Manhattan moms-to-be don't have to rely on sweatpants and shapeless muumuus. In New York City, you can find fashionable and comfortable clothing for all nine months of your pregnancy, and your baby after they're born. Dress your baby belly for the office, yoga class, and evenings out. Here's an overview of the 4 top maternity stores in NYC for every price range.
A Pea in the Pod at Macy's
A Pea in the Pod offers designer maternity wear from the likes of Juicy Couture and Diane von Furstenberg. There's nothing dowdy about this maternity wear. You'll find all the latest trends – including bikinis, sexy cocktail dresses, and low-rise jeans. You'll also pay designer prices. A Pea in the Pod comes with celebrity endorsements, too – Cate Blanchett and Debra Messing shopped here when they were expecting.
Find A Pea in the Pod in Macy's department store on the 5th floor; 151 W. 34th St., btwn 6th & 7th aves.; 212-244-6126; apeainthepod.com
Don't want to invest in designer clothes you'll only wear a few months? Motherhood Maternity has cute, affordable items including promotional tees and tanks starting at $5, jeans from $20, and special occasion dresses from $35. Motherhood also stocks plus-size maternity clothes and nursing wear.
There are two Motherhood Maternity retailers in Manhattan: Find one inside Buy Buy Baby at 270 7th Ave., btwn W. 25th & W. 26th sts.; 917-344-1555. Or, look for their items in Century 21 Maternity at 17 Dey St., btwn Broadway & Church St.; 215-555-121. motherhood.com
Known for selling “all things breastfeeding,” you can indeed get everything you need for nursing your wee one here. Their Upper East Side shop also has breastfeeding-friendly apparel in stock, with a selection of bras, dresses, pants, skirts, tops, and more. At Yummy Mommy, the philosophy is that you don't need to sacrifice style or comfort in order to breastfeed.
1201 Lexington Ave., btwn E. 81st & E. 82nd sts.; 212/879-8669; yummymummystore.com
"Designed to be a celebratory and comfortable experience," maternity clothing at Rosie Pope is only part of the overall in-store experience. You can pick up creative, stylish, and fun styles of maternity apparel ranging from casual lounge pants to more formal cocktail dresses here, while enjoying a refreshing "mocktail" in hand. Tip: If your fellow is joining you, they can duck into The Mancave.
Rosie Pope's flagship is on the Upper East Side, 1265 Madison Ave., btwn E. 90th & E. 91st sts.; 212/608-2036. There's also their "The Lab" offshoot located downtown, at 55 Warren St., btwn Church & West Broadway; 212/213-3393. rosiepope.com