Pregnancy Style From 5 Hot Chicago Mamas

Photographed by Jennifer Avello.
Back in the day, our mothers were subjected to maternity clothes that looked more like camping tents than fashionable garments — that polyester pantsuit included. Luckily, the modern mama has plenty of on-trend options that show off her baby bump and maintain the style she had before she started decorating a nursery.
But, because seeing is believing, we asked five stylish Chicago moms-to-be for tips on how to dress like a boss when you're with child. So, whether you've got a bun in the oven, or plan on having one cookin' in the future, we promise, this advice guarantees the best pregnancy glow ever.
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Samantha Saifer Berngard, Partner, Boldface Co.
Number of weeks: 28
Gender of the little nugget: Boy
Cravings: “Sweets! I have never had a sweet tooth, and now all I want is sugar and chocolate. I learned early on to stop indulging in everything I craved though. There is a healthy substitute for everything. I was going to Café Gelato every single night for a large waffle cone with chocolate until I realized that I would be much better off buying Skinny Cows. I was also craving carbonation and quickly switched from Sprite to La Croix.”

Cameo the Label dress, Renvy shoes.
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How have you adapted your wardrobe during your pregnancy so that you are still maintaining your style?
“To be honest, I am still wearing the same brands and some of the styles I have always loved. I am trying my hardest not to sacrifice my individual style, but keeping in mind certain cuts and fits just won't work anymore. I think it is so fun to have a bump to dress! I have yet to buy anything maternity (except for jeans) and hope to avoid it for as long as possible. Being pregnant in the summer is the best, because I can go for the tight/fitted or bohemian flowy dresses and not worry too much about things that hug the waistline like pants and sweaters.

“I also choose not to sacrifice my heels. They make me feel sexy and even though I can't wear them for long periods of time — I plan on wearing them pretty much up until delivery. They continue to be my number-one favorite accessory.”

What was the hardest change for you to get used to?
“I can't wear crop tops! My favorite trend right now is a crop top paired with a high-waisted, mid-length skirt. I die every time I see girls sporting this look. No matter how I spin it, it just won't look good on a woman who is seven-months pregnant — sorry Kerry Washington!”
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What are three key pieces that every pregnant woman should invest in and why?
1. “Every pregnant woman must have a good pair of maternity jeans. I wore regular jeans for as long as I could until I could no longer fit them over my bum (let alone my bump). You would be surprised at the incredible denim options out there for maternity. I invested in a pair of AG Denim jeans from A Pea in the Pod and it was the best purchase ever.”

2. “Splendid jersey dresses in every shape, color, and style. They are a perfect comfy and stylish solution to showing off the bump. Nobody tells you that when you are pregnant, your entire body itches — especially your stomach. It's like one big mosquito bite, so the soft cotton feels great on my skin.”

3. “A cropped leather jacket — I don't know about everyone else, but I am freezing all of the time! Even in the summer when all of the restaurants and stores are blasting their air conditioning. So, I feel the cropped jacket shows off the bump and adds a little edge to every outfit.”

What are a couple of dos and don'ts for dressing fashionably while being pregnant?
DO: “Show off the bump! Keep it tight and snug and show everyone how cute your protruding belly button is. It's your badge of honor — flaunt it!”

DON'T: “Try to do separates. Skirts and tops are just not happening right now and there is no way around it.”

Tbagslosangeles dress, Renvy shoes.
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Where are some of your favorite places to shop for maternity clothing?
“I still shop at places like Edith Hart and Luxury Garage Sale. I am just a lot more conscious of what is too short on me (the bump takes up a lot of length) and what could be deemed ‘completely inappropriate’ by others. I also love the maternity line Hatch sold on Shopbop. Also, my friend Azeeza is making my shower dress. Her pieces are amazing, and, surprisingly, she has a ton of bohemian-inspired looks that are perfect for maternity wear.”

How has your hair and skin been through your pregnancy? Can you share any beauty tips/products that helped you through your hormonal roller coaster?
“In the beginning, my skin was a little rough. Because I am having a boy, there is more testosterone in my body right now — I had acne all along my chin. Thank goodness for Leah Chavie Skincare Boutique! I see her once a month for a facial, and my skin is absolutely glowing because of it. The prenatels also help a lot; I love The Honest Company's vitamins.”
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Jeannine Benoit Adams, Content Marketing of Gyro Agency; Founder of Gemma & Jet.
Number of weeks in: 34
Gender of the little nugget: Boy
Cravings: I’m the most boring pregnant woman ever! If anything, I’ve had a bowl of fruit nearly every night before bed since I found out I was pregnant. The funny thing is, before I was pregnant, I used to eat a bowl of strawberry ice cream as dessert nearly every night. Now, I don’t want it at all!”

Luxaby Baby & Child dress, Zara shoes, T&J Designs necklace.
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How have you adapted your wardrobe during your pregnancy so that you are still maintaining your style?
“Luckily, I’ve still been able to keep my sense of style while pregnant. While some days are harder than others when I’m standing in my closet, it’s also been a fun challenge to put together outfits during this time of my life. Now, instead of pairing my favorite blazers, jackets, and vests with denim, I’m layering them over fun dresses.”

What was the hardest change for you to get used to?
“Pre-pregnancy, I was a skinny denim, loose tee, fitted blazer, and great pair of heels kind of girl. But, lately, pants are just not an option. Maternity pants are just not comfortable for me, so dresses for every day have been my go-to. Thank goodness for warm weather!”
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What are three key pieces that every pregnant woman should invest in and why?
1. "Transitional dresses that go from day to night.”
2. “A good pair of heels that are a little bit chunkier and offer more stability.”
3. “Well-made, long-and-lean, neutral-colored tanks tops to wear underneath your layer of choice.”

What are a couple of dos and don'ts for dressing fashionably while being pregnant?
DO: “Layer with a good blazer, jacket, or vest to help pull an outfit together.”

DON’T: “Skimp on comfort; I attempted pre-pregnancy jeans way too late in the game and ended up with an imprint of side-seams on my legs once I was finally able to peel them off after a long and incredibly uncomfortable day of work. Big. Mistake.”

Luxaby Baby & Child dress, Converse shoes, Old Navy jacket.
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Where are some of your favorite places to shop for maternity clothing?
“Nearly my entire maternity wardrobe has come from ASOS. Well-made pieces at a great price point — I can’t ask for much more.”

How has your hair and skin been through your pregnancy? Can you share any beauty tips/products that helped you through your hormonal roller coaster?
“Knock on wood, but so far my skin hasn’t gone through any drastic changes. My regimen is pretty basic (stolen from my grandmother who has the most beautiful skin) and consists of Oil of Olay face wash and lotion. That’s it. Pretty simple, but it works for me.”
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Corri McFadden, Shop E-Drop Off
Number of weeks: 38
Gender of the little nugget: Girl
Cravings: “Avocado toast and watermelon with sea salt.”

Isabella Oliver Vienna dress, Kenzo shoes, Chanel bag, Jules earrings, Jennifer Zeuner ring, Farone Mennella engagement rings.
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Where are some of your favorite places to shop for maternity clothing?
Belly Dance has the greatest selection of clothing from a wide variety of brands. They also exclusively carry one of my favorites: Nom. The brand Seraphine is another must, with an amazing range of designs for every occasion.”

How has your hair and skin been through your pregnancy? Can you share any beauty tips/products that helped you through your hormonal roller coaster?
"Since being pregnant, I have definitely become much more conscious of the products I use. Switching to more eco-friendly and natural products have done wonders for my beauty regime and have kept the health of my baby in mind, too. I love Josie Maran products — especially the body butter.”
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What are three key pieces that every pregnant woman should invest in and why?
1. “A black dress. Stretch is key so you can be comfortable during different stages of your pregnancy. It’s also good to select a simple silhouette so you can dress it up or down depending on the occasion.”

2. “Invest in a good pair of maternity jeans! The high price tag can be hard to swallow, but when you divide the price per wear, you’ll definitely find that you get your money’s worth.”

3. “Basic layering pieces become a staple in your closet as your belly gets bigger, as you’ll find your shirts rise higher. Making sure you are covered at all times is key.”

What are a couple of dos and don’ts for dressing fashionably while being pregnant?
DON’T: “Wear wild prints. Your bump is your best accessory, so you don’t need to camouflage it with a wild print that will only make you look larger all over.”

DO: “Accessorize. Go for items that you had pre-baby that scream your personal style!”

Isabella Oliver Florence dress, Valentino shoes, Chanel bag, Jules earrings, Jennifer Zeuner and Jules rings, Farone Mennella engagement rings.
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How have you adapted your wardrobe during your pregnancy so that you are still maintaining your style?
“I define my style as rocker-chic. I’ve kept with that during my entire pregnancy, incorporating a lot of black, long maxi-dresses, and graphic tees.”

What was the hardest change for you to get used to?
“The challenges would change each trimester along with my bump. One day, a boyfriend tee fits great, and the next day it fits like a tiny tee! I found it’s important to have options in my closet for when meltdowns occur. My best advice is to embrace your body and keep true to your personal style and your sanity will follow.”
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Gia Lee, Fashion blogger behind Dress Up Files
Number of weeks: 21
Gender of the little nugget: Girl
Cravings: “Really ripe fruit and juicy steaks.”

ASOS dress, Celine tote, Loeffler Randall shoes, Pamela Love necklace, Hermes bracelet, Rachel Zoe ring.
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How have you adapted your wardrobe during your pregnancy so that you still maintain your style?
“I continue to follow the runways and magazines and just figure out ways to make inspiring looks work around my growing midsection.”

What was the hardest change for you to get used to?
“Finding ways to flatter my large-and-in-charge pregnant body. (I usually gain an excessive 50 pounds with each pregnancy!)
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What are three key pieces that every pregnant woman should invest in and why?
1. “A fitted black mini dress. You'll wear it layered under everything from a chambray shirt and Chucks to a moto jacket and booties. It will last you your entire pregnancy, and you'll likely wear it multiple times a week. I own four in different colors and patterns — stripes are great!”

2. “A cocoon-style open cardigan. You can throw it over anything from cutoffs and a blouse to that favorite tank dress. I love the cocoon shape which does a brilliant job at covering up all your chunky bits while still remaining really flattering to the figure.”

3. “A smock dress. They're all over the place this summer, so you'll definitely fit in. And, they're so roomy that no one will even know you're pregnant until your third trimester. Bonus points for being super comfy and breezy for those sticky summer days.”

What are a couple of dos and don’ts for dressing fashionably while pregnant?
DO: “Stay true to your personal style. I find that many women get pregnant and start dressing very matronly. Just because you're pregnant, it doesn't mean your hemlines need to drop to the knees.”

DON'T: “Wear anything too uncomfortable. Pre-pregnancy, I've put myself in suck-the-life-out-of-you undergarments and heels that send sharp shooting pain up my legs and thought it all worthwhile. But, when you're pregnant, give yourself (and the little one inside you) a break.”

H&M dress, Urban Outfitters cardigan, ASOS boots, Alexander Wang bag, Vanessa Mooney necklace, Glamrocks and Cartier rings.
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Where are some of your favorite places to shop for maternity clothing?
ASOS! They now carry an extensive maternity line. I also shop at many non-maternity stores for affordable, on-trend items. My go-to places are Forever 21, H&M, and Urban Outfitters. Just go up a couple sizes and get pieces that are either really roomy, or really stretchy.”

How has your hair and skin been through your pregnancy? Can you share any beauty tips/products that helped you through your hormonal roller coaster?
“My hair has been fine, but my skin's been out of control. I recently splurged on the GlamGlow mud mask and my pores have since gone missing!”
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Maria Ponce Berre, Photographer
Number of weeks: 37
Gender of the little nugget: Girl
Cravings: “Coconut water and icing.”

Azeeza jacket, Vince tank, Belly Bandit leggings, Brian Atwood shoes, vintage jewelry.
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How have you adapted your wardrobe during your pregnancy so that you are still maintaining your style?
“The main pieces I've added to my wardrobe are form-fitting dresses, shirts, and high-waisted leggings. My goal throughout pregnancy was to accentuate the bump rather than mask it. I tend to wear/buy mostly non-maternity clothing like blazers, jackets, and button-down shirts to layer over my maternity basics.”

What was the hardest change for you to get used to?
“The biggest adjustment to maternity style for me was getting used to over the stomach leggings and jeans. The styles that went under my bump cut into my hips in an unflattering way, so the super high-waisted pants were my only option. Now, I love having the additional layer and support.”
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What are three key pieces that every pregnant woman should invest in and why?
1. “Maternity jeans like AG Jeans Secret Fit Belly Five Pocket Maternity Jeans. They are amazingly comfortable and look cute.”
2. “A little tight black dress. I love ASOS for maternity basics!”
3. “Maternity leggings like Belly Bandit Mother Tucker leggings.”

What are a couple of dos and don'ts for dressing fashionably while being pregnant?
DO: “Be confident and bold when you're pregnant. Wear prints, patterns, and tight tops. Show off the bump, don't hide it!”
DON'T: “Feel like you have to wear heels every day. Buy some cute flats that will make you feel good.”

Azeeza dress and cuffs, A.L.C jacket, vintage Justin’s boots, Celine sunglasses.
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Where are some of your favorite places to shop for maternity clothing?
“I love Azeeza. While her cuts aren't specifically designed for pregnancy, many of her styles work during and after bump. Hatch is great for cozy, casual pieces that are perfect for summer pregnancies.”

How has your hair and skin been through your pregnancy? Can you share any beauty tips/products that helped you through your hormonal roller coaster?
“My hair has been amazing! I am dreading the day when all my extra hair falls out. The only thing that has saved my skin from breakouts is my Clarisonic brush. I use is twice a day with Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser, which is very gentle on my face. The hormonal changes have also caused pigmentation issues (both dark and light spots on my face), so I really make an effort to stay out of the sun and use Kiehl's Ultra Facial moisturizer with SPF 30.”
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