air conditioning.

Are Summer Maternity Clothes Also Nursing-Friendly?

Many summer maternity clothes are designed for transitioning from pregnancy to nursing. Look for tops and dresses with discreet nursing access, such as hidden zippers or layered fabrics. Layered tops, like the Nest Designs Short Sleeve Nursing Top or Nursing Tank Top, have a double front layer, making summertime nursing or pumping much easier for you and your little bub.

This dual functionality ensures you can wear these pieces during pregnancy and postpartum, providing long-term use and convenience. (Get three tips on postpartum style from an expert.)

Why Do You Need Different Maternity Clothing for Summer?

Summer brings higher temperatures and increased humidity, making it essential to have maternity clothing that can keep you cool and comfortable. You need clothing that promotes airflow in styles that make you feel confident. 

Regular clothes might feel restrictive as your body changes, while maternity-specific designs offer the flexibility and breathability you need. Summer maternity clothes enable you to enjoy the season without overheating or hiding indoors by a fan or AC unit.

Nest Bump maternity clothing

What Fabrics Are Most Comfortable for Maternity Summer Clothes?

When it comes to selecting the best fabrics for your maternity wardrobe, prioritize natural, breathable materials. These feel exquisite against your skin and are healthier for you and your growing baby.

Some of the best fabrics you can choose for a summertime pregnancy include:

  • Organic cotton: Soft, breathable, and hypoallergenic, this fabric is gentle on sensitive skin and helps regulate body temperature.
  • Bamboo: Eco-friendly and incredibly soft, bamboo is also moisture-wicking and has natural antibacterial properties.
  • Linen: Known for its excellent breathability and lightness, linen is perfect for hot and humid days.
  • Jersey Knit: Stretchy and comfortable, a jersey knit fabric accommodates your growing bump while keeping you cool.

Best Maternity Pajamas for Summer

Sleep is crucial (and sometimes evasive) during pregnancy. Selecting proper maternity summer pajamas can make all the difference between a fitful sleep and peaceful night. (Read more about how to sleep better during pregnancy.)

The best maternity pajamas for summer are made from lightweight, breathable fabrics and have features such as adjustable waistbands and nursing-friendly tops. Short-sleeve PJ sets are well-suited for summer pregnancy. 

If it’s tremendously warm in your home, a breathable tank top and shorts are always a good backup plan instead of other sleepwear. You can also pair these loungewear items with a robe for extra coverage. 

Nest Bump maternity top

Summer Pregnancy Safety Tips

Practicing safe habits during summer is vital for your health and your growing baby’s wellbeing. Here are some tips to help you beat the heat:

  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Carry a reusable water bottle with you to ensure you’re always hydrated.
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun with a wide-brimmed hat and UV-protective sunglasses.
  • Seek shade throughout the day to stay cooler in the heat.
  • Apply and reapply sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
  • Take regular breaks in-air conditioned areas whenever possible to avoid overheating.

Other Ways to Stay Cool in the Summer

Beyond choosing comfortable and breathable summer maternity clothes, here are some additional ways to stay cool during a summer pregnancy:

  • Take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature.
  • Eat smaller, lighter meals that are easier to digest.
  • Keep your living spaces cool with fans and air conditioning.
  • Plan outdoor activities for early morning or late evening when temperatures are lower.

Embrace Your Summer Pregnancy

Wearing appropriate summer maternity clothes and following the tips above can help you feel cool and fresh while looking fabulous during your pregnancy. A summer-friendly wardrobe will help you enjoy the season while keeping you and your growing little bub safe. (Learn how to buy maternity clothes here.)

Shop the Nest Bump collection to find pregnancy staples for sunny weather.