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.
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.
Maybe you're looking for an outdoor concert outfit, or maybe you're just grunge. Either way, Foucome's distressed denim shorts come in a variety of colors that beg to be paired with your favorite oversized band tee.
Made of 100% cotton, H&M's MAMA twill shorts will keep you cool in breathable fabric. They come in both beige and dark blue and would be the perfect piece for a patio dinner.
Unlike most maternity clothes, PinkBlush offers their lounge shorts in more than just neutrals. Lavender, mint, and mauve will add pops of color to your summer wardrobe.
"Dark academia" and "maternity shorts" are two phrases not often seen together, but if you pair these linen-blend shorts with an airy button-up and some Oxfords, you'll look ready for an invigorating discussion on classics (and parenthood).
A Pea in the Pod
Without the metal buckles of your average denim overall, these Tencel shortfalls from A Pea in the Pod are more maternity-chest friendly.
If you live in a warmer climate, maternity shorts might be more than just a summer thing for you. These Hatch cut-offs run a little more, but they're designed to stay with you through every trimester.
I'm sorry, what's that? Denim shorts with a built-in cooling panel? For all the soon-to-be parents drenched in sweat, these stretchy shorts can keep you cool.
Available in different inseams to fit your style, Old Navy has extended its summer vintage aesthetic to the maternity section, including a very nostalgic '90s camo.
For those of us not looking for the latest fit but instead searching for sensible workout clothes, GAP offers a line of activewear exclusively for pregnant people.
The best thing about bike shorts is that they're versatile. Yes, the name implies a certain sportiness, but these plain shorts can also be worn with tees or beneath dresses to help with the inevitable thigh-rubbing so rampant in summer pregnancies.