Hello, Mamas and soon-to-be Mamas! These are some of the most special months of your life, and moms-to-be make it a point to be their best self during this time: eat better, rest well, stay positive. But as a pregnant woman, there’s something else you can do for the wellbeing of your growing baby and you: wear organic maternity clothes.
With all the attention on sustainable living, how can we avoid looking at ways to protect our littlest ones? Pregnancy can be stressful and joyful at the same time. But you can minimize the stress by opting for clothing that puts your baby, yourself and the environment at the center.
What’s Wrong with Regular Maternity Wear?
Can’t you just wear regular maternity clothes? Well, you could. But regular maternity clothes likely come from either fast fashion brands or brands that have not adequately addressed the environmental or health impacts of their products. (After all, the fashion industry is among the biggest polluters in the world). It’s very common for clothing manufacturers to use chemicals (including pesticides, toxic dyes, microplastics, and more) in the manufacturing process, and many of these chemicals are harmful to us, and have been linked to health issues and diseases. Those affected include the eventual wearer of the clothing, as well as the workers in the garment factories, the local communities, and local wildlife and ecosystem.
Ok, back to your baby. To protect your soon-to-be newborn from such early exposure to toxins is obviously very important. Which is why, for the sake of your and your baby’s health, and for the sake of the environment, it’s a good idea to choose organic maternity wear.
What Are Organic Maternity Clothes?
Organic materials are materials that have been manufactured without the use of harmful chemicals. This includes organic cotton, organic bamboo, organic hemp, etc. Buying maternity clothing made from organic material is, therefore, the ideal thing you can do in these circumstances. Read more about why we need organic clothing.
How to Pick the Best Organic Maternity Clothing?
There are a few guidelines that can ensure you pick the right brands:
- Choose well-made, high-quality clothing. This can either help with your subsequent pregnancy, or you could donate or sell it to another mom-to-be, and keep the circle going.
- Check if the brands are transparent about the origins of their materials, their manufacturing processes, and their employee welfare. You wouldn’t want to inadvertently support a greenwashed company that actually doesn;t care about the environment or your health.
- Choose the organic materials that suit you the best. And ideally, opt for clothing that allows for nursing as well, so you can use it for a year or two longer than just your pregnancy term.
Beautiful Organic Maternity Clothing Brands To Check Out
These brands are focused on organic maternity wear, with a range of garments suited for different needs and occasions. They are transparent about their manufacturing, and are conscious about the environment. The clothes are of high quality and are designed to last for years and years.
1 // Boob | Sweden
This is already the perfect shop for pregnant women and young moms, so you can stop scrolling, hehe. Boob offers everything from dresses, activewear, swimwear, to a 24/7 maternity bra that’s made for Superwoman. The clothes are designed to have a long life (and can therefore be handed down from eco-conscious mother to mother), and are made from sustainable, organic materials. Their manufacturing and procurement practices adhere to the principles of sustainability and fair trade.
Boob will be cutting their greenhouse emissions by 50% by 2030, in line with the Swedish Textile Initiative for Climate Action.
2 // Cosabella | Italy
Cosabella is a husband-and-wife-founded company that makes luxurious lingerie, nursing bras, panties, loungewear, and more for “the modern woman.” They use eco-friendly, durable fabrics and natural dyes. The colors are lovely!
Cosabella elegant maternity clothes are handmade in a family-owned factory in Italy, and the craftsmanship is impeccable. Check out their lace nursing bras!
3 // Christie Dawn | United States
Mommies-to-be who are looking for a vintage-inspired aesthetic: Christie Dawn is for you. Named after the founder Christie Dawn, this company specializes in socially and environmentally responsible fashion, with a focus on durability and longevity. Check out their farm-to-closet collection, created in collaboration with farmers and artisans at Oshadi Collective, India.
Christie Dawn uses deadstock fabrics (fabrics that have been discarded by manufacturers due to excess supply), and limits their products in order to match the availability of fabrics. This means their process is eco-friendly and they don’t thrust their brand on to consumers, forcing them to buy just because so many garments have been manufactured. Read an interview with the founder here.
4 // Dwell & Slumber | United States
Cosy house dresses that anyone who loves comfort will find valuable (and which are bump- and nursing-friendly). Dwell & Slumber’s collection includes comfortable clothing for women and newborns, as well as some utterly delicious blankets that will probably make it difficult to get out of bed every morning.
Dwell & Slumber make all their products in California, following fair trade principles.
5 // Figure 8 Moms | United States
As “one of America’s most established online boutiques for moms,” Figure 8 Moms is the perfect online marketplace to get the best and more sustainable items for moms-to-be, new moms, babies, toddlers, and more. They have loads of maternity items, so make sure you go to the Organic Maternity section for, well, organic maternity items. They offer a lot of the brands in this post, so you may actually save some time by just heading to the Figure 8 Moms website directly!
6 // Frugi | United Kingdom
If you’re looking for sustainable maternity clothes in the UK, you probably can’t do better than Frugi. They have a good range, everything from dresses, cardigans, tops and trousers to knitwear and swimwear (like the tankini above). All of Frugi’s maternity wear is made with organic cotton, and designed for fashion and functionality.
7 // Girlfriend Collective | United States
If you’re not planning to dress up too much, and would rather spend your pregnancy laying about in comfort, then Girlfriend Collective’s maternity collection is for you. Maternity bike shorts and organic maternity leggings – this is where you’ll get the best ones. Their variety of nursing bras are also worth checking out – they’re soft, stretchy, bluesign-verified, and made of 83% recycled nylon and 17% spandex.
8 // Isabella Oliver | United Kingdom
Isabella Oliver is a top British brand making stylish, eco-friendly clothing for pregnant women. Their collection has a huge range, and includes jeans, knitwear (a lot of which is made from recycled wool), activewear and much more.
Isabella Oliver is a certified B Corp, and also has a maternity capsule collection and (my favorite) a pre-loved maternity collection. They follow fair trade principles, donate 10% of their profits and work towards minimizing their carbon footprint.
9 // Isle of Summer | Australia
Isle of Summer’s dreamy, flowy dresses, skirts, tops are clearly airy and comfortable, with plenty of space for your body to move in. Their items are cleverly designed, with buttons for easy access during breastfeeding (no need to completely undress in public!).
This brand is run by an awesome team of women from Brisbane. All products are ethically made and of high quality. Isle of Summer is a member of 1% for the Planet and they donate 1% of their annual sales to environmental non-profit organisations.
10 // Kindred Bravely | United States
For dreamy, comfy clothing to wear during your most uncomfortable months, look towards clothing made by moms. Kindred Bravely offers maternity and nursing clothes (check out their award-winning nursing bra), all made from eco-friendly fabrics. They also offer nursing and pumping supplies, along with hospital bag essentials.
Kindred Bravely supports several organizations with donations, including The Pink Fund, Mothers’ Milk Bank, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and more.
11 // Majamas | United States
Majamas has a great collection of ethically made, organic clothing for both moms and moms-to-be. From comfort wear to light dresses, Majamas has provided for all stages and moods of pregnancy and nursing.
Majamas also offers pet products, in case you’re a dog mom! All their items are made in the USA and adhere to sustainability and fair trade practices.
12 // Pact | United States
Pact is a well-known sustainable fashion brand, but their organic maternity wear options deserve a special mention here. All clothing, from the maternity leggings, t-shirts, bras and dresses, are made from fair trade organic cotton, and the price is very affordable.
13 // Prende Pants | United States
Prende Pants was started by a mom who suffered from Diastasis Recti. The company caters to post-pregnancy women, and how! The pants are high-waisted and have a clever adjustable compression design to cater to your body at its various stages of recovery after giving birth. This follows the best principles of belly-wrapping traditions. The pants also have an important emotional benefit: the built-in belly wrap fits you snugly and can help balance your mood. (Prende in Portuguese means “to hold” or “fasten”).
The pants are made with 76% recycled polyester and 24% Spandex. Shipping and packaging boxes are made from recyclable post-consumer content. Prende Pants manufactures at a women-owned factory in the USA.
14 // Storq | United States
Such an adorable name! Storq sells maternity and nursing clothing for moms and moms-to-be. They try to ensure their products are eco-friendly and long-lasting, using fabrics that are “soft and breathable, that drape beautifully, stretch and recover well, using eco-friendly or natural fibers when possible.” They make their products in the US and China, and are very strict about fair trade practices.
Storq has a very cool recycling program, where you can send back your used Storq clothing to them, and they will donate the items to the Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco. They’ll give you a $25 credit for this donation.
15 // Warp + Weft | United States
Jeans for pregnant women? It’s hard enough to find well-fitting jeans when you’re not pregnant, but luckily, there is a good option for your pregnancy days. Enter Warp + Weft. Check out the design in the photo above and you’ll see the care they’ve put into comfort and style; the right fit is, in fact, their main design goal. You can continue to be seen in well-fitting skinny jeans even while you’re heavily pregnant!
Warp + Weft is a family-owned company with excellent environmental credentials: they use very little water in their manufacturing process, compared to regular jeans. And most of the water they do use is treated and recycled. They also follow fair trade practices in their supply chain.
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Throughout pregnancy, moms-to-be have a lot to deal with, from their changing bodies to changing moods and food cravings – throughout the trimesters and into your postpartum period of a wonderful new life. It’s usually the time when pregnant women indulge in some much-needed retail therapy. When it comes to clothing, though, opt for more conscious, eco-friendly maternity brands, if possible. We hope this list above highlighted how organic, sustainably made maternity wear can often also be stylish, affordable and comfortable!
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