A pregnant person wearing a black swing maternity dress ethically made by Dorsu.
22 Mar
A pregnant person wearing a black swing maternity dress ethically made by Dorsu.

Ethical and Sustainable Maternity Clothing for During and After Pregnancy

Finding maternity clothing for during and after pregnancy is tricky at the best of times. But what about ethical and sustainable maternity brands? Here’s what we came up with.

Maternity clothing that cares for you and the planet

When you’re growing a little human being inside you, you want comfort, wiggle room, support, and clothes that don’t carry harmful chemicals. While ethical maternity clothing brands are hard to come by, we’ve found these 14 fantastic sustainable maternity brands that will keep you cool and comfortable, while looking great. They also go out of their way to make sure the planet along with its people and animals will be there in the future for your little one to enjoy. We love Boob‘s (Sweden) nursing accessible, stylish clothes; the maternity active leggings from Girlfriend Collective (US), and Frugi’s (UK) adorable, roomy dungarees.

Underprotection

Rated: Good
A pink recycled lace maternity bra by Underprotection.

Gina Maternity Bra – Ships internationally from Denmark

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Combining ethics with aesthetics, this Danish brand makes glamorous lingerie, swimwear, and loungewear you'll love. Get 1 pair of free tights with orders of €100+. (Ends: 30 SEP)

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Underprotection is a Danish brand combining ethics and aesthetics, creating underwear, loungewear, and swimwear from sustainable materials like recycled polyester and organic cotton. All of its packaging, paper, and polybags are either recycled or biodegradable, and it only works with certified factories as it believes “fair working conditions and fair wages are human rights”. Underprotection exists to celebrate women of all kinds and sizes, and its goal is to make them feel as beautiful and comfortable as possible. Made in Greece and certified vegan by PETA, the Gina Maternity Bra has wide shoulder straps and a waist elastic for optimal support, so it both looks and feels great. It features the signature scalloped lace made in recycled materials, perfect for new mothers. You can find the full range in XS-XL.

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Knickey

Rated: Great

Above-Belly Brief – Ships internationally from the US

 

Made in a Fair Trade Certified factory, Knickey’s organic cotton underwear sets are some of the best in the sustainable market. Taking it a step further, the brand has also partnered with an NYC non-profit to recycle old undergarments, turning the fibres into insulation and rug pads. Thoughtfully designed to cradle a growing belly, the Above-Belly briefs from its new maternity range give you the coverage and support you need. Featuring sleek flat elastic and side-ruching for extra comfort and growth, you can keep rocking your favourite eco-conscious sets. Find it in sizes 2XS to 3XL.

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Sorella Organics

Rated: Great
A pregnant person wearing a black singlet and grey day pants designed by Sorella Organics.

Noosa Day Pants – Ships internationally from Australia

Sorella’s certified organic sleepwear range includes tops, pants, wraps, and nighties, as well as maternity wear. The label’s founder Anna McGregor has a background in international human rights work. This is obvious with her use of Fairtrade certified cotton, and in ensuring strict social standards are met in production and trading. Best of all, purchasing their clothing won’t make you cry over your bank balance. These day pants will be whatever you want them to be—and will take you right through pregnancy to after bub arrives. Find the range in sizes S-XL.

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Girlfriend Collective

Rated: Good
A pregnant person wearing a bucket hat and a black maternity activewear set by Girlfriend Collective.

Black Seamless Maternity Legging – Ships internationally from the US

Girlfriend Collective creates minimal, luxury women’s activewear made with certified fair labour, certified by the Social Accountability Standard International SA8000. The brand uses recycled polyester as well as low-impact non-toxic dyes and is fully Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. Girlfriend’s maternity legging is breathable and flexible, making it great for everyday wear, yoga, lounging, and growing a tiny human. Find it in sizes 2XS-6XL.

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Christy Dawn

Rated: Great

Theo Dress – Ships internationally from the US

Christy Dawn is a minimalist showroom for vintage-inspired women’s clothing and footwear, locally made with surplus fabric. The brand rates “Great”, making it a fabulous boho option for your ethical maternity wardrobe. Comfortable and versatile, the Theo Dress is a beautiful dress you can wear before, during, and after your pregnancy. Find the clothes in standard sizes XS-XL, or shop the Extended and Petite collections.

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Threads 4 Thought

Rated: Good
pregnant woman wearing black eco maternity active shorts by Threads 4 Thought

Maternity Monica Active Short – Ships internationally from the US

Threads 4 Thought uses a range of sustainable materials including Lenzing Modal harvested from the limbs of beech trees. This process means that the trees are never cut down and 95% of the production materials to make the yarn are recovered and reused. The brand’s manufacturers are a combination of Fair Trade USA certified and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production certified. We love these maternity active shorts with plenty of extra stretch fabric to house that tummy. Find them in sizes XS-2XL.

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Boob

Rated: Good
A black tank dress with easy breastfeeding access designed by Boob.

Signe Tank Dress – Ships internationally from Sweden

Boob is a Swedish maternity and nursing clothes brand that aims to support you throughout your entire motherhood journey. We fell in love with this organic cotton maternity tank dress that softly and smoothly adjusts to your body, throughout pregnancy and nursing. It features Boob’s classic nursing access, which stays securely in place until feeding time. Available in XS-2XL.

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Beaumont Organic

Rated: Good

Tulsi Organic Cotton Dress – Ships internationally from the UK

Beaumont Organic is a UK-based slow fashion brand that blends simple style with ethical production practices. Founded by Hannah Beaumont-Laurencia, the brand also has its own charitable foundation which supports people in Fiji. Made in India from GOTS certified organic cotton, the Tulsi dress is a handy wrap front kaftan style from Beaumont Organic’s collaborative collection with Lisa Taylor Design. Find sizes XS-L.

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Circos

Rated: Good

T-Shirt Dress – Ships internationally from the UK

Circos is a maternity and kidswear brand with an award-winning business model for a circular economy in the textile industry. It offers a rental service for a monthly fee with convenient home delivery and accessible pick-up and drop-off points. This classic t-shirt dress by Aiyayu is designed to fit throughout your pregnancy, available in sizes S-XL.

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Dorsu

Rated: Great
A pregnant person wearing a cotton jersey sleeveless swing dress designed by Dorsu.

Sleeveless Swing Dress – Ships internationally from Cambodia

Based in Cambodia, Dorsu creates everyday basics and key signature favourites that form the core of any conscious wardrobe. This swing dress has plenty of room for a growing belly and is made from a lightweight cotton jersey. Available in XS to 3XL.

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dk active

Rated: Good

Jessica Maternity Crop – Ships internationally from Australia

dk active is an Australian high-performance brand supporting everybody seeking an authentic edge in life. It uses renewable energy in its supply chain to reduce its climate impact, and reuses all of its offcuts to minimise textile waste. It is also a PETA approved 100% vegan brand. dk active’s bra is about to become your “breast friend” (see what they did there?). This bra gives you total support, added coverage, AND a customised fit, in sizes XS-2XL.

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Frugi

Rated: Good
Blue denim maternity and nursing dungarees by Frugi.

Constantine Maternity & Nursing Dungaree – Ships internationally from the UK

Frugi is a British label that specialises in bright, wearable organic clothing for women and children. There are plenty of playful designs as well as classics like these denim dungarees. Frugi has you covered for maternity wear and nursing clothes, as well as baby and children’s wear. We love the distinctive designs and commitment to putting the planet first. Find UK sizes 8-16.

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DL1961

Rated: It's A Start

Emma Maternity Jeans – Ships internationally from the US

DL1961 creates premium denim for women, men, and kids. All the products are designed in and inspired by NYC. The Emma jeans are low-rise, stretch skinny, with stretch-panelled pockets for ultimate comfort and support through every trimester. They’re available in sizes 23-34.

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Esprit

Rated: It's A Start

Padded Outdoor Jacket – Ships internationally from the US

Fueled by the vision of essential positivity, Esprit was founded in California by couple Susie and Doug Tompkins in 1968. Inspired by the revolutionary spirit of the 60s the brand developed a clear philosophy—always celebrating real people and togetherness. Esprit’s padded outdoor jacket with a hood will protect all the mamas and mamas-to-be from the rain and the wind.

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Editor's note

Feature image via Dorsu, all other images via brands mentioned. Good On You publishes the world's most comprehensive ratings of fashion brands’ impact on people, the planet, and animals. Use the directory to search thousands of rated brands. To support our work, we may earn a commission on sales made using our offer codes or affiliate links. This article lists brands rated "Good" and "Great" by Good On You’s comprehensive sustainability ratings system—and because highly rated maternity brands are difficult to source, we may have also included "It’s a Start" brands in case they better meet your needs.

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