5 Perfect Maternity Style Essentials for Cold Weather

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Baby, it's cold outside! Well, except when you're pregnant.

Winter pregnancy is a blessing and a curse. Between the freezing temperature outside and the sometimes overheated feeling on the inside, it can be difficult to find the right balance. Especially a balance that fits your growing belly. Check out these winter-pregnancy maternity-style essentials.

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Leggings

Let's face it. Leggings are one single step up from pajama pants, which is probably why I love them so much. Leggings get a bad rap, but the key is making sure all your “assets” are covered — pair them with longer cardigans or tunics.

Most types of leggings are made from a stretchy knit, and maternity leggings also include a wide elastic band for belly support. Leggings will help you stay toasty and extend your summer wardrobe of dresses and skirts.

Try these Ponte-Knit maternity leggings from Old Navy as a stylish and comfy maternity piece.

maternity coat winter style
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Fleece Coat

The first time around, I suffered through a summer pregnancy — in Florida. A maternity coat never crossed my mind.

With my daughter, I found myself in need of a little something to keep me warm. (Well, warmer — the bun in the oven was helping tremendously.)

I got a basic black maternity trench coat, like this one from Motherhood Maternity, and it was just enough. I could dress it up or down, and I didn't need to buy multiple heavy coats that I'd only be wearing for a few months.

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oversized sweater and sweatshirt winter style
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Over-sized Shirts

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Here's a little maternity style secret I learned late in the game: you don't have to shop in the maternity section.

I found that many of today's styles have hems long enough to cover a growing belly and can be worn after to hide a postpartum pooch. I felt much more comfortable spending my money on clothes I thought I could wear after baby, and wearing items that were non-maternity made me feel just a little more “normal.”

Try an over-sized sweater or an over-sized sweatshirt with maternity jeans or leggings, and extend your style past your due date.

open front cardigan winter style
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Cardigan

Cardigans are another highly versatile piece of clothing that can be used before, during, and after pregnancy. I stocked up on as many cardigans as I could (cardi-addict over here!) to wear over large t-shirts, tunics, or dresses, and I could take them off when I got too toasty.

Try this beautiful open-front cardigan with dolman sleeves and a long silhouette from Forever 21.

scarf winter maternity style
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Scarves

Scarves are the simplest way to stay chic your entire pregnancy — mostly because one size fits all.

Scarves can be layered on top of coats, sweaters or t-shirts, or used as a shawl. One of my favorite kinds of scarves are pashminas, a mid-weight scarf that comes in a variety of colors. I also love keeping one in my bag as a stylish nursing cover. Charming Charlie has some amazing options for less than $15!

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5 Perfect Maternity Style Essentials for Cold Weather

Amanda is a social media manager for a health care organization by day, a blogger and freelance writer by night, and a celebrity news junkie all the time! She's also mom to an amazing 2 year-old boy and wife to a great guy who indulges all her celebrity gossip (and sometimes tries to scoop her!) Amanda loves coffee, fashion, nail polish, cats, and Tim Gunn (not always in that order.) For more celebrity gossip, fashion, beauty and DIY, visit Amanda's blog, It's Blogworthy. ... More

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