The Best Winter Clothes for Pregnant Women

Pregnant Marina Fogel at the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton wears a light jacket.

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Pregnancy is a wonderful time full of the miracles of a life growing within you. It's also a time of major hormonal surges and massive heat flashes. When you're heavily pregnant in the summer, forget about being cool, but in the winter you stand a chance. Avoid heavy coats and sweaters because your little bun is warming up your oven plenty.

Light Jacket

While pregnancy makes you hotter than the average Jane, it doesn't make you impervious to cold weather (meaning, you still can feel cold). The best choice unless you live somewhere really freezing is to invest in a solid, light jacket that keeps you warm without being too bundled. A peacoat is a great choice that's just cozy enough, but not suffocating like a down jacket. If you're still really hot, wear it unzipped, while a chillier preggo can warm it up with a cozy scarf and a few layers underneath.

Light Sweaters

Light, thin sweaters will be your lifeline through your winter pregnancy. Think cotton knits and inexpensive cashmere items: you don't want to spend too much on a sweater that won't fit you next year. Sweaters to avoid include thick knits, heavy wool and super-warm fleece, which you will sweat through and wish you could take off. Also, keep in mind that you are growing a baby the size of a basketball and anything too thick can make you look bigger than you are. While you certainly look beautiful and glowing, you don't want every stranger asking if you're about to pop when you have three months left.

Comfortable Pants

A pair of black, cotton pants with a stretchy waist are pretty much all you need to make it through the entire nine months. Almost every big name maternity company, such as Motherhood, A Pea in the Pod, Childish Maternity, Old Navy and others offer a pair of pants that are heavenly to put on and contain a secret panel that grows with you. When your belly is still small, you can wear the panel above your waist, while it fits right underneath when your belly gets bigger. These great pants are just warm enough for winter and can be dressed up for work (as long as they don't look like gym pants) or dressed down for a lazy weekend.

Pretty Dress

It can be hard for a woman to watch her stomach stretch and grow beyond her control, especially if you're a typical woman who has spent the past five years on and off your latest diet. A pretty wrap dress, such as ones offered from designer Isabella Oliver or maternity line Mama Apple from Shabby Apple, can do wonders improving your mood and making you feel glamorous again. For the winter, a long-sleeve cotton wrap dress with a pretty bow paired with tights and flat shoes (no heels while pregnant, please!) is the perfect go-to outfit for looking adorable. If you don't want to dish out the dough on so many dresses, head to Minefornine.com to find out about renting maternity clothes for your nine months.

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