Being pregnant in the summer—especially during your third trimester—can be grueling. Although some might choose to spend the summer inside with the AC on and their swollen feet propped on the coffee table while watching Netflix, others might be brave enough to attend that work BBQ where everyone wants to touch your bump and give you unsolicited advice. With either option, you'll need maternity shorts to make it through the summer.
If you're tired of cycling through the same summer dresses, then maybe it's time to try maternity shorts. Buying shorts even when you're not pregnant can be hard, and when you are pregnant, it often feels like picking between shapeless, boxy shorts that have you asking, "Why don't I just wear a dress?" Well, mama, you're in luck.
We've rounded up some of our favorite maternity shorts—from loungewear to dressy twill—that will help you bridge the gap between cute and comfortable during the summer heat.
Best maternity shorts
A version of this story was published June 29, 2021. It has been updated.