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We Ranked the Best Safe and Non-Toxic Maternity Clothing Brands

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Throughout your pregnancy, you’re going to need clothes that adapt to your changing body and keep you comfortable while helping you feel like yourself. There’s even more to consider than just coziness and versatility, though. When you’re carrying a child, you deserve to look good, feel great, and know that your clothes were made with certifiably safe materials, natural dyes, and finishes. 

That’s why we’ve completely revamped this guide to feature the most non-toxic and momma-safe maternity clothing available. Because just because a brand or piece of clothing has some sustainable attributes, does not mean that it is non-toxic and safe for pregnant women!

Alden Wicker’s forthcoming book goes into more detail about fashion chemistry’s connection to fertility and reproductive health. But here are some concerning facts: Miscarriage rates in women are increasing by 1% a year, attributed in part to exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals. These substances, such as phthalates, BPA, and PFAS, are often used inside textiles or to finish fashion pieces, and have been linked with long-term illnesses, skin conditions, and reproductive abnormalities. It’s important to note that many researchers believe there is no safe dose of endocrine disruptors. Even at minute doses, they can have unpredictable and compounding effects that can be passed through the placenta and cause permanent changes to an embryo. 

Additionally, polyester is almost always colored with azobenzene disperse dyes. Some petroleum-based azo dyes contain a chemical building block called amines, which are suspected to be carcinogenic and can appear when azo dyes come into contact with your skin and are broken down by bacteria. Azobenzene particles don’t stay in the clothing, according to research out of Duke. They’ve been found in household dust, indicating that you may be breathing them in or ingesting them.

These traces of azobenzene dyes are especially dangerous to young children and infants, who crawl around on the floor and put their hands in their mouths. According to researchers quoted in Wicker’s book, toddlers ingest amine-filled dust up to twenty times more than an adult. And microplastics from even recycled synthetics can easily break off and end up in your lungs as well, especially from synthetic clothing that sheds a lot of fibers, as one reviewer of a “sustainable” brand’s maternity line experienced.  

But we’re not here to scare you—we’re here to help. Before doing your maternity shopping, take a look at our safe and sustainable criteria:

Natural Fibers: Choose natural materials as often as possible, such as organic cotton, wool, and linen, as these will be safer, more breathable, and more likely to be free of toxic chemicals and synthetic microfibers. For pieces with a bit more stretch, look for bio-based fibers such as Tencel. In addition to protecting your hormonal balance during this crucial time, these will be safer for both your baby and your home, as you won’t have to worry about shedding microplastics and amines into your home or onto your skin.

Third-Party Toxicity Labels: To be sure there are no harmful dyes or other substances on the clothing, look for labels like Oeko-Tex, REACH, and bluesign. These test specifically for toxicity in the treating and dyeing of the fibers, as opposed to organic-focused certifications like GOTS, which focus mainly on the sustainability of the fields and facilities where materials are sourced from. Certificates from GOTS are also possible to obtain fraudulently.

Postpartum Use: When shopping for maternity clothing, it can be tempting to try to spend as little as possible. However, choosing cheap fast fashion options can lead to greater exposure to the aforementioned chemicals that can harm your baby’s development. Instead of buying clothing you’ll only wear for several months, look for versatile maternity pieces you could wear after pregnancy as well during breastfeeding and the time of frequent naps.

Ethics and Responsibility: After you have established a brand’s clothing is safe, look into its manufacturing practices. Is it aware of the conditions in its supply chain, and does share information about its factory locations and wages? Brands that are transparent about their supply chain and manufacturing processes, and that carry certifications that reflect this (such as Fair Trade) are much more likely to be safe, responsible, and free of child labor. 

So with all that and mind, here is our extremely edited list of non-toxic and Momma-Earth-friendly maternity brands: 

 

1. Luna + Sun

What we love: Luna + Sun is an Oeko-Tex-certified and Australian brand that creates stylish maternity wear that can easily be incorporated into a post-pregnancy wardrobe. Its dresses, jumpsuits, and blouses are made with linen and Tencel. Its entire manufacturing process takes place within the country and it only sources its materials from trusted suppliers. 

Price: $320-$390

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2. Christy Dawn

What we love: This deadstock brand makes flowing and colorful organic cotton dresses that are perfect before, during, and after pregnancy. In addition to their loose fit, the maternity-friendly pieces feature useful details such as wrap and button-down tops for easy breastfeeding and adjustable waists. Christy Dawn sources the majority of its cotton from its collaborative regenerative farm in India, and only uses natural or organic dyes—our founder and author Alden Wicker has personally visited the Indian sewing facility, organic fields, and blockprint workshop that Christy Dawn works with and can attest to their ethics and safety. 

Price: $190-$430

 

3. Boob Design

What we love: Boob is an Oeko-Tex, REACH, and GOTS-certified brand that specializes in stylish and long-lasting clothing functional for both pregnancy and nursing. Its pieces are made with organic cotton, merino wool, and bio-based materials such as Tencel. The brand fosters long-lasting relationships with its suppliers and only works with factories that adhere to its code of conduct. 

Watch out for: There is a small percentage of elastane in many products. The brand also uses recycled polyamide. 

Price: $50-$250

 

4. Storq

What we love: Storq thoughtfully designs functional wardrobe staples out of mainly Oeko-Tex-certified fabrics. Its wide selection, which goes up to 4X, is meant to be long-lasting and easy to pair with your pre-pregnancy wardrobe. It carefully selects its manufacturing partners to ensure a safe and responsible supply chain, and its primary factories are audited annually by an independent third party. 

Watch out for: Some pieces contain a small percentage of spandex. 

Price: $30-$220

 

5. Mate the Label

What we love: Mate makes all of its pieces in Los Angeles with organic materials and non-toxic dyes. Its maternity- and postpartum-friendly selection features linen, cotton, and Tencel items that can easily adapt to any wardrobe. 

Watch out for: Its “stretch” pieces contain a small amount of spandex. 

Price: $58-$268

 

6. Sorella Organics

What we love: This slow Australian brand is Oeko-Tex, GOTS, and Fairtrade-certified. It makes soft and comfortable maternity and nursing loungewear in small batches throughout its home country, Fiji, and India. 

Watch out for: Its maternity wear contains a small percentage of elastane. 

Price: $60-$129

 

7. Cosabella

What we love: This family-owned Italian brand makes luxury maternity lingerie and pajamas for multiple sizing types. Its comfortable and vibrant pieces are colored with natural dyes that were carefully developed in its Camo color lab. It has worked closely with local artisans in family-run workshops, which are compliant to European REACH chemical safety standards, for over thirty years.

Watch out for: Some of its maternity pieces contain polyester and elastane.

Price: $25-$175

 

8. Mien Studios

What we love: The small-batch brand makes adaptable maternity clothing that is designed to be worn before, during, and after pregnancy. Owned and operated in Los Angeles, it uses GOTS-certified cotton and custom-designed azo-free dyes to create its safe and comfortable clothing. The brand only works with family-owned factories to ensure fair wages and conditions throughout its supply chain. 

Watch out for: The maternity wear contains up to 7% spandex. 

Price: $54-$168

 

9. Girlfriend Collective

What we love: This brand makes bluesign-approved and Oeko-Tex-certified maternity shorts, leggings, and long sleeve tees in five different colors. It works with third-party-certified suppliers to slowly recycle used plastic into workable fibers, safely dye its pieces, and responsibly dispose of the waste water. 

Watch out for: The maternity wear is made of recycled nylon and spandex.

Price: $58-$88

 

10. Frugi

What we love: Frugi is a GOTS-certified brand that makes clothing for babies, toddlers, and women at all stages of pregnancy. Its colorful organic cotton and recycled polyester designs are built to last and become a versatile part of your wardrobe. 

Watch out for: It’s unclear what types of dyes the brand uses. Some of its pieces contain virgin polyester and elastane. There is little information about its supply chain available. 

Price: $34-$80

 

11. Isabella Oliver

What we love: This certified B Corp creates a wide variety of maternity styles out of Tencel, Viscose and its own custom blends. It closely monitors its supply chain and all of its manufacturing partners are obligated to adhere to its Code of Conduct. 

Watch out for: There is no information on its dyes or chemical usage available. Some pieces contain a small percentage of elastane. 

Price: $54-$150

 

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