The idea of investing in a plus size maternity coat can seem silly. That is until you find yourself freezing your booty and your bump off! Depending on where you live, purchasing a plus size maternity jacket might be worth every penny.
This resource goes well beyond your basic maternity jacket and gives you unique ideas to keep you warm throughout your plus size pregnancy. You’ll also read quotes from plus size moms sharing what worked for them during the inclement weather months of their pregnancies.
Suggestions For Plus Size Maternity Jackets
1. Plus Size Maternity Coats
Let’s start with your standard plus size maternity coat.
Just because the label says “maternity” doesn’t mean you have to stop wearing your new coat the day you give birth. That’s ridiculous!
A plus size maternity jacket can last well past pregnancy and provide a wonderful hand-me-down to a future pregnant friend. It’s also a fabulous investment if you plan to have a few kids.
If you want to rock a cute plus size maternity jacket – do it!
“Super well made, warm and an amazing price!” – Elizabeth
2. Plus Size Jacket
Consider waiting until the jacket you already have in your closet becomes too snug and then size up!
On average, a regular plus size coat is going to run far less than a maternity option. That is unless you happen upon a great clearance deal! Don’t shy away from searching for clearance options in stores and online for maternity and regular coats.
When you’re ready to size-up, consider skipping the mall and find deals at stores like Ross, TJ Max, Walmart, and Target.
If you’re hunting online, consider Amazon. Amazon offers a wide array of plus size clothes (and plus size maternity clothes) including the biggest selection out there of plus size coats.
Amazon Prime members get free 2-day shipping. How amazing would it be if all clothing retailers could provide the same instant gratification?!
“When I was pregnant in winter I just bought a size up. Worked almost till the very end.” – Marcie
Below you’ll see some cute plus size jackets with the first one listed going all the way up to 6XL and the second to 5XL.
3. Plus Size Men’s Hoodie
If you’re already a mom, then you’re probably reading this idea and shaking your head in agreement. Been there, done that!
While not everyone talks about it, a men’s hoodie is a perfect maternity coat solution if you live in an area that doesn’t often dip below freezing or get much precipitation.
If you work in a cold (but casual!) office or find yourself hanging around the house a lot, you might want to purchase a plus size hoodie regardless of whether or not you’re still going to search for a warmer outdoor option.
With that said, don’t be too surprised if your internal temperature runs warmer than normal during pregnancy. What felt freezing before, might not be so bad while you’re sporting your bump.
“I bought a 4x men’s hoodie and wear it under my wool coat (which I can only close 2 buttons on). On REALLY cold days I have wrapped a wide scarf or poncho around my belly too.” – Jennifer
Bonus suggestion – this plus size hooded sweatshirt jacket (cape style) goes up to a 5XL and comes in 12 different colors.
4. Plus Size Shawl
Do you live in a warmer climate? A shawl is ideal for some extra coverage on cooler days. It’s also perfect for staying in and snuggling during a cold winter’s night at home with your family.
A shawl is such a versatile clothing staple that works well with plus size maternity jeans or a pretty maternity dress for a date night.
Best of all, regardless of how big your belly may expand, a shawl will always fit!
5. Hand-Me-Down Plus Size Maternity Coat
You never know if your mom friend or even Facebook friend has a maternity coat hanging in the back of her closet if you don’t ask! It sure doesn’t hurt to do a post on Facebook or direct message a few of your plus size friends who recently had a baby just to see if someone is wanting to make a donation or make a few bucks – win/win!.
Speaking of Facebook, there are plus size clothing swap groups and ones that list plus size maternity clothes. Depending on the season and where you live, there may be lots of options there.
To find one of these groups, use the search bar on Facebook and type in something like, “Plus Size Maternity Swap” and then search the Groups tab.
You can also hit up your local Goodwill and consignment stores, but often plus size maternity clothing is slim pickings.
Another option you might want to consider is Poshmark. It’s a website where people buy and sell used clothing. We’re seeing more and more plus size maternity clothing popping up on this site.
6. Use Your Own Or Your Partner’s Jacket
During a plus size pregnancy, you might not gain any weight or you could even lose weight. So don’t run out and spend a lot of money on a coat until you know you need one.
“34 weeks and haven’t gained any weight so luckily I still fit into my coat from last year.” – Stephanie
If you notice your jacket getting more than just a little snug, then see if your partner’s jacket is the perfect fit or ask another family member.
While it’s tempting to run out and buy yourself a new coat, you might not even need one. Consider saving that money for another plus size pregnancy essential.
7. Jacket Expander
If you don’t want to purchase a new coat, but yours is becoming a little snug around your belly, a jacket expander could be a perfect solution! Add this cloth panel to your existing jacket, and you’re good-to-go!
We hope you’ve found these suggestions helpful! Please be sure to share any solutions you’ve discovered in the comments below. And if you’re already thinking of warmer months ahead (we don’t blame you!), check out our article on plus size maternity swimsuits!
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