I’ve always been jealous of those people who boast about never having to buy maternity coats. “No, I just buy one a size bigger than normal, hehehe.”
There’s NO WAY I could have worn a “slightly larger coat” with the torpedo that was jutting out of my belly. Hence, if your due date falls between November and April, you may need to find yourself a proper maternity coat [ahem].
My first piece of advice, if you have the time to search around, is to buy used. This could be anything from Salvation Army to eBay to ThredUP and Poshmark to local consignment stores. I had very little luck finding anything used with my first pregnancy (due in February, brrrr) but found a nice used coat for my second. Persistence pays off.
You could also check into renting such things from sites like Mine For Nine.
If you’re in the market for a new coat for your pregnancy, we have compiled a list to help you find the best one — we covered everything from cheap to chic.
7 Maternity Coat Styles for Winter 2022/23
Traditionally, parkas were fur coats that were used in the Arctic and other regions of extreme cold. The modern versions are hip-length or full length, often made of wool or other natural materials (as opposed to puffer coats), usually have an attached hood, and are often windproof and/or water-repellent. A good parka will zip or snap all the way up the front to maintain warmth for you and your bump. In short, a parka is more of a classic/ traditional look for the very coldest weather.
Note that for maternity parkas, you can often find styles that include a papoose-style panel that fits a baby (in a carrier).
(some include a panel for babywearing)
This is probably the most popular category for maternity coats, as puffers have become the de facto cold weather coat over the years. Puffers can be short or long, depending on the style. Some have hoods and some don’t. The longer ones will keep your butt and legs warmer in extreme cold.
Also note that many maternity puffer coats also have an optional babywearing panel, which can be used to keep you and baby warm for a couple of years after birth. For that reason, the maternity puffer (with panel) is our #1 value pick.
The cape is a very different look for milder days – or for an indoor/outdoor kind of day. The best thing about a maternity cape is that it needn’t actually be a maternity item — you can buy a regular winter poncho/cape and it should work just fine. If you’re really feeling bada$$, you could think about a full-length one, hah!
A good fleece can get you far in the world… but unfortunately, there aren’t a ton of companies that make good maternity fleece jackets. Here are your best bets (or you can just buy a super-oversized “regular” one, hah).
Wool Maternity Coat
If you prefer a *Dutchess of Cambridge look (no kidding), opt for a classic wool maternity coat, perfect for the holidays and for dressing up for a night on the town. This wool coat is an investment piece that will take you from playdates to the office for years to come.
Looking for a coat or jacket to keep you dry? We’ve got you covered. These picks all work during every stage of pregnancy, and many of them can accommodate your baby with an optional panel.
Maternity Teddy Bear Coat
The teddy bear coat is a plush, fuzzy and super cozy jacket that is great for layering. This is a super warm alternative to a traditional coat and is cozy enough for indoor use as well. Most of these styles are oversized, which is versatile and on-trend. Note that some of these coats have closures in the front, while some don’t. This is a timeless piece you can use in pregnancy, postpartum and subsequent pregnancies.
That’s all, ladies. Stay warm out there!!
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