With pregnancy comes a rapidly changing body and, especially the further along you get, the sudden realisation that your clothes no longer fit.
But finding comfortable and fashionable maternity wear in Qatar can be an endeavour—especially if you’re struggling with morning sickness and the exhaustion that often comes with being pregnant, so we’ve come up with a list of the shops in Qatar with the best clothing selections for your growing bump.
Best one-stop shop
Bella Materna Fashion
Dedicated maternity clothes boutique Bella Materna Fashion stocks the largest range of maternity clothes, including evening gowns, sportswear, work wear, pregnancy support tights, bump bands and swimwear in addition to casual clothes and jersey basics.
They carry well-known international brands such as Bella Materna (US), JoJo Maman Bebe (UK), My Fun Tummy (Poland) and lingerie by Hotmilk (NZ) and Cache Coeur (France).
Where: Dar Al Salam Mall
Best budget shopping
If you are on a more limited budget, Max has great bargains on jeans, jersey trousers, vests, blouses, dresses and leggings. The nightwear selection is particularly impressive with nightdresses and dressing gowns in fun Disney designs. There was also a limited selection of maternity bras in sizes 34B-42D.
Where: Dar Al Salam Mall, Gulf Mall, Barwa Mall, Festival City and Mall of Qatar
Best for basics
With six locations throughout Qatar, H&M is a good choice for stocking up on seasonal basics. You can find short and long sleeve t-shirts sold in multipacks, over the bump and under the bump jeans in different colours, shirts, tunics, dresses, jumpers and coats, when in season. They also stock maternity support tights and nursing bras in limited sizes.
The clothes are fashionable, and while often made from synthetic rather than natural fabrics, they stock a range of styles and sizes.
Where: Ezdan Mall Al Wakrah, Villaggio Mall, Landmark Mall,Mall of Qatar, Gulf Mall and Doha Festival City
Best for lightweight basics
Turkish brand LC Waikiki is another great choice for stylish, reasonably priced maternity clothes, including t-shirts, blouses, jeans, dungarees and dresses. The lightweight chinos are a great option when the weather gets hotter.
Where: Hyatt Plaza, Mall of Qatar
Best for lingerie
Marks and Spencer
Marks and Spencer is known internationally as a reliable brand for underwear, and their stores offer the biggest range of maternity lingerie in Qatar. Check out their patterned, plain and lacy bras in sizes from 34B-38F. The range of maternity clothes is limited, but you can still find some nice dresses, tunics and trousers.
Where: Villaggio Mall, Landmark Mall and Doha Festival City
Best for undergarments and nightwear
For pretty bras, matching maternity knickers and maternity nightwear, Oysho won’t disappoint. The styles and sizes are limited to 32-38 B/C and S-XL but some items are made from 95% organic cotton, and the nightdresses and gowns are made from soft modal fabrics.
Where: Villaggio Mall, Landmark Mall, Doha Festival City and Mall of Qatar
Best for fashion
Though the Topshop maternity selection in Qatar is limited, their stock is very stylish and worth checking out if you’re in the neighbourhood.The Doha Festival City store seems to carry the largest range.
Where: Villaggio Mall, Mall of Qatar, and Doha Festival City
Best for accessories
Mothercare is a reliable choice for maternity accessories even though most branches do not sell maternity clothes. The exception, their flagship store at Doha Festival City, has a limited selection of leggings, pyjamas, tunics and nursing bras. If you are looking for pregnancy pillows and baby bump support, Mothercare is your best bet in Doha.
Where: Al Khor Mall, City Center Mall, Dar Al Salam, Doha Festival City, Hyatt Plaza, Landmark Mall, The Mall, Gulf Mall, Mall of Qatar, Villaggio Mall, check alshaya.com for standalone locations
Best for skin care
For skincare, toiletries and other maternity accessories, Boots is your best bet. There are branches in many of Doha’s malls. At the time of writing the Dar Al Salam store had a very wide range including Bio-oil, Flexitol, Sebamed and Mustela stretch mark and moisturising products for mums to be.
Where: Landmark Mall, The Mall, Villaggio Mall, Ezdan Mall, Dar Al Salam, Mall of Qatar, Gulf Mall and Doha Festival City
Best online selection
Free delivery to Qatar on orders over £20 makes shopping on ASOS.com an attractive option, especially when you want the convenience of delivery to your door or PO Box.
The online store stocks special tall and petite maternity clothing and a range of maternity tights. In addition to their own brand, they also offer famous brands such as Isabella Oliver and Mamalicious.
Where: asos.comBest for quick delivery
Next online orders are delivered to your door for free within three working days if you spend a minimum of QR 160.
There are hundreds of maternity styles to choose from, including a good range of maternity jeans and nursing clothes at reasonable prices.
Best for gently used, second-hand items
If you have a limited budget or can’t face the hassle of online shopping or exploring the malls, you can also find great deals on gently used maternity clothes on the following Facebook pages: Positive Birth Sales Group, Doha Mums And Babies Sales Page – LADIES ONLY, and Baby items for sale – Qatar Code.