Shorts are cool and comfortable to wear, and they are a pregnancy must-have. They come in a wide range of styles and materials and can be worn for everything from exercising and doing yoga to lounging, going out, and much more.

Let’s face it: it isn’t easy being pregnant in the summer months. It can be hot and humid outside, and you want to keep your body temperature down while still turning up your sense of fashion. Maternity shorts are about both form and function. They are designed to accommodate those blossoming bumps and curves with flexible material that is soft for ultimate comfort. They have higher waistlines for your tummy with fabric panels that can be stretched up and over your belly or tucked below it. They should be breathable against the skin and never cause irritation or chaffing.

And they must have a touch of well-deserved style and practicality. This could include details and embellishments, such as curved hemlines or color-contrasting seams, along with pockets to hold your must-have essentials.

Stay cool, calm, and comfortable in a great pair of maternity shorts.

Maternity shorts should be in every pregnant mama’s wardrobe because they are comfy and laid-back. They can also help you achieve just about any look: paired with a stretchy tank and sneakers they are great for working out and keeping active, they’re the perfect lounge and sleepwear option with a cotton top, and matched with a beautiful blouse and sexy heels, they can be short and sassy for a night out. And maternity shorts aren’t just useful during your nine months of pregnancy – they can be comfortably worn after the baby is born as they are stretchy and soft to wear in post-partum. Whatever way you wear them, maternity shorts will help soon-to-be mothers feel comfortable while looking great all summer long.

1. Editor's Choice: Motherhood Maternity Womens Relaxed Fit Sleep Knit Shorts

Whether you’re lounging or sleeping, comfy knit shorts are the way to go.

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Sleep is so important when you’re pregnant – as they say, sleep now while you can! But it can be difficult to get good-quality sleep when not only is your body constantly changing but so is the way you wear your clothes. The Motherhood Maternity Womens Relaxed Fit Sleep Knit Shorts have a fold-over belly waistband along with side shirring for just the right amount of stretch to grow with your belly, and they are lightweight and won’t make you hot. They are also extremely comfortable postpartum. They’re available in black and grey.

Pros:
  • Comfortable
  • Fold-over waistband
  • Lightweight
Cons:
  • Sized slightly large
  • Very thin material
2. Runner Up: HOFISH Women’s Over The Belly Maternity Shorts

Casual and cool, these maternity shorts have classic denim good looks.

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When you love the look of jean shorts and you’re sporting a baby bump, you get the Women’s Over The Belly Maternity Shorts by HOFISH. Made from a soft yet flexible rayon, nylon, spandex blend, they have a smooth knit belly panel for a seamless silhouette – you can wear it under or below your belly. While the pockets on the front are just for look, the back pockets are functional and handy to have, plus the cuffed hems lend a cleaner fitted style. Even though this denim is stretchy, it will never distort and will keep its shape.

Pros:
  • Comfortable
  • Stretchy
  • Functional back pockets
Cons:
  • Sized slightly small
3. Best Active: AMPOSH Women’s Maternity Biker Shorts

Active mamas-to-be will love the flexibility and comfort of these biker shorts.

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If you like being physically active and you have a growing baby bump, you need to get the AMPOSH Women’s Maternity Biker Shorts. Available in a wide range of solid primary and pastel colors, these shorts were made to withstand lots of wear and tear. Manufactured with a blend of nylon and spandex, they are form-fitting without being constricting – they are both breathable and moisture wicking too. The high-waisted design allows them to be comfortably worn over your tummy, which gives you added support in your mid-section. Two durable side pockets can hold your phone, wallet, keys, or other essentials. There are two sizes available, depending on how far along you are. They are also machine washable.

Pros:
  • Comfortable
  • Breathable
  • Wicks moisture
  • Two functional pockets
  • Machine washable
Cons:
  • Sized slightly small
  • Thin material
4. Best for Yoga: Summer Mae Maternity Yoga Shorts

These shorts are so comfortable you’ll have to say, “Namaste.”

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Yoga can be a great way to stay healthy and fit during pregnancy, but you need to have the proper shorts so you can be comfortable while doing child’s pose and downward dog. The Maternity Yoga Shorts from Summer Mae are everything – not only are they super comfy and easy to wear, but they are also stylish too. These high-waisted shorts have soft elasticity with a built-in full-belly coverage panel so you can move around in them freely. They also offer support without applying any pressure. These maternity shorts are made in several different colors with contrasting themes for colorful two-toned detailing. The side pockets are the perfect size for your phone too.

Pros:
  • Comfortable
  • Stylish
  • Flexible to wear
  • Supportive
  • Side pockets
Cons:
  • Sized small
5. Most Comfortable: PACBREEZE Women’s Maternity Shorts

Super cute in various colors and prints, these maternity shorts can be worn for lounging or exercising – whatever you prefer!

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If you added one piece to your summer maternity wardrobe, it should be the PACBREEZE Women’s Maternity Shorts. The full-panel maternity shorts have an elastic closure along with a rounded hem and wider leg openings, which offer maximum comfort. The material is soft and smooth against the skin, meaning no rubbing or chaffing, and the handy side pockets let you carry things with you on-the-go. Easy to wear and maintain (they are machine washable!), they pair well with a wide range of casual pieces such as sneakers, t-shirts, and hoodies.

Pros:
  • Comfortable
  • Sporty
  • Full tummy panel
  • Wide leg openings
  • Side pockets
  • Machine washable
Cons:
  • Sized slightly big
6. Most Practical: fitglam Women’s Maternity Shorts

These maternity shorts are super functional for busy moms-to-be.

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The Women’s Maternity Shorts from fitglam were designed with keeping pregnant ladies cool, comfortable, and stylish. First, the body of these maternity shorts is made from a tried-and-true cotton spandex mix, which is soft, and the full coverage stomach band is rayon with spandex so it’s flexible to wear. You can wear it from the beginning of your pregnancy until the end as it is flexible enough that it will grow with you. They come in solid colors as well as sporty stripes and are detailed with functioning side pockets. Wear them to the pool, beach, on vacation, to the gym, or just about anywhere!

Pros:
  • Comfortable
  • Full coverage belly band
  • Will grow with you
  • Side pockets
Cons:
  • Shorts are quite short
7. Best Wearability: Love2Mi Maternity Shorts

These shorts will easily withstand the nine months of your pregnancy, with elasticity and great wearability.

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When you have maternity shorts that are as comfortable as the ones from Love2Mi, you need them to last. These sporty shorts are well-made and are great for every-day wear, and, thanks to a flexible fit, they can be worn during your pregnancy and even into post-partum. They are flexible and soft with a higher springy belly area that you can wear under your tummy or over it, and these are two close-fitting pockets. What we love most about these maternity shorts is the assortment of colors and prints they come in – you can have everything from two-tones of color to stripes, camo, and leopard. And the curved hem is flattering to your figure.

Pros:
  • Comfortable
  • Flexible
  • 2 pockets
  • Can be worn above or below stomach
  • Wide choice of colors and prints
Cons:
  • Sized slightly small
8. Best Style: Joyaria Womens Maternity Yoga Shorts

These shorts are adorable whether you’re going for something chic and dressy or laid-back casual.

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Perfect for hot summer days, the Joyaria Womens Maternity Yoga Shorts are made from super silky fabrics that are not only breathable but are also moisture-wicking, meaning you’ll never have uncomfortable dampness from sweating. These maternity shorts have enough “gimme room” to accommodate your growing tummy and can be worn on top of your stomach or below at hip line. The loose-fitting cut of these shorts is super stylish – add a cotton tank or tee for lounging around the house, or something dressier for a more elevated look. Either way, these shorts are very easy to wear and maintain. They come in black, gray, navy blue, purple, wine red, and green, and several colors so you can find the perfect fit.

Pros:
  • Comfortable
  • Casual or dressy
  • Breathable
  • Moisture wicking
  • Can be worn above or below stomach
Cons:
  • Sizing is slightly off
Shorts are an unquestionable summer must, and that is even more true when you are pregnant. Easy to wear, maternity shorts can be casual or dressy, depending on your mood and what you match them with. It is all about finding a pair that works well for you.

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