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10 best maternity coats to see you through pregnancy and beyond

You're not exempt from cloudy skies and chilly climes when you're pregnant, but where to find a coat that accommodates a growing bump? Have a look at our roundup of the best 10 maternity coats.

By Louise Baty | Last updated Dec 7, 2021

three women wearing maternity coats

When it comes to dressing your changing body during pregnancy, you might feel as though you’ve got your look sorted with maternity jeans and tops or dresses. But then the seasons change and the weather decides to throw a curveball. Hello, frosty mornings and rapidly dropping temperatures.

 

Pregnancy bumps are truly wonderful but they can make coat-wearing a challenge. Sadly, chucking on a woolly, oversized cardigan and hoping for the best won’t cut it in sub-zero temperatures.  

Thankfully, you don’t have to put up with ill-fitting, strained winter coats as there’s an array of winter maternity coats for you to choose from. Whether you’d prefer a 3-in-1 style maternity coat that will accommodate bump, babywearing and beyond or a budget maternity coat that will do the job for a few months, there will be an option to suit you and your lovely tum, whatever the weather.

Here are the 10 best maternity coats for 2021.

1. Best overall maternity coat: Seraphine 3-in-1 Winter Maternity Parka

Seraphine 3-in-1 Winter Maternity Parka

Price: £159 | Buy now from Seraphine

“I had a 3-in-1 parka and loved it.” mintandgold

Yes, it’s expensive, but you’re getting three coats for the price of one with the Seraphine 3-in-1 Winter Maternity Parka so you can wear it through your pregnancy, babywearing and beyond. This beauty is repeatedly mentioned on our forums, with Mumsnetters rating it for practicality, style and versatility - important points to consider with a big-ticket item like a winter maternity coat. 

Available in black, navy and khaki and with a detachable faux fur trimmed hood, the adjustable drawstring accommodates your growing bump. Once your baby arrives, zip on the extra faux fur-lined front panel to form a cosy kangaroo pouch over your baby carrier. You can also wear this style as a straightforward parka sans bump and baby. The one downside to this hero coat? It’s dry clean only.

2. Best budget maternity coat: Smallshow Baby Carrier Maternity Jacket

Smallshow Baby Carrier Jacket 2 in 1 Fleece

Price: £39.99 for the jacket and £9.99 for the maternity panel | Buy now from Amazon

When you’re in the thick of it, pregnancy can feel like it drags on forever and a day, but try to remember that it’s actually only a few months of your life. For this very reason, you’d be forgiven for not wanting to spend a fortune on a maternity coat. Smallshow Baby Carrier Maternity Jacket is a value-for-money maternity coat offering two handy functions for the price of one. 

This machine-washable maternity fleece jacket comes with a matching expander panel, which you buy separately. This zips to the hoodie to fit around your growing bump. The jacket comes with a matching baby-carrying insert with a hood, which you can also use to keep your baby cozy when they’re snuggled up in a baby carrier (front carry only). 

Available in Wine or Black, it’s a no-frills style of maternity coat but should fit the bill for a few months without breaking the bank before your baby arrives. 

3. Best 2-in-1 parka maternity coat: JoJo Maman Bébé 2-in1- Faux Fur Trim Padded Parka

JoJo Maman Bébé 2-in1- Faux Fur Trim Padded Parka

Price: £89 | Buy now from JoJo Maman Bébé

“I got one from JoJo Maman Bébé. It's basically a normal parka-style coat with an extra panel to zip into the front when you need some extra space. I love it as it’s just a normal coat when you remove the extra panel so I can use it after baby is born.” highlandteajenny 

If you’re looking for the versatility and street cred that a parka brings but without the price tag of the Seraphine 3-in-1 Winter Maternity Parka, this warm, padded maternity coat will make less of a dent in your bank account. 

The best 2-in-1 maternity coat that we’ve found, it’s designed to fit during and after pregnancy, offering a removable panel to adjust to your changing bump and to be worn with a front baby carrier too. There’s a drawcord to shape over your bump along with a removable fleece-lined hood with faux fur trim and rib cuffs. 

Bear in mind that the JoJo Maman Bébé 2-in1- Faux Fur Trim Padded Parka showerproof rather than fully waterproof but it’s still a great, sensible choice for the colder months. 

4. Best maternity teddy coat: New Look Maternity Camel Teddy Long Coat

New Look Camel Maternity Teddy Coat

Price: On sale for £37.49 (usually £49.99) | Buy now from New Look

“I picked up a teddy coat which is nice and chunky and keeps me warm.” Snoopy18

There are some brilliant on-trend pieces in New Look’s mum-to-be range, including this Maternity Camel Teddy Long Coat. Cuddly and cosy with plenty of room for wrapping up your bump, it’s the next best thing to wearing your actual duvet outdoors on cold mornings. It can be dressed up or down too, looking equally stylish over work clothes or your joggers and hoodie. 

Made from recycled responsibly sourced polyester, it features a collared neckline, long hem, popper fastening and side pockets. But as it’s dry clean only, it won’t be the best choice for muddy winter walks. Currently substantially reduced, this teddy maternity coat is a complete steal.

5. Best maternity puffer coat: JoJo Maman Bébé Navy 2-in-1 Maternity Puffer Jacket

JoJo Maman Bébé Navy 2-in-1 Maternity Puffer Coat

Price: £69 | Buy now from JoJo Maman Bébé

Another stylish offering from JoJo Maman Bébé, this Navy 2-in-1 Maternity Puffer Jacket is shorter in length than JoJo’s parka style, making it a great option if you’re petite and feel swamped in longer coats.

Warm and cosy with a supersoft feel, it’s padded for extra warmth with a detachable hood and an elasticated waist belt to fit over the top of your bump. Designed to fit during and after pregnancy, the removable panel will fit over your bump and over a front baby carrier once you’ve given birth so it offers great value for money. It’s also (drumroll) machine-washable. 

6. Best belted maternity coat: ASOS DESIGN Maternity Slouchy Belted Coat with Hood

ASOS DESIGN Maternity Slouchy Belted Coat with Hood

Price: £70 | Buy now from ASOS

“I've had a lot of good stuff this pregnancy from ASOS.” Difficultusername

If you want something a bit more dressy than a parka or puffer coat, a chic wrap-around belted coat could be the winter maternity coat you’re after. In a go-with-everything shade of mushroom, ASOS DESIGN Maternity Slouchy Belted Coat with Hood has a tie waist and deep side pockets, and is designed in an oversized and extra slouchy fit so that you can wear it both during pregnancy and also once your baby has arrived. 

Despite the handy hood which will ward off chills, it’s worth noting that this coat is made from soft, brushed, lined felt fabric which is neither waterproof or machine-washable. But if you can cope with the occasional dry-cleaning bill, then no problem. 

7. Best babywearing and maternity coat: Zeta Ville Babywearing Coat

Zeta Ville Babywearing Coat

Price: From £69.99 | Buy now from Amazon

“Most babywearing coats the panel zips off completely so can be used as a normal coat, and adjust to become a maternity coat if you have another baby. So I think it’s worth the investment if you use a carrier a lot.” Eminybob

Cosy, warm and not too spendy, this 2-in-1 maternity and babywearing coat from Amazon can be worn during pregnancy, babywearing and beyond. It owes its versatility to the handy removable expander panel which can be zipped on to accommodate your bump or baby in a carrier and also worn without the panel as a regular coat. 

Made from machine-washable polyester, this padded coat is available in three colours - black, blue or brown. The blue and brown versions have a striking green contrast lining. The Zeta Ville Babywearing Coat is bum-covering, which is considered crucial by Mumsnetters on our Style and Beauty forum. However, it’s shorter than other styles on our list, which may or may not be a problem for you.

8. Best down maternity coat: Seraphine 3-in-1 Down Maternity Coat

Seraphine 3-in-1 Down Maternity Coat

Price: £189 | Buy now from Seraphine

“I bought a 3-in-1 winter puffer jacket and loved it. I had a January baby so lots of use pre and post.” welshladywhois40

Yes, it’s another corker from maternity clothing experts, Seraphine, who always score highly with both Mumsnetters and consumer reviewers when it comes to mum-to-be outerwear. 

Available in two colourways - Slate and Khaki - the Seraphine 3-in-1 Down Maternity Coat is certainly an investment buy, costing the best part of (deep breath) £200. But it’s just as versatile as the brand’s Seraphine 3-in-1 Winter Maternity Parka, with the added benefit of a toasty, ethically sourced down filling which makes its warmth level a four – for extreme cold climates’ according to Seraphine. 

This longer-line coat has zip-away stretch side panels to fit your growing bump and a detachable kangaroo pouch for babywearing. There’s also a hood with detachable faux fur trim, ribbed cuffs and a snuggly velour lining throughout will keep you, your bump and your baby cosy during pregnancy and babywearing and beyond.

9. Best smart maternity coat: Be Mammy Wool Trench Maternity Coat

Be Mammy Women's Wool Trench Maternity Coat

Price: From £107.59 | Buy now from Amazon

Sometimes, a parka coat just won’t do and, for these situations, the Be Mammy Women's Wool Trench Maternity Coat should fit the bill. Ideal if you need to dress for a winter work meeting that’s taking place face-to-face rather than on Zoom or have a smart event to attend, you can’t beat a structured wool coat to add a bit of chic gravitas. 

Featuring a side zip, there’s a detachable expander panel which can be worn during pregnancy and then taken off once you’ve had your baby. The belt ties over the top of your bump, adding a stylish touch. High quality wool fleece should keep you and your bump warm but there’s only a high funnel neck, not a hood, so make sure you have a brolly handy for rainy days. It comes in three shades - dark blue, navy blue and black.

10. Best animal print maternity coat: Mamalicious 2-in-1 Maternity Coat

Mamalicious 2-in-1 Maternity Coat

Price: £115 | Buy now from Mamalicious

How about something a bit different? This 2-in-1 animal print puffer coat from Mamalicious certainly stands out in a sea of neutral tones (unless you subscribe to the view that leopard print is a neutral, in which case it totally fits in). 

Featuring an extra zip panel for your growing bump, you can wear it as a standard coat after you’ve given birth. Mamlicious says that it’s also suitable for nursing. Offering wind-breaker cuffs, a hood and zip closure pockets for all your valuables, there’s also an adjustable bottom hem so you can get the fit just right. This stylish coat is also an ethical choice as it’s made from recycled polyester and it can be machine-washed. 

How to choose the best maternity coat

When you’re looking for your ideal maternity coat, think about what you need from your winter coat:

  • Budget: While more expensive 3-in-1 styles can cost close to £200, less spendy winter maternity coats can be picked up for under £40, such as our best budget maternity coat, the Smallshow Baby Carrier Maternity Jacket. Think about how long you would reasonably wear the coat and whether you want to choose an investment buy or a less break-the-bank option.
  • Waterproof or showerproof: If you’re going to be doing a lot of walking around in the rain this winter then you’ll need a coat that’s at least showerproof, such as the JoJo Maman Bébé 2-in1- Faux Fur Trim Padded Parka. If you’re mainly working from home, as so many of us still are, then you may get away with one that doesn’t have wet weather credentials to tackle Snowdon, but will get you to the corner shop and back in style like the Be Mammy Women's Wool Trench Maternity Coat.
  • Babywearing: If you’re planning on carrying your newborn in a baby carrier during the winter months, it might suit you to get a baby-carrying style of coat with an attachable kangaroo panel, such as the  Seraphine Slate 3-in-1 Down Maternity Coat.
  • Length: If you’re petite, you may prefer a shorter style such as the Zeta Ville Babywearing Coat but for full-on coverage during the winter months, a longer length maternity coat such as the Mamalicious 2-in-1 animal print puffer coat will keep you snuggly. 
  • Care: If you already have kids and spend a chunk of your life hanging around muddy playgrounds, it might be wise to opt for a machine-washable style such as the JoJo Maman Bébé Navy 2-in-1 Maternity Puffer Coat. If this is your first baby and you’re still living a relatively mess-free life, a dry-clean coat won’t be too much of a hassle for you.

What is the best maternity coat?

The best overall maternity coat is the Seraphine 3-in-1 Winter Maternity Parka, which gives you three stylish coats for the price of one and covers you during pregnancy, babywearing and afterwards too. 

How we chose our recommendations

Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation from a proper style queens, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which maternity coats were rated by stylish Mumsnet users.

We compiled a list of the best maternity coats they loved for fit, practicality, style and value for money. We then did some research across the wider web, looking at which maternity coats were recommended by fashion experts and bloggers - and what customer reviews said about them too.

Having collated all that information, we picked the best maternity coats that we thought would make the best buys. 

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